Tonight’s dinner was a snap, especially when you already have 2 of the star ingredients cooked and on hand. In this case, it was the squash and beans. I am a bean snob, I prefer to rehydrate and cook my own vs canned beans, something about starting out from scratch that has always appealed to me, in whatever I do.
Anyway, back to quesadillas! and yes, another (say it with emphasis now)… a-nother!Mexican flavor inspired recipe. I had already made the beans for another batch of my black bean and wild/brown rice enchiladas and the squash was leftover from dinner on Sunday, so I was looking through my recipes for quesadillas and landed on my empanada recipe and thought…why not switch out the sweet potato for the squash and slap the contents into a tortilla?!
Bravo! We have a winner! A couple other changes and the whole thing was on the plate in less than 15 minutes.
1 Cup cooked black beans
1 Cup roasted butternut squash (if cubed, mash slightly)
1 small clove garlic, peeled and mashed
1 Tbsp finely chopped jalapeno
3 Tbsp chopped red onion
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Large 10″ Whole Wheat floour toritilla
1/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
Juice from one lime
In skillet set over medium heat, lightly toast cumin, coriander, salt and pepper until fragrant (about a minute), add oil, onion and jalapeno. Saute for 2 minutes until onion softens, add garlic and lime juice. Stir constantly for about a minute or two until garlic softens. Reduce heat to low and add beans and squash. Combine thoroughly and let contents warm through (about 2-3 minutes). Remove from pan and set aside.
In same skillet, turning heat up to medium-low, place tortilla in the pan and add cheese to one half. Add squash/bean mixture over the cheese. Fold tortilla in half and cook until the bottom starts to brown (about 2-3 minutes). Flip and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from skillet and serve immediately with cilantro, sour cream and avocado.
This recipe makes one serving, size up as necessary!