July 7, 2011

Vegetarian Recipe #2: Egg and Avocado Quesadillas

And, another recipe for the Vegetarian List (although, really, it's going on "Favorite Meals Ever" list too).

This was SO ridiculously good. I had one for lunch the next day, and then mourned the lack of ingredients for the rest of the week.

I saw the recipe pop on Pinterest and was intrigued, even though I don't really care for eggs. And then when I looked more closely at the recipe, I saw it was inspired by 101 Cookbooks, which has recently become one of my most reliable recipe sources.

I've checked out two of Heidi Swanson's cookbooks from my library (Cook 1.0 which is, tragically, out of print, but one of my new favorite cookbooks, and Super Natural Every Day) and everything I've made from them has been phenomenal (the citrus risotto! the baked oatmeal! the chipotle potato pot pie! the berry/peach frozen yogurt!)

Anyway, I figured I'd give it a go. This was, perhaps, the best decision of my life.

Unda-Style Avocado Quesadillas
(adapted from Espresso & Cream)

Makes 1 serving

1 whole wheat tortilla (I have cycled through a number of recipes and finally landed on this one as my favorite - it is consistently the most tasty, is the easiest to work with, rolls out very smoothly, and is just all-around superior to other ones I've tried. I follow her directions precisely, except that I use white wheat flour instead of all-purpose).
1 egg
Salt and pepper (use fresh pepper - pre-ground pepper tastes like cardboard flakes. I'm just saying. . .)
1/2 T butter
1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese or queso fresco
1/2 avocado, mashed
1/3 cup salsa (you can use homemade, but I am a cretin who prefers jarred salsa to fresh)

In a glass measuring cup, beat the egg until well combined. Stir in salt and pepper. 

Heat butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, swirl to cover pan (if your pan is really prone to sticking, you might want to give it a spray of non-stick. . .spray too). 

Pour egg into pan and cook 1-2 minutes, until egg is set on the bottom and slightly soft on top. Place the whole wheat tortilla on top of the egg. Flip the egg and tortilla so the tortilla is on the bottom. 

Crumble cheese and dot the mashed avocado on one half of the egg/tortilla. Fold over and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, flipping halfway if your tortilla is getting too crispy. 

Transfer to plate.

Pour salsa over the top. 

Repent of all the bad things you've said about eggs over the last 25 years. 


  1. Yum! This sounds amazing! Must locate cotija cheese!


  2. Delish! Delish! I wish I could cook, but I'm going out of town for a family wedding tomorrow, so this will have to wait until next week :)

  3. Your last sentence is priceless. Definitely trying this. My MIL just got a bunch of cotija cheese at a food show. Yum!

  4. My #1 goal in life is to live in a place where I can have a grove of avocado trees. Excited to try this, maybe I'll throw all caution in the wind and try to make the tortillas...

  5. K, this sounds really good and is something I can actually eat! I'm trying it.

  6. Sounds very tasty! Can't wait to try it.

  7. hmm,, looks tempting, making hungry,,

  8. I will definitely be trying this. It's right up my alley as I LOOOVE eggs. Thanks for sharing!

  9. This sounds delicious and I've love eggs-a wonderful source of protein! I keep forgetting to look for Heidi's books at the library but should pay attention to her blog!
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. I found this page when I googling for inspiration on what to do with the leftover salsa that my partner made the other day - she makes a kickass salsa and I don't like food going to waste.
    I have literally had the last bite of this 3 minutes ago.
    I'm not even a vegetarian.
    And I love it!
    Thanks a lot for sharing this Janssen, I will be recommending this recipe to my friends, both those of the vegetarian and the carnivore variety.
    Cheers :-)
    Dom from New Zealand


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