Thursday, November 13, 2008

Black Bean Quesadillas

As many of you know, children can sometimes be picky eaters. Many parents I know struggle getting enough protein into their children because they refuse to eat animal proteins. One way to get more protein into your children in a healthy and delicious way is to include more beans(which are very underrated by the way) in their diets. Black beans are high in fiber, keep blood sugars level and contain 10 times more antioxidants than the same amount of oranges. They even provide tons of folate and magnesium which are both necessary for proper cardiac function. Combine beans with whole grains and you have an excellent complete protein meal....all while holding the meat!

1/2 C. Black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 C. minced green bell pepper
1/2 small tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 C.shredded cheese(Cheddar, Jack...any good melting cheese)
1/2 Avocado
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Sour Cream and Salsa(optional)
1 large whole wheat tortilla

Heat skillet and spray with non-stick cooking spray. On a cutting board, sprinkle cheese, beans, tomato and bell peppers on half of the tortilla. Fold over other half and place on the skillet. Allow to brown on each side while the cheese melts and veggies heat through. In another bowl, smash avocado and add olive oil. Mix to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Remove quesadilla from skillet and cut into wedges. Serve with a dollop of avocado, sour cream and salsa.

We like to serve this with cold sliced mango with a squeeze of lime!

Serves 2.

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