Sweet Potato, Avocado, and Bean Quesadillas

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Quick enough for any busy weeknight, these quesadillas are not only fast but also versatile. Keep the flavors simple for little kids with the ingredient list below; meanwhile, older children and adults can add a sprinkle of cumin or chili powder to the quesadilla filling, and dress their serving up at mealtime with non-dairy sour cream, hot sauce, and salsa.


  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Daiya pepper jack
  • 1/2 cup rinsed and drained canned pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup mashed, cooked sweet potato
  • 1 sliced avocado
  1. Place 2 tortillas on a baking sheet. Layer evenly with the pepper jack, pinto beans, sweet potato, and avocado.
  2. Top with the remaining 2 tortillas and bake at 425 degrees for 8 minutes.

Top as desired, and serve!

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Pumpkin-Walnut Bread

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This pumpkin bread is redolent with spices – cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Go ahead and add a pinch of cloves, too, if you have them on hand. You’ll want to keep a loaf or two of this decadent quick bread on hand over the holiday season!


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 and 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 Ener-G eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the olive oil, sugar, pumpkin, Ener-G eggs, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and ginger. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until combined. Stir in the walnuts.
  3. Divide the batter evenly among 2 greased loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes; a wooden pick inserted in the centers should come out clean. Let cool in the pans on a wire rack for 30 minutes, then remove from the pans and cool completely.

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Make a Time Capsule!

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Here’s an activity you can do any time of year, in any season, on any day big or small. I saved up the idea for the holiday season when I knew we’d have particularly special days to capture on camera. Either way, all you need is an instant camera (we love the Fujifilm Instax mini!) and your family members, and you have the making of a time capsule.

Our particular event was a local Dickens Christmas festival and a performance of the Nutcracker. Travis loved helping take the instant pics as we went along, meaning some were quite blurry, but that added its own charm. Here he is aiming the camera!

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Once home, we sorted through our mementos.

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In addition to pictures, you can add other items from the day, such as tickets to an event…

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…programs, crafts that were made, or souvenirs that your purchased.

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Now seal it all up in a shoebox. Travis loved helping tape down the edges.

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We put a big note on it to leave it alone until one year from now, and can’t wait to relive the memories!

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What event or day is going into your time capsule? Please share in the comments!