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Cardamom/Thyme Grilled Vegetable Quesadilla January 21, 2010

Filed under: Dinner,Snacks,Vegetarian — flyingbubble @ 4:53 pm
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Today, I got off work early because my LT really didn’t have any tasks for me.  Partially because I don’t have a CAC card (meaning my ID does not log me into their computer system), to which Senior Chief told me, “Good Job!” with a wink and a thumbs up.  I actually spent the morning reading a book about investing and playing deal or no deal on my iphone after I made exactly 3 phone calls and had a short conversation with the Master Chief about the book I had just finished reading.  It’s a tough life getting paid to hang out doing nothing all day :).  I arrived home at lunch time and my mom bombarded me with lunch options since she was apparently starving.  She seemed to favor the quesadilla option (since it would use up some fresh vegetables) so I offered to cook for her.  We’ve had fresh thyme sitting the fridge from the Chicken Couscous recipe a few days ago so my mom suggested that I throw that in.  My experience with quesadillas did not involve thyme but like I said before, they’re a great blank canvas for any flavor combination.  On the tv show The Next Food Network Star, I have seen contestants bite into random ingredients that they’ve not cooked with before so they know what flavor they’re dealing with.  That example led me to munch on some fresh thyme leaves, to my dismay… they tastes like leaves.  Yup, I literally felt like I was just eating part of a bush from the backyard.  Online research seemed like the next logical step, from which I discovered that thyme is often overlooked because it does not have a strong “centerstage” flavor profile.  Thyme cannot compete with the distinctive smell/taste of tarragon, basil and sage, however it is the perfect herb to blend into recipes and enhance the other flavors.  With this knowledge, I realized that I needed another flavor for the thyme to enhance.  Rather than researching anymore, I went to the spice cabinet, read through the labels and essentially just picked one at random… cardamom.  Sounds good, smells good, why not?  Clearly I’m on the path to culinary genius.  I sauteed Red onions and green peppers in a skillet with olive oil, salt, pepper, a dash of cardamom and a handful of fresh thyme leaves.  Then I assembled my mom’s quesadilla with mexican blend cheese, chopped tomatoes, the herbed onion and green peppers and a slice of cheddar cheese (the extra cheese was her request).  I wasn’t hungry enough for the tortilla so I served myself a plate of steaming hot vegetables topped with shredded cheese and a dab (yes that’s a legitimate measurement) of mango salsa.  The food was really good, I don’t know if the flavors were the best compliments for each other but it definitely worked.  If you’re feeling adventurous try it out and let me know what you think.

PS.  When I remembered to take pictures my mom had almost completely polished off the quesadilla so you may see some teeth marks in there.

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Leftover Quesadillas January 9, 2010

Filed under: Dinner — flyingbubble @ 6:22 pm
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My mom and I were looking for a quick dinner on Jan 1st and with the leftover chicken and rice, I naturally thought of quesadillas (one of my favorite meals).  We each personalized our quesadillas with whatever we could find in the fridge.  Mine was spread with an onion/guyere dip, goat cheese and brie slices, sauteed mushrooms and chunks of the chili parmesan chicken.  My mom made hers with the onion dip, goat cheese, thin apple slices and thin chicken slices.  I only photographed my quesadilla but they were both good.  The mushrooms were not quite the right flavor to compliment the other ingredients so if I made this again I’d replace them with onions, peppers, tomatoes, green onions or omit altogether.  I’m not including a recipe here, I really just sauteed the mushrooms, then put everything on the tortilla inside a saute pan to crisp up the tortilla and melt the cheese.  I love dishes that leave a lot of room for imagination: quesadillas, burritos, pizza, omelettes, “scrambles”, sandwiches, stir frys, etc.  Its great to know you can just throw together the stuff you already have in your fridge and still have a pretty good meal.

 

Finally My Own Creation! October 25, 2009

Filed under: Snacks — flyingbubble @ 1:59 pm
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This isn’t much of a recipe, but its a snack that I didn’t get out of a book.  I just grabbed stuff I had in the fridge and threw it together.  I love quesadillas and I have a large selection of cheeses in the fridge right now.  I just grabbed a tortilla (of course it was an 80 calorie Smart&Delicious) and added some cheese and tossed in in the microwave for instant satisfaction.  The next time I try something like this I think I’ll go easy on the ricotta, because that was definitely the most prominent flavor.  For a quesadilla, cheddar should probably be the main cheese.  Well at least the pictures look great, and this certainly isn’t original but it sounds pretty cool to say…

“Katie’s Rockin Quadacheesy Quesadeasy”

(haha… please feel free to leave comments making fun of my “cheesiness” in that title)

quesadeasy

INGREDIENTS:

Shredded Fat Free Cheddar Cheese

Shredded Fat Free Mozzarella Cheese

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Fat Free Ricotta Cheese

Dash of Tabasco

1 Large La Tortilla Factory Low Carb Smart and Delicious Tortilla

DIRECTIONS:  Place tortilla on a plate, spread ricotta cheese over half of the tortilla. Sprinkle the other 3 cheeses on top of the ricotta.  Its up to you where you sprinkle the cheeses and how much you want to add.  If you’re a spicy lover like me, you can pour some tabasco over the top of the cheeses.  Then fold the tortilla in half and place in the microwave for 30 second-1 minute depending on how melted you want the cheese.  I only did 30 seconds, and you can see in the pictures that the cheese didn’t really melt.

I’m too lazy to figure the nutritional facts but the tortilla is 80 so the cheese probably brings it to somewhere around 200 calories.