Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Frugal Meal Idea

I'm always looking for tasty meatless meals since meat seems to be the highest priced item on my grocery list. I wanted to share the recipe from our meal last night - NACHO BREAD PIZZAS. It was quick and easy, which is always nice. Madison had softball practice (yes, she changed her mind and decided to play this year), and we got home around 7:15. We were sitting down to eat within 30 minutes - and that was without any pre-preparation. Everyone loved it, and there was not one bit left. Even Amelia and Cari - the sometimes picky eaters - were asking for more. Next time, I plan to double the recipe. I'll only have to buy an extra can of beans and loaf of bread as there were enough of the other ingredients left over.

Here's the recipe:

Nacho Bread Pizzas
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
30 Minute Meals

1 loaf baguette or semolina bread, day old is fine (I used French bread. In the past, I've used wheat sub rolls and made individual pizzas - just whatever is on sale.)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 (15-ounce) can black beans
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
Salt and pepper
1 cup prepared salsa, any variety
2 cups shredded Cheddar, smoked Cheddar, Monterey Jack or pepper Jack
1 heart romaine or 1/2 iceberg head, shredded
1/2 cup green olives with or without pimiento, chopped
1/4 red onion or 2 to 3 scallions, chopped
2 plum or vine tomatoes, seeded and diced

Split bread lengthwise. Hollow the bread out and cut each half in half across, making 4 boats.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil, 1 turn of the pan, garlic and hot peppers. Drain beans. Add half of the beans then mash the remainder of the beans in the can using a fork. Add mashed beans to the pan and combine with whole beans. Season beans with hot sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. When the spicy beans are hot through, spread them evenly across all of the bread. Top with salsa and liberally sprinkle with cheese, covering bread to all edges. The boats will only be half-full. Melt cheese in the oven until it bubbles and begins to brown.

Top Nacho Bread Pizzas with lettuce, olives, onions and tomatoes and serve.


Anonymous said...

Sounds Tasty!!! Thanks for sharin it with us ;^)!!tammyp

Rhonda said...

You're welcome!