I always cook Mexican food, authentic Mexican food, because no matter how many Mexican Restaurants I find in Colorado, most of the dishes in these restaurants have usually been Americanized for the locals' taste buds, and the Mexican recipes never taste like back home. 🙁
However, these days with the Fifa World Cup going on and all the matches being played at our local time: breakfast time... I've had the perfect excuse to cook easy traditional Mexican recipes for my friends and roommates!
Have you had Molletes? They are like Italian bruschettas or Spanish tapas!
Molletes are a classic breakfast made by cutting a bolillo (traditional baguette) in half and then spreading some pinto or black refried beans. Melting some Mexican cheese and topping with Pico de Gallo salsa. Ideally try to buy beans in bulk, pre-soak and make your homemade beans ahead of time. But if you are a busy athlete, this recipe is also delicious using canned refried beans, so no excuse to order pizza instead!
These recipe is a perfect example of a RECOVERY & PLANT-BASED MEAL! The traditional recipe calls for cheese, but you can also make it vegan, avoid the cheese and still get a complete protein through this meal! Why? Because to get all the amino acids your body needs to build protein and repair muscle after exercise, you simply need to include grains and legumes!
In this meal:
BREAD = GRAIN
BEANS = LEGUMES
Although you might think you can use any salsa for any Mexican recipe. Molletes are always served with Pico de Gallo! So if you want to make the real deal... Make this salsa which is one of the easiest and very refreshing! If you don't want it to be spicy simply avoid the serrano pepper.
So there you go, now you have a suuuuper easy plant-based recovery meal that you can have after your morning workout or for dinner!
Now put on your Mexican national soccer team jersey and ¡Vamos Mexico!
Makes 6 molletes
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
- 6 slices of Mexican queso: I recommend Asadero or Manchego since they melt really nice. (You can also use crumbled queso fresco).
- 1 whole-grain baguette, sliced in 6 and then sliced in half or 3 small bolillos.
- Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
- In a medium bowl mix tomatoes, onion, serrano pepper and season with cilantro, salt and pepper.
- Spread 3 tablespoons of refried beans on each slice of bread.
- Add a slice of cheese to each bread slice.
- Place all bread slices with beans and cheese in a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
- Carefully take out, top with Pico de Gallo (the more veggies the better) and enjoy!
Please comment below if you had never had molletes and you liked this easy Mexican recipe!