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You’ve made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier; why not pair your healthy eating with wine? Red wine can be part of a healthy lifestyle, especially Pinot Noir as it contains high levels of resveratrol. Resveratrol’s antioxidant properties help to alleviate joint pain by preventing cartilage breakdown. The high antioxidant concentration levels in pinot noir help to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. We are going to pair Pinot Noir with black bean quesadillas. This recipe has 4 servings and takes about 15 minutes to make. Here’s to a healthier you!

Black Bean Quesadilla and WineIngredients 

  • 4- 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 – 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, preferably Pepper Jack
  • 1/2 cup prepared fresh salsa, divided. Feel free to make your own salsa.


Step 1
Combine beans, cheese and 1/4 cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place tortillas on a work surface. Spread 1/2 cup filling on half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten.

Step 2
Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 quesadillas and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and quesadillas. Serve the quesadillas with avocado and the remaining salsa.

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