Broccoli Rabe and Black Bean Quesadillas

Crispy quesadillas stuffed with broccoli rabe and black beans!

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broccoli rabe

Do you have fun plans for Cinco de Mayo? It’s one of those festive holidays that sneaks up on me, like St. Patrick’s Day, and makes me wish I were a more proactive party planner. Sometimes, I get lucky and my friends use it as an excuse to get together. Other times, I make do with some chips and salsa or a green shirt.

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, and if you are the last-minute type like I am, I have a quesadilla for you. It’s golden and crisp on the outside, and stuffed full of (mostly) redeeming ingredients on the inside.

You may associate broccoli rabe with Italian recipes, but it held up well in this Mexican one. I treated it like kale and massaged it with olive oil, lime juice and garlic. Quick refried black beans and some melted cheese round it out.

Broccoli rabe is known for its robust flavor, especially in its raw state. If you’re not wild about raw greens, but want to try broccoli rabe, I recommend my broccoli rabe pesto flatbread , lemony roasted potatoes and broccoli rabe , or broccoli rabe peanut soba noodles . See if you don’t find yourself craving more! Quesadillas await.

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    Author: Cookie and Kate

    Recipe type: Entree

    Cuisine: Mexican

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    Serves: 4 quesadillas


    Marinated broccoli rabe

    Refried black beans

    Remaining ingredients



    Make it gluten free: Use gluten-free tortillas!


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  • Mango Batido Recipe

    Mango Batido - a refreshing tropical drink that is so easy to make! Perfect for poolside or pretending you're at the beach.

    This Mango Batido is a refreshing, tropical drink that’s perfect for poolside or pretending you’re at the beach.

    Mango Batido - a refreshing tropical drink that is so easy to make! Perfect for poolside or pretending you're at the beach.

    Last week, I watched The War Room with a group of friends. It’s a movie about the power of prayer, and how one woman helps another by sharing her personal life experiences and spiritual counsel to help another woman through her marital troubles. It left arealimpact on me…why do women have to go through life experiencing the same problems other women go through, generation after generation? Why don’t women help each other and learn from each other. It sure would save us all a lot of time and pain.

    One of the things I loved most about our Daniel Plan study was that we had women encouraging each other, not being naysayers, but building each other up, sharing personal experiences to help each other. I LOVE that!

    Imagine how powerful it would be if we helped each other all the time, collaborated with each other, recognizing that each of us has different gifts and talents, so we’re not competing with each other; rather, we compliment each other. Just like a recipe – each ingredient on its own can do just so much, but when combined together in a recipe, you can elevate each ingredient in the final dish.

    I know I’m much better at encouraging people I know than people I don’t know. Why is that? Our human nature is to be suspicious, less trusting of people we don’t know. We put our guard up, and it takes time to break that down. Trust takes a long time to develop. I’m not saying we should be naive and assume everyone has our best interests at heart, but what if…what if we gave people the benefit of the doubt and believed they wanted to help us more times than we suspected they were just trying to push their ownagenda for self-gain?

    Just food for thought.

    Watch this video to see how quickly this Mango Batido comes together.


    Serves: 1




    Source: Jeanette’s Healthy Living

    Melanoma Skin Cancer Protection and Detection #melanomamonday

    Melanoma Monday - Protect yourself and your family from skin cancer

    This post is about Melanoma Skin CancerProtection and Detection. Melanomais the deadliest form of skin cancer, but you can protect yourself from getting it, and it can be successfully treated if detected early.Read this post to learn more.

    Skin Cancer and Melanoma - Protect yourself and your family from skin cancer and melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer

    Today is Melanoma Monday and I’m helping the American Academy of Dermatology kick off their “Looking Good in 2016” campaignto raise awareness about skin cancer prevention and detection, especially melanoma.

    This is super important information everyone, so please read this post and share it with your family and friends!

    Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer,but it is highly treatable when spotted early.

    To be honest, I never worried about skin cancer until recently. I used to love getting a golden tan during the summer, and only used sunscreen when I was laying out in the hot sun. I remember getting sun poisoning in my early 20’s duringmy first visit toFlorida – I continued to get a rash every time I was in the sun for a number of years after that. I never thought about getting skin cancer from unprotected sun exposure.

    Then, a few years ago, a few of my friends had surgery to removemelanomas, including one friend who had several large sections of skin removed from her leg due to melanoma. Another friend had melanoma removed on her nose. It was a real eye opener. And, just last weekend, I ran into a male friend in his 50’s who had a Band-Aid on his facebecause hehad to have suspicious spots removed to check them for skin cancer.

    When the AADasked me to help raise awarenessfor Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Melanoma Monday, I was curious to learn more. I’ve cooked for many people with cancer, including breast cancer, thyroid cancer and stomach cancer, and as a result, learned a bit about these types of cancer. But,I really didn’t know anythingabout skin cancer, and didn’t think it was as serious as the other types of cancer.

    I had no idea that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S.

    I also didn’t know thatmelanoma is the deadliest of skin cancers because it is much more likely to grow and spread to other parts of the body, which can be hard to treat.

    Here’s an infographic I put together that summarizes some of the information about skin cancer and melanoma I’d love you to share with your friends and family:

    Skin Cancer and Melanoma Statistics:

    The good news is that you can protect yourself from getting skin cancerand melanoma.

    Do These 4Things TodayTo Protect YourselfFromMelanoma, The Deadliest Of Skin Cancers…

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    Skin cancer can bedeadly, but you can protect yourself from getting it, and it can be successfully treated if detected early. Please take care of your skin, check it regularly for skin cancer, and share this information with your family and friends. Click here to find afree skin cancer screening locationin your area.

    Do you know anyone who has had skin cancer?

    Please share your experience, submit a photo and answer a few questions telling the public what motivates you to check your skin for signs of skin cancer here on AAD’s site.

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of American Academy of Dermatology. The opinions and text are all mine.

    Source: Jeanette's Healthy Living