Smoky Beet Green & Black Bean Tostadas

A wise man once told me to never discard your beet greens. Shout out to my brother, Andrew. Although these sandy bastards can be cumbersome to clean, the effort is well worth it as the result is nutritious, resourceful and most important— tasty. A tostada is like an open faced taco. Or a gigantic nacho.  Smoked paprika, garlic and onions infuse the beet greens with a rich and smoky flavor and black beans add the necessary protein to make this dinner satisfying. Feel free to use any leafy green you like such as chard or kale. This dinner is a great quick and budget-friendly delight. It also helps to live in a Spanish speaking neighborhood where the queso fresco flows like Cristal in a rap video.

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1 yellow onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

4 tsp olive oil

1 bunch beet greens, chopped

salt and pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp dried oregano

1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

4 tortillas

1/4 cup queso fresco

2 limes

Greek yogurt

cilantro, chopped

tomato, chopped

Heat oven to 425. In a large frying pan, heat 2 teaspoons of oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 2-4 minutes. Add beet greens, salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes or until wilted. Add smoked paprika, oregano and black beans. Cook until beans are warmed through and mash slightly with a fork. Taste and season accordingly with more salt and pepper. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil on a cookie sheet and place the tortillas on the cookie sheet, flipping the tortillas so they are coated in the oil. Bake for 5 minutes until golden. Top each tortilla with the bean and green mixture, chopped tomatoes, a dollop of Greek yogurt, chopped cilantro and queso fresco. Serve with lime wedges.

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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos rancheros, a popular Mexican breakfast dish consisting of fried eggs served on corn tortillas with beans and fresh salsa, loosely translates to “heaven on a plate.” It’s a fiesta in your mouth and the perfect protein-rich breakfast to fuel your Sunday. I didn’t plan on making huevos this morning, but I just happened to have some extra corn tortillas, a can of black beans, some eggs and fresh tomatoes lying around, so I just went for it. Huevos happens to be one of my favorite breakfast treats of all time. I would pass up pancakes, omelettes, french toast or waffles any day for huevos. I still remember an epic huevos breakfast order at Mother’s Market and Kitchen in Laguna Woods, California. Sigh. This version definitely satisfies a huevos craving, and why not keep things interesting and serve these with tequila mimosas? Muy delicioso.

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Muy sabroso

Huevos Rancheros 

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

4  6-inch corn tortillas

4 eggs

1 can of black beans

cumin

chili powder

cayenne pepper

kosher salt

1 lime

cheddar cheese

olive oil

1 large tomato

1 red onion

1 jalapeño

cilantro (optional)

sour cream or Greek yogurt (optional)

sliced avocado (optional)

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add half a diced red onion. Saute unil soft and then add a can of rinsed black beans, a few shakes of cayenne pepper, cumin, chili powder and a sprinkle of salt. Add about a 1/4 cup of water, lower heat and cover. Let the beans simmer for about 10 minutes. Mash them slightly with the back of a large spoon. Set aside. Dice your tomato, red onion and jalapeño. Place in a small bowl with the juice of one lime, a touch of olive oil, some salt and chopped cilantro. Set aside. In a small frying pan throw down a little olive oil and lightly brown your tortilla on both sides. Sprinkle some shredded cheese on one side and as it begins to melt, crack a single egg over the cheese. Season the egg with salt and pepper. When the egg white begins to set around the edges, flip the whole thing over and let in cook for about 2-3 minutes. Serve each tortilla with a side of beans, fresh tomato salsa, and a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt. Sliced avocado would be great too.

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heaven on a plate.