Today marks the first Meatless Monday of 2011 here on Living Lou, and I’m starting it off with a deliciously simple spinach and mushroom quesadilla. This quesadilla is packed with goodness and the tasty flavors of spinach and mushrooms in each bite! I highly recommend using a pre-shredded cheddar cheese that has been flavored with herbs and garlic as it adds another dimension to the dish.
I started this Meatless Monday initiative about 9 months ago and have been posting my Meatless Monday recipes here along the way, and will continue to do so in 2011, hopefully with more consistency than last year!
To start everyone off in the New Year I thought that a healthy, and quick quesadilla is the way to go. Kids are back from the first day back at school and parents are exhausted after a tiring break and a day at work, so who wants to be slaving away in the kitchen? These quesadillas are an easy and healthy vegetarian meal that kids (and parents!) can help assemble, and enjoy.
Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla (makes 1 large quesadilla)
Recipe by Lou
1 large whole wheat wrap
2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese, I like to use the pre-shredded herbs and garlic variation!
1/3 cup spinach
1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tsp olive oil (for the pan)
Wash and slice mushrooms to desired size, I like to slice mine thinly. Begin my wilting your spinach, you can do so by either steaming or sauteing in a pan. I sauteed my spinach in olive oil for about 1-2 minutes or until it’s just wilted.
Assemble the quesadilla, using one wrap followed by 1/3 cup of cheese, followed by the sauteed spinach and the sliced mushrooms, and then finally the remaining 1/3 cup of cheese and the second wrap.
Heat up about 1 tsp of olive oil in a frying pan at about medium-low heat. Place your assembled quesadilla in the pan and let it cook on one side for about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for about 2-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Remove from heat and slice into quarters, serve as I did above with a spinach salad.
Happy Meatless Monday everyone!