Sage & Sweet Potato Quesadilla {Recipe Redux}

Ω March 22nd, 2015 Ω Tagged , , , , Ω 7 Comments

sweet potato quesadilla

It’s no secret that times are busy in the THIH household. Peter and I have been tag-teaming dinners (and by “tag-teaming,” I mean Peter is going the extra, extra mile), and each meal has been as simple as possible. If you could managed to decipher the blurry chicken-scratch on the menu board in my last post, you’ll notice that “Leftovers” showed up three times.

You there, in the back.

You there, in the back.

Somehow, The Recipe Redux and I are always on the same wavelength. When I saw this month’s theme, I was like, “dude, this is awesome!” (Literally. Like, out loud.)

We’re all about cooking once and eating twice. In short, double dinners are better. Show us how you take a favorite recipe already on your blog – and ReDux the leftovers into a new dish. Or, whip up a new healthy recipe and give suggestions on how to make it a second meal.

Leftovers it is! We always seem to have a lot of sweet potatoes or butternut squash on hand, especially considering some of our favorite dishes such as twice-baked sweet potatoes or our favorite, butternut sweet potato soup.

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With a large sweet potato on hand, I decided to put a twist on the typical quesadilla. Quality time in the kitchen? Check. Super quick recipe? Check. Gratuitous incorporation of cheese?

Double check.

To be clear, cheese is not the star of this meal.

Despite what this picture is telling you.

Despite what this picture is telling you.

That honor goes to the incredible combo of roasted sweet potatoes and fresh sage that elevates this dish to the next level. A non-giant whole grain tortilla keeps things light, while your choice of greens adds tons of fiber and vitamins. Serve with your favorite salsa for a spicy kick. Spicy mango lime salsa, anyone?

Okay, you got me. This salsa is from a jar.

Okay, you got me. This salsa is from a jar. Busy, remember?

No meal would be complete without Peter getting up close and personal.

Creep.

Creep.

Here’s to leftovers!

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Sage & Sweet Potato Quesadilla with Wilted Greens

  Prep Time: 10 minutes

  Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 large sweet potato, washed and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 whole grain tortillas
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups greens (e.g. kale, spinach, shredded cabbage)
  • 2 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Saute sweet potato cubes for 10 minutes, or until outside is browned. Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until cubes are soft. Remove from oven and set aside.

Heat a large skillet or panini press. Lay out tortillas and cover half with of each with 1/4 sweet potato cubes, cheese, greens, and sage. Fold into a semi-circle. Add to skillet or press and cook for five minutes, turning if using skillet.

Remove from heat, cut into wedges, and serve immediately with salsa.

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Five Things I’m Loving Lately, Part 6

Ω March 12th, 2015 Ω Tagged , , , , , , , , , Ω 9 Comments

Giveaway winner at end of post!

(1) The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

are not here yet; they will be published later this year. In the meantime, you — yes, YOU — have the power to give your opinion on the work-in-progress. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released a scientific report designed to keep the government up on the latest in scientific research and evidence in health and nutrition (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, this is not).  The scientific report isn’t a draft, exactly. It’s more like,
“Hey, we’ve read tons of the latest nutrition literature and this is what we found. We know you, the government, will use it as you develop the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 later this year, so call me maybe?”

Some highlights of the report regarding a diet with health benefits:

*Rich in plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds
*Moderate in low fat and nonfat dairy
*Low in red and processed meat (healthy both for us and for the environment)
*Like coffee and an egg in the morning? Have at it. Cholesterol in food is not the enemy, something I discussed way back in 2010.
*Cut back on added sugars. Did someone call Captain Obvious on this one?

These highlights just scratch the surface (and they sound an awful lot like the Mediterranean Diet). As you might imagine, the report has drawn a variety of thoughts, opinions, and controversy. Entire food industries see their stocks rise and fall with each recommendation. It’s a regular government drama à la House of Cards.

You can submit comments on the report through midnight E.D.T. on April 8th. Let your voice be heard!

(2) Menu planning

As I mentioned in this post, I made it a priority to get back into menu planning, both to eat healthier and to make sure I eat complete meals.

Yes, that says "squid ink pasta" at the top. That would be Peter's contribution.

Yes, that says “squid ink pasta” at the top. That would be Peter’s contribution.

We’ve accomplished setting a menu each week, although we’ve had quite a few deviations. For example, I seem to have an inability to remember that I have class on Wednesday’s from 6pm to 9pm, so those days are always planned and then discarded. Overall though, we’ve benefited from the five minutes or so it takes to plan meals on Sundays.

Also, I drew pictures on the menu board just for you guys. Because you are that special.

(3) Some knitting progress.

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I’ve also made some time for knitting. Above is about two inches of my first sock ever. I haven’t knit beyond two inches because the sock could fit on a Yeti‘s hairy foot with room to spare. Thus, I gave up on the sock for now. That’s persistence for you.

I’ve made more progress on Peter’s perpetual sweater. Below is the start of a sleeve (finally!).

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At this rate, I’ll finish Peter’s sweater in, oh, about 10.45 years.

(4) Time for a few recipes.

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Yes, that would be a batch of my famous whole-grain banana crumb muffins. Baking a fragrant batch is the perfect way to welcome a new(-ish) home. These are only about ten months late.

(5) A beautiful state.

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Multnomah Falls 2

Multnomah Falls 1

#stillsorryEastCoast

Now, folks! I used a complicated process involving RAND and VLOOKUP in Microsoft Excel to determine the winner of The Vegetarian Flavor Bible. The winner is … Becca F!

Congratulations, Becca!

This moon picture is for you.

This moon picture is for you :)

The Five Things Series:
[Five Things I’m Loving Lately]
[Five Thing with which I am Moderately Pleased]
[Five Things I’ve Learned]
[Five Ways to Re-envision Yourself]

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