Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tip of the Day May 12

One word: quesadilla! It is a good, fast dinner that anyone can make. Audrey had a lot of fun helping make this meal. She is really wanting to do everything, "by myself, mommy!" I knew this stage would come but it is hard when I just want to help her so the meal is finished faster. I need to stand back and let her try and ask for help when she is ready. We are having a blast cooking these days.
Confetti Corn Quesadillas (Family Fun Dinnertime, go buy one!)
  • 1 cup fresh or canned corn
  • 1 cup grated zucchini, squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)
  • 1 (15 1/2 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salsa (optional)
In a large bowl, gently toss together corn, zucchini, cilantro, jalapeno, beans, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Stir in cheese. Heat the oven to 200°F. Set the tortillas on a work surface. Put about 1/3 cup or more of the filling on half of each tortilla. Spread the filling to the edge, then fold over the other half of the tortilla. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add 2 quesadillas to the pan and cook them for about 2 minutes per side, until the cheese melts. Transfer them to a baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven while you cook the remaining quesadillas, adding a bit more oil to the pan for each batch. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve with salsa, if you like.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Cut the green pepper (we were out of zucchini)
  2. Measure and pour ingredients into the bowl
  3. Stir!
  4. Help grate the cheese (our grating attachment broke for the food processor and we miss it)
  5. Place the mixture on the tortilla
  6. Fold over tortilla and press
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Help grate cheese
  3. Cook quesadillas and place in oven to warm
Yum! And double yum! We were out of salsa so I made a sour cream mixture to go with ours. They were easy to prepare and fairly easy to cook. I kept losing ingredients each time I flipped now matter what I tried. I would also recommend keeping the cheese separate and adding it after the veggies. We ended up with some having more cheese and others lacking.

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