We try to eat vegetarian a couple of times a week, so I’m always trying to come up with ways to creatively fill our tummys without resorting to a ton of processed meat free foods. I’ve discussed my love of roasted sweet potatoes before, and I’m throwing a couple of these guys into the oven at least once a week to add to rice bowls or babyfood.
Last week, after scouring the pantry for something I could quickly throw together for dinner, I found a can of seasoned black beans and a lonely sweet potato. We’ve always got tortillas on hand so I thought I’d spice up our typical rice bowl routine, and put together these quesadillas.
And then they looked so pretty, and the light was just right, and my kiddo’s were SCREAMING, so I decided I’d take a mommy-time-out and go outside on the front porch with my dinner and take some pictures. I’m sure the neighbors think I’m crazy. Dog barking, kids crying, mom photographing a quesadilla. The white van and straighjacket are probably on their way here right now.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas
1 medium sized sweet potato, peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces
1 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili power
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 can seasoned black beans
salsa, sour cream, avocado, shredded cheese, lettuce tomato
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix together sweet potatoes, spices, and oil until well coated. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with foil. Roast in oven for 30 minutes or until tender and slightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside.
Heat black beans in small saucepan until warm.
Slightly mash sweet potatoes so you can spread them onto one tortilla. Sprinkle with black beans and shredded cheese and top with a second tortilla. Toast in a large frying pan over medium high heat flipping until tortillas have browned and cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Cut into pizza wedges and top with more shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, avocado, lettuce and tomato or whatever else you’d like!