When I decided to incorporate some vegan dishes into my diet I silently mourned the decreasing cheese presence in my life. Which is why I will never go 100% vegan.
I also couldn't try a vegan cheese replacement because I knew I would resent it and would be wishing I was eating real cheese instead.
So I set out to make a quesadilla that would taste delicious and have zero cheese (real or fake).
Enter the sweet potato and black bean quesadilla.
I started by puréeing a sweet potato. Since I didn't have time to roast it first I just wrapped it in wet paper towels and Saran wrap and popped it in the microwave. I know the theory that microwaves take away the nutritional value but turns out its just an urban legend. Not that that theory has stopped me before.
After I had some purée I went a little crazy and started adding whatever veggies I had on hand. Corn, black beans, green onions and spinach.
Seasoned it with hot sauce and cayenne pepper.
Let me put in a plug for my most favorite hot sauce. Use whatever you want, but this brand will definitely do the job.
I also made some fresh guacamole to smear on top.
And guess what?
It was good.
I'm not going to say that it tasted exactly like a quesadilla with cheese. Because it didn't. Because there was no cheese. But. It was good. And I didn't even mind that it was sans queso.