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Resplendent September and Tuna-Black Bean Quesadillas

september morning 1september morning 2September is such a beautiful month here, with the warm sun, cool nights, and everything still green with just a hint of color in the trees.  I stopped by the side of the road this morning to take this photo because the morning mist looked so magical.  It is on days like this that I believe I live in the most beautiful place on earth. (I know there are more beautiful places, but I do love it here).  Amidst all this natural beauty is a very busy schedule, and so the recipes I have been sharing lately fit well with busy lives. Because the weather is typically so pleasant this time of year, lots of things are going on all at once to take advantage of it. quesadillas with salsaThe recipe in the post below for Tuna-Black Bean Quesadillas is one I turn to often when we are pinched for time and I don’t want to think too hard about dinner.  I will be the first to admit that this is not a glamorous meal, but it is really tasty and packed with protein for active people.  I like to serve these quesadillas with lots of colorful things, like cilantro, sliced avocado, tortilla chips, and fresh salsa.  The combination of tuna and black beans may sound odd, but those two ingredients really go well when cooked together with some melted cheese, and they are nutritious without being overly filling.  I had to include the photo below–just as I was about to take the picture, our dog stuck his nose right up to the quesadillas and almost had a bite!  He is a very opportunistic dog, and is always looking for a chance to snag a bite of anything he can find. I hope you enjoy these quesadillas as much as we do!

quesadilla uncoveredquesadillas and Nick

Recipe for Tuna-Black Bean Quesadillas

Tuna-Black Bean Quesadillas

  • Servings: 4-6
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Ingredients:

  • 6-8 ounces of chunk light tuna
  • 15 ounces of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6-8 whole wheat tortillas
  • Optional garnishes: cilantro, sliced avocado, sliced tomatoes, salsa, tortillas chips

Directions:

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the tuna, black beans, and chili powder.  With a fork, flatten some of the beans against the side of the bowl and stir again.  Heat a griddle or a lightly oiled large skillet over medium heat.  On flat tortilla, sprinkle a handful of shredded cheese–it is up to you how cheesy to make it.  With a spoon, spread a layer of tuna-bean mixture on top of the cheese.  Then sprinkle another handful of shredded cheese over that.  Place another flat tortilla on top of that.  Carefully place the uncooked quesadilla on the griddle or skillet.  Let it cook until the cheese is melted and it is lightly brown on the bottom.  Carefully flip the quesadilla over to the other side (It is really important that the cheese is melted before you flip it–otherwise the cheese falls all over the place!).  Let that side cook and brown lightly.  When both sides and golden brown and cheese is melted, transfer to a plate.  Continue in the same way until all the tuna-bean mixture is used up.  Slice the quesadillas into fourths and serve with any of the above garnishes. Enjoy!