We absolutely love quesadillas in this house. It is one of our most favorite “go-to” meals and the reason is because you don’t need a lot of specific ingredients to make them. It’s one of those dishes where you can throw in whatever vegetables you have on hand (and need to eat)! As long as you have whole-wheat tortillas, cheese, and some spices the rest can come together pretty easily. I do admit that sweet potatoes somehow do something magical to the flavor of this dish, but even if we don’t have any we still make quesadillas all the time. So don’t let that stop you!
- 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup diced onion
- 2 cups mixed veggies, diced or shredded (grated sweet potato is the secret ingredient that makes excellent addition to this recipe, and you can also use bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, & fresh or frozen corn)
- ¾ teaspoon chili powder
- Juice from one small lime
- Salt, to taste
- 2 cups cheese, grated (we prefer Monterey Jack and recommend grating it yourself to avoid the powdery anti-caking agent in pre-shredded cheeses)
- 6 whole-wheat tortillas
- Butter for cooking
- Optional toppings: sour cream, avocado, cilantro, hot peppers, salsa
- Heat oil in a medium sized sauté pan over medium heat.
- Throw in the diced onions and veggies and cook for 4 or 5 minutes until tender.
- Add the chili powder, lime juice and salt (to taste) to the veggie mix.
- Heat griddle to 375 degrees or you can cook the quesadillas in one or two pans on the stove over medium heat.
- In a large bowl mix together the veggies and grated cheese. Spread a thin layer of the mixture on three of the tortillas and then top them with the other three.
- Melt a little butter on the griddle or in the pan(s). Cook the quesadillas for several minutes until the bottom starts to brown. While I am waiting I like to add a little dab of butter on the top (for when I flip it over).
- Once it browns flip and repeat on the other side until lightly browned.
- Let the quesadilla cool for a few minutes before cutting for the best results. I like to use a pizza cutter to make perfect triangles.
Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy! My daughter even likes the leftovers cold in her lunchbox.