Sunday, April 11, 2010
Safeway has the cutest little cards of recipes... in the produce section and also in the meat area. I always look through them and sometimes there are several that I bring home. This one definitely caught my eye. I had lots of fun making them...and may I just say?... simple, tasty and, oh, no.... even pretty healthy too... a winning combination! Keep that card and file it!! Change things up any way you like.
Spinach and Black Bean Quesadillas
1 TBSP olive oil
1 small onion diced
3 to 4 cups fresh pre-washed spinach
4 8 or 10 inch flour tortillas
2 cups shredded cheese (the recipe calls for Mexican blend whatever that is) (I used mozza and cheddar)
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp. ground cumin (optional)
Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until soft. Add spinach; cook and stir until wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drain well; set aside.
Coat large skillet with cooking spray and cook a tortilla til golden brown; turn over. Top with one-fourth of the cheese, beans and spinach; season with cumin if desired. Fold tortilla in half pressing gently; cook 2 minutes per side or til lightly browned and cheese melts. Remove from skillet; keep warm.
Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Cut each quesadilla into 3 wedges and serve.
((I added chicken and also did things a bit differently because it seemed easier. I used only one pan for everything))
Cooked some chicken thighs in a non stick pan. Then, I added cumin to the chicken thighs which I also seasoned with basil and some red pepper flakes (add any other spices you like). Removed chicken from the pan, cooled and sliced it while softening the onions (I added a teensy bit of oil and about a tsp. of butter) and some yellow pepper slices in the same pan... added the spinach and a clove of minced garlic. Wilted it slightly, quickly gave it a stir and removed it to a platter. Then began browning a tortilla in the same pan ... and followed directions for filling and browning.
Next time I think I'll try them with refried beans with green chilis.... nice and spicy...