2cupsblack beanscooked --see directions for info about cooking black beans. Yes, yes...you can use canned beans if you MUST. :) Reserve the cooking liquid if you cook your own.
1cupcooked brown rice
2smallzucchinishredded in food processor (you could also chop finely if you want)
organic feta cheese
Hot sauce or salsa for topping
Oil for cookingwe used coconut oil
To cook beans:
First soak overnight if possible (this helps you digest them). Bring soaked beans to a boil and cook about 45 minutes to an hour. Cook with a 1/2 strip of kombu seaweed (found in any health food store) and 1/2 a whole onion (for flavor) and 2 slices of bacon (you'll thank me later). Add 1/4 teaspoon salt at the very end of your cook time. After the beans have cooked through (about 2 hours) remove seaweed, bacon and onion from the pot.
Heat coconut oil or ghee in a deep pan and lightly fry (yes, fry) the corn tortillas. Pat dry with paper towels and sprinkle with a little salt. Keep warm in oven until you are ready to build your tostada.
In a frying pan, saute onion and garlic in a bit of oil until soft. Add shredded zucchini and cook on medium heat for a few minutes (maybe 3 or 4). You don't need to cook the zucchini long because it is shredded and it cooks fast. Sprinkle with salt and garlic powder. Turn off heat and cover to keep warm.
Blend 1 cups of black beans, 1 cup of brown rice and spices in a blender or food processor until you have a chunky paste. Add a little of the reserved cooking broth or some veggie broth of your own if the mixture needs liquid. Place bean mixture in a bowl and stir in the remaining cup of whole black beans. Set aside or put on stove to keep warm.
Putting it all together:
Start with a tortilla as your base.
Spread bean mixture on top.
Cut into 4 pieces if you have a toddler (or anyone needing extra assistance)
Decorate each piece with zucchini, avocado, feta cheese, cilantro and salsa.
(I make a FAST version of this on nights I don't want to get out the food processor: 1 pot of beans, guacamole and homemade chips (tortillas fried in coconut oil and cut into chips). My kids gobble it up.)