Quesadillas are one of my all-time favorite foods. Adding roasted sweet potatoes gives this old favorite a great new twist full of fiber and vitamins. In fact, sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a large one contains more than 100 percent of the daily recommended intake.
And the lime-honey addition to the sweet potatoes gives this dish a sweet and zesty taste. I loved this meal so much I had it for dinner and lunch the next day.
Prep Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 quesadilla wedges
2 TBSP fresh lime juice
½ TBSP honey
½ tsp salt
Dash of black pepper
1 large sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
4 whole wheat tortillas
½ can of a 15 oz. can black beans
1 TBSP onion powder
1 TBSP olive oil
1 cup low fat cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, shredded
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1. Preheat oven to 425° degrees.
2. In a small bowl combined the fresh lime juice, honey, salt, and black pepper.
3. Place the sweet potato slices in a glass baking dish and brush or dribble on the lime-honey sauce. Roast the sweet potatoes for about 30 minutes or until they are tender. Place to the side.
4. Pour black beans into a small mixing bowl and slightly mash the black beans with a fork. Mix in the onion powder.
5. In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 TBSP of olive oil over low-medium heat. Place one tortilla in the pan, and spread a layer of mashed black beans on one half of it.
6. Layer the roasted sweet potatoes over the mashed black beans and sprinkle with ½ cup of shredded cheese.
7. Fold the tortilla over and press down with a spatula.
8. Cook until the tortilla is golden brown on one side, then flip over. Cook until golden brown on the other side and the cheese has fully melted.
9. Repeat with remaining tortilla and ingredients.
10. Slice quesadillas into triangles and serve with a side of avocado slices.
Notes: This meal can also be garnished with salsa, a dollop of sour cream, or diced tomatoes. I like pairing it with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice.
Also, depending on the size of the sweet potato you use, there may be leftovers. The leftovers make a great side dish or an easy snack.