As an infant/toddler, Gracie was seriously the most amazing eater you have ever seen in your life. Child ate 95% of what was put in front of her. The 5% included meat and ravioli/pierogis/any smooth pasta like that. As she approached three, that list got narrower and narrower- she still eats fruits and vegetables, so we're ahead of the game as it typically goes with kids her age, but her acceptable entree list has grown shorter and shorter with each passing day. Katie is a bit pickier than her sister, and of course, her favorites are ravioli and anything involving meat. It's become a challenge to make dinner, to say the least. And? Really? I refuse to fall into a rut where they eat spaghetti and meatballs or mac and cheese every single freaking night of their lives.
So I went looking for recipes and I found this. And although it seemed inocuous enough, I needed to choose a day when Gracie ate a big lunch, in case she fully rejected it (since it would defeat the purpose entirely if I gave her the same old bean and cheese quesadilla if she refused it.) I didn't follow the recipe exactly, because I am allergic to following recipes. Also because i wanted to use what I had in the house.
I used chickpeas instead of black beans, 1/2 tsp chili powder instead of cayenne, 1/4 tsp of cumin because too much bothers me (it totally smells like B.O., and I can't be convinced otherwise), and just kind of shook oregano over it til it looked about right to me. I also just added whatever corn I had in the house, which wasn't very much.
I had cheddar cheese in the house, so that is what I used. I don't really know how much I used, just enough to make a thin layer on top. She says, at one point in the recipe, to mix everything together, but her pictures pretty clearly look like the cheese is just on top, so that is what I did.
I started cooking dinner too late tonight, so I definitely did not leave it in the oven for a full thirty minutes. I just left it there til the cheese was all melted. I prefer my cheese more bubbly, and would cook it longer next time.
It was extremely easy and fast- I made it while Grace ran in and out of the kitchen and Katie whined and clung to my leg because she woke up from her nap too early. The whole time I was cooking it, I kept showing it to Gracie and stressing that it was full of delicious things that she really likes. She kept talking about it being new cheesy beans- her name for the bean and cheese quesadillas she would eat for every meal if we let her.
And then she ate it!
Well. Mostly, she ate the cheesy topping. But she ate everything that was stuck to it and picked out a lot of the chickpeas, too.
Katie ate hers, too. WITH GUSTO.
It was a win. We'll make it again.