Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas

Amazing sweet potato black bean quesadillas with creamy avocado salsa verde (perfect for busy weeknights!) - cookieandkate.com

I really love this job of mine, but if I had to pick a few things I don’t love about it, washing the dishes and photographing quesadillas would be pretty high on the list. Honestly, you should see my first attempt at photographing these triangular nuggets. The sweet potato noodles inside didn’t help, and the photos were not cute. Not cute at all.

spiralized sweet potatoes

So, I owe props to my friend Ali of Inspiralized , who always manages to make veggie noodles so enticing. She has a blog full of recipes, a best-selling cookbook and her own proprietary contraption that turns vegetables into noodle shapes (the Inspiralizer ). She’s basically taking over the world, one veggie noodle at a time, and I’m really proud of her. Veggie power!

Last week, she invited a few bloggers (myself included) to Chicago to eat lunch at Houlihan’s, which is running a special “Inspiralized” menu through June. Ali provided direction and helped develop the menu , and I was so impressed by Houlihan’s execution. Did you know that they make everything from scratch?

Plates of creative veggie noodle dishes kept showing up, and I found myself wondering why on earth I haven’t published more veggie noodle recipes. They’re really fun, and I’ll give two thumbs’ up to anything that entices people to eat more veggies.

These quesadillas were roughly inspired by the sweet potato and corn Mexicali flatbread we sampled last week, which they so nicely made without bacon for me. They’re stuffed full of spicy sweet potatoes, which were easier to prepare and cook in noodle form—no chopping required, plus black beans and just enough cheddar cheese to hold them all together. The avocado salsa verde really takes them over the top.

If you’ve enjoyed my Southwestern kale salad or sweet potato burrito bowls , I have no doubt you’ll love these quesadillas.

Given that Ali’s book is still on Amazon’s top 100 list (one year later!), I’m guessing that more than a few of you are familiar with veggie noodles and might have your own spiralizer already. If you don’t, no worries, I included directions for how to cook little sweet potato cubes in the recipe below. If you want one of your own, the Inspiralizer is now available on Inspiralized.com , Amazon and Williams-Sonoma .

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    Author: Cookie and Kate

    Recipe type: Entree

    Cuisine: Mexican

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    Serves: 4 servings

    Ingredients

    Avocado Salsa Verde

    Quesadillas

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    Notes

    Make it gluten free: Use gluten-free 8″ quesadillas.
    Make it dairy free/vegan: I haven’t tried this, but I think you could substitute refried black beans for the whole black beans, and they might/should hold the quesadillas together.
    Storage suggestions: Store leftover avocado salsa verde in the fridge with plastic wrap pressed against the top surface to prevent oxidation. Leftover quesadillas will keep well, refrigerated, for a few days—just reheat in the microwave or, better yet, the oven before serving.

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