Super quick and incredibly versatile: the quesadilla

It has been so busy lately I have had no time to blog. There have been days I hardly even had the time for groceries or cooking.

What do you make for dinner on those days were you really do not feel like preparing a meal (or going food shopping)?

…..my go-to  meal is quesadillas with bean salad.

The backbone of the dish is two tortillas with cheese in between. You can add any filling ingredients you like; your imagination (or the content of your fridge) is the only limit.

I have tried many variations, but usually I make this dish when I I do not feel like shopping. So I always have a can of tuna and a can of giant white beans in my cupboard.  The tuna goes into the quesadilla and the beans are the base of my salad. I then raid the veg drawer of the fridge for anything that I can chop up and either add as filling to my tortillas or throw into my salad.

Usually it only takes me 15 minutes until I can bite into a  fragrant golden tortilla oozing with comforting cheese.


Serves 2

1 400g can of giant white beans
1 tomato
1/2 red capsicum (NL, DE: paprika)
1 spring onion
olive oil
lemon juice
salt and pepper
4 (or 6) tortillas
1-2 130g cans of tuna in water
50-100g grated cheese

  1. Wash and drain the beans.
  2. Deseed the tomato. Chop tomato, capsicum and spring onion.
  3. Add half the chopped vegetables to the beans.
  4. Chop parsley and add.
  5. Dress with a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  6. Heat one (or two) frying pan(s) . Place one tortilla in the pan. Top with some of the vegetables and grated cheese. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Layer the second tortilla on top.
  7. Cook until golden. Carefully flip and cook the second slide.
  8. Slice into halves or quarters and serve with the salad.


Tips & Variations

Consider some of the following

  • Cooked chicken, fried bacon, avocado, spring onion, cheddar
  • Fried mince beef (with onion, herbs or taco seasoning), red capsicum, corn, cheddar
  • Sautéed onion, tomato, goats cheese
  • Cooked ham, mozzarella, olives
  • Corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro
  • Spinach, mushroom, cheese
  • Chive omelet

Or go sweet

  • Peaches, brie, drizzle with honey when cooked
  • Apple, thyme, gouda
  • And I know it sounds crazy, but: strawberry jam and grated cheese

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