Friday, January 13, 2012

Black Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

Sunday nights are always my least favorite day of the week. The wonderful, worry-free weekend is wrapping up, and I'm getting ready to head back to the rat race bright and early the next day. I shlump around the house and frown. It's really quite pathetic.

And did I mention that I usually go to the grocery store after work on Mondays? So in addition to my mournful mood, there is no food in the cupboards, and the fridge is bare.

Needless to say, I don't enjoy cooking dinner on Sunday nights. If I didn't have such a handsome and hungry husband to feed, I'd just eat ice cream and go to bed early.

So I whip up super simple meals on Sunday nights. Hot dinners that exercise my cooking creativity to the max. I was pretty pleased with both the deliciousness and ease of a recent Sunday supper.  I hope it's inspiration for you next time you can barely drag your sorry buns into the kitchen. Remember this, if I can do it on a Sunday night, anyone can.

Black Bean and Cheese Quesadillas
Serves: 2

1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 flour tortillas
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheese (Although I didn't have any on hand, I bet Pepper Jack would be particularly delicious.)
Sour cream and salsa, for serving

With a fork, mash together black beans and chili powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread black bean mixture onto one tortilla.

Top with shredded cheese and the second tortilla. Butter the top and bottom tortillas like you would a grilled cheese sandwich. Heat a skillet over medium-high and add quesadilla to the pan. Cook for about 8 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the cheese is melted. Cut quesadilla into 6 wedges. Serve with lots of sour cream and salsa.

"Taco" Tomato Soup
Serves: 4

Campbell's tomato soup, made according to package directions
A handful of crushed Doritos (We used the throwback taco-flavored Doritos.)

Sprinkle crushed Doritos on top of tomato soup. Declare that it is Taco Tomato Soup, very different than regular, plain, old tomato soup, and that it is good.  


  1. Sunday nights are sad. This would make the evening much better.

  2. Hmmm ice cream sounds like a good dinner to me!! These quesadillas sounds wonderful too!

  3. Mmm, quesadillas are a staple in our home, we have them almost once a week. Black beans sound like a great filling we don't usually use, thanks for the inspiration!

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