All About Food: Kick-start your new year with a quesadilla




All About Food: Kick-start your new year with a quesadilla

Quesadillas have been adapted to many different styles. Some variations use goat cheese, black beans, spinach, zucchini, or even tofu

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Hello Gingergirl,

I’m not the most imaginative person when it comes to snacks and with my teenage sons eating constantly this is quite the challenge!

Do you have any suggestions?

Many thanks,


Hello Louise,

I have no doubt this is a problem in many homes, with teenage boys the kings of the insatiable appetite!

What you need is something tasty and speedy and something that can be made with what ever is in your larder or fridge on any given day. Quesadillas spring immediately to mind; originating from Mexico, a Quesadilla is a folded corn or flour tortilla, filled with cheese and other fillings and cooked until the cheese melts.

Quesadillas are very versatile in terms of the endless combination of fillings -with cheese as the main filling - try: leftover meats and chicken, chorizo, olives, peppers, mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, refried beans or red onion. Here’s a classic to get you started.

Hot & Cheesy Quesadillas! (serves 4 hungry teenagers!)

  • 250g of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 green or red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (a spring onion, finely sliced would also be good)
  • A handful of coriander, leaves roughly chopped
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • Oil for brushing

Put the cheese, tomatoes, chilli and coriander leaves into a bowl with some seasoning and mix well.

Warm the tortillas in the microwave according to pack instructions - this makes them soft and easier to work with.

Divide the cheese mix over one half of each tortilla. Fold over the other half to make 8 half-moons and press down to seal.

Brush the tops with a little oil, then sit, oil-side down, on a hot griddle or dry frying pan. Cook for a couple of minutes until crisp and golden, brush the uncooked side with oil, then flip over for another few mins.

Slice into wedges and pile onto a warmed plate while you cook the rest. Quesadillas are delicious served with guacamole, salsa or soured cream and lots of crisp salad.

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