Move over greasy, complicated and time consuming Mexican food. A busy mom like me doesn’t have the time to hand roll enchiladas or the free hands to do so with a 15month old on my hip. I can, fry and egg and successfully flip it while balancing a 22 pounder –ok, I am 1 for 2 on here since one of the eggs broke while flipping.
Lucky for me, my husband doesn’t expect a perfectly fried egg every time either.
If you are wondering where the heck did I come up with this cool idea… I didn’t. My friend Melissa Lanz of The Fresh 20 has a new cookbook out! You should know, that I love cookbooks. I am a huge supporter of people who work very hard to grow their businesses and their blogs. For some of us, having our work published in a traditional way is the ultimate accomplishment.
I have a great sense of gratitude towards Melissa. I briefly met her nearly two years ago at a conference. When I say “briefly” I mean… like… for 5 minutes. This was before I launched MOMables, like a week before. I remember telling her: “I am launching a site where I will help parents make fresh school lunches for their kids. I love your dinner plans and you’ve been a huge inspiration.”
Apparently, my brief introduction made an impression because we’ve stayed in touch ever since. When I say “stayed in touch” I mean, we Skype and actually speak to each other. She’s been super helpful and has lent me a hand on some technical issues that were far beyond my area of expertise. Oy, the joys of running a small business.
When I heard her cookbook was coming out… I immediately pre-ordered one –yes, I am that geeky. Like many things that don’t get written down… I completely forgot I did that! So when the Barnes and Noble box showed up at my doorstep… I jumped up and down.
I simply love her book. It’s like a dinner time meal plan in print. Mostly, I loved the simplicity of her recipes and the stories she shares. Her husband photographed the whole thing and you can feel the love through the pages.
There were so many things I wanted to make from her book… that I couldn’t figure out which one I wanted to share first! Since it’s been a crazy week with deadlines, proposals, menu planning and making travel arrangements… I needed a simple recipe I could make while dealing with a fussy and hungry baby.
The guacamole is super simple. A one-bowl wonder where the only tool you need is a knife to cut the few ingredients and a fork to mash it all up. The rest of the items were readily available in my pantry and fridge… so this quick dinner came together in less than 15minutes!
I love fried eggs. I love how the sweet yolk flows out and mixes with anything else. It’s the perfect sauce and intoxicating to my palate once it reaches my mouth. Yes. I am a fried egg lover… and soon, you will be one too after you try this amazing and simple dish. These guacamole tostadas with fried eggs is the perfect quick dinner, lunch or brunch recipe.
The only downside is… there is no soft bread to dip the leftover yolk on the plate. A tragedy, I tell you.
Guacamole Tostadas with Fried Eggs
- 4 corn tortillas
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
For the Lettuce:
- ½ head butter lettuce, torn in small pieces
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley*
For the guacamole:
- 2 avocados, halved and pitted
- ¼ medium red onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
- ½ teaspoon fresh lime juice*
- kosher salt and black pepper
For the eggs:
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 4 large eggs
- 2 15 oz cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed*
- 1 cup shredded raw-milk cheddar cheese*
- 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped (optional)*
For the tortillas:
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Brush the tortillas with olive oil on both sides. Arrange in a large baking sheet and bake, turning once, for about 6 minutes, or until slightly browned. Set aside.
For the lettuce:
- In a small bowl, toss the lettuce with the lime juice, salt and parsley. Set aside.
For the guacamole:
- Mash the avocados in a small bowl. Mix in the onion, garlic, and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
For the eggs:
- Heat the oil in a 10-12 inch skillet and fry the eggs to the desired doneness; I recommend over easy. Season the eggs.
- To assemble tostadas, layer the guacamole, kidney beans, and lettuce mixture on the tortillas, then top with the eggs, cheese and red peppers (optional).