Cumin and Lentil Quesadillas

For dinner tonight, I was looking for something quick and easy to make. I had 2.5 hours of intense dance practice earlier today, so I was hungry and tired – and in no mood to spend more than 30 min in the kitchen! I was inspired by a recipe for cumin & bean sprout quesadillas – from I changed the recipe a little – and it turned out great! The cumin was super flavorful and the meal was really healthy overall. And the best part – it took only 20 min to make (30 min including bake time) 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!


  • 1 tsp. whole cumin seeds
  • 4 Mission 8″ Soft Taco Carb Balance Tortillas (link here)
  • 1/2 cup grated low fat Mexican 4 cheese blend
  • 1 cup cooked small lentils (I used Trader Joe’s Steamed Packaged Lentils – link for picture here)
  • 1 cup pico de gallo – Trader Joe’s has a great flavorful version that only has 5 calories per serving!
  • ~1 cup frozen corn


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toast cumin seeds in large, dry skillet over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant, shaking pan constantly. Transfer to small bowl, and set aside.
  3. Toast corn in the same skillet, shaking the pan for about 5 min or until cooked through. Transfer to small bowl, set aside.
  4. Arrange 4 tortillas on a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil cooking spray.
  5. Sprinkle half the tortilla with ~2-3 Tbsp grated cheese, and 1/4 tsp toasted cumin seeds. Top with 1/4 cup lentils, 1/4 cup corn, and fold the other side over. Repeat for the next 3 tortillas.
  6. Put the tortillas in the oven and broil for 5-10 min until the tops are lightly browned and crispy. Serve with Pico de Gallo.

Nutritional Information (per quesadilla)

Calories: ~200 (6g fat)

Protein: 8g

Fiber: 5g


Filed under Picky Cooks (Favorite Recipes)

7 responses to “Cumin and Lentil Quesadillas

  1. Well – THAT is a good idea. Cumin and lentils make such a great pairing.

  2. It looks like Trader Joe’s was a real help in your kitchen.

    thank you for a great post!

    • anjalim

      It was! I LOVE Trader Joe’s – I might actually do a post later on all my favorite products from there. Their products are healthy and reasonably priced and a great help in the kitchen!

  3. These lentil quesadillas sound tasty and a healthy twist with the lentils. I’m going to look for the Trader Joe’s steamed packaged lentils.

  4. Such a great concept! I love it 🙂 🙂 I might throw in some zucchini as well!

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