RBG, an inspiration and icon

i am so sad hearing the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing. she is an icon. listening to and reading the news coverage of her life is nothing short of inspiring. she worked until the day she died fighting for what she believed in — equality for all.

as the news sunk in, i made refried bean quesadillas with caramelized onions, spinach, seaweed, and cholula for dinner.

the RBG quesadilla

i have made variations of this recipe for at least a decade. but here’s the gist. gather your ingredients. for these, you’ll want:

  • tortillas (these are whole wheat, anything will work)
  • can of organic refried pinto beans
  • 8 oz spinach, or as much as you want
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 sheet of nori seaweed, torn as you add to pan
  • cooked rice
  • cholula


  1. begin heating your cast iron skillet (or whatever you want to use!) on low while you prepare the quesadilla
  2. assemble the quesadilla: lay tortillas flat in a workspace (if you want 3, add 3 tortillas to your workspace to start)
  3. add ~1/3 cup of refried pinto beans to each tortilla
  4. add ~1/4 cup of cooked rice to each tortilla
  5. once cast iron is heated, turn temperature up to medium and add red onions. cook for ~20 or 30 minutes at a low to medium low temperature until they’re browned and caramelized. i added a little sugar to them, but caramelize as you normally would
  6. once onions are almost caramelized, add in the spinach and seaweed. season to taste with kosher sea salt
  7. once the veggies are prepared divide them evenly between the tortillas you’re prepping, on top of the refried beans and rice
  8. sprinkle as much cholula as you want on top, and add another tortilla to complete the quesadilla factor
  9. add olive oil or butter to the cast iron skillet, and heat to medium. add the complete quesadilla (one at a time) to the pan, and let cook a few minutes on each side
  10. repeat for each quesadilla!
  11. serve with your favorite fixings

i hope everyone’s hanging in there. eat some good food and have a cup of chamomile or nettle tea. sending gratitude out into the world for everything RBG did for the betterment of humanity.

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