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Recipe – Sweet Potato and Feta Quesadillas with an Easy Peasy Salsa

Monday nights mean Pilates for me. It takes place 2 minutes up the road from me in the village hall and I have surprised myself by how much I love it. Over the summer, I would go for a run to burn off some calories and use Pilates for toning and staying supple. As the nights and mornings have gotten darker, I have found myself only running at weekends but my Pilates class has stayed as my Monday night staple and I love how I feel relaxed yet completely refreshed and invigorated I feel after every class.

The only problem I have with it is that it takes place 7-8pm. I couldn’t eat before I go but when I get home I am usually so ravenous that I end up having something quick and easy for dinner, which doesn’t always equal healthy! Lately, I have been trying to do all the chopping and prep for dinner before my class so that I come home and finish off a light and healthy meal that won’t undo all of my good work. Case in point, these amazing quesadillas I made last night.

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I always used to think of Mexican food as being heavy, rice and meat based dishes but after a bit of research and eating at Wahaca a few times I realised that you really can include anything! At Wahaca, I tried a delicious broad bean and feta quesadilla and as it isn’t the season for broad beans now, I decided to try substituting it for sweet potato.

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Luckily, it worked perfectly and with all the other ingredients it tasted fresh, spicy and delicious. I also put together this super simple salsa (recipe at the bottom of the page) which adds some more freshness and a zing from the lime juice.

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The amounts below make three generously stuffed quesadillas but you could get four if you prefer them a little thinner.

Ingredients

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1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

100g of feta, crumbled

1 spring onion, finely sliced

A pinch of chilli flakes

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

Salt and pepper

Small handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped

A couple of flour tortillas

How to make it

  • Begin by boiling your sweet potatoes until soft, then roughly mash and set asidefeta12
  • Combine your mash with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl
  • Spread over one half of a tortilla and fry in a little oil until the tortilla has started to crisp upfeta1
  • Then fold the tortilla over so you have something akin to a big pasty!feta2
  • Toast on both sides – I kept mine warm in an oven while I toasted the othersfeta3
  • Serve with salsa and enjoy!feta4

Easy Peasy Salsa

Simply chop up 2 spring onions, 7 or 8 cherry tomatoes, 1 clove of garlic and some fresh coriander. Drizzle over some olive oil, salt, pepper, a pinch of chilli flakes and a squeeze of fresh lime. Mix well, have a taste then serve!feta15

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About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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