Easy Adobo Bean & “Cheese” Quesadilla

Bean Quesadillas

This recipe was born out of desperation. I didn’t want to go to the grocery store and raided my pantry for something to make for dinner. I found a jar of Randall Great Northern Beans, tortillas, & some frozen Daiya mozzarella shreds in my freezer.

I experimented and ended up with a new family favorite. The icing on the cake? It’s super easy. I can knock this out of the park in less than 15 minutes from start to finish.

These quesadillas make great lunches or dinners. A veggie on the side is an easy way to finish off this meal. If you’re really short on time, steam in the microwave veggies make this entire meal even easier. And easy is good.

Here’s how to make Adobo Bean & “Cheese” Quesadillas:

Ingredients:

  • 1 24 oz jar of Randall Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed (or 2-3 cups of cooked beans)
  • 1-3 Tablespoons of tomato sauce
  • 4 shakes of Adobo seasoning
  • Approx 1/4-1/2 tsp of garlic powder and onion powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • 6-8 Tortillas, depending of tortilla size

Directions:

  1. Put drained and rinsed beans in a bowl. Use a potato masher to mash the beans. Add the tomato sauce and spices. Mix well.
  2. Use a spoon and scoop out a large spoonful of bean mixture on half of a tortilla. Sprinkle a generous amount of nutritional yeast on top of the bean mixture and sprinkle Daiya to your preference. Fold tortilla in half like a quesadilla.
  3. Brown quesadillas on a skillet or griddle. The griddle heats a lot at one time and is why I can have this on the table so quickly.
  4. Serve as is, with a side of salsa for dipping or with a veggie and/or fruit on the side.

I use the fajita size tortillas and this makes approximately 7-8 quesadillas. Also, I don’t measure the spices- I just eyeball it. One time I accidentally shook WAY TOO MUCH onion powder in this and it still tasted amazing!

This is one meal my five year old GOBBLES without complaint. She loves it and so do we.

In this often busy and sometimes chaotic holiday season, this quick recipe helps get an easy and nutritious meal on the table.  Ya gotta leave easy and nutritious, right?

Enjoy!

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Vegan Pizza Quesadillas

Vegan Pizza Quesadillas

Mondays are our grocery shopping days. As a matter of fact, I’m sitting here delaying our grocery trip and writing this instead.

We started at 10:30 am and ran a few errands. Plenty of time to be back for lunch.  An impulsive *quick* stop at Hobby Lobby derailed our entire morning and we had to *run* home for lunch before our grocery shopping. Two hours later and we’re still here procrastinating.

Anyway, this recipe just came to be today. I wanted SG to have something different than her vegan grilled cheese and fruit for lunch today.

It’s grocery day, and my fridge is BARE. I found my last pack of frozen cooked black beans in the freezer and decided to make my pizza beans mixture. We always use that for pizza nachos. But I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to carefully put the pizza beans, cheese & olives on each tortilla chip. (Crazy, right? Or maybe I just made complete sense to you and made you smile?)

So I decided to throw it all in a soft shell tortilla and call it a quesadilla.

Here’s how I made Vegan Pizza Quesadillas.

Ingredients:

    • 1 recipe of homemade pizza sauce (I add a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast to my pizza sauce now)
    • 1-2 cups of black beans (rinsed if from a can or jar, defrosted if cooked and frozen)
    • Soft Flour Tortillas
    • Daiya Mozzarella Cheese Shreds
    • Nutritional Yeast
    • Sliced Green Olives

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot add beans and 5-8 big spoonfuls of pizza sauce. If you use 1 cup of beans, use 5 spoonfuls. If you use a can or jar of beans, you need more pizza sauce. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  2. I pour the hot beans into a measuring cup and use my immersion blender to puree the beans. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a blender or food processor. Be careful please. The beans are hot!
  3. Heat a skillet on medium.  Spread out a few tortillas and top half of the tortilla with the bean mixture, vegan cheese, nutritional yeast, and olives.  Fold the tortilla in half.
  4. Put the quesadilla on the hot skillet and heat until browned.  Flip and brown the other side.
  5. Slice and serve with extra homemade pizza sauce, if desired.

I didn’t have any green onions but I think they would also be great in these quesadillas.

Enjoy from my cocina (kitchen) to yours!

Load up half the tortilla only.

Load up half the tortilla only.

Close Up of the Yumminess!

Close Up of the Yumminess!

Pizza Quesadilla with Homemade Pizza Sauce for Dipping.

Pizza Quesadilla with Homemade Pizza Sauce for Dipping.

Pizza Nachos

Pizza Nachos!

Pizza Nachos!

This is a quick and easy lunch or dinner. I have made this with black beans that I cooked and Randall beans from a jar (remember, no canned foods in this house.) The recipe turns out the same- YUMMY!

I’ll admit- the beans once pureed don’t look pretty. I’ll leave it at that. However, the taste is perfect and the recipe is easy, so that trumps the way black beans look pureed any day.

I don’t even remember how and why I created this. I just wanted more easy recipes for beans. Cooking dried beans and freezing them is very budget friendly. And I’m always trying to cut back that giant green eyed monster called our grocery budget.

Anyway, one day I randomly thought, why not throw some pizza sauce in with some beans, heat them up and pulverize them? That might make some tasty nachos.

And by golly, it did.

Here’s what we like to call “Pizza Nachos.”

Pizza Nachos:

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe of homemade pizza sauce (I add a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast to my pizza sauce now)
  • 1-2 cups of black beans (rinsed if from a can or jar, defrosted if cooked and frozen)
  • Tortilla Chips

Toppings:

  • Daiya Mozzarella Cheese Shreds
  • Sliced Green Olives
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Chopped Onions

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot add beans and 5-8 big spoonfuls of pizza sauce. If you use 1 cup of beans, use 5 spoonfuls. If you use a can or jar of beans, you need more pizza sauce. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  2. I pour the hot beans into a measuring cup and use my immersion blender to puree the beans. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a blender or food processor. Be careful please. The beans are hot!
  3. On a plate, spread out your tortilla chips. Top with black bean mixture and Daiya cheese if using.
  4. Microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until the Daiya starts to melt.
  5. Add desired toppings.

(We like to add sliced green olives, tomatoes & chopped onions. The Huzz tops his nachos with salsa. I add extra pizza sauce on top of my nachos. SG prefers no sauce. Whatevs!)

The makings of a great meal.

The makings of a great meal.

Ready for Toppings

Ready for Toppings

Our favorite toppings for Pizza Nachos.

Our favorite toppings for Pizza Nachos.

Even SG cleans her plate when we have this for dinner.

Even SG cleans her plate when we have this for dinner.

I hope you enjoy these pizza nachos!

Our Favorite Easy & Budget Friendly Meatless Meal

This super easy dinner has quickly become one of our favorite meatless meals. I won’t drag on about a cute little story— let’s get to the “meat” of it. 🙂

The easy dinner is rice, refried beans and roasted broccoli. Simple, homemade and oh so yummy!

Rice, beans & broccoli

Homemade refried beans, prepared in advance and frozen.

Rice made in the rice cooker.

Fresh, roasted garlic broccoli.

EASY!

I make my refried beans in advance and ALWAYS keep some in my fridge. When I use the last bag of frozen beans, I make another batch. It’s seriously the easiest recipe ever. Soak the beans, throw them in the crockpot with just a few spices, an onion and water, cook and blend. Easy peasy. Click here for Ally’s recipe on her blog. (I omit the cayenne.)

For this dinner, I use 2 cups of refried beans.

Homemade frozen refried beans.

Homemade frozen refried beans.

I also use my rice maker to cook our rice. Easy peasy. I love my rice cooker!!!  Click here to see the exact the rice cooker I have.

As soon as I start the rice, I start prepping the broccoli.

I was inspired by this recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen. I made a few small changes- I don’t measure the olive oil. I drizzle some olive oil until the broccoli looks just coated. And I usually use 4 cloves of garlic, rather than 6-8 cloves. I love that I don’t need to measure anything for the roasted broccoli! Just toss stuff in and roast. I also roast at 400 degrees or sometimes even 415 degrees for usually 15 minutes. Easy peasy.

This does not take long to prepare.

This does not take long to prepare.

Broccoli ready for the oven.

Broccoli ready for the oven.

Those dark spots are the best part!  The Huzz says this tastes restaurant worthy!

Those dark spots are the best part! The Huzz says this tastes restaurant worthy!

While the rice is cooking and the broccoli is roasting, I defrost and heat the frozen refried beans.

I serve the beans over the rice with the broccoli on the side.

Not only is this a delicious dish, but it’s very budget friendly.

Dried beans: affordable

Rice: affordable

Broccoli: affordable

Lately, I’ve been buying our broccoli from Aldi’s and it’s such a great deal.  The last pack of broccoli I bought from Aldi was $1.39.  The entire bag of bagged dried pinto beans was about a $1.  I think I maybe paid $1.30 for an entire bag of rice.  I used 2 cups of the cooked beans (I think the recipe for 1 pound of beans yields 6-7 cups of cooked refried beans) and rice.  Maybe 32 cents for the beans and a cup and a half of dried rice (maybe 40 cents tops?).  I’m guesstimating.  Wet finger in the air…  $2.11 for the entire meal!  Super budget friendly!  (I didn’t add the cost of garlic because I always have garlic lying around the pantry.)

Beans and rice.  Rice and beans, baby!  (That’s for all of our Financial Peace University friends!)

I hope you enjoy our favorite budget friendly meatless meal!

“Cheesy” Taco Stuffed Crescent Rolls: Dairy & Egg Free

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I love Pinterest. I was inspired by this chimichanga pin, which only had some ingredients listed. When I clicked on the link, it only showed a photo. (I wasn’t sure which flour tortillas were safe for us, so I decided to improvise and use crescent rolls instead. The pin didn’t include any measurements, either.) But it sounded so delicious so I experimented and figured out what works for us. That plus the dairy substitutes equals one of my new favorite easy lunch or dinner recipes! (If you are not dairy free then use regular cream cheese and cheddar cheese!)

I have made this three times in about two weeks. I have used chopped frozen chicken (click here to read how I cook and freeze chicken) and frozen pre-cooked ground chuck (click here to read how I prepare the ground chuck.) The recipe is equally delicious with chicken or beef!

“Cheesy” Taco Stuffed Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 roll of Pillsbury crescent rolls (easiest option), crescent rounds, or the crescent seamless dough
  • 1 container of Daiya plain cream cheese style spread
  • 1/2 cup of Daiya cheddar style shreds
  • 1 cup of pre-cooked chicken or pre-cooked ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon of homemade taco seasoning (click here to see the recipe I use from 100 Days of Real Food)

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a medium sized bowl, scoop about 1/3 of the Daiya cream cheese style spread, three small handfuls of the Daiya cheddar style shreds or about 1/2 cup, 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning, and your frozen meat. Mix well. You may have to put this in the microwave for 10-15 seconds if you cannot easily mix this.

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3. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Spread out crescent dough. Put two spoonfuls of taco meat mixture in each crescent roll. If you have remaining taco mixture after you’ve done all eight cresent rolls, go back and add more to each crescent roll. Close the crescent rolls.

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4. Bake for approximately 13 minutes. Enjoy the “cheesy” yumminess!