Black bean and mushroom quesadillas with guacamole, roasted acorn squash and spinach salad

by Katie on January 24, 2011

When I first started to incorporate more plant-based meals into my diet, Mexican-style food became one of my favorite go-to meal inspirations. There are endless things you can do with beans, veggies, spices, and a tortilla of some sort.

I’ve always liked quesadillas in particular. I like the way I can display the crispy-yet-gooey wedges neatly on my plate, slather them with a yummy topping for extra goodness and eat them with my hand. They also make easy-to-transport leftovers.

Of course, with quesadillas, the million-dollar question is: can you have a quesadilla without cheese? According to Wikipedia, you can. That was all the justification I needed to share my black bean and mushroom quesadillas with the world. The mashed black beans provide the glue for the tortillas to stick together relatively well.

Rounded out with guacamole, roasted acorn squash, spinach salad, and toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas), this meal has it all, including an abundance of different flavors and textures to keep your taste buds firing.

Since there are various pieces to this meal, you’re going to need to multi-task. I’ve written the instructions below in the order I use when I make the entire meal you see in the photo above, in hopes that it will be helpful. (If you find it too confusing the way I’ve written it, please let me know.) By the way, you can always substitute your own side dishes to eat alongside the quesadillas, but I’m all about the one-stop-shop here.

Note: This meal serves four. However, if you plan to serve two and use the rest as leftovers, you could halve the guacamole recipe (i.e., use only one avocado) and make more guacamole the next day (or simply serve with avocado slices), as guacamole is best when it’s made fresh.


Enjoy, and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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derek January 26, 2011 at 4:19 am

hi katie! this looks delicious! i will be trying it soon. nice to meet you at the veggiefest planning thing. keep in touch, and keep up the yummy recipes!

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Katie January 26, 2011 at 7:51 am

Hi Derek – Thanks for your comment! It was nice meeting you as well. I checked out your website(s) too – your photos are beautiful, and your projects sound really interesting! Take care and I’ll see you around soon I’m sure.

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