Quesadilla & Creativity

Sometimes, you just need to look and the fridge and see what fits your fancy on any given weeknight.

That’s a reason why quesadillas make a great weeknight option.  Take whatever you have on hand, place it in a tortilla, heat in a skillet and dinner is ready in less than 10 minutes.  Your inspiration can be traditional such as cheese & beans or more upscale like leftover grilled fish with veggies.

With only a 3 ingredient filling and some salt and pepper, Monday night’s quesadillas definitely hit the spot.  A whole serving a veggies was even sneaked into the crispy, crunchy outer tortilla.

Still feeling hunger hanging around after I was finished, I contemplated having an apple for dessert.  But I craved more of the warm tortilla from my dinner.  So I combined the two and had a fabulous dessert quesadilla!

Goat Cheese, Ham & Pea Quesadilla


1 whole wheat tortilla
1 oz. goat cheese
1 or 2 slices Canadian Bacon (or deli ham or turkey bacon)
1 cup green peas (defrosted and heated)
1 tsp olive oil
Salt
Pepper

In a non-stick skillet over medium high heat, heat olive oil.  Spread goat cheese on entire tortilla.  On one half of the tortilla place peas, pushing down slightly (so they don’t go all over the place).  Layer bacon over the peas, season with salt & pepper and fold other half of tortilla over.  Place in skillet & place another pan with a weight on top so that it crisps up well (I used a full tea kettle).  Cook for 3-4 minutes or until browned well on one side.  Flip over and cook another 3 minutes.  Slice into quarters and enjoy!

Apple Pie Quesadilla

3/4 apple, diced (about 1 cup)
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp walnuts
1/2 tsp butter
1/2 tsp Olive Oil
1 whole wheat tortilla
1 tsp agave nectar (or honey)

In a non-stick skillet over medium high heat, melt butter.  Add diced apple  and walnuts and season with cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Stir to combine.  Cook apples for about 3-4 minutes or until softened.  Spread agave on one half of the tortilla.  Place apple/walnut mixture on top of agave and fold other half over.  Place in skillet & place another pan with a weight on top so that it crisps up well.  Cook for 3-4 minutes or until browned well on one side.  Flip over and cook another 3 minutes.

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Green Eggs & Ham…sort of

After getting out of work a bit late the other night I was faced with a dinner dilemma.  It was too early to resort to grabbing something in Penn Station before catching my train but if I waited until I got home and cooked dinner I would be so hungry (and tempted to eat any junk placed before me).

As I began to think about what was in the fridge that I could cook up in a hurry,  I remembered seeing gorgeous basil pesto on The Sweet Kitchen earlier that day.  I decided that whatever I ate would include pesto, but with what?  Pasta was an obvious choice but since I had noodles for lunch I tossed that idea out the window.

Then it came to me, I’ll have eggs!  I love having eggs for dinner especially when time is short.  They are quick, filling and delcicious!  But what about the pesto?  And there it was,  I was going to have green eggs & ham for dinner.

Now, the eggs weren’t actually green and the ham was actually Canadian bacon but work with me here, ok?

I got home and picked some super fresh basil from the garden, added some garlic, pinenuts, cheese & olive oil and combined it all in the blender.  Perfect pesto!  Then I cooked up some of the bacon and fried an egg.  It was all layered on top of an Ezekiel toasted bun (bottom portion only) and added topped with more pesto.

Apologies for the bad photo as my camera is still being fixed 😦

Green Eggs and Ham

WOW!  This was really a perfect dinner and I was almost sad to finish the last bite. Definitely something I will be making again very soon.

What are your favorite meals to make when you are in a hurry?