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Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

I love healthy, simple, and easy to create weeknight meals. My daughter normally goes to sleep before my husband and I even sit down for dinner, so I really take value in a simple meal. The recipe for Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas is one of my favorites for when I need to throw together a quick, nutritious, and satisfying meal.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

My favorite part about this meal is how easily it can be deconstructed and fed to my picky toddler – yes, we’re back in a picky eating phase again. She is obsessed with sweet potatoes, but not digging the black bean combo.

Here’s proof:

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

She was sneaking every component of this meal, minus the beans and the actual quesadilla, of course.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadilla – Ingredient List:

1 large sweet potato
1/4 tsp garlic powder
a pinch of salt & pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

1 15oz can of black beans
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
a pinch of salt & pepper

4 large whole wheat tortillas
1/2 cup mozzarella or cheddar cheese
2 tbsp fresh cilantro

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

The quesadilla is loaded with nutritious ingredients: sweet potatoes, fiber-rich black beans and a whole wheat tortilla. It is incredibly filling, even for my carnivorous husband who looks at me wearily when I tell him what’s for dinner most nights.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

I love the combination of the roasted sweet potatoes and the cumin-flavored beans in this recipe. If I have the time, I chop and roast the sweet potato earlier or even the day before so I can simply throw together the rest of the meal at dinnertime.

Also, a little calorie saving tip, I swap out the sour cream topper with plain greek yogurt – it’s amazing how similar the yogurt tastes to sour cream when paired with a savory dish (you won’t miss it, I promise).

Find all of the recipe details below.


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Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

It’s a miracle, my two-year-old likes meatballs!

Every single time I take her to the doctor for a wellness visit I am drilled about her diet, and asked if she is getting enough meat. Admittedly, her consumption is spotty at best so I am thrilled that she’s taken a liking to a variety of healthy meatballs. I previously created a recipe for Kale Turkey Meatballs with her in mind and my latest rendition is for Broccoli Chicken Meatballs.

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

As a vegetarian, I honestly don’t stress a lot about her meat intake, but I do want her to have a well balanced diet and if she choses to be a vegetarian later in life than by all means. This recipe in particular is very simple to make and was created for the toddler/family palate {a.k.a. not a tremendous amount of exotic flavors for my picky eater}. Also, I love when I can seamlessly combine veggies and protein – one less dish to clean!

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs – Ingredients List:

1 lb. ground chicken
1 egg
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese {I prefer Parmigiano-Reggiano}
1 cup shredded broccoli
pinch of salt & pepper
1-2 cups of tomato sauce {optional}

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

When preparing the broccoli for this recipe, I first steamed it {1/4-1/2 head of broccoli} then let it dry, and finally shredded it in a blender {or food processor} in several batches. The goal of “blending” the broccoli is to break it down so it spreads evenly throughout the meatballs – the texture will be course, but no large chunks of broccoli should remain.

The complete cooking instructions and ingredients are listed below. I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine has!



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