I so enjoy making party food, cooking a big dish for a group, or assembling appetizers and class snack foods, but I avoid the daily grind of cooking family dinner that will be eaten in 3.7 minutes followed by kitchen clean-up like the plague (and don’t even get me started on packing school lunches).
If TheRoomDad has taken care of the grocery shopping, I can be persuaded to make fast dinners during the week that have minimal clean up. I have a recipe for turkey apple quesadillas that is acceptable as a mid-week meal. It is an odd combination of ingredients, but the adults and children at my house love them. The other nice thing about the recipe is the fact that all of the key food groups are in one bite, so I don’t have the pressure of having to come up with a side dish TOO. Utensils are not required to eat this “meal”, and we really don’t have to have plates either, so clean-up is a breeze.
Have you developed a resistance to making weeknight dinners night after night after night, or is it just me?
- Dijon mustard (I use Grey Poupon)
- flour tortillas (any size– I like large then folded in half when heating)
- Munster cheese slices (our grocery’s deli section has pre-sliced packs. Cut or break each slice into halves or thirds when assembling the quesadilla)
- Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced (or another tart, green apple)
- deli turkey, thinly sliced
- Mix equal parts honey and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. I start with 1 tablespoon each of mustard and honey. That is usually enough for 4 quesadillas (4 large tortillas folded in half).
- If using the large tortillas, spread the honey mustard on half of the tortilla.
- Layer 1 1/2 slices of Munster on the honey mustard spread. Since I cut the deli slices into smaller strips, I place ~3 1/2-slices across the half of the tortilla with the honey mustard.
- Add 1-2 slices of turkey on top of the cheese.
- Place several apple slices on the turkey.
- Top the apple slices with 1/2 to 1 cheese slice.
- Fold the tortilla in half to close.
- Spray a skillet with Pam and using medium heat, cook the quesadilla on both sides until the cheese is melted, and the tortilla is browned.
- Remove from heat, cut in thirds or quarters, and serve immediately.
- You can purchase a “brick” of Munster cheese and grate the cheese instead of using slices.