I am always looking for options to simplify cooking and preparing food. I’d rather sleep most of the time than roleplay chef because of my demanding work. But one Saturday night, I found myself craving for Tostada.
Tostada is a Spanish term meaning “toasted.” According to some of my Mexican co-workers, it’s basically fried tortilla. When you have tortilla that is close to its expiration date, you can just fry them and make a set of tostada. The tortilla is fried in boiling oil until it becomes golden, rigid and crunchy, rather like a slice of toasted bread. That way, you don’t contribute to America’s oversupply of leftovers.
Is it just fried tortilla? Actually no.
Tostadas are a dish on their own in Mexico and the American Southwest. Mostly, the toppings used are the same as with tacos, known as “guisados”; beans, cheese, sour cream, chopped lettuce, sliced onions, and salsa are mainstays that may be spread on a tostada, which is then topped with diced and fried meat, usually chicken or pork. They are also popular with seafood such as tuna, shrimp, crab, chopped octopus, and ceviche.
Sounds like a lot of preparation time right? As they say, the lazy ones always find an easier route. 😂
Here are the ingredients that I bought straight from Walmart:
From left to right, top to bottom: Old El Paso Tostada shells (12 pcs), Rotisserie chicken, Marketside shredded lettuce, Eden Organic Refried Black beans, Cacique Crema Mexicana (sour cream), and Kraft Mexican cheddar jack. All these are under $15, including another box of tostada shells. It serves up to six to eight people.
1. Microwave beans according to instructions. I heated mine for two minutes.
2. Dice the chicken. This is the most time-consuming part of it. So maybe if you can find cooked chicken tenders, it’ll be easier. It’s perfect for leftover meats- Shrimps, beef, porkchops. You can tostada almost everything!
3. Assemble. This is real easy if you know the basics of layering: just don’t mess it up.
Tostada (of course)
You can also add salsa or even hot sauce if you prefer a spicy version.
Here’s the finished product:
As what I’ve said, this is the lazy version. There are much more complicated recipes of Tostadas in the internet. And I bet they’re tastier, too! But we enjoyed this one so I guess it’s win-win. ❤️
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Here is a simple lunch idea for spicy-lovin’ humans out there! It’s so easy to make with few ingredients to consider. Let’s start!
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp sriracha (adjust according to preference)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup squash, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 cup canned chickpea
1 flour tortilla
1/2 cup spinach
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 slice of cheese
- In a small skillet, stir-fry garlic and squash over medium heat.
- Cook until squash is tender. Season with paprika.
- Add the chickpeas, lemon juice and yogurt. Cook until heated through. Set aside.
- Heat tortilla in a skillet, just enough for it to form brown patches. Make sure not to burn a side. Place on a plate.
- Place the chickpea mixture and spinach in the center. You can add cheese to make it creamier.
- Fold and roll the tortilla.
Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes
- 2 tbsps butter
- 1 tbsp oil
- 4 tsps parsley flakes
- 6 slices bacon, chopped (optional)
- 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast cut in halves
- ¼ pound ham (optional)
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup white wine (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 large eggs
- 1 gallon water
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 1 can of cream/milk
- Cook the bacon and ham in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp and brown. You can remove them from skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. I usually just throw the oil from bacon fats, but others might want to reserve it instead of using butter.
- Spice up your chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken breast until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil. Rest chicken for 5 minutes before slicing. Set aside.
- Using the same skillet, stir garlic and ground black pepper until fragrant. Pour wine into skillet; cook at a simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Whisk Parmesan cheese, eggs, and cream/milk together in a bowl. Slowly stream wine mixture into the Parmesan mixture while whisking repeatedly.
- Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Put 1 tablespoon oil in the pot so that the spaghetti won’t clump together. Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Remove water from the pot and make sure to reserve ½ cup.
- Stir bacon, chicken, and wine mixture into the spaghetti. Thin sauce with reserved pasta water as desired.
- Garnish with 4 teaspoons of parsley flakes to add appeal.
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1. Biga on the Banks
Great unique restaurant where you can enjoy an exceptional dinner on the balcony overlooking the river! Suggested by a business associate, this is an upscale experience of game meat. Nice wine selection, excellent apps (jerk scallops with grits), grapefruit salad and lamb. Pro tip: Take full advantage of their 4 course dinner with wine pairing.
Every item is prepared with creativity and superb execution. Lovely atmosphere. A great place for a special evening. Food and service were excellent. Portions aren't overwhelming like most restaurants. Wedge salad was crisp and fresh. Scallops are delicious. Beef tenderloin was amazing and the potato gratin was very good. Key lime pie will melt in your mouth! Pro tip: Make reservations, this place isn't very large and fills up quickly.
3. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
This is a typical Brazilian steakhouse in which they come and serve the meat at your table. There is a large salad, cold meats and a variety of cheeses area. Staff are amazing and super friendly. Great atmosphere for business meetings, date or just commemorating a birthday. Pro tip: Don't waste too much plate space on salads since it will fill your belly and you won't have enough space left to try everything.
4. Wildfish Seafood Grill
This is one place where they know their seafood. They cook everything the right way, bringing all the flavors together. The shrimp dishes are cooked to perfection, still crunchy but cooked all the way. The swordfish which can easily be overcooked was done perfectly. The only thing negative thing about this place is the noise. Because it is very popular, it is also a very noisy place to dine. If you want a quiet place to dine, this is not the place. Pro tip: Ask for Chef's selection, and try their Bananas Foster.
5. The River edge's Cafe
If you Go to the old established Hilton Hotel at the Riverwalk, you will find this very special place where you can get excellent cocktails! It's a little bit outside the Center of the City walk, so it is not packed like many other places. Great mexican food, delicious guacamole as starter. The atmosphere is so inviting and a fun place to people watch. Pro tip: Try their Mac and cheese because it's a spot on! Their Chicken and grits, too!
There are many other food places that you can try in SA, but these five are dear to me! Oh wait, don't forget to visit Tower of the Americas! It is quite expensive but the view is just spectacular. Wouldn't trade that for anything, especially when it's dinner with my boyfie. 🙂