Vegetable-Cheese Quesadillas: Real Food, Real Fast!

Even on busy nights, I like for our family to sit down together for dinner. We always have fun together sharing stories from our day, laughing, and relaxing. It is my favorite part of the day and I don’t like to skip it, if it can be helped. Sometimes, I make dinner on busy nights by pulling out a precooked meal from the freezer or creating a leftover buffet, but occasionally life intervenes and my quiet afternoon turns into a hectic evening. Then I have to pull a rabbit out of my hat.

I have a few go-to dinners that I can put on the table in about 15 minutes. Pasta with Vegetables and Alfredo Sauce, Tacos, Taco Salad, Scrambled Eggs,and Stir-Fry are a few that come to mind, but nothing is faster than quesadillas! I can make quesadillas in under 10 minutes – start to finish. And the best part? My children love them! In fact this evening, my daughter said, “This is a good way to get me to eat extra vegetables”.

This recipe is very flexible. Any combination of veggies will work, just make sure they are finely chopped or grated. Choose your favorite cheeses and your favorite salsa or picante sauce. I use corn tortillas primarily because they are naturally gluten-free. But they are also lower in calories and more flavorful than flour tortillas.

This recipe can easily be doubled. You can store the leftover quesadillas in the refrigerator for 2 –3 days and in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Ingredients:

olive oil
6 corn tortillas
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
3/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup finely chopped broccoli
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup salsa

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, combine cheeses, broccoli, carrots, and salsa. October2010 3712. Heat tortillas in the microwave for one minute.

3. Spray or brush a skillet with olive oil.

4. Place 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture on a tortilla, spread out over one half of the of tortilla. Fold tortilla over the filling. October2010 3735. Place quesadillas in skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until tortillas are brown and cheese is melted.
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What are your favorite busy night dinner recipes?

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.

Comments

  1. Thank you for this post, eating dinner together is so important. I never put veggies in my Quesadillas, but what a good idea.

  2. Yum! A quick dinner and I like that you added veggies!

  3. This is a fantastic idea! I can't believe I never thought of this, great way to make quesadillas healthier.

  4. I make these as well. I usually use cauliflower, corn, cheddar cheese and cumin. Then I make a sour cream/cumin/lime dip for them. They are a great way to use veggies.

  5. I make these as well. I usually use cauliflower, corn, cheddar cheese and cumin. Then I make a sour cream/cumin/lime dip for them. They are a great way to use veggies.

  6. Yum, these sound great…I think we may be trying them VERY soon!!

  7. Yum, these sound great…I think we may be trying them VERY soon!!

  8. a moderate life says:

    Hi Alea, I am so laughing because this is also one of my go to meals when the kids are home late from play practice or we are running around. I love them and they are actually very filling! Thanks so much for sharing as always your foodie love on the hearth and soul hop this week! Alex@amoderatelife

  9. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment. I love visiting your blog, but I always leave hungry! LOL I just signed up via email since I couldn't find a google follow on here. These tortillas look really good!
    Have a great day!!
    Blessings,
    Jill

  10. broccoli and carrots in a quesadillas? That's a great idea! I might try to sell the idea to my kid!

  11. This is one of our quick dinners also, I usually use leftover shredded chicken and onions and peppers – but I love your all vegetable ones – I am going to try that next time! Thanks for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  12. Oh I will have to try these. I love quesadillas and Blaze does too so maybe I could sneak some cauliflower in there or something.

  13. Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

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