Weeknight Dinner: Black Bean Sweet Potato Quesadillas

I am ready for this week to be over.  And yes, I realize that it’s only Tuesday.  I just have so much going on this week!  By Sunday night, I was already making adjustments to my menu plan because my schedule had already changed—and gotten more full.

Last night’s dinner was a recipe I’ve made before, but not in a while.  It’s inspired by a recipe from my friend Cynthia, formerly of It All Changes.  As her site is no longer up, I thought it only fair to share this awesome combo with you here.

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Black Bean Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Black Bean Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 whole wheat tortillas
  • vegetable or other

Instructions

  1. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1" dice. Use a pot and a steamer basket to steam the sweet potato for 12-15 minutes, or until soft.
  2. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a bowl. Mash them with a fork or a potato masher until smooth. Add the black beans and stir to combine.
  3. Heat a large, slightly oiled skillet over medium heat. Fold a tortilla down the center to crease it and place it in the pan. Spread half with the sweet potato-black bean mixture. Topping with cheddar cheese. Fold over the other half of the tortilla. (Note: You can make the quesadilla with two tortillas, one on top of the other, but I find it much easier to flip them when folded.)
  4. Cook the quesadilla for 3-5 minutes, or until browned and crispy. Flip and cook the other side until browned and crispy.
  5. Fill and cook other tortillas as explained above. If desired, keep them warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.
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Here’s to next week!

Highlights: Vegetarian Meals

In light of yesterday’s menu post, it seemed only fair to make today’s highlights a collection of vegetarian recipes.  These recipes are the sort that I gravitate to during my menu planning.  I hope they help you with yours!

30 Days of 5 Ingredient Vegetarian Dinners (Oh My Veggies)

Gluten-Free Taco Veggie Burgers (Healthy Delicious)

Vegan Breakfast Sandwiches with Cholula Cashew Cheese (Oh My Veggies)

Open Faced Kimchi and Egg Sandwich (Food in Jars)

How To Transform a Head of Cauliflower into Dinner (Food52)

Deep Fried Avocado Tacos (Serious Eats)

Fall-toush Salad (Smitten Kitchen)

Quick Veggie Stir Fry Sticky Rice Bowl (Everybody Likes Sandwiches)

Beet Braised Lentils with Thyme and Apples (Simple Bites)

Mushroom Lentil Tacos (Food52)

Delicata Squash Honey Mustard Quinoa (Healthy Tipping Point)

Looking for more?  Check out the vegetarian section of my menu index!

recipe index

What’s your favorite vegetarian recipe?  Please share!

On the Importance Of CSA Menu Plans (CSA Menu Plan #14)

There are times when I consider not posting menu plans anymore.  They’re not particularly popular posts.  They don’t get many comments or much feedback and honestly, they’re sort of a pain to write.  Sometimes, I think to myself, I have better things to do with my weekends.

Last weekend, I didn’t post a menu plan.  This was partially due to the fact that I didn’t feel like it (see above) and partially due to the fact that I gave this site a lovely makeover.  But then Brian and I had the pleasure of having this conversation 7 times:

“What’s for dinner tonight?”

“I don’t know, what do you feel like?”

We ate dinner, of course, but I don’t remember half the things we had.  And, when I went to put this week’s vegetables in the refrigerator, I discovered that we still had half of last week’s CSA pick up left.  Awesome.  So this week I’m getting back to that planning thing.  And it’s okay if no one reads it, because I know that I’ll be a lot healthier and less stressed and less wasteful as a result.  It’s a little bit of a short week for me because of some plans I have next weekend, but I’m making up for it by adding lunches to the plan.  Because the only thing worse than the randomness we ate for dinner this past week was the scrambling Brian had to do to make us lunch for work.

CSA pick up 10.18.14

This week’s pick up: spaghetti squash, cauliflower, red potatoes, kale, broccoli, sweet potatoes, peppers, shallots, carrots, beets, Brussels sprouts

Leftovers from last week: delicata squash, onions, acorn squash, Romanesco cauliflower, lettuce, spinach

The plan:

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

black bean, spinach + sweet potato quesadillas + roasted beets An adaptation of slow cooker chili + roasted Brussels sprouts Leftover chili + corn bread broccoli feta frittata + roasted red potatoes

spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and mozzarella + kale chips


Lunch:

Delicata Squash Casserole (still working on that recipe!) remaining casserole leftover chili + cornbread assorted seasoned roasted vegetables

In the interest of improving these menu posts, please let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to include in future menu plans.

TWOSDAY XVIII: Makeover Edition

Reasons I haven’t posted in the past several days:
1.  I gave my blog a makeover!
2.  It was the weekend…sometimes a blogging vacation is in order!

2014 design

Reasons my blog needed a makeover:
1.  I’d been running the same theme since 2011.  The blogging world has changed some in the past few years and I was more than ready for a new look.
2.    All of my themes up to this point had been free, but I finally have a little blogging budget so it was time to take the plunge with a paid theme.  It was totally worth it.

Two businesses that made my updates so much easier and more secure than anticipated:
1.  VaultpressKaty Widrick has been telling me for years (through her blog and directly) that I really needed to back up my site.  With over 800 posts and probably double that in photos, I know I really needed to back up Relishments.  So I purchased a year’s subscription to Vaultpress and backed up all my site’s info, which took a few hours.  Luckily, the transition to the new theme went smoothly, but it’s good to know that my site will be safe no matter what.
2.  StudioPress – I heard only good things about the Genesis framework and the child themes, but actually spending money on a theme was pretty scary for me.  What if I didn’t like it?  Turns out, not liking the theme I purchased was no big deal.  Within an hour of buying the Lifestyle Pro theme, I knew it wasn’t for me.  I emailed support at StudioPress and they were quick to promise me a refund (once my credit card was processed).  Meanwhile, I bought the FoodiePro theme, which I’m loving.

Relishments

Aspects of my new look I think you should check out:
1.  My new section buttons on the right sidebar, highlighting some of my favorite Relishments topics.
2.  The recipe index – yes, I know I just created an index a few months ago, but the one enabled on this theme is much nicer looking,  Maybe now I’ll be inspired to created more recipes!

I’m thrilled with my site’s new look.  Please, please share any feedback you have, especially if you see things that aren’t formatted right or working correctly.  Here’s to a new era on Relishments!

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Weeknight Dinner: Black Bean Sweet Potato Quesadillas

I am ready for this week to be over.  And yes, I realize that it’s only Tuesday.  I just have so much going on this week!  By Sunday night, I was already making adjustments to my menu plan because my schedule had already changed—and gotten more full. Last night’s dinner was a recipe I’ve made before, but…

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Highlights: Vegetarian Meals

In light of yesterday’s menu post, it seemed only fair to make today’s highlights a collection of vegetarian recipes.  These recipes are the sort that I gravitate to during my menu planning.  I hope they help you with yours! 30 Days of 5 Ingredient Vegetarian Dinners (Oh My Veggies) Gluten-Free Taco Veggie Burgers (Healthy Delicious)…

Read More »

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On the Importance Of CSA Menu Plans (CSA Menu Plan #14)

There are times when I consider not posting menu plans anymore.  They’re not particularly popular posts.  They don’t get many comments or much feedback and honestly, they’re sort of a pain to write.  Sometimes, I think to myself, I have better things to do with my weekends. Last weekend, I didn’t post a menu plan. …

Read More »

2014-design.jpg

TWOSDAY XVIII: Makeover Edition

Reasons I haven’t posted in the past several days: 1.  I gave my blog a makeover! 2.  It was the weekend…sometimes a blogging vacation is in order! Reasons my blog needed a makeover: 1.  I’d been running the same theme since 2011.  The blogging world has changed some in the past few years and I…

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Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower and Potato Soup

Last Friday, Brian and I were picking up our vegetables at the farm, like we do.  As we pondered our options (aloud, no doubt to the pleasure of the other people in attendance), I suggested that I could make potato soup this week.  Our CSA manager piped in with “Know what’s really good?  Roasted Romanesco…

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Two for One (CSA Menu Plan #13)

It’s been a good couple of weeks around here.  My birthday last weekend was fabulous, I feel like I’m really getting into the school routine and we’re solidly into my favorite season.  Brian and I finally got our acts together this week to go apple picking and it was gorgeous.  Hopefully I can do some…

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