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Black Bean Quesadillas

The perfect "outside the norm" lunch that will have your littles begging for more.

August 7th, 2015

Laura Fuentes, "The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet"

It’s a myth that quesadillas need to be hot and the cheese needs to be gooey and melty for kids to love them. They are excellent at room temperature and the perfect disguise for healthy things—such as beans.
1 or 2 servings
  • ¼ cup (25 g) canned black beans, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons (16 g) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon (9 g) scallions, chopped very small (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons (1 g) fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Arriba! Seasoning (see below)
  • ¼ cup (30 g) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Two 8-inch (20 cm) tortillas
  • 2 ounces (55 g) salsa
  • For Arriba! Seasoning: (makes 9 tbls.)
  • 3 tablespoons (23 g) chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons (14 g) ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) ground paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons (4 g) black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons (6 g) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons (2 g) dried oregano
  1. In a large bowl, place the beans, corn, onion, if using, cilantro, seasoning, and cheese. Gently mix until everything is evenly combined.

  2. Scoop the filling and place on top of one side of one tortilla. Top with the second tortilla.

  3. In a warm skillet, cook both sides over medium heat until the tortilla is brown and crispy, and the cheese has melted.

  4. For a school lunch: I like to assemble quesadillas the night before. In the morning, I slowly grill them while I pour myself a cup of coffee. After the quesadilla is grilled, I lay it on a cutting board to cool, usually while I am getting the kids dressed. Then, simply cut and pack them inside the lunchbox.

  5. Arriba! Seasoning:In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

  6. Kitchen Note: Why not make extra quesadillas and freeze them? Assemble quesadillas and place flat on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Once the quesadillas are flash frozen, about 1 hour, transfer to a freezer bag and store flat.

Black Bean Quesadillas
Alison Bickel Photography

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