Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sweet Potato Quesadilla

Sweet potatoes offer great nutritional value. High in beta-carotene, vitamin c, b6, manganese and potassium, they are also anti-inflammatory. If you are a smoker or often exposed to secondhand smoke, it is especially important to eat a diet high in beta-carotene. Dietary beta-carotene helps prevent a number of cancers as well as emphysema. Synthetic supplements of beta-carotene have been shown to increase lung cancer risk, according to the American Cancer Society, so get it from real food.  As the Cancer Project  research says;  "Instead, it is better to get your antioxidant vitamins safely from the packages nature intended—fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes."

This quick meatless recipe will fill your body with nutrition, and taste good doing it. This is one vegetarian meal even my meat eating hubby enjoys. Try it when you're short on time, I think you'll enjoy it too.

Sweet Potato Quesadillas
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in fourths
3 white potatoes, peeled and cut in fourths
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. butter
1/4 c. milk
1 tsp. each- oregano, basil, sea salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
8 whole grain tortillas
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
olive oil
Place potatoes in pan, cover with water and boil 20 min. till tender. Meanwhile, sweat onion and garlic in 1 T. olive oil about 10 min. till tender, set aside. 
Preheat oven to 350.
When potatoes are done, drain and mash, adding butter, milk and seasonings. Stir in onions and garlic. Brush one side of each tortilla with a little olive oil, place oiled side down on baking sheet. Spread potato mixture on half of each tortilla and top with a little cheese. Fold tortillas over and bake about 15 min. till lightly crispy.
Makes 8.
Serve with a big salad or green vegetable. Leftovers reheat well.


Debbie September 10, 2009 at 3:29 PM  

I LOVE sweet potatoes - and am always looking for a new way to fix them. This looks / sounds great - and I think my family could go for this!!!

Sonya September 10, 2009 at 6:53 PM  

This looks SO delicious! It's going on my menu for next week.

Right now, I've got some sweet potato fries baking in the oven. YUM.

Lori September 11, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

Oooh, I love sweet potatoes, but have never thought of putting them in a quesadilla. What a great idea! Definitely have to try this.

i like September 11, 2009 at 6:56 PM  

YUM! I love sweet potatoes, what a fab idea!

The Duo Dishes September 16, 2009 at 6:23 PM  

This is the second time we've heard sweet taters and cheddar go well. Noted and filed!

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