Ellen Sheen

Ellen Sheen

Posted April 21, 2010

Published in Food

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Mushroom Quesadillas... tasty and filling!

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We love mexican food; it's a staple in our household. To make the quesadilla a little more filling and healthy, I added mushrooms, which are so so good for you. This tasty twist is simple and loved by kids and adults alike.

Whole wheat tortillas (I like to buy fresh at the Co-Op but your favorite whole wheat will work just fine)
Sweet onion, chopped
Shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced. (I see a lot of 'talk' about the stems... to use or not to use. I personally like them if they're chopped well; they are chewy and add substance. Choose what you would like to do :))
Cheese (I don't eat cheese except on the rarest of occassions and when that happens it's normally only goat or sheep. You can use the Vegan Gourmet cheese too and make them vegan) For this recipe I used shredded goat cheese.
Tofutti vegan sour cream
My salsa (you can also buy salsa)

Heat a bit of oil in a large pan. Add the onions and sautee for a couple minutes. Add mushrooms and cover so they 'sweat' and soften. Leave them be for about 5 minutes, stirring and checking, of course. Meanwhile, slice your avocado into thin slices and chop a little cilantro for the presentation. When your mix is done, turn off the stove and prepare a 'flat' pan or a grill pan with your first tortilla. Add a little cheese to one half, then add some to the tortilla, fold in half and toast that baby up. Of course, it goes without saying that once the first side is toasty, flip it and do the same with the other. Here's a little trick... I actually like to toast the side that has the cheese on it first, that way the cheese melts and when you flip it to grill the other side, the melty cheese gets mixed into the mushroom/onions, binding it all together. That's a bit anal, I know, but it works for me ;)

Presentation is what it's all about. Slice it in quarters using a pizza cutter. Top with vegan sour cream, a few slices of avocado and some cilantro, chopped. Add to your plate, a little salsa and you are ready to enjoy.

This dish is super duper easy, hearty and of course, tasty!! You could serve it as an easy appetizer for a party, making everything ahead of time, or for lunch/dinner; they're very filling!

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