You can make crispy tostadas—in the microwave! (RECIPE)

Tostadas for dinner can be one of the easiest weeknight meal to make. All you need to make it delicious is top a crispy tortilla with your favorite foods, like black beans and avocado or some shredded pernil and a little cheese.

Although I love these, the one thing I don't love is that tostadas are typically made by frying (which adds a lot of grease and calories). So what to do if you're looking for a really quick meal? It turns out there's a healthy and super easy way to make tostadas: just throw them in the microwave!


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In the weekly New York Times feature "Recipes for Health", writer Martha Rose Shulman explains how she discovered that the perfect way to make crispy tostadas is in the microwave (with a toasty snap, as opposed to making them in the oven where there will be no snap):

"This method requires a little patience: Zap a tortilla for a minute and it will be soggy, even wet, on the bottom. Flip it over and zap it again, and all the moisture will be gone. Sometimes it takes a few turns, as every microwave is different; you'll have to figure out the timing with yours. In my microwave I zap for one minute, turn the tortillas over, zap for another, then sometimes need to zap for 30 seconds to a minute longer to get a browned chip with snap. You have to watch closely, though, as they'll burn quickly once dry."

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Doesn't that sound amazingly easy? I have to say, I'm a bit obsessed. I'm already planning how many days a week I want to make these and what I want to top them with. Should I go with some pork carnitas perhaps or maybe make some sort of vegetarian version? Either way, now that I know how easy, healthy and crispy my tostadas will turn out in just a couple of minutes, you can bet I'll be making these soon. Won't you?

What is your favorite topping for a tostada? Now that you know how to make them easier (and healthier), will you try this microwave recipe?

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