Bean, Spinach and Red Pepper Quesadillas

Bean, Spinach and Red Pepper Quesadillas

I'm having a sandwich week. For my third sandwich, I've gone all Mexican and made a bean, spinach and red pepper quesadilla.

The first time I made this I just used kidney beans and it was a bit lacking in flavour so the second time I added some refried beans and some spices to perk it up and it was much better.

I used Leerdammer slices again in my sandwich and they melted really nicely, with a good gooey  stretch.

Bean, Spinach and Red Pepper Quesadillas

Creating new sandwiches this week has made me realise how boring my lunches have become. Most days they are a smoothie or a cup-a-soup. If I'm really hungry and treating myself I have a baked potato with cottage cheese or baked beans from the potato shop downstairs from my work.
This quesadilla is filled with spiced refried beans, kidney beans, spinach and slices of Leerdammer. I roasted the red peppers, but you could use jars if they are good quality. My favourite jarred peppers come from Cooks & Co.

Just in case you haven't seen my first two sandwiches yet.

Leerdammer BLT ( beet, lettuce & Tomato)            &          Falafel & Red Pepper Stack

   related - Leftover Bolognaise Quesadillas   

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Bean, Spinach and Red Pepper Quesadillas

February 24, 2012

A tasty quesadilla filled with beans, spinach, roasted red pepper and gooey melted Leerdammer cheese.
  • 2 flour tortillas
  • 4 tbsp refried beans
  • a good pinch paprika
  • a good grinding black pepper
  • 4 tbsp cooked kidney beans
  • 100g wilted spinach
  • 1 roasted red pepper, sliced
  • 3 slices leerdammer
1. Heat a large frying pan. 2. Spread the refried beans across one of the tortillas, sprinkle over the paprika and season with black pepper then top with a scattering of kidney beans. 3. Wilt the spinach in a sieve under a kettle of hot water refresh with cold, then squeeze all the liquid out and pat dry. Spread the spinach across the tortilla.4. Top with red pepper and slices of cheese and careful move into the frying pan.5. Top with the other tortilla and press down firmly. Heat for a few minutes, the careful flip over and give the other side a couple of minutes.6 Remove from the pan, slice and serve.7. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Serves 2 as a light starter or a snack

I hope I've inspired you to try something new for lunch this week. 
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  1. Yes please. I'd happily eat that for dinner with a side salad.

  2. Yum, this looks delicious and just the inspiration I need for a healthy lunch.

  3. Ooooooooooh I need to come over and have lunch with you Jac as I really would love to try the Leerdammer slices.

  4. I really need to make quesadillas more often! We do make flatbread pizza a fair bit but I keep forgetting about the sandwich style quesadilla option!

    1. Oh flatbread pizzas are good too Kavey, but you should try quesadillas too. They are so quick to make.

  5. Yum, yum, yum. I love quesadillas but often do the same thing each time. Fab, quick and easy recipe. Thank you!

    1. That's ok Emmy, this week has been about me thinking up some new ideas too. It's too easy to find something easy you like and have it all the time.

  6. This looks like SUCH a good combination. That's for brilliant veggie inspiration once again xx

  7. adding this to my menu for the week! This sounds yummy and I bet I can sneak the spinach in on the kiddos! They won't eat it unless I tell them it's lettuce!

    Jenn from Virginia

    1. Hehe, go with the whole lettuce thing then Jennifer. I wouldn't be able to persuade Cooper to eat anything with lettuce in it.


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