This simple recipe for a healthy spinach and mushroom quesadilla marks the first Meatless Monday of 2011 here on Living Lou. I can’t think of a better way to start it off because I think quesadillas are kind of underrated. They are so simple to throw together and you can put pretty much anything in them but today I’ve opted for a vegetarian quesadilla loaded with button mushrooms and baby spinach. For this recipe I also used pre-shredded cheddar cheese with added flavourings of herbs and garlic as I found this added another subtle hint of flavour to the quesadilla. If you can’t find shredded cheese with herbs and garlic, you can also use regular grated cheddar or mozzarella.
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. I find including more vegetarian dishes throughout the week is so important because not only is it good for you but it’s also good for the planet. During the colder months, I love making a vegetarian curry and during the summer, a quinoa summer salad is the way to go.
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. I also love to make quesadillas for a quick lunch or study snack. To keep these on the healthy side, I opted to use whole wheat tortillas, but you can also use regular flour or corn as well. This recipe is ready in just 15 minutes, and I found that one quesadilla could easily serve two. If you’re looking to add a little more protein to round out the meal, try adding some black beans to the spinach and mushroom quesadilla.
Happy Meatless Monday everyone, let me know if you give this spinach and mushroom quesadilla a try.