Cumin and Lentil Quesadillas

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on July 18, 2010

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!

Cumin and Lentil Quesadillas

Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 250 Calories, 6g Fat, 868mg Sodium, 33g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 5g Sugar, 8g Protein


  • 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)
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • ~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.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda @zomppa July 19, 2010 at 4:46 am

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


anjalim July 19, 2010 at 9:14 am

Thanks! Yes – it did turn out very flavorful 🙂


Carol Egbert July 19, 2010 at 6:13 am

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

thank you for a great post!


anjalim July 19, 2010 at 9:14 am

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!


Cristina July 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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.


Kelsey, at Happyolks July 27, 2010 at 8:16 am

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


anjalim July 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Zucchini is a great idea! 🙂 Next time I make it I’ll be adding it in for sure!


Bubi October 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

Surprisingly well-written and informative for a free online ariltce.


Alina April 2, 2012 at 4:10 am

Great recipe! I’ve been wanting to find a healthier quesadilla that both my husband and I can enjoy, and this was it. I blogged about it on my food sharing blog:

Thanks for the great recipes! Keep them coming!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Thanks so much Alina!! I’m so glad you liked this recipe! 🙂


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