These roasted red pepper sweet potato quesadillas are a healthy and tasty vegan lunch! They use creamy sweet potato and white beans in place of traditional cheese. You can roast your sweet potatoes in advance to cut down on preparation time.
The thing to do would probably have been to post these quesadillas before Labor Day, so that anyone who planned to be grilling could make them. Instead, I’m behind the curve, posting just as everyone who traveled this weekend or took the day off is settling back into the swing of things.
The good news is that the quesadillas demand neither a grill (I made them with my grill pan–a little aggressively, as you can see by the deep grill marks–and you can also just heat them up in a skillet) nor a holiday weekend. They’ll be delicious whenever you choose to make them, and I hope that time will be soon. They recipe is relatively simple, but the sweetness of roasted bell pepper and sweet potato, coupled with some garlic and lime and cumin, is really irresistible. You can serve them at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you can pair them with all sorts of other dishes, from tortilla soup (which is how I served them last night) to salad to an array of veggie sides.
In the recipe, I give the option either to roast your own bell peppers or to use store-bought roasted peppers. I almost always have a jar or two of these at home, as they make a tasty addition to hummus, dressings, or my beloved sunflower seed romesco. That said, roasting the peppers yourself will produce a more authentic smoky and sweet flavor, and it’s really easy to do, so if you have the time, it’s worth it. If not, employ the shortcut and turn this into an easy pantry meal!
It’s worth saying that the mashed sweet potato and white bean filling is good. Really good. Good enough to eat on its own, with corn chips or veggies or a spoon. It’s the kind of concoction that makes me appreciate what can be done with plants to put a creative spin on a traditional recipe. Clearly, there’s no cheese in these quesadillas, so the recipe title takes some license. But the combination of cannellini beans and sweet potato creates its own sort of creaminess, and I think you’ll find that it’s very satisfying in the place where cheese would normally be.
If you don’t get distracted by the filling first, here’s the whole recipe for you to refer to 🙂
You can also make these with white potato, if you’re in the mood or that’s what you’ve got on hand. Yukon gold potatoes would work very well, and make a less sweet recipe. But I personally love using sweet potato here…and, well, everywhere.
I hope you’ll give these a try, and that you’ll love ’em.
On that note, I’m winding down for the night. But first, an update: thanks for your feedback on hearing more about my batch cooking/weekly meal planning! I’m glad that this idea appeals to you. I’m going to start sharing next week, and you guys can tell me what additional info/details you’d find helpful.