Thursday, February 17, 2011

Smoky Quesadillas

I am a carnivore - through and through.  But, sometimes I wonder about our meat consumption.  I think about my high cholesterol, and how exactly it is that we should be eating.  Everyone has an opinion, and honestly, I would never give up meat because I feel bad for the animals (sorry).   I feel like my attitudes are kind of changing - like meat should be an accessory rather than the main dish.  Rob is totally going to kill me when he reads this.

I do think that when our grandparents were growing up, meat was a luxury.  Rob will be traveling for almost two weeks in March and I'm toying with the idea of making totally meatless dinners.  What do you think?  Anyone have any great suggestions for meatless meals?

We're not going to go vegetarian or anything, I'm just more curious than anything - to see how we feel, what the kids think, etc.  And, really, why not? 

I have been consciously trying to up my veggie intake - mostly because I know I have a physical in May and I'm curious to see if I can move my cholesterol number.

I wanted to share a recipe with you that is meatless - but still hearty, filling, and "smokily" delicious. The smoky flavor of the chipotles really shines here.  It's zippy, but you won't break a sweat or anything! 

my new favorite quesadillas

1 T canola oil
1 large portabello, wiped and sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
freshly ground black pepper
kosher salt
2 chipotle peppers, diced (canned in adobo sauce)
1/4 cup vegetarian refried beans
1/4 cup shredded "seriously sharp Cabot" cheddar
flour quesadillas (or corn, your choice)

1.  In an iron skillet, saute mushroom and onion in oil over high heat for 3 minutes or until browned.  Remove from heat and add garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and chipotles.
2.  Spread beans over tortilla.  Sprinkle cheese over beans.  Place mushroom mixture over cheese.
3.  Place tortilla over mushroom mixture.
4.  Brown quesadilla in iron skillet (don't clean it in between) - over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes per side or until cheese is melted.
5.  Serve with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.


  1. Kirs-
    I totally used to be the same way! But now- honestly- we don't eat a ton of meat (and NOT because we like animals, we loathe them) but because it saves a ton of money and it's way healthier. I've totally been able to trick Curt's tastebuds and he doesn't mind at all. I just posted an amazing lentil stew on my blog that's delish, we also do some sort of homemade veggie pizza every week, grilled portobellos (or any mushroom really) are extremely meaty and fabulous, and fish is always a must. It seriously doesn't feel like we are lacking anything. If we DO eat meat, I make it stretch by using it in a stir fry, stew, soup, pasta sauce, or in a quiche- things that take little chunks (along with lots of veggie accompaniments). It's not hard- you're already a pro. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

  2. You've become an omnivore. :)
    I don't think I've ever had my cholesterol tested. I'm so surprised that you have high cholesterol.

  3. you are hilarious! we eat lots of meat too- well some of us do. actually abigail and i could totally go vegetarian just for fun- but I do see the need for good protein in my diet and their diet also. it makes ya full too- I feel better when I have rounded meals!
    i'm doing the eat clean type of eating- not like freaky organic or whateve but just eating good healthy meals! easy for some in our fam and not so much for others!
    if recipes have veg and protein with no meat i'm all about it!
    post some of your ideas- i would like to steal them! :)

  4. We don't eat a lot of meat, not that I don't like it, I just like to mix things up a bit.

  5. Yes..Im a HUGE meat eater as well. As far as I'm concerned it isnt a meal if there isnt meat somewhere. Marg gave me a great recipe for spinach and ricotta canelloni that is meatless - I'll see if I can find it if you want it.

    Maybe you shoud start a meatless Monday challenge so we all have to think about meatless meals? I'd be in it.