Friday, February 1, 2013

Getting My Butt in Shape -- Sweet Potato Kale Quesadillas


As much as I loved sharing my Iceland Adventures with you all, I know that this is what you REALLY come here for--THE FOOD! So without further ado, here is an awesome recipe that I am making almost weekly these days:

Sweet potato and kale quesadilla.


You see, I, like 90% of all New Year's Resolution Makers, made the resolution to drop some weight. Thankfully, I have some friends invested in this endeavor with me (including my roommate, which is a HUGE help!), and here we are on the first of a new month and still going! Take THAT, Resolution-nay-sayers who assumed my gym-goings would last all of one week. SO THERE!

Sadly, I am not dropping the poundage as I'd hoped, but it takes more than a month to kick bad habits and do lose weight in a healthy way it does take time--so I'm trying very hard not to get discouraged.

Reheating for lunch on Day 2--still delicious!

I'm trying to follow the advice of my bloggy idol, Andie at Can You Stay for Dinner: don't deprive yourself.  I'm a foodie. I love food. I'm always going to love food. So eating a diet comprised entirely of canned tuna and cottage cheese just won't work for me.  Instead, I'm making a real effort to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into my diet, more whole grains, and make from scratch things that I normally would buy mass-produced. For example, I even made my own mayo this week! Score!


Anyways. I saw this recipe over at Pioneer Woman Cooks, but didn't have the butternut. I did, however, have sweet potato, which is a similar flavor profile. The verdict? Topped with some plain Greek yogurt, these little guys are a filling and delicious meal. And, according to a recipe calculator I found, about 300 calories per whole quesadilla. How awesome is that?

Sweet Potato and Kale Quesadilla
(Adapted from Pioneer Woman)

  • 8 Tortillas
  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (for less carbs you can sub this for butternut squash--ALSO AMAZING)
  • 1 large handful kale, cut to bite-sized
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 handfuls shredded cheese (I used swiss)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pat butter or olive oil


Over high heat, roast sweet potato in a large pan or skillet. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook until brown on all sides and tender. Remove from pan and cook kale until wilted.

Heat butter or oil in pan and add one tortilla--I did each side and cooked each until crispy, but you can skip this if you'd like--and cover with a thin layer of cheese. Add some potatoes and kale, a bit more cheese, and cover with second tortilla. After a minute, flip and cook until cheese is melty. Repeat for each.

Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and salsa for dipping.

18 comments:

  1. This sounds tasty! I love quesadillas, so quick and easy!

    When I'm trying to lose weight (which is a perpetual battle!) my philosophy is I can have something naughty if I make it from scratch-- maybe the extra effort of standing in the kitchen helps worrk off those calories? ;-) So way to go on making your own mayo!

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    1. That was part of my original plan! I wasn't going to eat any sweets or breads/pastas I didn't make myself. But with my hectic schedule, I don't really have time :\

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  2. It looks great. I love quesadilla but don't always make them at home. Only 300 Cals! I'm going to make this tonight. As a foodie, I can't put myself on a diet. LOL....So, I rather eat more healthy and move around more. Gosh, gotta try your recipe. I'm drooling over this. Great call to top it with Greek yogurt! ;)

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    1. My brain totally gets tricked into thinking it's sour cream. It's the perfect sub!

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  3. That sounds delicious. I need more sweet potato in my life.

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  4. You can do it on the weight loss, Ashley!

    And if you want to give me those quesadillas just to make sure you don't eat too many, I'll make the ultimate noble sacrifice and take them from you. I'm awesome that way *blinks innocently*

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  5. I love this! I like both sweet potatoes and kale but I won't be creative enough to put it in quesadilla! That's why I love reading food blogs...full of ideas and potential. :) Totally going to make this!

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  6. oh my gosh, these quesadillas look GREAT! I am loving this combo!!!

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  7. These look awesome! I love it :) I often make quesadillas the night after I make burritos to use up the extras. They are no where near this nice though!

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    1. Ohh but they're probably sooo tasty... leftover burrito quesadillas? Yummmm!

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  8. I'm totally with you - no deprivation! THe more I try to tell myself not to eat something, the more likely I am to binge on it later. So better to have a small serving now and be satisfied. These quesadillas look fantastic!

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    1. Lady. I need to tell you. I just made your spicy goat cheese pasta, and it is FANTASTIC. I didn't have abodo so I subbed in hot cherry pepper paste and a generous squirt of sriracha. My veggie-hating (not to mention goat cheese-hating--TERRIBLE, I KNOW) boyfriend even enjoyed the veggies soaked in that stuff. I pacified him with a bit of chicken too, but the fact he even ate the veggies was a win. Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe on your blog!

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  9. I'm loving the idea of sweet potato in a quesadilla! These sound fantastic!

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    1. I just made it with butternut too... it's way better and a lot lighter. But it's good to know I have the option if I need it!

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  10. I love the combo of sweet potato and kale! So yummy together!

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  11. Love these! So healthy but also melty and indulgent. Well done. Just discovered you, I'm following now.

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    1. Yay! I just re-discovered you too! Already added ya to my daily blog readings :)

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  12. Oooh what a fun combination of ingredients! These look great. I love any excuse to shove kale into some cheese ;)

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