Veggie Quesadillas

I’ve learned a few things being a mother. The greatest thing that I’ve learned is how much love the human heart can hold. To me, having a child is not only the greatest test of patience, strength and sanity; but it is also the most rewarding experience a person can have. I heard this quote when I was pregnant with my son and it is so true, “Becoming a parent is realizing your heart will now forever be outside your body.” All that sappy stuff may be true, but I’ve also learned other things – not so sappy. If your kids are healthy, you are so very blessed. If your kid sleeps all night, you are lucky. I’ve learned that if your kid likes vegetables, you are lucky. Getting your kids to eat their veggies can be a real challenge. For us, if you put anything in the form of mac & cheese – they will eat it. If you put it on a pizza – they will eat it. And if you turn it into a quesadilla, they will eat it! One night I did not have any meat ready for dinner and was too tired to make a glorious meal. I had some mixed veggies and tortilla shells (it’s grocery shopping time). Of course, my son REFUSED to eat plain mixed veggies. It was Kid’s Choice Night and he requested quesadillas.  So I decided to make a quesadilla. I just didn’t tell him the mixed veggies MADE the quesadilla. He inhaled them without complaint. Dinner success at our house! Surprisingly, they tasted great – or we were just too tired to care! Either way, he got plenty of veggie servings and that makes me a happy mama!!

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8 6” corn tortilla shells
1 pkg of frozen mixed veggies (fresh is of course fine also)
1 large tomato, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed
½ cup of shredded cheese (we used dairy free)
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp cilantro

  • In a large skillet, combine veggies, tomato, beans, paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper and cilantro.
  • Meanwhile, on a 350°F griddle, warm tortilla shells. Sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly over four of the tortilla shells.
  • Spread ¼ of the veggie mixture onto the tortilla with cheese. Top the veggies with additional cheese if desired and then place the remaining shells onto the quesadillas.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes per side or until cheese is melted. Serve with salsa, sour cream, avocado, ranch etc…

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