Monday, September 9, 2013

Mexican Pizza

Years ago, probably over 30 or so, I used to order a Mexican pizza at a local restaurant.  It was smothered with cheese and heaped four inches tall with lardy refried beans.  Not really a healthy vegetable to be seen.  Those were the days when I actually had a metabolism and a waist!  Nowadays that would be a TOTAL splurge.  Ordering something like that would send me into a guilt pattern of thinking for at least a week!    Not to mention the time and energy it would take to possibly work it off!

 Here's a meal you can throw together in a matter of minutes.  Perfect for a week day when most of you are short on time and energy!   The amounts aren't exact, but this isn't rocket science!  It's a much healthier version of my Mexican pizza of the past.  Enjoy!

Mexican Pizza

(makes 4)

4 medium size whole grain or combination corn/wheat tortillas

1 can nonfat spicy beans

1 cup shredded reduced fat Mexican cheese blend or jack cheese

about 3-4 sliced mushrooms, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1 medium zucchini or summer squash, sliced

1/4 cup vegetable stock

roasted garlic fresh salsa (optional)

avocado slices (optional)  for garnish

non fat sour cream (optional) garnish

Saute the vegetables in stock first and set aside.  I like to heat the beans in a small saucepan as I do the veggies.  To make one pizza, spread a tortilla with beans, top with veggies, add 1/4 cup cheese.  Put on a plate and microwave for about 40 seconds.  Remove and garnish with your choice of salsa, avocado. sour cream, etc.  Do the same for the rest of them.

This is a great "beginner" recipe for kids, just be there to supervise.

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