Monday, July 20, 2009

Look Mom! Flying Saucers!

One of our favorite quick lunches to make are Flying Saucers a.k.a. tosadas. They are easy to make, nutritious and a fun departure from the standard lunchtime sandwich fare. This version is completely vegetarian, but you could use chicken or beef instead of the beans if you are feeling extra ambitious! I personally love to use a can of good quality vegetarian refried beans because it is SO easy to add wheat germ and flaxmeal to it and the kids don't say, "Hey Mom, what are these brown flakes in here!" This meal provides whole grains, protein, fiber, healthy fats and TONS of much needed vitamins and minerals.

6 corn tortillas(or you can use store bought shells)
1 14.5 oz can of vegetarian fat-free refried beans
1/2 Cup milk
1/2 Cup of mild/medium salsa
1 TBS. of flaxmeal and wheatgerm(each)
Canola oil

Topping suggestions:
avocado slices
shredded carrots
shredded lettuce or cabbage
plain yogurt instead of sour cream
pepper slices

In a medium sauce pan, combine beans, flax, wheat germ, milk and salsa and heat until bubbly. In a frying pan, add in some canola oil and fry each shell a couple minutes on each side until crisp(normally, I wouldn't advocate frying, but this is the best way to make a crispy shell).

Top each tosada shell with beans, cheese and whichever remaining toppings you choose! Serves 2 adults and 2 children.


Lucy and Ethel said...

That looks delicious... and just my style :)


The Mommy Chef said...

Thanks! I love to do super easy. You know how it is with kids....gotta feed 'em and go!

Tim said...

EWW EWW just what I need, some healthy food ideas! Keep these coming, Im a follower now!

Love and Prayers,

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The Mommy Chef said...

Thanks Tim! And please feel free to give me any feedback if you decide to try something! I'll be seeing you around the blogosphere.

Rusty and Tara said...

I have never thought of putting wheat germ or flax in beans. That is a wonderful idea! (Because I too have often heard, "What's this brown stuff?" from the kids)
This is so going on my menu next week!