Freshly Loaded Quesadillas

by Maria on February 23, 2010

I have to say I’m pretty excited to share this easy dinner idea with you.  I don’t know if I was just really hungry or if these really were the BEST quesadillas I’ve ever had.  A few Saturdays ago my friend Honoree and her kids came over for a little dinner play date.  Her husband is at basic training right now and mine was at a meeting so we decided to make an easy dinner and just let the kids play.  It was one of those last minute things, so before she came over we were on the phone with each other, both looking in our fridges trying to decide what we could come up with if we combined efforts.  I had tortillas, cheese and some cooked chicken breast.  She had all kinds of fresh veggies, so we decided we could do ‘build your own’ quesadillas.

I hadn’t ever tried putting fresh veggies in a quesadilla.  We are pretty boring at our house and usually just do cheese, maybe chicken and once in a while a little salsa if we get real adventurous.  Then there is Honoree, she is one of those healthy people and finds a way to get fresh veggies in almost every meal (probably even breakfast).  To say the least I was a little skeptical about how this was going to go over with my kids.  TA DA!  My nineteen month old loved them and my three year old gobbled his up too – he just made a very thorough check over every bite to make sure mom didn’t sneak in an onion or tomato.

This was such a fun thing to do with the kids.  They could pick out what they wanted on their own quesadilla and we had guacamole and salsa they could dip them in.  Making this dinner opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of quesadillas for dinner.  I talked to my friend Jessica about it and she told me she made some buffalo chicken style ones and dipped them in blue cheese dressing.  Hmmmm… that sounds pretty yummy and I think most husbands would really like that.

Anyway, I just thought I would share this idea in case you are in a boring quesadilla rut like I was.

Freshly Loaded Quesadillas

Tortillas
Shredded Cheese (your preference)
Shredded or Cubed Chicken (*See note at end of recipe)
Thinly Sliced and Chopped Zucchini
Finely Chopped Red Pepper
Finely Chopped Red Onion
Finely Chopped Spinach
Finely Chopped Tomato
Whatever else you want
Heat large skillet on medium high heat. Place tortilla on skillet and immediately sprinkle with cheese, chicken and other toppings of your choice. Place second tortilla on top. Cook until bottom tortilla is lightly browned and then using a large spatula carefully flip quesadilla and cook until the tortilla on the bottom is lightly browned. Remove and place on a large plate or cutting board. Slice with a pizza cutter and serve alone or with beans and spanish rice. ENJOY
Remember…..The possibilities are endless, have fun with it.

*I had some cooked chicken in my fridge left over from something I had made a couple days before.  I shredded it, put it in a pan with a little water and some seasonings: Cumin, Chili powder, Garlic powder, salt and a little Goya ‘Sazon’ seasonig.  It turned out delicious…..great way to use up leftover meat.  Beef roast would be yummy too.

Shared this on All the Small Stuff for Tuesday at The Table, fun stuff!

Just wondering……what’s your favorite kind of quesadilla?

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe February 23, 2010 at 4:38 am

Black beans and pepper-jack cheese.

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:33 am

Isn’t pepper jack delicios. I love getting the little kicks of spice. mmmm

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Debbie February 23, 2010 at 7:01 am

Those look really good and so healthy! Yum

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

They were sooo good and it always makes me feel healthy when my food looks like a rainbow exploded on it. LOVE your sight on kid meal ideas.

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Suzanne February 23, 2010 at 7:04 am

Made quesadillas for the family last night. We use rice and balck beans in ours with chicken or what ever we have. I love veggie ones too. I can eat mexican food everyday of the week. Thanks for the recipe Maria.

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:18 am

Great minds think alike. :) I am right there with you on the eat mexican everydat if I could get away with it.

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Destri February 23, 2010 at 7:12 am

Ohhhh yummy. I have never thought of Zucchini for a quesadilla, and your kids ate it! I love goat cheese and chicken tomatoes a little fresh basil and spices. I forget to make quesadillas too, have to add them to my menu!

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

Yes, the zucchini is delish in them. Never tried goat cheese. I bet it is delicious with the tomato, basil and spices. Gonna havta try that!

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Whatever DeeDee Wants February 23, 2010 at 7:46 am

I normally just like mine plain but that picture looks so yummy!

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

Give it a try…you’ll love it.

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Honoree February 23, 2010 at 7:47 am

YUMMY! That Honoree sounds WAY cool. I’m craving these again now. I thinks me will make these soon. I need a recipe for a yummy, EASY pizza dough. And can you make a pizza in the oven without a pizza stone? Thanks for the shout-out! Love ya girl!

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

Yeah, that Honoree can be pretty cool . She does tend to get a little conceited once in a while…..I’ll get you a pizza dough recipe asap and yes you can make it in the oven without a stone, it just won’t taste quite so delivery-ish. Love you too, sweetie.

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Kim February 23, 2010 at 7:48 am

Oh my goodness! I want some quesadillas for lunch now. This Texas girl misses food like that. Not to many yummy Mexican restaurants around me, no. Boo hoo. I guess I will have to make these!

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

I have the same problem (not many Mexican joints near me.) Do you live on the east coast?

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Kate February 23, 2010 at 8:08 am

Your Tuesday slot is the reason that Tuesday was invented. I love it and I love your food (and I wish we were closer so good eating habits would rub off – I am making crackers and cream cheese for breakfast!)
smiles

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

Your flattery is making me blush. I wish you lived closer too. Crackers and cheese. Mmmmm Yummy. Really that sounds good to me right now. toodles

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Tina February 23, 2010 at 8:19 am

YUMMMMY! The zucchinni sounds good. I must try that! We do quesadillas a lot on week nights because it’s a fast and healthy dinner. My favorite is to saute fresh spinach with onion in a little olive oil. (So I can use up the wilting spinach). Then I pile the tortillas with the spinach and onion and monterrey jack and sharp cheddar.
We also have black bean soup with ours. Have you tried that? It’s become an EASY staple. Just drain and rinse black beans and put in the blender with some garlic, a dash of hot sauce and a little chicken stock. Then you blend it and add chicken stock until you get the desired thickness. All you have to do is heat it up!

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

Oh Tina, I love the idea of black bean soup as a side. You are a genius. I have never made it before but I am going to very soon. Yes, I love ideas for that last little bit of almost wilted spinach we aslways have looking lonely and sad in our fridge. Thanks for the great ideas.

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Little Mochi February 23, 2010 at 8:32 am

Yum! Spinach and mushroom are my absolute favorite.

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

You had me at mushrooms. I LOVE mushrooms!

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molly February 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

i’m hungry now!

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

me to.

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A February 23, 2010 at 9:26 am

Fully loaded! I could eat them every week!! I especially like southwestern with fried corn and black beans and everything else! Now I’m hungry :)

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

Oh yeah, I think we are going to start having quesadilla night once a week and try out all different kinds. They are so easy and my kids love the fact that they are a triangle.

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Sharee February 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

Thanks for the inspiration! I have so many tortillas and had ran out of ideas. My neighbor introduced me to Tuna quesadillas recently and my kids love them.

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

I had never thought of putting tuna on a quesadilla. My kids would probably like it but my husband has three foods he refuses to touch and tuna is one of them. Hope your kids like these too.

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Aubrey February 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

That’s funny Maria! My hubby won’t touch tuna either. I will also have to try it for my kids. These do look yummy! A lot better then the plain cheese ones I made today. :-)

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Samantha @ Mama Notes February 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

OH MY GOSH. This looks amazing. We LOVE quasidillas in our house so I will definitely be trying this!

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 11:33 am

I think you will really like them dear! I felt like I was actually doing my body a favor by eating them because of all the veggies.

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Jenn February 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

Wow looks delish! We have been on a big Mexican food kick lately.. have to give this one a whirl.

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Thanks. I hope your family likes them.

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Julie @ Practically Spent February 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I make crab & cream cheese quesadillas, which are a nice variation. I’ll have to post the recipe next time we have them.
The picture in your post was delicious all on its own.

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Yes, you should post that recipe. They sound very delectable. :)

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Sarah February 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

YUM these sound delish. I’ve never tried veggies in our quesadillas either, but maybe now I will! ;)

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I think you should. How ya been. I haven’t seen you around here lately?

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Miranda February 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm

That picture made my mouth water right when I saw it. Thanks for the reminder that simple can be delicious!

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Do we know each other, are we kindred spirits? I just went and looked at your blog and ended up being there for over an hour. You are so awesome. I love that you shared your story about PPD. It is so much like mine it almost hurt reading it. I love your style of writing and think you are so interesting. I will definately be checking up on you regularly. Hope you don’t care.

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Miranda February 25, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Thank you so much Maria! Of course I would love it if you check my blog regularly…that is certainly what I’m doing with yours! Thank you for your kind words about the PPD post. I am always amazed and comforted by the number of women who experienced the same thing as me. Take care, love your posts!

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Marian Buttars February 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I read about these this afternoon and then, when it got too late for what we had planned for dinner, made these yummy quesadillas. Thanks for a great dinner idea. And I loved the zucchini in them.

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Maria February 23, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Who knew zucchini could go mexican, right. I love it when dinner has healthy stuff in it. I don’t feel so bad when I completely over eat. I love it that you and your hubby are doing the project 52: I know it is a little late to start, but I think my husband and I should do it too.

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Afton February 24, 2010 at 10:37 am

I love making quesadillas with chicken, jack cheese, sliced mushrooms and onions. You just sautee the onions and mushrooms a little bit before adding them to the quesadilla. When eating, just dip them in sour cream. This a a version of the mushroom jack fajitas that Chili’s restaurants make. Either way, they are delicious.

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Becky February 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I make my version of the Chili’s one too, Afton – yum!

I also like to use the fire roasted tomatoes from Muir Glen, mushrooms, black beans, chicken(?) and frozen corn. The frozen sweet corn adds a really nice sweet bite.

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Someday Crafts March 1, 2010 at 9:31 am

I am planning my weekly menu and these are going on them. They look absolutely delish! I hope my turn out as good as yours! Thanks for linking up!

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Alison March 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Maria, What a woman you are! This is a fun site, you amaze me. Your quesadillas look scrumpcious. Scott’s brother Jordan acutally started a small quesadilla business called “Pacos.” He made us some BLT quesadillas this past friday, they were delish!

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