gourmet quesadillas with cilantro-lime dressing

So, I’m all for leftovers. But not the typical, scoop it out of the Tupperware, ignore the unappetizing square-shape it’s still in, smack it in the microwave and enjoy the soggy results. Don’t get me wrong, those days come often enough with such a busy schedule. However, I’m talking about using all those left-over ingredients from dinner the night before.

Yesterday, I made quinoa salad in pita bread with a lime-cilantro dressing. Tonight, I decided to use the same ingredients, add a few more, and create something new and delicious. IMG_4089

ingredients for gourmet quesadillas:

  • whole-wheat pita bread (or tortilla if you prefer, I just had pitas from last night’s dinner)
  • feta cheese
  • black beans
  • corn
  • avocado
  • red pepper, sliced into thin strips, a.k.a. julienned (if you speak kitchen…)
  • salt and pepper
  • oilve oil
  • cilantro-lime dressing (click for recipe)

directions:

  1. In a saucepan, saute red peppers in a bit of oil.
    *Cover with a lid and saute on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally and be careful because they will burn easily!
  2. When peppers are soft, transfer to a plate. Put beans and corn in that same saucepan and warm on low heat, careful not to burn or overheat.
    *when the beans start to crack open, they’ve been cooking for too long.
  3. While beans and corn are warming, place pita (cut in half)/tortilla) on another saucepan and sprinkle feta cheese on top. Allow to melt slightly.
  4. Put bean/corn mixture on top of the feta-melted tortilla, and add the red peppers, avocado and salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle cilantro-lime dressing on top.
  6. Place the other tortilla on top, and voila!

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