His and Her’s Quesadilla Casserole

Dan and I are like two peas in a pod.

We love being active together, whether it’s through races, bike rides or hikes.

We love traveling together, whether it’s a camping trip in the Ozarks or a cruise through the Bahamas.

We even love eating together… Except, that’s where it can get a little complicated.

With meat-eating him and vegetarian me, failing to plan out meals would mean me making two separate options and spending twice as long in the kitchen. That’s no good for our bank accounts or our relationship!

So, instead of going down that path, I make an effort to plan out meals that satisfy both of our cravings. Often, I do this by making a big veggie dish, such as pasta or a casserole, and then serving a roasted chicken breast or fish fillet on the side.

Other times, I split the meal right down the middle and use the same ingredients to create two different entrees. That way, I’m not spending double the amount of money and it only costs me five extra minutes in the kitchen. That’s doable… And delicious for both of us.

Quesadilla Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 8 whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 C salsa
  • 1 packet low-sodium taco seasoning, divided
  • 1/2 C water, divided
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (<< veggie version)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (<<meat version)
  • 1 C cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 C Monterey-Jack cheese

Directions:

  • Slice tortillas in half. Brush with olive oil on both sides.

  • Preheat broiler with the oven rack 4″ from the top. Arrange tortillas a baking sheet and broil for ~2 minutes, until lightly browned. Flip and repeat. Keep a close eye on the tortillas. They brown quickly!

  • Place tortillas on a cooling sheet and set aside.
  • Coat two separate pans with olive oil. Heat on the stove top over medium-high.
  • In one pan, cook ground beef thoroughly. Once cooked, add in 1/4 C water and half the packet of taco seasoning.
  • In other pan, warm black beans. Add in 1/4 C water and other half the packet of taco seasoning. Be sure to use a different spatula than the one used with the beef!

  • Allow both beans and beef to simmer with taco seasoning until the water is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Spread a thin layer of salsa on the bottom of one loaf pan. Add one tortilla half. Top with black beans, handful of cherry tomatoes, ~1/4 C cheese and a little more salsa. Add another tortilla half and repeat two more layers. Top with a fourth tortilla half, salsa and cheese.
  • Spread a thin layer of salsa on the bottom of another loaf pan. Add one tortilla half. Top with beef, handful of cherry tomatoes, ~1/4 C cheese and a little more salsa. Add another tortilla half and repeat two more layers. Top with a fourth tortilla half, cheese and salsa.

  • Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted.

It’s as easy as that! Dirtying just two more pans is so worth it to make a marriage thrive.

(This dish is also very easy to make all veggie or all beef. Just double it to two cans of black beans or 2 lbs. beef and bake in a full-sized casserole dish.)

Question: Do you cook any “divisible” dishes?

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