Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Leftover Quesadillas

One of my favorite ways to "morph" or make the most of my leftovers, is quesadillas. Really, you can fill a tortilla with just about anything as long as you cover it with cheese. No need for one of those small appliances to make them, just pull out a griddle or large saute pan. Works great for a quick lunch using leftovers from the night before.

I chop my veggies and meats quite small so they cook quickly. For peppers, I saute them a bit before adding them to the quesadilla - both to soften them up a bit and add a bit of flavor.

Start by heating your griddle or large pan over medium heat. Once heated, spray lightly with non-stick spray. Put a tortilla down and cover half with shredded cheese. Top with a thin layer of meat (chicken, pork, beef), veggies, seasoning (Salt/pepper/goya adoba), and top with a thin layer of cheese. Fold over the tortilla and heat until tortilla is crispy. Flip and crisp the second side until cheese is melted.

Allow the quesadilla to cool slightly and cut into wedges. You can use a large knife or a pizza cutter works well too (thanks T for that tip). Serve with sour cream, salsa, lettuce, and any extra veggies that you have.

Quesadilla Recipe: $5.25 (less with leftovers)
Tortillas $1.00 (Aldi's)
Shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack $1.00 (Aldi's)
Chopped Chicken $2.00 (Meijer) - often $0 as leftovers
Diced Tomato $.25 (Meijer)
Diced Peppers $.50 (Aldi's)
Sour Cream $.25 (Aldi's)
Shredded Lettuce $.25 (Meijer)

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Steak, Onions, & Peppers
Shredded Pork & Pineapple

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