Black Bean Quesadillas

I’ve been really feeling Mexican food lately. I always have a soft spot for fresh salsa and guacamole, but sometimes the cravings get more intense. I think in this case it’s the sunshine and warmer weather.

My go-to recipe for Quesadillas is from the Candida Cure Cookbook. It’s a great resource for anyone on an elimination diet as these recipes are free of dairy, wheat/yeast, sugar, processed foods, mushrooms, & peanuts. Check it out I really love it!

Black Bean Quesadillas

Quesadilla ingredients:

  • 1 can refried black beans
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • ½ red onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 avocado, cut into small chunks
  • 2-3 lettuce leaves, shredded
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 batch sunflower ‘sour cream’
  • 1 package brown rice tortillas
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste

Sunflower Sour cream ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 2 lemons

“Sour cream” directions: Place the sunflower seeds, water, salt, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice in a blender and puree 3-4 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate unused portion up to 1 week.

Quesadilla directions: Heat avocado oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and a pinch of sea salt, and sauté for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently. Add the refried beans and sauté a couple minutes more, adding another pinch of sea salt and sprinkle of black pepper. When all the ingredients are thoroughly combined, transfer filling to a medium sized bowl.

Place the prepared avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream in small bowls next to the stove. Spread a thin layer of refried beans on half the tortilla, and a thin layer of sour cream on the other half.

Brush a skillet that’s large enough to fit a tortilla with avocado oil, and heat on medium-high burner. Once the oil is hot, place the tortilla into the skillet and add the remaining toppings to the black bean side (avocado, lettuce, tomatoes) being careful not to add too much so that you can still close and flip the quesadilla.

With a spatula, fold the sour cream side over the black bean side. Let sit for about 30 seconds. Flip the quesadilla and let sit for another minute or so, until lightly browned. Remove from pan. Place a little more oil if necessary to the skillet to start the next quesadilla. When all the quesadillas are ready, cut in half or in wedges with a serrated knife and serve.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

 

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