Tostada Night!

Having a tostada night came to me while my kids were completing a math story problem together.  Their problem was this:

A family is starting a restaurant called La Tostada Sabrosa and the family is working on the menu.  The restaurant will feature tostadas, a popular dish with various ingredients or toppings, placed upon a fried tortilla base.  The restaurant offers five toppings-beans, cheese, salsa, lettuce, and olives.  But each tostada can only have 3 out of the 5 ingredients-and no duplicate toppings! With these guidlines please help this family determine the number of different tostadas that can be made and featured on their menu.

So I drew and cut some tortillas and toppings for each child to use to help them figure out this problem.  They also used a chart to help them figure out how many combinations there were.  Can you figure out how many?  Answer will be at the bottom of the page!!

So the idea occured to me to make tostadas for dinner that night-and my kids thought it was a great idea!!

I started with quinoa.  I had some leftover from a previous dinner and I had frozen it for another night- which was perfect for this dish!  I pulled it out and heated it up on the stove. Quinoa is very easy to make but rice could also be used.

Next step-on a baking sheet I placed frozen organic corn, diced green peppers, chopped purple onions, black beans (drained and rinsed), chopped tomato, minced garlic and pieces of fresh cilantro. I sprinkled with sea salt and placed in my oven on broil.  I watched this carefully and flipped the mixture to evenly cook.

While the quinoa heated and the veggies cooked I started making the tortillas.

I had some organic corn tortillas….

I heated up a skillet and melted a little dairy free butter as my oil (you could also use coconut oil) and then toasted each tortilla until crispy.

I assembled my toppings:  chopped lettuce, fresh cilantro and

some smashed avocado with lime and sea salt

To assemble:

Spread guacamole onto a tortilla, add quinoa and then veggie mixture.  Top with shredded lettuce, fresh cilantro and salsa or Cholula sauce.

These were AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, my kids didn’t eat the tostadas as presented….they made their own tostadas with guacamole, lettuce and salsa and ate the quinoa on the side with fresh green peppers.  However, they did taste the adult version and said they liked it! 🙂

So, have you figured out what the answer to the story problem is yet???

There are 10 different combinations that can be made!
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