Argula and Avocado Quesadilla

Are you looking to make a quick, simple and no-fuss dinner in under 20 minutes. You are in the right place. This recipe takes no more than 20 minutes. It is nutritious, filling and delish. The best part is even kids can make it. Quesadilla is a tortilla filled with cheese, meat and/or vegetables and cooked on a skillet.

The first time I tasted quesadilla was at the American restaurant  Cheesecake Factory. It was huge and very filling and was definitely meant for sharing. Mexican food can be sometimes cheese laden which in turn can be heavy on the stomach. Homemade quesadillas can be made healthy by using less amount of cheese and adding in healthy ingredients. Arugula is chlorophyll dense, is bitter and has a peppery flavor. Avocado is nutrient dense, potassium rich and has healthy fats beneficial for our health.

Black beans are high in fiber and folates and make an excellent addition to the dish.

Servings

4 quesadillas

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

10-15 minutes

Total Time

About 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 8 tortillas, flour or wheat
  • 1 cup baby arugula 
  • 1 avocado, roughly mashed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1- 1 ½ cup shredded cheese, mozzarella or any mexican style cheese
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 tsp crushed red chili
  • Oil to brush on tortilla
PREPARATION

Step 1
Heat a skillet. Take 2 tortillas and brush oil on one side of both the tortillas. Place 1 tortilla on the skillet oil side down and spread some cheese. 

Step 2
Spread some mashed avocado, black beans and arugula and top with more cheese.

Step 3
Place the 2nd tortilla (oiled side up) on the filling and cover. Press lightly.

Step 4
After about 2 minutes turn over the quesadilla using a spatula. Cook for 2 minutes or until the surface is crisp and brown. 

Step 5
Take off the heat and cut into wedges and serve. Repeat with the other tortillas.

Notes:
Divide the ingredients equally to make 4 quesadillas.

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