2004 was a great year! This was the year that I met my husband, I graduated from the University of South Carolina (go gamecocks!) and Napoleon Dynamite hit the big screen as one THE funniest movies I have EVER seen. So in the spirit of “Go Make Yourself a Dang Quesadilla” – today I decided to feature one of my favorite go-to lunches/snacks…whatever…
My most favorite quesadilla is made up of simply a whole grain tortilla, shredded queso and parsley. I can eat it any time of the day…literally. But for today’s post, I thought I would push the envelope a little further and showcase the most creative and delicious variations for quesadillas…challenging you (and myself) to try something new…and most likely, healthier.
Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla
Spinach…garlic…goat cheese…enough said, this sounds AMAZING and at 272 calories and only 8 grams of fat, you’re looking at a healthy lunch in a matter of minutes.
Broccoli & Red Onion Quesadilla
This is Heidi Swanson’s quesadilla recipe featured on her website 101 Cookbooks. This is my Foodie Friday challenge for you and myself. This quesadilla is made up of corn tortillas – unda style, a bit of cheese, fresh herbs, and a dollop lemon-zested greek yogurt or creme fraiche.
This recipe makes a single quesadilla, feel free to scale it depending on how many you’d like to make.
zest of one small lemon
a generous dollop of creme fraiche, sour cream or Greek yogurt
fine grain sea salt
2 heaping tablespoons capers
small splash of olive oil
1 small egg
1 corn tortilla, room temperature
a bit of freshly shaved Parmesan
chopped fresh chives or marjoram
Whisk the lemon zest, yogurt, and a pinch of salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Now, take the capers, rinse them, pat them dry with a paper towel, and pan fry them over medium-high heat in a small splash of oil until browned and crinkly. Remove from pan and set aside. The should get a bit crunchy as they cool.
Beat the egg and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Beat the egg really well, so it’s uniform in color.
In your smallest skillet, over medium heat, add a tiny splash of oil. Let it heat, then add the egg to the pan let it set for just 10-15 seconds. Place the corn tortilla on top of the egg, the top of the egg should still be a bit runny, so it should attach itself to the tortilla as it sets. When you feel like the egg has set enough not to run, flip everything. Sprinkle with Parmesan, and some of the fresh herbs if you like. Cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is nicely browned.
Fold the tortilla in half, top with the yogurt, the capers and more herbs.
In addition to checking out Heidi’s quesadilla recipe, I encourage you to enter this week’s giveaway to receive a copy of her newest cookbook,
That’s right! This book hit the shelves THIS WEEK! One lucky winner could be one of the first to have a copy of
Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen
Here’s the skinny on this beautiful book via Amazon.com:
Heidi Swanson loves to cook and it shows: her newest book, Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen, is a delight. Beautiful photos and terrific descriptions of the recipes and how to prepare them (often with stories and helpful cooking tips) reading this book will inspire you to try many of the recipes.
Most of us wear about 10% of what is in our closet…same with cooking–we make a handful of our favorites over and over again. For this book, Swanson recorded her everyday meals for a couple of years and voila–simple and delicious dishes to enjoy daily.
To Swanson, natural food cooking means an abundance of fruits and veggies–local (and organic) whenever possible. Swanson loves to cook with whole grains.
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love this book–it is literally filled with healthy and interesting recipes that anyone would love! Plus, if you do eat meat and are looking for ways to cut down, this book is a terrific starting point.
3 Ways to Enter:
1. Leave a Comment – You can enter every day!
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Contest runs until Friday, April 15