My husband is a meat-eater. He loves all sorts of meat! I am a meat-eater but I also try to make sure one dinner per week is meatless. I do this for 2 reasons: 1) it gets us both an extra dose of veggies, and 2) meat is expensive! And while he never complains about our veggie-meals, I can tell he’s a little worried he’ll miss the meat.
But I think his worries are lessening now because I’m finding the trick to making meat-eaters love meatless meals! It’s pretty simple: flavor! You need to add lots of yummy flavor to your veggie-based meals in order for everyone to enjoy them.
An easy way to add flavor is to make your meal Mexican-inspired. Think about it – have you ever had a Mexican meal that was lacking in taste? I sure haven’t!
And since it’s pretty easy to make Mexican food healthy and veggie based, I tend to do A LOT of Mexican veggie meals. This one was fun and tasty!
I used the recipe for Vegetable Quesadillas from 100 Days of Real Food for my inspiration. I was actually going to make quesadillas but I was using our first attempt at homemade tortillas and they weren’t exactly perfect circles, so I went with tostadas instead.
These tostadas (or quesadillas) are great for using up whatever produce you have on hand and are a quick and easy weeknight meal.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-2 cups of vegetables of choice. I used 1/2 sweet potato, shredded, 1/2 red pepper, diced, 1 zucchini, diced, 1 carrot, shredded
- 3/4 tsp of chili powder
- juice of a small lime
- 1/2 – 1 cup of grated Monterey Jack cheese
- 2-3 whole wheat tortillas
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
- Add in veggies and cook until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add chili powder, lime, salt to taste and 1/4 cup of cheese to skillet and mix together.
- Spray skillet with cooking spray and add 1 tortilla. Sprinkle tortilla with cheese and top with veggies, and another sprinkling of cheese.
- Cook until tortilla is browned on the bottom and cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes.
- Repeat until all tostados are made.
It’s that simple! And it’s a great way to hide veggies! My husband hates sweet potatoes but he ate the tostados happily.