A Taste of NHBP: Cannellini Quesadillas and Lean Protein

Jul 1, 2021 | Nutrition

Cannellini Quesadillas

Prep Time 6 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 14 mins
Calories 450 kcal


  • 1 15oz Can of cannellini beans
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of choice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 whole grain tortillas, taco size ( 6-8 inches)


  • Rinse beans under running water and add to a mixing bowl. Rough chop spinach and add to bowl. Add seasoning, sour cream, and cheese to same bowl and mix to combine.
  • Divide the mixture between the four tortillas. Spread mixture on and then fold tortilla in half.
  • In a skillet over medium high heat cook quesadillas for 3-4 minutes on each side or until shells are brown and crispy, and insides are warm and melty.
  • Cut quesadillas as desired and serve hot!


What does lean protein mean?

We have all heard that we are supposed to eat lean protein daily. But what does that really mean? Is there a specific definition of lean?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming most of your protein in the least processed form. This means fresh, frozen or canned, with minimal added ingredients. Red meat, poultry, seafood, and plant proteins can all be nutritious and lean options to include in your weekly meals. When selecting meat think: loin=lean! Red meat comes from any animal that walks on four legs and carries fat under the belly, which includes cow, lamb, pig and game meats. Processed meats include hot dog, sausage, bacon and lunch meats. The American Institute for Cancer research recommends no more than 18 ounces of red and processed meat per week. That is about four servings of red and processed meat per week!


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