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Bean Quesadillas

 Bean Quesadillas
"My husband and I created this recipe to use up vegetables from our garden; now we make it monthly," relates Susan Dippel of Macomb, Michigan. "You can use any vegetables you have on hand and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Serve it as a main dish or an appetizer."
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet yellow or orange pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro


  • Mash beans until almost smooth; spread over two tortillas. Layer each
  • with salsa, yellow pepper, jalapeno, garlic, cheese, pepper sauce
  • and cilantro. Top with remaining tortillas.
  • Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes
  • or until cheese is melted. Cut each quesadilla into four wedges.
  • Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 2 wedges equals 285 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 748 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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Wine: Sweet Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.