Veggie Quesadillas with Cilantro Yogurt

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Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On September 26, 2022

Can you have Mexican food night on the DASH Diet? You sure can! The beans in this quesadilla are a great source of filling lean protein and dietary fiber. Corn tortillas are also a great fiber-full whole grain choice. The cilantro yogurt dip adds more flavor, protein, and calcium without adding excess calories. This meal is a great way to follow the DASH diet guidelines.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup beans, black or pinto
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • ½ bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup low-fat shredded cheese
  • 6 soft corn tortillas
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, finely minced (optional)
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Cilantro Yogurt Dip:

  • 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice from ½ of a lime

Instructions:

1. Preheat large skillet over low heat.

2. Line up 3 tortillas. Divide cheese, corn, beans, cilantro, shredded carrots, and peppers between the tortillas.

3. Cover each with a second tortilla.

4. Place a tortilla in a dry skillet and warm until cheese is melted and tortilla is slightly golden about 3 minutes.

5. Flip and cook the other side until golden, about 1 minute.

6. In a small bowl mix together the nonfat yogurt, cilantro, and lime juice.

7. Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges (12 wedges total) and serve 3 wedges per person with about ¼ cup of the dip.

8. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

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