Mom's Lentil Toastadas is probably one of my favorite recipes from my mom. Mom calls these "toastadas" because they are made on toast! The toast is layered with lentils and cheese topped with a lettuce salad and drizzled with a little ranch dressing. This is a very quick and easy and meal for anytime of the day!
Mom's Lentil Toastadas are my contribution as part of the Sunday Supper "Mom's Favorite Recipe" event. This event is being hosted by Christie of A Kitchen Hoor and Wendy of Wholistic Woman. Thanks Christie and Wendy!
When I blogged Mom's Lentil Tostadas back in 2009 I shared the recipe the way my mom makes it, which isn't terribly far from the way I make it. The major change I made with this recipe was the type of bread used and the preparation of that bread. Yes, unlike a regular tostada, mom's recipe is made with toast so it is labeled toastada!
I found this bread called Tuscan Pane bread at Trader Joe's. They make a white and wheat version. While the wheat version is good, I do like the white one better so in this one instance, I buy the white. I love the texture of this bread. It's soft on the inside yet crusty on the outside and when it's grilled in a hot cast iron pan with a little butter spray, it feels like you're eating fried bread!
Mom always toasted her bread in the toaster and so did I until recently. Now I fry my bread for these lentil toastadas! My idea for frying the toast came from a memory of mine from when I was young. My parents would take us camping almost every weekend and one of our favorite treats in the morning would be fried bread.
Buttered on both sides and fried in the skillet on the Coleman camp stove in the midst of pine trees and nature. That buttery crispy fried bread tasted so good! I decided to replicate that idea for these tostadas to give them that guilty pleasure feel and it made this a total comfort food for me.
The hot lentils go on top of that toast and then immediately the cheese and salad toppings. The heat from the lentils makes the cheese melt slightly and makes a bit of a buffer between the hot and cold ingredients.
If you haven't tried this lentil recipe before (I know a few blogging friends who have!) then it is a must try recipe. It is a great vegetarian meal to serve your family on Meatless Monday as well as quick and easy for any night of the week. The lentil is a slightly spicy, high protein seed and perfect for those meatless recipe days.
Mom’s Lentil Toastadas
- ½ c. uncooked lentils
- ½ onion diced
- 1-¼ cup water
- Salt and Pepper to taste or Everyday Seasoning
- 1 Chicken Bouillon cube
- 2 slices tuscan pane bread
- 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
- ½ cup chopped lettuce
- ½ to mato diced
- ½ cup grated part skim mozzarella cheese
- 6 large black olives sliced
- 1 tablespoon red onion diced fine
- 1 tablespoon hidden valley ranch light dressing
- Cook lentils in lightly salted water with onions and seasonings until mixture is soft and thickened. (I started with 3 cups water - you may have to add a little water as the lentils cook). Check occasionally. This can be done ahead of time and warmed at mealtime.
- Toast bread slices. Spread with dressing or mayonnaise and top with lentils, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and other toppings of your choice.
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