Ground Turkey and Bean Tostadas with Spicy Crema

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These tostadas would make my Mom so proud!!!

I love being able to make meals that I grew up on for my husband, but the most rewarding part is that I can make a healthier version of it.

Unhealthy Tostada

Healthier Tostada

Fried Tortilla

Baked Tortilla

Sour Cream/ Mexican Crema

Spicy Crema with Greek Yogurt

Cotija Cheese

Mozzarella Cheese

Refried Beans with lard

Mashed Homemade Pinto Beans

After this meal I was inspired to make one night a week Healthy Mexican Night, hubs loved the idea! Next week I will have to make one of these: Healthy Chili Relleno, Quinoa Enchilada Bake, Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa or Cauliflower Tacos.

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Ground Turkey & Bean Tostadas

  • INGREDIENTS

  • •1lb Ground Turkey
    •1/2 onion, diced
    •2-3 garlic cloves, minced
    Homemade Taco Seasoning: 1/2-1 tsp of each – cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne, paprika
    •Spinach, chopped
    •Cilantro, chopped
    •1 Roma tomato, diced
    •1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, diced
    •1 Jalapeno, diced
    •Pinto Beans, mashed *recipe below or can use canned
    •Spicy Crema *recipe below
    •Cheese
    •Baked Whole wheat or corn tortillas (I ate it with both and personally corn just tastes better, has to do with the way my Mom made them)

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large skillet saute onions in 2 tbsp olive oil. After a few minutes add garlic cloves.
2. Then add ground turkey meat to skillet. Once cooked drain excess fat and transfer back to skillet (turn off heat).
3. Add homemade taco seasoning to skillet and mix. Cover and set aside.
4. Chop all veggies
5. Make Spicy Crema
6. Preheat oven to broil setting. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray tortillas on each side. Broil for few minutes on each side (every oven is different so just put 1-2 minute timer on and watch it CLOSELY).
To assemble 1 tostada: 1 baked tortilla, 1/4 cup mashed pinto beans, 1-2oz ground turkey meat, tomatoes, jalapeno, spinach, cilantro, 1/2oz cheese, and spicy crema 

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Homemade Pinto Beans

  • INGREDIENTS

  • •1-3 cups of dried pinto beans (depends on how much extra you want, 1 cup is a good start)
    •1/2 onion, chopped into wedges
    •3-4 garlic cloves
    •Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large pot fill halfway with water and bring to a boil
2. Meanwhile, rinse beans and pick out any rocks/sticks
3. Place beans, onion, and garlic in boiling pot of water
4. Turn heat down to low and slight cover with lid
5. Cook on low, stirring occasionally, for 4 hours or until beans are soft.
6. When beans are cooked transfer a cup to a bowl and mash (I store the leftovers as whole beans so I only mashed what I needed for dinner).

*Tip: My Mom taught me to always start cooking beans in the morning. And if you’re going to cook them for 4 hours you might as well cook a ton (closer to 2-3 cups) so you have leftovers.

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Spicy Crema

  • INGREDIENTS

  • •1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
    •Cayenne Powder
    •1/2 Lime
    •Salt & Pepper
    •Splash of almond milk (to liquify crema) 

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small bowl mix all ingredients. Add small splashes of almond milk at a time, until you reach desired consistency.

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