Quesadillas are what I call a "go-to meal". Simply stated: By keeping a few key items in your pantry, you can whip up dinner - lickety-split! Quesadillas make great use of leftover chicken, beef, pork, even seafood layered between tortillas with a bit of cheese and one or two other fun ingredients* from your pantry.
This is your chance to be a magician. My husband says that often he looks in our refrigerator and finds "nothing to eat". Translated, this means that although we may be very well stocked, there is nothing he can pull out and instantly sink his teeth into. So when I come along, pull out a few ingredients and whip up a meal in fifteen minutes, he thinks that I am Hoodini! He calls that type of dinner, "something out of nothing"!
This quesadilla recipe is, once again, just a template. Use your imagination and ingredients that you have available. Today, I used leftover grilled chicken from yesterday's post recipe, but you might have a bit of leftover rotisserie chicken, steak, pork roast or grilled shrimp. The following list* contains just a few suggestions of things you might want to keep on hand for those days when you just don't have much time to think about dinner.......
- flour tortillas
- shredded cheese, really whatever your favorite is
- pesto (I like to buy a big container at Sam's or Costco and divide into smaller portions and freeze.)
- sun-dried tomatoes
- canned mushrooms
- canned artichokes
- roasted red peppers
- black beans
- sweet onions
- chipotle peppers
- canned or frozen sweet corn
- black olives
- canned green chiles
- canned tiny potatoes
- frozen spinach (thaw and squeeze out extra liquid)
- apples (try slicing thinly and pairing with deli ham and Brie cheese)
The salsa recipe I'm sharing today is crazy deeeelicious! My daughter prepared this several years ago when I was visiting her. I begged her to make it again the next night and my son-in-law and I gobbled it up and fought over the last bite! It is wonderful served as a side to quesadillas, but also makes a great dip for tortilla or pita chips.
Cait's Most Wonderful Avocado-Mango Dip/Salsa
1 large ripe avocado
1 large ripe mango, peeled and diced
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 small red onion, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
1 medium lime
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Peel and remove seed from avocado. Mash slightly with back of fork.
2. Add diced mango, garlic, red onion and cilantro.
3. Zest lime and add zest to mixture.