White Bean & Salsa Quesadillas

White Bean & Salsa Quesadillas are quick and easy for lunch or dinner, and require only five ingredients!

In case anyone is wondering if I’m tired of coming up with new quesadilla recipes, the answer is no.  Casey and I both like quesadillas enough that we don’t get bored with them, and they are very quick and easy to make.  Combine that with the fact that the flavor possibilities are limitless, and you have a winner.

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I actually made more quesadillas last night, and would like to walk to the kitchen to retrieve the leftovers for lunch, but I am finding myself somewhat inhibited by the degree of muscle soreness that I am currently experiencing.  I love to workout, and even though I train regularly there are always things that sneak up on me and make me more sore than I might expect.  Yesterday I decided to do a personal fitness test as part of my workout.  (I like to do that every six months or so to gauge my progress and fitness levels).  Part of my test is doing a timed, one mile run.  Now, when it comes to running long distance, I usually avoid it.  I would much rather do other cardio training or lift weights than run for any length of time.  That being said, I do enjoy my one mile run test every six months, and yesterday I completed the run in eight minutes.  Considering that I’m not a regular runner, I was pretty proud of myself, but I am definitely feeling it today.  Combine that with the fact that I did a push-up test and a burpee test (100 burpees in five minutes), and you get the picture. My quadriceps have already filed a complaint with headquarters and I’m pretty sure that the hamstrings and abs are going to follow suit if they haven’t already.  *Katherine attempts to stand up and immediately sits back down again*  Yep, they have.  Ouch.

A couple of years ago I was briefly part of an online fitness community where I would post completed workouts, recipe ideas, and motivation.  On one occasion, I shared my latest workout, which was a simple bike ride of about eight miles, completed in 40 minutes.  That’s not an exceptional time for bicycling at all; I was just having fun.  However, one girl misunderstood my post and thought that I had run eight miles in 40 minutes.  As much as I would love to say that I can maintain a consistent running speed of 12 miles per hour for 40 minutes straight, it’s not happening.  If I decide to try it, I expect a hospital bed reserved ahead of time.  That being said, it would be very cool to be able to run just one mile at that speed (five minute mile), but I don’t know that I’ll ever get that fast without more running focused training.

Anyway…  I’m a fitness nerd and can talk about this stuff all day, so I’ll try to stop now.

White Bean and Salsa Quesadillas KintheKitchen

My poor muscles need these quesadillas.

White Bean & Salsa Quesadillas -KintheKitchen

Unfortunately I find myself unable to walk very well.  Will someone volunteer to make them for me?  I’ll just be waiting over here…

White Bean & Salsa Quesadillas

  • Servings: 4 quesadillas
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  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 15 ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup salsa


Melt 1/2 Tablespoon of the butter in skillet over medium heat.  Add one tortilla to skillet.  Sprinkle 1/4th of the cheese over entire tortilla, and then place 1/4th of the beans and 1/4th of the salsa on HALF of the tortilla (this makes it easier to fold over).  Let cook until underside of tortilla is turning golden and crispy.  Fold the half with just cheese over the half with cheese, beans, and salsa, and press down with spatula.  Remove from heat.

Repeat this process for remaining butter, tortillas, and fillings.  Serve!


~K in the Kitchen



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