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Cheese Quesadillas - meat free recipe

Updated on June 26, 2015
Cheese quesadillas with guacamole.
Cheese quesadillas with guacamole. | Source

Cheese quesadillas with guacamole - a meat free recipe

'You know' he said one evening 'I'd love to have some Mexican food for dinner tonight'.

That's all very well and good, and I like to please, but did I have any Mexican ingredients?

No, I didn't.

But I did have a ripe avocado, a lemon, some pita bread, fresh cilantro growing in a pot and, as always, some cheese. So mixing cultures a little, I decided to make quesadillas using the pita. As with everything I cook, it promised to be easy, quick and healthy.

Quesadillas are often fried, or cooked with a lot of oil, and I wanted to avoid that. From the nutritional information on the packaging, I discovered that the multigrain pita have only 155 calories and no cholesterol but have goodies like fiber, calcium and iron so this makes them healthier than the flour tortillas I'd normally use.

The avocado makes a very quick guacamole and the quesadillas are cooked under the broiler, rather than oven-baked, which helps to cut down on the time it takes to create this delicious dinner. Since I first made this, we often have it for lunch or even for a quick snack because it's so fast and easy to prepare.

All you need

Ingredient list
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To serve two

  • 2 multi grain pita breads
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 - 4oz. cheese
  • A little olive oil

Prepare the pita

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BROILER

Turn on the broiler (or grill if you're English!) to a low heat.

BREAD

Slice the pita breads horizontally - I do this with a serrated bread knife. With the cut side facing upwards, place one half under the other. This warms both halves when they're under the broiler.

PREPARE TO BROIL

Lightly oil a large cookie sheet. Place the two pita breads on the sheet with one half underneath the other and place in the oven..

Vegetables

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Chop the onion and add to a small bowl. Do the same with the tomatoes and half the cilantro. Add a squeeze of lemon juice. Chop the garlic and squish it even further by pressing it with the bowl of a spoon, Alternatively use a garlic press. Add half the garlic to the bowl and mix.

Add vegetables

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ADD THE MIXTURE

Spread the vegetable medley onto the pitas, diving it between the two. Return the cookie sheet to the oven while you grate the cheese. Once the vegetables are heated through - but still crisp and crunchy - top each pita with cheese, cover with their 'lids' (the other half of the pita bread) and return them to the oven.

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Guacamole

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QUICK GUACAMOLE

Peel the avocado and chop the flesh into a bowl. (I use the same one that I used for the vegetable mix - no point in adding to the cleanup process!) Add the remaining garlic, lemon juice and chopped cilantro. I keep a little cilantro back to garnish the final dish and reserve two thin wedges of lemon. Mash the avocado and other ingredients together well with a fork. If you like smooth guacamole, you can use a blender - we prefer ours with chunks of avocado remaining so it only take a few seconds to mix this.

Serve

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Once the cheese in the quesadillas is melted, remove them from the oven and cut into quarters. Add a spoonful of guacamole to the plate along with a lemon wedge and a few cilantro leaves. We dispense with silverware and eat the quesadillas with our fingers, dipping them into the guacamole - delicious!

Further reading

We've always found that Mexican restaurants are a good choice for us because there is a good range of vegetarian meals available in every cantina we've been to. But eating out is so expensive these days and yet it's easy to make delicious Mexican meals at home.

Photography credits

Photographs taken in my kitchen and © me.

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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      angelatvs 4 years ago

      looks delicious!

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      It makes my mouth watering! i would love to become vegetarian if I will have such stuff as a meal! =)

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      Route27 4 years ago

      I'm not much of a cook but I think I'm going to have to give your recipe a try.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I really like your lens and the quesadillas sound delicious; I'll definitely try the recipe soon.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @cleanyoucar: I hope you so - it so very tasty!

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      Definitely a must try recipe!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Missmerfaery444: I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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      Missmerfaery444 4 years ago

      This sounds delicious, and your photos are amazing! I love Mexican food so would definitely try this.

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      Nutrisimohealth 4 years ago

      These look really good!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @yoheb15: Thank you for visiting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Looks yummy, thanks for the recipe:)))

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      yoheb15 4 years ago

      This looks absolutely fantastic. Thanks for the great lens!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @jeskasight: Thank you! I hope you take a look at some more. I insist that anything I cook has to be quick and easy :)

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      jeskasight 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. This looks great and I find it hard to come across vegetarian recipes I want to try as they all seem so complicated. This recipe is my cup of tea! Cheers

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      Klinetka 4 years ago

      Yummy

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      RestlessKnights 4 years ago

      Looks yummy!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: :) Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow! Good I came here after lunch! :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SheilaMilne: I know just the recipe for you :) Thanks for visiting!

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      Not a good idea for me to read this before eating. :) :) Now I have a craving for Mexican food.

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      VineetBhandari 4 years ago

      Looks Yummy!!! :)

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      VineetBhandari 4 years ago

      Looks Yummy!!! :)

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      Looks extremely delicious :)

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      Looks extremely delicious :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Ben Reed: Oh sorry :) Thanks for your lovely comment!

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      MaureenCee 4 years ago

      Yummy!!! I'll have to add this to my "try this soon" list as it sounds so delicious.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      I'm suffering with hunger pains after reading your wonderful lense - thank you.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MaureenCee: I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @candy47: Thank you so much!

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      candy47 4 years ago

      Good thinking to slice a pita in place of a tortilla! Great photos too.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @IMKZRNU2: It's very good and SO very quick to make :)

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Will have to try this the next time we make some quesadillas. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @fifinn: Oh, please do - it's so tasty!

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      Seem delicious. Wanna a try.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anne mohanraj: Thank you for visiting!

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      anne mohanraj 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

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      yania227 4 years ago

      It looks great!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @captainj88: Thank you, I appreciate it.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. Pinning now to my Pinterest Favorite Recipes board.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Toytasting LM: Thank you!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @john9229: Thank you. I have lots of lovely recipes for her to try :)

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      Toytasting LM 4 years ago

      Amazing recommendations for all the vegetarians! Yummy...

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      john9229 4 years ago

      Yummy! My wife is vegetarian, she going to love this recipe!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @aaloo26: Let me know how you like it!

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      aaloo26 4 years ago

      This is delicious .. Since I am a vegeterian I would love to have it

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Torrs13: Enjoy! They are SO tasty!

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      These look delicious! I've been looking for some new recipes, so I will have to add these to the list.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ismeedee: Me too - let me know how it goes, I'm sure you'll enjoy this!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      YUM! Will be making these definitely! I do lots of similar sorts of mexican-inspired meals, always vegetarian, but I like trying different twists on old themes!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice lens.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @cire81 lm: I will - thank you!

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      cire81 lm 4 years ago

      Good lens writing. Keep up the good work and looking forward to more lens from you. Do check out my lens and give me your comment.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Bartukas: I hope you give it a try!

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      It looks very deliciuos! Great recipe thanks for sharing

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: So glad you like it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love this recipe. Also healthy eating option! Great lens.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MythYes: It is - thanks!

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      MythYes 4 years ago

      Looks delicious! :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @GKREW: Give it a try, it's a great recipe :)

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      GKREW 4 years ago

      Thank you. now I am hungry. Great Lens

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ConvenientCalendar: Thank you - I hope you try it!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great recipe!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @chi kung: Thank you!

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      great recipe to try to I also like the stoneware you chose here

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      I've been looking for a recipe like this. Thank you!

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      CASHGURU 4 years ago

      Nice Lens... excellent pictures.... Well done :)

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      pickyshopper 4 years ago

      great lens; thanks for the ideas!

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      inkymama 4 years ago

      Looks yummy!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Swisstoons: Completely delicious!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      Easy, quick and healthy. You're my kind of cook! Delicious photos. I am a big guacamole fan, I bet that was tasty.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SteveKaye: Thank you so much! Enjoy dinner :)

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      This looks delicious. Thank you for publishing this lens. I'm ready for dinner.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Sara2901: That would be perfect!

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      Sara2901 4 years ago

      I like to add jalapeno to my guacamole.

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Calories or not , looks so yummy . No harm in treating yourself occasionally .

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Calories or not , looks so yummy . No harm in treating yourself occasionally .

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LiteraryMind: Yikes, that's a lot of calories! Even with the cheese I figure that these are about 300 calories per person. The avocado will add more but it's still a lot healthier.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I love(d) the quesadillas at our local chain restaurant until I learned they were 1600 calories. This is a much better idea.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Scarlettohairy: That seems to be my usual way off cooking - I'm not a great planner :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Cynthia Haltom: Thank you!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great way to make something yummy with what you had on hand. I love these kinds of recipes.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Looks fantastic can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing I am always on the lookout for good vegetarian recipes. Great Lens.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      @BritFlorida: you made me hungry too :) so I should know better than reading this before lunch!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: I should know better than to write these things BEFORE lunch!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Drooling...