Thursday, November 16, 2023

Loaded Veggie Quesadillas

These loaded veggie quesadillas were delicious! They were hearty and had protein and vegetables – what’s not to love? I just sliced the avocado instead of making guacamole. I used vegan Boursin and lactose-free sharp cheddar, but you could use a vegan substitute for that as well, or omit it if you want. And to make them gluten-free, just use gluten-free wraps! As for me, I used these new Olé Rising Xtreme Wellness keto wraps and really enjoyed them. 

For the roasted vegetables 
1 large red bell pepper 
1 large yellow bell pepper 
2 medium sweet potatoes 
1 tsp. ground cumin 
1 tsp. ground coriander 
¼ tsp. ground allspice 
½ tsp. chili powder (I used a big pinch of Korean pepper) 
a drizzle of olive oil 
salt and pepper 

For the black beans 
1 15-oz. black beans 
½ tsp. ground cumin 
½ tsp. ground coriander 
salt and pepper 

For the guacamole 
1 large ripe avocado 
squeeze fresh lemon juice (to taste) 
salt and pepper 

For serving 
2 large tortilla wraps 
50 g lactose-free cream cheese (I used vegan Boursin) 
75 g extra mature cheddar cheese 

Preheat the oven to 425 °F. Chop the peppers into thin slices. Peel the sweet potatoes and chop into thin rounds. Place the veg in a large roasting tray, sprinkle over the cumin, coriander, allspice and chili powder, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Toss everything together to coat then roast for about 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender. 

Rinse and drain the black beans and place in a small pan with the cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher until roughly mashed then heat until warmed through. 

Place the avocado flesh in a bowl and mash with the back of a fork, add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. 

Spread the cream cheese over one side of each tortilla wrap. Spread the black beans over the other half. Spread the guacamole on top of the beans, layer the vegetables on top then sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Fold in half. 

Lightly grease a large frying pan with vegetable oil over a medium heat. Place the folded tortillas in the pan and heat for about 5 minutes until lightly browned then carefully flip them over and repeat on the other side. Carefully remove to a plate and serve.

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