Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadillas

Sweet-Potato-Spinach-Quesadillas Romulo Yanes


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (1 pound total)
  • 1 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 5 cups baby spinach (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil


1. Microwave potatoes on high until tender (about 15 minutes).

2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine vinegar, sugar, and peppercorns; bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Place onion slices in a medium heatproof bowl; pour hot vinegar mixture over onion and let stand 10 minutes. Drain onion slices and transfer to a plate to cool.

3. Split cooked potatoes open with a knife; remove flesh and transfer to a bowl (you should have about 1 cup). Use a fork to mash potato with salt and pepper; divide potato filling among 4 tortillas. Top each with 1 heaping cup spinach, 1/4 cup cheese, and another tortilla.

4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, heat 1 teaspoon oil and transfer 1 quesadilla to skillet; cook until quesadilla is crisp and cheese is melted (about 3 minutes per side). Transfer cooked quesadilla to serving plate. Repeat with remaining oil and quesadillas. Cut quesadillas in quarters and serve each with 1/4 cup pickled onions.

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  • Serve up a meatless meal of Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadillas tonight. You'll get an immune boost from the beta carotene in the sweet potatoes, and 20 percent of your daily iron needs are met with this veggie quesadilla. Plus this quesadilla contains more calcium than a glass of milk!
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 quesadilla)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 391
Fat per serving: 13.8g
Saturated fat per serving: 4.7g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 6.9g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1.6g
Protein per serving: 14g
Carbohydrate per serving: 52g
Fiber per serving: 6g
Cholesterol per serving: 18mg
Iron per serving: 4mg
Sodium per serving: 750mg
Calcium per serving: 352mg

Good to Know

This dish contains more calcium than a glass of milk, plus you’ll get an immune boost from the beta-carotene in sweet potatoes.