Quinoa Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Sweet potato quesadillas are a healthy quick meal for one of those nights you just don’t feel like thinking about recipes or cooking. Last night was one of those nights for me and after a long run, I was getting HANGRYΒ  – so it was quesadillas to the rescue! I apologize for the phone photos – I actually did take photos with my camera and then my card reader this morning decided it wanted to stop working. 😦

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Finn was pretty bummed out about it too. I’ll replace the phone photos with actual pretty photos once I get the card reader situation sorted. Until then… on to the recipe!

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Quinoa Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (Cheddar works great, but I used Fontina cheese last night)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, diced
  • 4 handfuls of kale or spinach
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Avocado (optional)
  • Plain Greek Yogurt (optional)
  • Tofu/ substitute chicken product (optional)
  • Chicken or other lean protein (optional)

Directions

1.) Pre-heat oven to 425.

2.) Toss diced sweet potatoes in olive oil and roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice.

3.) In a saucepan add 1/2 cup of water to 1/4 cup of quinoa. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and let simmer 15-20 minutes.

4.) Cook your protein according to directions.

5.) Saute spinach or kale in saucepan and set aside.

6.) Once the quinoa is finished add 1/2 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp chili powder and mix together well.

7.) Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and turn off the oven.

6.) On a baking sheet, lay two whole wheat tortillas flat. Sprinkle 1/4 of the cheese on each. Add spinach, jalapeno, sweet potatoes, quinoa, red onion, and protein on top.

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7.) Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese on top of both and add a tortilla on top of each.

8.) Place the quesadillas in the oven for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

9.) Cut into triangles and serve with salsa, avocado, plain greek yogurt, and additional red onion.

Enjoy!

 

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