Mine? Well, not so good. My computer died yesterday. I'm thankful for an external hard drive and multiple backups of files on USB sticks, so I haven't lost any important files.
I'm also thankful for the tablet I bought a few months ago...because I knew my computer was at the end of its life span. But it just isn't the same. So its time to shop for a new computer!
But nothing will stop this Yankee Belle post!
Today's recipe is an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy do-ahead lunch. It has a lot of protein from the black beans and cheese, so it will keep you going all afternoon.
Okay, here we go:
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
2 Tablespoons oil, divided (I use coconut oil)
1/2 cup frozen corn
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon each (optional - mix and match): cumin, cilantro (fresh or dried)
a dash of cayenne pepper
1 can (about 16 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1-2 Tablespoons lime juice
Shredded cheese (cheddar, fiesta blend, Monterrey Jack - your choice
Fajita size (6 inch) flour tortillas
Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large skillet for a minute or so, then add the 1/2 cup frozen corn. Cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes, or until the corn is popping and browning.
Remove the corn from the skillet and set aside.
Pour the second Tablespoon of oil into the skillet, and add the onion, garlic, chili powder and other spices. Saute until the onion is soft - about 2 minutes.
Stir in the rinsed and drained beans and heat through, mashing the beans slightly as you heat them up.
Return the corn to the skillet and toss to combine.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl, stir in the lime juice and salt to taste (I usually don't add any salt).
Now you can refrigerate the mixture in a covered bowl, or use some immediately.
When you want to make your quesadillas, lay one tortilla in your pan over medium heat (you can use the same pan you used before - if you're making your quesadillas immediately, just wipe out the pan with a paper towel).
On the bottom tortilla, spread about 1/6 of the bean mixture. Sprinkle with cheese, then top with a second tortilla.
Heat thoroughly, until the bottom tortilla is a bit crisp, but not browned, then flip (carefully) the quesadilla over and brown the other side.
Cut the quesadilla into wedges and enjoy!
One thing I love about this recipe is that I can make all six quesadillas at once on the griddle for a family dinner, or I can make one at a time for my own lunch.
You can also substitute shredded chicken for the beans if you'd rather make chicken quesadillas. I think I'd add a can of green chilies, too.
There's no limit to the combinations you can try.
Do you like "make ahead" lunches? For me, it saves a lot of time and thinking at lunch time when I have a deadline looming!