Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Kale Quesadillas


Ok, I know that every time I share a recipe I rave about how deelish it is...but I've got a good reason for my "supper superlatives"...I can say that the recipes are great because I make sure to only share the great ones. If a dish we make is just really good then it doesn't make the cut for the blog. I don't care if it's a very photogenic dish...or it's got a catchy name...or whatever. I only want to share recipes that I know you guys will love to make and love to eat...simple as that. So, with that said...this recipe right here more than makes the cut. I'm not exaggerating in the least when I say that this one makes my mouth crazy happy! The combination of flavors is perfection! It's sweet, spicy, savory, and it's kicked up with some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce...Yowza! 
 And we really did have a great time preparing it. We worked production line style. This recipe yields a bunch! So if you don't have a big family then I suggest it for a dinner night with friends! Over here it's just the two of us...but every so often my brother Walt will traipse in all covered in grease and "workin'man grime"...and he often goes through a very long work day and completely forgets to feed himself. So on the night in question, his begrimed self entered the kitchen, we sat him down, and said "EAT"! 
And he flipped for the things...and we had plenty left over for lunch the following day. You could even freeze your extras. And oh yeah...these are vegetarian!  


What you'll need:

3 medium sweet potatoes, sliced about 1/2" thick.
¾ teaspoon salt, divided
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon oregano
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
½ tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chopped kale
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
10 large whole wheat tortillas
2 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese


Let's cook!



First, add your sliced sweet potatoes to a large saucepan with just enough water to cover them. Add ½ teaspoon of the salt to the pot. Bring the water to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain your potatoes and then add them to a large bowl. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes. Add the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, cumin, chili powder, oregano and chipotle peppers. Mix until well combined. You can peel the potatoes if you'd like, but we did not peel ours...and both of us remarked to each other that the potato skins were a big bonus...added a great layer of flavor.


Now, in a medium saute pan, heat your olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add your garlic, cook till fragrant. Now add in the kale and green onions. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the kale is bright green and tender. Add this mixture to the bowl with your mashed sweet potatoes. Now, add in the black beans and mix until well combined.


Using a spatula, spread about ½ cup of filling mixture on half of the tortilla. Sprinkle with ¼ cup of cheese. Fold your tortilla in half, covering the filling. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Now,  heat up a large skillet over high heat. When hot, spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Place assembled quesadillas in the pan (two at a time) and cook 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown, cheese is melted, and the filling is hot.

Cut in half and serve with hot sauce, sour cream, and fresh cilantro!

Enjoy!
xo Jenny & Aaron



18 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this! I really appreciate how this is vegetarian, too. I will surely have to try this. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe!

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  2. This looks sooo good. I've been wanting to try kale; this might be the perfect introduction.

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  3. Yum! thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  4. I tried this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing :)

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  5. I am definitely going to be making this very soon!!! I love kale so much that I feel like I might turn green, haha!!! Super awesome recipe idea! Thanks lady!!

    xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

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  6. Looks interesting! I normally don't go for mexican food but...mmm.

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  7. I do something similar with a burrito, but I'm going to try out your method. Looks simple and delicious!

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  8. I made these tonight- SO good! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

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  9. @Kristina Nuetzmann Oh you are so welcome! It really was so so yummy! Hope you enjoy it!! xo

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  10. @Megan Anderson Oh yeah!! Let me know what you think! We are big Kale fans! We've been making Kale chips too! xo

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  11. @simply bev You are so welcome!! :) Thanks for popping in! xo

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  12. @Sarah Ohh! Fantastic! Glad you liked it! :) xo

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  13. @Dinah Gacon yeah we love it too! This is such a great combo of flavors! Let me know what you think if you make it!! :) xo

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  14. @Live.Love.Random Thanks! It was great!! We'll be making it often! xo

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  15. @JudyK Thanks! yeah...I think even non Mexican fans would like this! And you can adjust your spices! :) Thanks for visiting! xo

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  16. @Molly Wrapped up in books Yeah! A burrito would be great too!! We'd totally try that! Thanks for stopping by! :) Happy Cooking! xo

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  17. @Cynthia F Ohhh great! Glad to hear it!! Just such a deelish combo of flavors right?! Thanks for visiting! xo

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