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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Home Cookin': Quesadillas

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Quesadillas for Dinner! (Serves 5, usually with some leftovers)
click to enlarge Cal and Sadie Simon
  • Cal and Sadie Simon

Adapted from Jamie’s Dinners by Jamie Oliver

You’ll Need:
About three cups grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
A handful of thinly sliced scallions
2 handfuls fresh cilantro, stems removed and roughly chopped
1 red pepper, cut into thin strips and then chopped into small pieces
A pack of 10 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
Sour cream to serve on the side
A skillet or non-stick pan, larger in diameter than your tortillas.

Mix the cheese, scallions, cilantro and red pepper in a large bowl.

Preheat your skillet to medium heat – you want the quesadillas to cook quickly but not burn.

Place one tortilla on the dry skillet, sprinkle a handful of your filling on top and spread it evenly with a spoon or spatula, then lay another tortilla on top. (My kids love to hang out next to me at the counter and help with the sprinkling during this stage.)

Check the bottom tortilla after a minute by lifting one edge with a spatula. When it looks golden and crispy and the filling is melting nicely, flip it!

When the second side is golden brown and they start smelling delicious, they’re ready.

Slide the quesadilla onto a cutting board to cool. Then cut it into six wedges.

If you’re making a bunch at once, you can pop finished quesadillas onto a cookie sheet and into an oven set to warm or 200 degrees until they’re all ready to serve.

Erinn’s Salsa

You’ll Need:
2 cups of chopped tomatoes (about 4 medium tomatoes)
Half a small red onion, chopped
Half a small green pepper, chopped
Two tablespoons fresh cilantro, stems removed
A squeeze of lime juice
Salt to taste


Depending on your taste, you can put all of the prepped ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture is fairly smooth or just mix them together in a bowl for a chunkier salsa. My kids prefer the smoother version, and since they happily scoop it up with their quesadillas they get a bigger dose of fresh veggies with dinner. Win!

Erinn Simon makes lunch everyday for the toddlers and preschoolers at Burlington Children's Space, where she's known as The Lunch Lady. You can find her blog about her work there right here. She lives in Burlington's Old North End with her husband, photographer Sam Simon, and kids Eli (10), Cal (6), and Sadie (3). 

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