Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fresh 'n' Spicy Super Healthy Quesadillas

Thank God Its Friday again. As always I'm on hunt for a quick yet healthy recipe, which all of us can enjoy together. I found this interesting idea in the "Parents" magazine and decided to tweak it a bit to get some super fresh & healthy quesadillas for dinner. 

For my recipe, I've used tomato tortillas, which have always captured my attention as a comfort food. The word "tortilla" is derived from "torta," the Spanish word for "round cake" On some days when you just want to laze around and doesn't  want to knead a dough, it provides a quick and easy alternative to hand made whole wheat chapati. A tortilla can be rolled with stir fry veggies or beans to make a burrito, layered like a burger/sandwich with veggies and cheese to make quesadillas and topped like a pizza, with sauce and cheese to enjoy as a enchiladas. Enjoy it the way you want, but it is a sure shot method of hassle free and relaxed cooking, giving your dishwasher a rest for a day.

Yesterday,  I  picked some Tortillas from a  supermarket and used  few fruits and veggies from my refrigerator to make fresh and spicy filling, which we are gonna to use.

Add some freshly cut juicy Pears to the filling. Pears not only add sweetness but also make the quesadillas more fulfilling. These are fibrous and high on Vitamin C and K. Even apples and avocados taste delicious in the filling. So pick any fruit of your choice to get extra boost of vitamins.

Along with finely chopped veggies, I simply love the tanginess of fresh tangerine juice on the top (to get the benefits of antioxidants and vitamins). Fresh limes can be replaced with tangerines if you are out of stock of tangerines. 

Ingredients for Tortilla: -
Corn Flour: 2 cups or All purpose Flour: 2 cups
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Warm Water: 3/4 cup
Take flour in a bowl and add salt. Add little warm water and knead with hands to make a soft dough. Keep it for a while. 
Take a small ball, roll into flat and thin rounds either using rolling pin or tortilla press. 
Else, simply pick a pack of tortillas from a grocery store.

Ingredients : -
Tomatoes: 2, chopped
Red, Yellow Peppers: 1 each, chopped
Golden Corn Kernels: 1 cup
Pear : 1, chopped
Cilantro: 2tsp, finely chopped
Tangerine juice: 1-2 Tsp, freshly squeezed
Chipotle Cheddar Cheese: 1 cup 
Salt, Pepper: 1/2 tsp or to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 1 tsp
Tomato Tortillas : 4
Dave's Ultimate Hot sauce : 2-3 drops (only if you dare !)

For Filling: -
Toss all the diced fruits and veggies in a bowl along with a dash of extra virgin olive oil.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
Add a Tsp of fresh tangerine juice. 
Give the mix a quick stir with a spoon.

Brush the tortillas with a few drops of oil. 
Place a tortilla on work area and sprinkle shredded cheese of your choice. 
I have used smoked chipotle cheddar here.

Cheese gives wholesomeness to this recipe, also acts as a binder keeping the filling together.
Make sure that you layer half the tortilla well with cheese

Start layering our freshly prepared fruits-veggie mix over the cheese, again covering half the tortilla base.

Fold the tortilla into half over the filling, keeping it 1'inside the base Press the sides to ensure that cheese stuffing starts sealing the sides. 

Drizzle a few drops of oil on the skillet and place stuffed tortillas. 
Cook by flipping on both sides for 3-4 minutes  until golden brown. 
Cut into quarters using a pizza cutter and enjoy with glaucamole and fresh salsa (or some hot sauce?).

If making in large quantity for group, then its best to bake the quesadillas for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven at 350C /180C. Enjoy baking or grilling tortillas this weekend.

So, how about some Super Healthy Quesadillas with some Hot Chai !!!!

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