Friday, December 21, 2012

Black Bean and Kale Quesadilla

I am so excited about this recipe!  It is a fun new way to sneak some more kale into your kid's diet.  These are so tasty, the kids won't even believe that there is any kale in them!  They are also jam-packed with black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, and avocado, making this a very hearty quesadilla (not just a big pile of melted cheese).  

Another great aspect of this meal is the fact that you can make the bean mixture and grate the cheese ahead of time.  That makes the dinnertime rush much easier to handle!  Serve these with a great side dish like Roasted Mexican String Beans or Spanish Rice, and you've got a fantastic meal for the entire family!


4 large handfuls of kale, stem removed and chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
15 oz cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 C chopped cilantro
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp chili powder
juice of 1 lime
6 flour tortillas
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
8 oz Greek yogurt or sour cream
3 green onions, sliced


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a medium fry pan over medium-high heat.  Add the kale and cook, stirring constantly until wilted, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and place into a large bowl.
  2. To the kale, add the beans, salsa, cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, salt, pepper, chili powder, and lime juice.  Mash with a fork until smooth.
  3. Put an even layer of bean mixture onto half of a flour tortilla (about 1/3 C).  Sprinkle an even layer of cheddar cheese on top of the bean mixture.  Fold the tortilla in half.
  4. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large fry pan over medium high heat.  Cook the quesadillas for about 3 minutes, or until golden.  Flip and repeat on the other side.  
  5. Serve topped with more salsa, yogurt or sour cream, and green onions.  Enjoy!

Adapted from Kiwi Magazine Dec. 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Spinach Tomato Alfredo Pizza

Boy, have I found another great pizza recipe for you!  This delicious pizza uses a base of homemade Alfredo sauce in lieu of your basic tomato.  It is pretty much everything I love about pizza and Fettuccine Alfredo all rolled into one amazing dish!  Adding a bunch of minced garlic over the sauce takes this to the next level.  The little bursts of garlic in every bite is just heavenly!

The farm fresh tomatoes and spinach give this pizza great flavor and texture.  It is a new family favorite for sure and we already can't wait to make it again.  If you are looking for an out-of-the-box pizza, give this a try.  I promise you will not be disappointed!


For the Alfredo Sauce:
1 C heavy cream
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 C freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
a dash of nutmeg

For the Pizza:
your favorite pizza crust
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 oz shredded mozzarella
1/2 C tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2-3 large handfuls of fresh spinach, chopped
Italian seasoning


  1. Cook Alfredo Sauce: In a medium fry pan, bring the butter and cream to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Add the parmesan cheese and stir until it melts completely.  Continue to simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Set aside.
  2. Heat the oven to 475 degrees with a pizza stone inside.  Evenly spread the Alfredo sauce around the pizza crust leaving a 1 inch border.  Sprinkle the garlic over the sauce.  Layer the cheese, spinach, and tomatoes evenly over the pizza.  Top with a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted and golden at the edges.  Allow to cool 3-4 minutes before cutting or else the sauce might be a little to runny.  Enjoy!

Adapted from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Weekly Menu

Well, it has been an emotional few days for us all.  Thank you for understanding my choice to join many fellow bloggers and be silent yesterday.  I hope you all have taken some extra time to let those you love know just how you feel about them.  I know I have been hugging my babies a little tighter.

We did still manage to go to the farm.  This will be our last big farm run until January as our main farm closes over the holidays.  :(  There is another farm that will still be open, but our weekly haul will be much smaller since their selection is not as varied.  We will likely have to get much of our organic produce from our grocery stores for the next few weeks, but I will still be making some great food!  This week, we picked up some spinach, carrots, tomatoes (can you believe it?!?!), broccoli, kale, cilantro, and yellow wax beans.  With that delicious assortment, we will be making the following meals:

  • Parmesan Chicken Sandwiches (using Gardein) with frozen Organic Veggie Medley (my daughter's favorite treat)
    • not using any of the fresh veggies

  • Spinach Tomato Alfredo Pizza with Italian Steamed Broccoli
    • using the tomatoes, spinach, and broccoli

  • I will be steaming the carrots for finger foods for the baby.