Mexicali Monday; Keepin’ up with the Vegans

When I imposed meatless weekdays, he was reluctant but we didn’t discuss the matter. It wasn’t until I was making dinner and we had to make a grocery run that the topic became real. I was ready to take on the challenge and he learned exactly how serious I was about this challenge! His criteria; protein, satisfying and flavourful. It’s one thing to know what you want, but you’ve gotta generate the ideas! To be fair, it was Monday and we had both worked a long day so we wanted something quick and delicious, but with all those criteria. To be honest, I was craving cheese.


What You Need
Spicy Salsa

1 large tomato, diced and crushed
1/2 red onion, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp cracked pepper
In a bowl, combine all ingredients to create a delicious salsa



What You Need
Black Bean and Avo Quesadillas

1 medium yellow pepper
1 medium red pepper
1 medium green pepper
1/2 red onion
1 can strained and rinsed black beans
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp dried red chili flakes
1 tbsp fresh cracked pepper
1 tbsp coconut oil

8 whole wheat tortillas
1 ripe avocado, diced
1 green onion, sliced
1 1/2 cups part skim mozza cheese


In a large saucepan over medium high heat, melt your favourite coconut oil to a warm temperature. Sautee all of your veggies and spices until the colour has intensified but they are still crisp. Preheat your oven to 400F and cover a large pan with foil. With a brush, sparingly cover your whole wheat tortilla with coconut oil, brushed side to foil. Spread your sauteed veggies over the entire tortilla, topped with diced avo and onions to taste. The fun part is the cheese, so use your own discretion on this one. Sparingly cover one side of a second tortilla with coconut oil and place on top of your assembled quesadilla, oiled side up. Toss it in the oven until the cheese has melted and your tortilla is slightly golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Remove from the oven, slice it up, top with your spicy salsa and enjoy!


 I love quesadillas, any time, with anything in them, but it was even better knowing I had some serious organic power and protein packed into this delicious dish. Oh, and he loved them too!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Another question, when you do you add in the black beans into this recipe. I see that you saute the veggies and then top your tortilla with veggies, onion, avocado and cheese but you didn’t mention the black beans. When does that come into play? Thanks.

    1. greenspoons says:

      I tossed them in with the veggies to give them a little heat and season! Add them at the end so they maintain their shape!

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