21 day fix Butternut Squash and Black Bean Quesadillas

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Great vegetarian dish here. It is a bit labor intensive but I use it for dinner and then pack up leftovers for lunches. Trust me….it’s totally worth the time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized butternut squash
  • 1 bag dry black beans
  • large sweet onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • fontina cheese
  • 1 ezekiel tortilla
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano

Starting with the beans, rinse and soak overnight. The next day drain the water and place beans in a large saucepan. Cover with water and gently boil for 60-90 minutes. Drain water again and mix in chili powder, cumin, and cayenne.

For the butternut squash, peel and cube. Add the cubes to a baking sheet lined with foil. Toss with the olive oil and oregano. Bake 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

IMG_7968To caramelize the onion, cut the onion into thin slices. Spray a skillet with a non-stick spray and sautΓ© the onions until they are golden brown and soft (about 20-30 minutes). I then add the squash to the pan and mix together.

IMG_8003Cut 1 tortilla in half (for the 21 day fix 1 tortilla = 1 yellow container). Fill green container with squash/onion mixture. Fill yellow container with black beans. Fill blue container with shredded fontina cheese.

Now we can assemble our quesadillas! I use a quesadilla maker but you can easily do on a griddle as well. Start with 1/2 of a tortilla and layer with green, yellow, and blue containers. Cover with remaining 1/2 tortilla and cook till cheese is nicely melted.

For left overs, I pack the squash, onion, and beans together to be reheated during the week. It makes for a great side or snack.

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