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Best Lunch Box Ever: Sweetie Pie Quesadilla Recipe

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I've been making chili with black beans and sweet potatoes for years. This takes those two winning flavors and pairs them with melted Monterey Jack cheese for a quesa­dilla that is far more satisfying than the norm. Cooking the quesadilla over medium instead of high heat allows the sweet potato to get tender by the time the outside is crispy and the cheese is melted. Leftover cooked vegetables such as broc­coli, zucchini, or peppers can be chopped up and substituted for the sweet potato.

Makes 2 servings


3/4 cup coarsely grated Monterey Jack cheese
Two 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortillas
1/2 cup grated peeled raw sweet potato
1/4 cup cooked black beans, drained
2 tablespoons mild green taco sauce
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil


1. Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over one tortilla. Scatter the sweet potato over the cheese, followed by the beans. Spoon the taco sauce over the beans and top with the remaining cheese and the remaining tortilla.
2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Put the quesa­dilla in the pan and cook until golden brown and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. With a spatula, flip the quesadilla and cook until the second side is golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes.
3. Transfer the quesadilla to a cutting board and let cool for a few minutes.
4. Cut into quarters. Wrap or pack into two containers.

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From the Organic Authority Files

Make-ahead notes: can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. In the morning before school, reheat in a pan or pop into the toaster oven to restore crispiness, if you like.


A few other Organic Authority quasidilla recipes to try:

"Black Bean and Feta Quesadilla [Gluten Free & Vegetarian]"

"Vegetable Whole-Wheat Quesadilla Recipe"


Katie Morford, "Best Lunch Box Ever"

Image: Jennifer Martiné

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