Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Use It or Lose It: Anything Quesadilla

The second recipe in my Use It Or Lose It series is the Anything Quesadilla. It's filled with whatever produce you have, or need to use up before it goes bad.

I fished through my fridge and found spinach who's days are numbered, the end of a red cabbage, some wilting green onions, and a lime that was past its prime. I also added a handful of frozen corn. For the cheese, I used grated cheddar and some feta cheese crumbles, but any cheese will do.

Chop everything up and saute in a bit of olive oil until the veggies are heated through or cooked to your liking. Squeeze some lime juice over everything, add in some cayenne for a little heat, and some sea salt.

Place one corn tortilla (four tortillas are good, too) on a pan, sprinkle with cheese, add the cooked veggies and then place a second tortilla on top.

Over medium-low heat, cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is slightly browned and crisped. Using a spatula, flip the quesadilla over to cook the other side.

Remove from heat and cut in half or into quarters. Enjoy it plain or with your favorite toppings—sour cream and salsa are delicious with it.

This recipe is wide open. Some more possibilities include leftover meats, cooked potatoes, beans, root vegetables, or a mix of cheeses. A breakfast version of this is excellent. The combination of eggs, cheese, chopped veggies, and salsa are my favorite weekend-morning meal.


  1. Looks delicious! I love the challenge of using whatever I have on hand to make a meal. It makes me feel both thrifty and creative!

  2. This looks really yummie!! This is really such a cool challenge! Hope you had a great sweet valentine's. Wishing you a sweet sweet day! Love to you!

  3. Another clever idea in your series! And the photos are beautiful too!

    Yesterday I made a frittata, making use of some spring onions, a few crumbles of chèvre and dried mint. It came out quite nicely, and "frittata" sounds so much more exclusive, than plain "omelette"! :D

  4. Great idea! We have chicken, leek and mushroom to go in ours tonight - Yum :D

  5. Yum! This looks so great Amy!
    We are currently doing the eat everything up that sits in the cabinet before buying more too! That was a bit longer than 'Use it or lose it" lol It seems like when we do this our meals are more creative and very tasty!

  6. Just yesterday we did anything omelets! How funny.

  7. Hey, this looks like my house. I really like your time capsule artwork.

  8. yum. you can sell me anything in the form of mexican food!

  9. i didn't realize i was hungry, but this made me. yumm. visiting your blog for the first time tonight. i love it!!!