Thursday, February 5, 2009
Quesadillas are one of my go-to meals when crunched for time (or energy). My sister calls these "flat bean burritos" because they have all the ingredients of a bean burrito, just flat! I almost always have a package of tortillas in the fridge or freezer and a can of refried beans in the pantry. I can almost always whipped these up in a flash.
You can put whatever you want in these and use up left overs at the same time. A win-win in my book!
I'm sure lots of people do some version of this, but it just is good to be reminded of all our options, right?
Here's how we do it:
Take two tortillas for every person. Spread refried beans on one of the tortillas, sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese and rice. Top with other tortilla and fry in a pan. We usually lightly butter one side of the quesadilla, but you don't have to.
This is how we usually make it, but feel free to add chopped cooked meat, cooked vegetables, sliced olives. Marinated artichoke hearts (chopped) are a fantastic addition (but not a favorite with the children - more for me!!).
Fry until the cheese is melted and the filling is hot. We cut these into pie-shaped wedges and dip them in sour cream, salsa or a mixture of sour cream and salsa. You can top them with home-made pico de gallo if you have time and energy to do it.