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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.

 

Fancy Quesadilla December 30, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,Snacks — flyingbubble @ 1:52 pm
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Jeremiah was hungry for breakfast and I had already eaten so we made this recipe up based on our available ingredients.  A couple nights ago my dad and I were watching Bobby Flay’s Throwdown and we saw him win a grilled cheese contest.  My dad thought the winning recipe sounded delicious so he went out and bought the ingredients.  I arrived home on Christmas eve after a long day of skiing at Snowbowl (near Flagstaff, AZ) and my dad called to tell me that I was in charge of grilling the sandwiches and I could find everything I need already in the fridge.  The “grown up” grilled cheese sandwich was made with brie and goat cheeses, green tomatoes and bacon.  We had leftover cheese so I thought a brie and goat cheese quesadilla would be delicious.  I would have added some sliced green tomatoes if we still had any.  I’m posting this because the cheese combination is really good and worth trying.  I also forgot to photograph the grilled cheese sandwiches.  Brie is the perfect compliment to the sharp and  tangy goat cheese.  

 

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)

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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.

 

Quick and Easy Pizza October 19, 2009

Filed under: Pizza — flyingbubble @ 4:25 pm
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Here is yet another recipe from my favorite Hungry Girl cookbook.  This was my lunch today.  I had a dental appointment this morning and then I went to Yoga to center myself with the universe… haha.  Well maybe not, but I got some good stretching in.  I finally found a grocery store that isn’t Walmart Supercenter so I went in to buy some of the diet type foods that aren’t as common  (like the low carb/high fiber tortilla I used for lunch today).  This is a cross between Mexican and Italian in my opinion.  Its a must try if you really enjoy thin crust pizza!  If you’re more a deep dish lover, don’t expect “pizza” when you try this recipe.  It’s basically an Italian tostada. crisp tortilla with cheeses and toppings.  Very yummy. Great for a lighter lunch as its under 200 calories or add some meat on top for a heartier meal. I did not have fresh basil leaves on hand so I omitted that, I wish I had, that would have been great! I also used cherry tomatoes instead of plum.  Use what you have, or what you like.

The recipe: “Crispy White Pizza”

INGREDIENTS:

1 large La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb/High Fiber tortilla

1/3 cup fat-free ricotta cheese

1/4 cup thinly sliced onions

1 tablespoon shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese

6 basil leaves

4 thin slices plum tomato

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon plus 1 dash salt

Dash black pepper

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375.  Place tortilla on a baking sheet sprayed lightly with nonstick spray.  Bake in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, until slightly crispy. Leave oven on.  In a small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Set aside.  Bring a pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove.  Add onions and. stirring occaisonally, cook until softened and slightly browned, about 3 minutes.  Immediately stir onions into cheese mixture.  Spread cheese-onion mixture evenly on top of the tortilla.  Place basil leaves on cheese-onion mixture.  Top with tomato slices, and then sprinkle with a dash of salt.  Return pizza to the oven and bake for about 5 more minutes, or until entire pizza is hot.  Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut into slices.  Pizza for one!

PER PIZZA: 176 calories, 3g fat, 947mg sodium, 29g carbs, 13g fiber, 7g sugars, 19g protein

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