My Addiction

What are you addicted to?

Come on, everyone has something. Beyond the typical subjects, it could be something like exercise, video games, worrying, or really anything else out there. The addiction can shift as time goes on and some people go from addiction to addiction.

My latest addiction is my iPhone. Dispensing up front about this or that technology is best, I just cannot put the device down. It is my mobile communication device (calling, email and texting), camera, stereo,  primary source of news (Internet), entertainment (podcasts and games) and home productivity device (mobile banking, blog writing, menu planning and recipe storage). As my watchband is tearing apart, it will soon be my watch as well.

When I wake up, I turn off my alarm and even before I am out of bed, I pick it up. The glow is my nightlight to get out of my dark bedroom (and not disturbing my sleeping wife). It is with me all day, every day, and is once again my nightlight to walk to my bed at night.

One of the things I am able to do is use bits and pieces of time to look for some new recipes. I found this one and thought it was so interesting, I saved it right away…in Paprika on my iPhone.

There is a host of flavors and textures in this tostada. The crunch and creaminess go great together.

Yes, that is canned salmon. It worked great for this recipe.

Salmon and avocado.

Cabbage and spices.

The bean mixture before.

And after.

Building the tostadas.

One step at a time.

Ready for the table.

Black Bean & Salmon Tostadas

Prep Time: 25 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes | Makes: 4 , 2 tostadas each


  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1 6- to 7-ounce can boneless, skinless wild Alaskan salmon, drained
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced pickled jalapeños, plus 2 tablespoons pickling juice from the jar, divided
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix (see Tip) or shredded cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons prepared salsa
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Lime wedges (optional)


1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 375°F.

2. Coat tortillas on both sides with cooking spray. Place on 2 baking sheets. Bake, turning once, until light brown, 12 to 14 minutes.

3. Combine salmon, avocado and jalapeños in a bowl. Combine cabbage, cilantro and the pickling juice in another bowl. Process black beans, sour cream, salsa and scallions in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on High until hot, about 2 minutes.

4. To assemble tostadas, spread each tortilla with some bean mixture and some salmon mixture and top with the cabbage salad. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.

Nutritional Info:

319 calories; 11 g fat (2 g sat, 6 g mono); 16 mg cholesterol; 43 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 16 g protein; 12 g fiber; 352 mg sodium; 670 mg potassium.


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Categories: appetizer, Baking, kosher, Lunch, Main Dish, Mexican, Recipes, Seafood

Author:The Ranting Chef

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26 Comments on “My Addiction”

  1. pamasaurus
    July 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Looks amazing! I’m addicted to my smart phone (or, ya know, the internet in general) as well as running.


  2. July 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Thank goodness — I’m not alone in my addiction to my phone. I’m a news junkie and hooked. You are living my life!


  3. July 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    My phone is total crack candy addictive. I’m clueless without it.


  4. July 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    I’m recently addicted to food games (e.g. Papa’s Pacakeria). 😛
    Do you think canned refried beans would do good with this recipe?


    • July 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      I actually thought of doing that but I think the texture would be too close to what the salmon mixture ended up and would be afraid to would be too much.


      • July 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

        aha! thank you very much. 🙂 Do you have any recipes involving canned refried beans?


  5. July 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    I don’t have an iPhone but I do have an iPod that does all the same things except no calls. I kind of enjoy that part. Before that I had a PDA and thought life was over when it died. it had a large collection of etexts on it. I ejoy the fact I can get the latest news, check my email and keep up with things in general as long as it can pick up the internet. And I have an etext library that takes a lot less space than real books do. You are right, they are a handy flashlight too 🙂


  6. July 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    wooo this makes my mouth water It lookss amazing 😉


  7. July 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    You mean addiction other than chocolate? 🙂 Oh boy, where do I start?… I have a sticky note on my make-up drawer “You do NOT need any more make-up” (does not always help). I have too too many clothes and shoes. And books. And tea sets.


  8. July 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    My wife got this recipe from WebMd and we made it two nights ago. Surprising how filling these guys get but with the beans and salmon they’re tasty and healthy. glad you iclude the healthy stuff.


  9. July 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    My Android phone. It’s a year and half old now but I love it. Has a full slide out keyboard and you can put an extended battery in it too. I love it.

    Has NPR, PRI, Pandora, TuneIn, network tools like ssh, Kindle, YouTube, Epicurious, Mixology – you name it. In fact when I leave the house to travel anywhere now I just take the phone. The computer is left behind.


  10. July 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Oh my!! These look delicious! minus the salmon…. do you think it would be good with canned chicken instead of salmon?? and are those corn tortillas or flour ?? fried or baked?? …. and I’m addicted to my iphone as well…


  11. July 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    I love a good tostada! I keep my addictions curtailed at 3: I love attention, travel, and eating/drinking. is that 4?


  12. July 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Ooooo… This looks seriously YUMMY!! Thanks for always posting the best recipes! I am going to try this for Monday Nights Dinner! 😀 YUM! ~Ami


  13. July 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Apple juice..I’m addicted to Apple Juice..


  14. July 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    oooooh…… emmmmmm….. geeeee!!!! These look A-MA-ZING! Can’t wait to try!


  15. messyme
    July 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I hope to owner of an Android phone. I love all those apps and stuff. I soon hope to be as addicted as you are!!


  16. jetr1
    July 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Right now I am addicated to RC cola. I must have one every day. Tech wise, I love my new laptop. I am on it 24/24


  17. July 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    That looks so good! I especially like what you did with the beans! My addiction? Diet Dr. Pepper hands down – everyone wants me to have one within 30 minutes of rising in the morning. Mama can be cranky! 🙂


  18. July 21, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I am addicted to the time after my son goes to sleep….even when I want to go to bed, I can’t because I feel compelled to have adult time….
    What an interesting combination of flavors….! Cool post!


  19. July 23, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    I made these yesterday they were a hit. And I learned I don’t like salmon. =)


  20. July 25, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    I recently got myself an iPad and have become absolutely addicted to it. It makes general networking and blogging stuff really simple and easy to do any time and any place!

    Love the recipe, yet again!


  21. July 26, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Confession, there’s a late night joint here open till 2 am and it’s a Mexican cantina which my sweetie and I often frequent after work. Your fabulous Tostadas are the kind of thing I would definitely make a beeline for after the late night shift! Yummers.


  22. August 20, 2012 at 3:01 am #

    Addicted to cinnamon, especially during the wintertime. I don’t know why. Your tostadas look fabulous, and I’m sure they taste awesome!



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