Monday, May 16, 2011

Meatless Monday Zucchini and Black bean Quesadillas

After last night's porky fiasco, I was looking forward to Meatless Monday, and some simple fare that didn't involve the likely ingestion of carpet fibers.

This is a super simple meal, yet it was surprisingly filling and delicious. It was fast too, perfect for a busy weeknight.

There isn't a ton of cheese, just enough to hold everything together. Feel free to jazz this up as you see fit. Wringing the water out of the zucchini is key to the success of this recipe.

1 lb zucchini grated - about 2 medium (7")
1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced fine
1 15 oz can blackbeans drained and rinsed
1/2 medium onion sliced very thin
8 oz grated cheese
6-8 flour tortillas 8" diameter
olive oil

Grate the zucchini

Add a generous pinch of salt and put zucchini into a colandar.

Grate the cheese, drain and rinse the beans.

Dice the jalapeno and slice the onion.

Put the zucchini in a non terry cloth dish towel.

Wrap the loose ends of the towel and (over a sink or a bowl) wring out the moisture, I easily got a cup. See how much the squash compresses?

Add squash, beans, onions, jalapeno and cheese to a big bowl. Mix together thoroughly.

Preheat large griddle or pan. Brush oil on one side of a tortilla, place in heated pan oiled side down, add a generous amount of the bean zucchini mixture.

Oil another tortilla and place it over the filling, oiled side up. Cook until bottom tortilla is golden brown, flip and cook other side.

Cut into quarters and served with homemade salsa, and yogurt.

Crispy, flaky tortilla, dense and satisfying filling. And just one was enough for dinner. Be sure to give this one a try!

Until next time, Eat Well & Keep Digging!

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  1. Sounds yummy. Great and easy to make. Thank you.

  2. Andi - it was better than I expected. Filling yet light. Thanks for stopping in!

  3. Yum, this looks really good and would be low calorie. I love using tortillas--I use them for pizza, put veggies on with cheese and bake til crisp--so good. I will try your recipe.

  4. Egretta- Thanks for coming by. Tortillas certainly are very versatile! Enjoy!


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