It’s fun to make food that the whole family can share — including your older baby that’s learning to enjoy solid foods. My family loves this meal and it’s really easy to adapt for sharing with a baby. If your baby is very young, you can just share some of the mashed sweet potatoes. If your baby is older she might like the beans, spinach, or little pieces of tortilla. Enjoy! (Adapted from a recipe in “Simply In Season” by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert)

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

Ingredients (all amounts are per person):
sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced, 1/2-1
whole wheat tortillas, 1-2
cooked black beans, 1/2-3/4 c
small amount of olive oil
pinch of cumin
thinly sliced mild cheddar cheese

Steam the sweet potatoes until soft. While potatoes are steaming, heat the cumin in oil in a small pan. Add the beans and heat through. Salt/pepper to taste. Melt a little butter in a skillet on medium heat. Put the tortilla on the butter, cover with sliced cheese. Cover half the tortilla with a layer of beans and a layer of sweet potato slices. When the cheese has melted enough to stick, fold the other half of the tortilla over the sweet potatoes. Flip the quesadilla and cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla crisp. This is also really yummy with sliced red peppers or some wilted spinach inside the quesadilla.


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