Black Bean Chicken Quesadillas

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Chicken is broiled and paired with pureed black beans and a simple salsa made from tomatoes, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Kids will have fun layering the black beans, chicken and cheese, bookended by corn tortillas.

For the salsa:
1 clove garlic
1/2 onion
juice from 1 lime
2 tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons cilantro*, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

For the Black Bean Chicken Quesadillas:
1 chicken breast
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup low fat cheddar or Colby-jack cheese, grated
8 corn tortillas
low fat plain green yogurt*, for garnish


To make the salsa:
Adult: Carefully place the garlic and onion into a food processor. Pulse until well chopped.

Together: Remove the food processor’s lid and add the lime juice and tomatoes. Pulse several times until the tomato is chopped, but not liquefied.

Adult: Carefully transfer the tomato mixture to a small bowl using a spatula.

Together: Season with cilantro, if desired, and salt and pepper to taste.

To complete the Black Bean Chicken Quesadillas:
Adult: Preheat the broiler.

Adult: Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper to taste. Broil for about 5 minutes, or until the breast is no longer pink in the middle. All cooks should care to wash their hands with soap and warm water after touching raw meat. When the chicken breast has cooked through, transfer it to a plate and set aside.

Together: Place the beans into a food processor and pulse until the beans reach desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Kid: Shred the chicken with your fingers or carefully chop into pieces with a small knife.

Kid: Lay 4 of the tortillas out flat on a flat surface. Place a few tablespoons of the puréed black beans on top of the 4 tortillas. Top with equal amounts of shredded chicken and grated cheese. Place the remaining 4 tortillas on top of the chicken and cheese.

Together: Place a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Lay each quesadilla onto the skillet and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the bottom tortilla begins to brown. Flip with a spatula and cook 2-3 minutes on the other side, or until the cheese has melted. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas.

Together: Slice each quesadilla into quarters with a large knife and place 4 pieces on each plate. Garnish with salsa and yogurt, if desired, and enjoy!

Serves 4.

Source: This recipe comes to us from Flora of In Flora’s Kitchen.

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