May 11, 2014

Avocado Quesadillas (vegan)


I can't believe there was a time when I didn't like avocados. I'm sorry I ever doubted your awesomeness you creamy, luscious, little fellas! One thing's for sure: we've got some making up to do for all that lost time. Like with these quesadillas I've been stuffing in my face on the daily. Quesadillas have always been a quick go-to meal for us, but when I stopped eating cheese, well... so went the quesadillas. I desperately wanted them back in my life and although an obvious substitution would be non-dairy cheese, this seemed like a job for avocados! Let me tell you... these babies are for REALS. I love that they're healthier than cheese quesadillas, and I think they taste even better. My husband and I make them all the time, and there are so many variations you can try. Or you can just replace cheese with avocado in any of your favorite quesadillas. We don't even bother cutting them anymore -  we just hold and eat 'em as one big 'dilluh. Napoleon would be proud ;)


Vegan, gluten-free (with gf tortillas)

Ingredients
1/2 avocado, more if you prefer
1 small roma tomato, diced
1 green onion, sliced
2 tsp. nutritional yeast
Seasonings of choice (I love smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, etc.)
Salsa (optional)
1 large tortilla

Directions
Smash avocado and spread out on one half of the tortilla. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and any seasonings. Add tomato, green onions, and salsa. (Or save the salsa for dipping!)
Fold over the top half of the tortilla, and place on a skillet over medium heat.
Heat for a few minutes on each side until warmed through.

*Note: I love salsa in the quesadilla, but it does make it a little messier. Oftentimes I leave it out and just dip it instead.

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30 comments:

  1. mmmm i love anything with avocado!

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  2. YUMMMM these look awesome! Bring on the avocado!

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    1. Thanks Elana! Can't get enough avocado!!

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  3. What a cool idea--I love it! I've missed quesadillas since going vegan, too. And, like you, I hated avocados until just within the last year or so. Now I can't get enough of them! By the way, you probably already know this, but if you sprinkle Indian black salt on them they taste just like a hard boiled egg. Is there nothing avocados can't do!? ;)

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    1. Ahhh what was wrong with us!? ;) I'm definitely making up for lost time and eating them like CRAZY. I didn't know about the Indian black salt!! That's so cool. Somebody else just left a message on another recipe about Indian black salt too. Definitely gotta try that - thanks so much for the message!

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  4. What is the purpose of the nutritional yeast?

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    1. Hi Kathleen! Great question - nutritional yeast adds a nice cheesy/nutty flavor so I love to use it in my quesadillas :)

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    2. Yeast is jam packed with B vitamins and an ok source of protein, and fiber. Nutritional Yeast (like Bob's Red Mill) has, in just 2 tablespoons, the following: 395% of your daily Thiamin, 285% of Ribroflavin, 115% of Niacin, 150% of your B6, 135% of your Folate, and 145% of your B12. Not to mention 4grams of protein.

      That's not bad for 30 calories of delicious nutty, creamy flavor. :) What's nice about Bob's yeast is that it is inactive - so it doesn't cause some of the same troubles that live yeast can cause in our systems (or so I've read).

      http://www.bobsredmill.com/nutritional-yeast.html

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    3. Perfect answer Skye!! Thanks for sharing! We love yeast so much :)

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  5. Hi Kaitlin! If I nix the nooch (nutritional yeast), would you suggest adding in Parmesan or just leaving it out with no substitutes? Thank you :)

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    1. Hey Jess! Either would be great, it's totally up to you! I've made so many variations of this and it's great every time. Use whatever quesadilla ingredients you love most and have fun! :)

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    1. Hi Marleen! Hooray! So glad you enjoyed :)

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  7. These quesadillas were soooooo good! I'll be making them again! Thanks for another great recipe. My all time favorite recipe of yours is the Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro. Have made it several times and ALWAYS enjoy every, tasty bite!

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    1. Hi Donna! Yay!! So glad you enjoyed them. Haha that salad is our all-time favorite too - can never seem to get enough! :) Thanks so much for your kind words. Have a great week!

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  8. Where do you get nutritional yeast? I am always looking for it!

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    1. Hey Heather! A lot of health food stores carry it, but I usually buy mine online for convenience (Amazon) :) Lots of brands out there - I go with Bob's Red Mill! Hope you enjoy it!!

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  9. Hello! I was wondering what to use in my pan so that the quesadillas don't stick. Do you think that Safflower Oil would do the trick? Thanks!

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    1. Hi! I actually use my nonstick skillet for quesadillas, so I've never had an issue with the tortillas sticking without any oil. But I think the general rule is to use a VERY light coat of oil (not butter) when making 'dillas to get them nice and crispy :) Safflower oil should do the trick! Hope you enjoy!

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    2. Thanks! They turned out great and were delicious! :)

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  10. YUM!!! This looks delicious, what type/brand of tortillas do you use

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    1. Hi! I try to find local homemade tortillas when possible, but otherwise will just get whatever name brand (large burrito size) the store carries. I've been on the lookout for healthier versions because some can have a lot of additives/preservatives and unwanted ingredients!

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  11. Is nutritional yeast the same you use to make bread? If not where do you get it?

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    1. Hi Kristi! It's different than bread yeast, and has a wonderful "cheesy" taste to it :) I buy Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Yeast Flakes - you can find it online, or many stores now carry it too!

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  12. These look amazing! My kids LOVE avocado. Without a cheese substitute do they stay together well? I'm imagining my kids eating it and most of the avocado on the floor! :)

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    1. ok...these are great! Yum! And not too messy. Toddler approved!

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    2. Haha awesome to hear! Always great to find toddler-approved meals - happy kids, happy mom! ;)

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  13. I am so excited to try this! Growing up in Puerto Rico we eat avocado with pretty much every meal!! We are now changing out diet to vegan slowly but surely and this seems like a delicious meal to try! I love your site, thanks for all this recipes. :)

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    1. Hi Michelle! Thanks for your sweet message and hope you enjoy these! Fresh Puerto Rican avocados sound amazing!! I wish you the best of luck with your vegan transition. So happy to hear you're giving it a try - have fun with it!! :)

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