Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Farmers' Market Quesadillas

Pass around wedges of these quesadillas on a tray as appetizers, or make it into a light supper with a salad on the side.

Place 1 poblano chile and 1/2 of a red bell pepper on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Broil for 10 minutes, then place in zip-top bags for 15 minutes. Peel the peppers, discard any seeds and membranes, and slice into thin strips. And p.s. I love the 'broil' setting on my new oven so much better than the one in my old kitchen!

Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. The recipe called for adding one small onion, thinly sliced, but since the onions at the grocery store were all a tad bigger, I'd say I cut a "medium" onion in half and used that. Saute the onion slices for 3 minutes.

Add 3/4 cup chopped yellow squash and 1 minced garlic clove; saute 3 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup chopped oyster mushrooms and the red bell pepper and poblano strips; cook for 5 minutes. Any juice generated from the mushrooms should be absorbed. Add 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. black pepper.

Place 2 (8-inch) tortillas flat on a work space. I used the whole wheat tortillas from Whole Foods' 365 brand. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons shredded vegan Monterey Jack (Vegan Gourmet makes a version) and with 1 tablespoon vegan feta (such as Sunergia) in place of crumbled goat cheese. Next top both tortillas with 2/3 a cup of the vegetable mixture, followed by 2 more tablespoons 'Monterey Jack', one more tablespoon 'feta', and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped cilantro. Place a second tortilla on top of each quesadilla.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 1 quesadilla at a time, for 5 minutes on each side. Cut each quesadilla into 6 wedges (so you have 12 wedges total). 2 wedges makes a serving of 140 calories - again, perfect for an appetizer nosh, but have more wedges alongside a salad to make it a meal.

poblano chile $0.80
onion $0.70
yellow squash $0.59
oyster mushrooms $3.00 - this is just an estimate! I lost the receipt for them
'Monterey Jack' cheese $3.50
vegan feta $3.69
tortillas $1.69

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance