Jan 14, 2009

Easy, and TASTY, Vegetarian Meal!

When I decided to go vegetarian, the beginning was brutal! Now,it is a breeze! I have learned to leave out the meat entirely and either substitute additional vegetables, or add a small side that compliments the main course. The first recipe that I came up with was inspired from the Food Network. I love it, and so does my husband...a self-proclaimed carnivore!
*Italian Quesadillas
4 Flour Tortillas
3 lrg. Red Bell Peppers
1 lrg. Yellow Onion
1 Tbsp. dried Parsley
1/2 c. shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
2 cloves of Garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil (for the pan)
Cooking Instructions:
-Cut the bell pepper, and yellow onion into thin strips. Place the onion in a saute pan on medium heat with a bit of olive oil (1-2 tbsp.). Cook until onion is carmelized, or golden brown. Remove from pan and place in a large mixing bowl. Next, saute the bell pepper in the pan until it softens. Add the bell pepper to the onions in the bowl. Mince, or press, 2 cloves of garlic, and add the dried parsley into the bell pepper/onion bowl. Add a dash of salt and pepper if you wish! Mix well.
-In a separate bowl, combine the cheeses.
-Lay out the tortillas and sprinkle a SMALL amount of cheese on half and then add the onion/pepper mixture on top. Sprinkle a bit more cheese on top of the mixture so that when you fold it over, the tortilla will 'stick'. Fold the tortilla over, and now your ready to cook it!
-There are two ways to cook these. Quick and easy = microwave it. But, if you want my opinion it is sooooo much better tasting to put a small bit of olive oil in a pan and warm the quesadilla on the stove. It makes the insides warm, and the outsides crunchy!
*Serve with a fresh green salad, and you are good to go!


Ashley said...

Mmmm that does sound good and I don't even like onions! I will have to try it!

CrazyBrideCrazyWife said...

Sounds great. I have no idea you were a vegetarian! I tried to become a vegetarian in '98 after going to France and having to watch them force feed geese for goose lvier pate. DISGUSTING. I lasted about 6 months - I admire your commitment!