Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Balsamic Vegetable Quesadillas

This recipe comes from another food blog that I recently discovered, A Year in the Kitchen. She's got some great healthy recipes, mostly vegetarian. Mr. FoodWhore is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so he balked a bit when I suggested a meal that not only excluded meat, but actually called for TOFU! I definitely got the side-eye, but fortunately, I've never done Mr. FoodWhore wrong when it comes to new recipes, so he was open-minded. He even helped me cook this!

The original recipe can be found by clicking the link above. I tweaked it a bit to make it my own. Below is what I did...

wheat tortillas
1 yellow squash
1 zucchini
1 small red onion
2 garlic cloves
1 red bell pepper
2 cups baby spinach
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

For the Spread:
4 oz goat cheese
1/4 cup diced sundried tomatoes
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
2 oz soft tofu
10 basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste

1. For the veggie filling, chop all the veggies into thin strips.

2. Heat olive oil and garlic in a large skillet. When garlic is slightly browned, add the veggies (except the spinach) and sautee over medium heat for approx 10 minutes.

3. Season with salt and pepper and cook for a few more minutes so the veggies can sweat out the extra moisture.

4. While the veggies are sweatin', make the spread. Combine all spread ingredients in a small food processor and pulse until well-mixed. Set aside.

5. Add the spinach to the veggies and cook until reduced.

6. Add balsamic vinegar to the veggies, glaze them and then turn off the heat.

7. Spread about 1/4 of the spread on one tortilla and cover with veggies. Top with another tortilla. Heat tortillas in a toaster oven on broil until tortilla gets warm and slightly crisp around the edges.
8. Cut tortilla into 4 wedges. Serve with sour cream and white rice.

*Note: we each ate a full 4 wedges of this and had enough for another full meal from this recipe. If you're a lighter eater, you could probably do 2 wedges for a person.

Bon Appetit!
The FoodWhore

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