Totally Tostada…

by agirlandhermutt on February 10, 2011

Ugh…I struggled with a title for this blog for a bit. Sometimes it just isn’t making it. This is one of those times.

Fortunately, this little dish made up in taste what my blog title lacks in creativity.

Hello Polenta Tostada! I’m totally a Mexican food kind of gal. If you were to ask me my favorite type of food. If you were to ask me what my favorite food was I would yell “beans!” before you could even finish your question. Me…Mexican Food…match made in heaven. Unfortunately, a tostada is typically a tortilla that has been fried or toasted. Not exactly the most healthy, or easy to make, dish. Enter polenta. I used polenta as my base to create mini-tostada inspired dish.

When I was at Trader Joe’s the other day I came across a polenta I hadn’t seen before. It had bits of quinoa! How fun is that?!

I sliced the tube (which for some reason really grosses me out) into about 10 slices that were 1/2 inch thick.

Check out that fun quinoa! Funky and fun all rolled into one.

To the top of each slice, I added about a tablespoon of refried black beans with jalapenos, a dollop of green chilies, and a sprinkle of cheese.

Finally ready to go! I stuck in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

I did a little dancing around the kitchen pretending to have maracas while my dinah was cooking. The dog looked at me like I was an idiot. He has not be impressed with me lately. Winking smile

Finally…DINNER!

These little bites were easy to eat, super filling, and so tasty! Although I felt like something was just *missing*. Oh yea! Salsa.

Maraca dance ensued yet again. I believe Korky barked at me that time around. Whatevs. He doesn’t know what fun is.

Happy Tostada Thursday! (better? Eh, I didn’t think so either).

Are you a dancer? If so, how did you learn?

I was a dancer as a kid and took lessons for MANY years. BUT my real dancing was learned in the frozen food aisle at the grocery store. My dad would let me stand on his feet and we would dance around while my mom gave us the “I don’t know you” look. Winking smile

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Kristina @ spabettie February 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm

awesome story – your parents sound fun.

these look great – I have made polenta and added quinoa before… I didn’t know they made the tubes of it now!! :)

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agirlandhermutt February 11, 2011 at 12:02 am

So easy with the tubes! And yes! My parents are fun!

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Stina February 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Oh! I’m going to have to try these. The last three times I’ve been to TJ’s I’ve considered picking up a tube of polenta, but I didn’t really know what to do with it. Now that I have an idea, it is on like Donkey Kong!

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agirlandhermutt February 11, 2011 at 12:02 am

Donkey Kong would be proud! ;)

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. February 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I dance, but I am definitely not a dancer! Although my best friend in high school and I would choreograph dances for fun!

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agirlandhermutt February 11, 2011 at 12:03 am

That is so fun! I loved doing stuff like that in high school.

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Woaaaah quinoa polenta!?! I’ve never heard of such a thing. Looks fabulous!

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agirlandhermutt February 11, 2011 at 12:03 am

It WAS fabulous!

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Dorry February 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Too cute. :)

I love beans, too! It’s almost ridiculous. Give me refried beans and avocado and I’m a happy gal. This is such an interesting product! I’m sure I’d love it. Come to Dallas and eat some tasty Tex-Mex!

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agirlandhermutt February 11, 2011 at 12:03 am

I definitely need some tasty Texas Tex-Mex!

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Michelle February 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

This looks so good!!!

I only took dance lessons for about a year. I kinda wish I had stuck with it, because I LOVE dancing. I sort of want to take lessons now… and be in a legit recital. Bucket list!

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agirlandhermutt February 11, 2011 at 12:04 am

Definitely add it to the bucket list! So much fun!

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ashleigh February 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I love mexican food and beans too! I’ll have to try that polenta out. Trader Joe’s always has the best stuff.

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agirlandhermutt February 11, 2011 at 12:04 am

They have some seriously interesting items at TJs!

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Tiffany @ Simply Shaka February 12, 2011 at 4:27 am

Ohhh, that polenta looks bomb. I swear, I miss this stuff when I go into TJ’s! I definitely need to keep an eye out for this next time around.

Korky is just jealous of your moves, he is a hater.

I hate when I can’t think of a title and I end up saying something either cheesy or random!

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