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beet and goat cheese quesadillas with lime and yogurt


If you have been reading this blog for a while now than you already know about my love affair with beets. To be honest, I became a farmer so I could eat as many beets as my little heart desires.


We harvest hundreds of pounds of beets in the late summer and early fall. And while our bodies  take a compete beating from all of the heavy lifting, I still feel like a kid in a candy store every time I fill a crate up with our fresh beets.


Lucky for me Taylor loves beets almost as much as I do. We both enjoy them roasted, boiled, raw, or  eaten straight out of the ground with dirt still on them. We aren’t that picky when it comes to eating our favorite root vegetable.


The first time I made beet and goat cheese quesadillas it was Valentines Day when we were living on Hutchins Farm. Nothing screams romance quite like bright pink food! Since then we have never celebrated a romantic holiday without a beet inspired recipe.


The good news is that you don’t have to enjoy this meal with a lover. Grab a friend, your cat, dog, or even just a good book.  I highly recommend a glass of wine though. This meal needs to be celebrated. Dig in.

beet and goat cheese quesadillas with lime and yogurt

Prep Time: 15 mins.    Cook Time: 15 mins.    Serves: 2

  • 2 -3 large beets, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 
  • 1 bunch of beet greens, or swiss chard/spinach (about 3-4 cups worth of greens)
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/4 cup organic greek style plain yogurt
  • juice from 1 lime


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add beets and cook until fork tender. About 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a little olive oil. Add onions and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add garlic. Stir occasionally. Stir in beet greens/chard/spinach. Turn heat to low and cook until greens are slightly wilted. Remove from pan.
  3. In a food processor or blender combine beets with a little olive oil salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  4. Layer the bottom half of each tortilla with beet mixture followed by greens and cheese. Place second tortilla on top. Cook in the same frying pan as the greens where cooked in over medium heat with a little more oil. Cook for about 3 minutes per side.
  5. Enjoy with plain greek yogurt with lime juice and parsley.


Use this recipe as a guide. Adjust ingredients and measurements as necessary.

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8 thoughts on “beet and goat cheese quesadillas with lime and yogurt

  1. holly says:

    that recipe made my day. In my relationship i am alone with my beet-love, but with cheese i am quite sure that my boyfriend is going to love it. I have to go now to our market…. grab some beets. Love your blog and your hole way of living. As a “child of the village” i am stuck in the city. My only chance is to green my balcony… so it’s like coming home to read your blog!

  2. Jean says:

    I gotta admit that beets are not really my thing, but I am going to try this and expand my horizons. You have been right so many times before, I expect to be a convert within the week. BTW, Trader Joe’s has a corn and wheat tortilla that has good “numbers” and a decent hit of protein to boot.

  3. Beets and goat cheese are two things I love most about life. And quesadillas. This is a total win-win-win recipe for me!

  4. Julia says:

    Beet Quesadilla?!?! You genius, you! I love this idea and love the lime yogurt to go with it!!

  5. Natalie says:

    I’ve made several of your recipes and all have been fabulous! The beet and kale pizza was a huge hit in our household. When cooking with beets, do you usually peel them or just wash and cook?

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m so happy you and your family have been enjoying my recipes! As far as the beets go I don’t bother peeling them. Just a little wash and scrub in the sink!

  6. Yum! I love a good quesadilla. Just when I think you’re out of ideas for beets, you go an do it again! 🙂
    I agree, these are definitely meant to be celebrated with a glass of wine.

  7. vivian says:

    This was delicious, easy, and different, three winning qualities for me. The yogurt and lime really added to the deliciousness. Thanks for another great recipe!

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