Friday, April 24, 2009

Sweet Potatao and Kale Quesedillas

The other night we went to a pasta dinner at the boys' school--a way to meet with other parents and build school spirit. We had a great time, but between chatting and trying to shove pasta into the mouths of kids, Vegan Mom and I really didn't eat a lot. We were both feeling pretty peckish later that evening so I whipped up these fantastic quesedillas (he said, tooting his own horn).

Makes 6-8
- 1 large sweet potato, diced
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 large Vidalia onion, sliced
- 1/2 cup frozen sweet corn
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- few dashes hot sauce
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- salt and pepper to tatse
- 2 kale leaves, stalks removed, chopped
- 6-8 small wheat tortillas
- margarine

1. Place chopped sweet potato in a small pot and cover with water. Bring to bubbling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 mins, until potatoes are tender.
2. While potatoes are cooking, heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Saute onions for 5-7 mins, until starting to nicely brown. Add corn and cook for another 5 mins, until corn begins to brown.
3. Add garlic and jalapeno and saute for 2 mins. Add beans and hot sauce and mix well. Add salsa and spices, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Drain potatoes and roughly mash. Add to pan along with the chopped kale. Cook for a few mins, until kale is softened and a a nice brilliant green. Add more salsa if mixture is too dry. Adjust seasonings to taste. Remove from heat. Heat a different fryin pan over medium heat.
5. Spread a thin layer of margarine on one side of a tortilla (not necessary if you are using a cast iron pan). Spread a layer on half of the un-margarined side of the tortilla. Fold tortilla in half, then fry for a few mins per side, until golden brown. Remove from heat and slice in 3 triangles.


jvegegirl said...

Ha! I eat cereal when I'm peckish. I'm an ashamed vegan now :).

Janet said...

toot away (and you would, after beans and kale): these sound fantastic!!

Vegetation said...

Yum! These look fantastic!

shelby said...

Kale & Sweet Potatoes?! Perfect match!!! They are my two favorite vegetables =)

lebkuchen said...

Ha! I literally just minutes ago finished making a batch of your sweet potato quesadillas from your e-book! I looooove them so much, especially with chopped pecans in the middle. I can't wait to try these ones, too! Nice!!

Macie said...

That sounds freaking delicious! The only part I'm a bit confused about is the corn: it says to add it twice. Is this a typo or do you divide the corn in half and add some of it with the jalapeno? Or am I reading something completely wrong (entirely possible)? Thanks!

Mary said...

Those are perfectly browned and crispy! I don't like sweet potatoes, but these sound like they'd be good with regular potatoes and lots of garlic.

Chaos Mom said...

thanks. i just drooled all over my keyboard. also, now i have to stop at the store on teh way home.

can't wait to try this. :D

DJ said...

Sounds perfect - we had a chilli based around very similar ingredients this week which was also really good!

Carlota. said...

I love kale and sweet potatoes! that looks really good!

Joi said...


Cafe Cyan said...

Great idea - I have both kale and sweet potatoes waiting for me to give them a purpose!

Steph (I am Bee) said...

ooh i want some of those!!

Gwen said...

Oh my goodness, I just made these and they were wonderful. Thank you so much for posting this recipe :)

Viki said...

I've been following your blog for a bit and made a few of your recipes. I have to tell you this one Wowed me so much, I told several friends who also made it.
I even tooted your horn on my blog.
I did substitute spinach for the kale as I was out of kale. They turned out wonderful.

Angie said...

I made these last night (subbed black eye peas because we were out of black beans)...they were totally awesome!
Thanks for sharing!

draculor said...

I absolutely adore these--I have made them 3 (soon to be 4) times since you posted them! The combination of kale, sweet potato, and black beans is just to die for. Thank you for sharing! I wrote them up on my own fledgeling blog, that's how much I adore them. :-)

Carrie said...

these look AMAZING! wow!! I'm SO glad I just found your blog today! I'm a newby vegan and am so short of good recipes. thank you so much for this!!! I'm making the snobby joes tonight with your additions of ketchup, red wine vinegar, and tobasco! can't wait!

kellycrochets said...

I am making these tonight for dinner. I can't wait. I just planted some kale, and will be using it fresh from the backyard. hooray!

Thank you!!

Mrs Shew said...

I have a full half sitting with me cooling (bites already taken) as I type this. I LOVE THESE!!! Another wonderful recipe. You never disappoint!

Kiersten said...

Hey Vegan Dad. I made this recipe for the Blog Recipe Challenge we are doing on the PPK. I LOVED these! Great recipe!

Basil said...

These made really good wraps! And I liked the mashed potatoes- they made an excellent glue, so the wrap was easier to eat. Great for satisfying cravings for sweet potatoes.

Rachel said...

This looks delicious...I plan on making it tomorrow. Which do you mean, sweet potatoes or yams (the orange ones often mistaken for sweet potatoes)?