1.09.2012

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Even though I'm not a vegetarian, last night I decided on a meat free dish (mainly because I wanted to use what I had on hand).

I don't eat a lot of red meat, but I love chicken and fish.  Growing up, my Dad used to buy our meat from a farmer friend, where the animals were grass fed/pastured.  That's not an option for everyone but when you're grocery shopping, always look for lean, hormone & antibiotic free meats.  It's important to know where the meat came from and how it was raised.  If you're not sure, you can always talk to the butcher.



These quesadillas are healthy, easy to make, AND super tasty!  I normally use whole wheat tortillas, but this time I used flour tortillas instead. You could add chicken or beef to these, but they are filling enough without the meat.

Top them with salsa, guacamole, or whatever your little heart desires!  I love sour cream but my waistline doesn't...my secret weapon is plain, non-fat greek yogurt.  It's taste and consistency is almost identical to sour cream, but is MUCH healthier (and packed with protein)!

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
Recipe & Photos by halftomatohalfpotato


INGREDIENTS
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (add more if you like it spicy)
8 (8 inch) whole wheat tortillas (you can also use flour)
1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided (preferably reduced fat)

DIRECTIONS
-Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat
-Stir in onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes
-Stir in beans and corn
-Add salsa, cilantro, & pepper flakes; mix well.  Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes
-In a large skillet over medium high heat, place a tortilla and sprinkle evenly with cheese, then top with
 some of the bean/corn mixture.  Place another tortilla on top, cook until golden, then flip and cook on the
 other side.  Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.  Cut cooked tortillas into wedges and serve.




Enjoy!




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