Vegan Broccoli Tostadas
Photo by April Ashcroft

You’ve never had tostadas like this before!

Vegan Broccoli Tostadas

12 corn tortillas
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups finely chopped broccoli
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoon cumin powder
2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup diced green chilies, canned or bottled
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups cooked pinto beans
Sea salt
Seed Cheeze Sauce (recipe below)

Bake corn tortillas on cookie sheet at 275 F until crisp, about 20 minutes. Water saute onion, mushrooms, and garlic over medium-high heat until soft. Add chopped broccoli and about 1/2 cup water, and cook until tender. Stir in seasonings, chilies, tomato paste, and beans. Cook 5 to 10 minutes. Salt to taste. Spread evenly on a baked corn tortilla. Top with Seed Cheeze Sauce, shredded green cabbage or shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and guacamole.

Seed Cheeze Sauce

1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup water
1 red bell pepper, seeded and quartered*
6 tablespoons lemon juice
3 – 4 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Blend all ingredients until smooth. If needed, soak seeds in water to soften for 4 hours before blending.

*For a spicier cheeze sauce, add 1 or 2 red jalapenos, with or without the seeds, in place of the bell pepper.

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April Ashcroft is a nutrition coach and cooking consultant. She has a passion for teaching others how to gain optimal health through plant based nutrition. She began teaching cooking classes in 2004 through the Dixie State College Community Education program. In 2005 she co-founded the Vegetarian Society of Utah and continues to serve on the board of directors. In 2007 she created Health 4 Life Cooking classes and teaches private classes monthly. She is also available to teach for your church, business, or civic group. In 2010 she earned a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University’s Nutrition Fundamentals on-line certification program. Since 2006 she has been a member of where she keeps up with the most cutting edge un-bias nutritional research and loves to share it with you! In January 2012 she joined the team of providers at The Bridge Health Recovery Center where she teaches the benefits of high nutrient plant based nutrition to help those suffering from chronic illnesses and seeking health through holistic methods. April has published two cookbooks, Whole Food Goodness and Whole Food American Favorites. Recipes in these two books are 100% vegan and are high in nutrients using only the most wholesome ingredients that you can find at most any grocery store. She lives in beautiful southwest Utah with my husband Brian and cats Benson and Baxter. She has three daughters and seven grand-kids and loves hiking, biking, swimming, water and snow skiing, and anything that involves being in the great outdoors!