Baking Sheet Quesadilla

Baking Sheet Quesadilla

In our family we all love quesadillas.  My grandkids would eat it everyday!  I mean what’s not to love?  It’s crunchy on the outside and gooey cheese on the inside.  Not to mention you can garnish it with guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa, cheese, sour cream, or whatever your heart desires.

But have you ever tried making quesadillas for the entire family?  I know it’s pretty easy, just like making a grilled cheese sandwich.  But even grilled cheese sandwiches take time to make and someone, usually me, always ends  up eating last.  So if you’re aiming for a family meal together grilled cheese sandwiches and individual quesadillas are probably not the way to go.

That’s why I love Baking Sheet Quesadillas.  It’s easy, delicious, can be put together in advance, and best of all the whole family can share the meal together!

Really you can stuff this quesadilla with just about anything you want then pop it in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes and you’re done.  But one of my favorite stuffing is taco meat and cheese, you can’t go wrong with that combination!

I usually make my taco filling without packaged taco seasoning, but you can definitely use a packet when making yours.  I use ground beef, but it can be made with ground turkey or chicken or ground impossible meat for a plant based option.

Here’s my recipe, feel free to adapt it to your tastes!  By the way you will need 2 baking sheets each about 1″ deep with sides to make this recipe. I use 11×9 baking sheets because I bake it in my Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer, but you can use a larger sheet and bake it in your regular oven.

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Baking Sheet Quesadilla

Ingredients:

1 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 lb. ground beef (or the meat of your choice)

1 Tbs. Onion Powder

1 1/2 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1/2 Tbs. Ground Cumin

2 Tbs. Chili Powder

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro chopped

1 Package Flour Tortillas

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar and Jack Cheese Mix

1/2 cup Salsa

Cooking Spray (I use avocado oil)

Toppings: Cilantro, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa, Shredded Cheese, etc. (all optional)

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in a skillet.

Add Ground meat and cook until it starts to brown.

Add powdered spices and mix well.

Cook until meat is crumbly.

Stir in 1/2 of the chopped cilantro.

Set aside.

Spray 1 baking sheet with cooking spray

Arrange 1 layer of tortillas on the sheet – they must over lap and half of each tortilla must hang over the sides of the sheet.  Place tortillas in the middle so that the bottom of the sheet is completely covered.

Evenly spread taco meat over the tortilla layer.

Sprinkle shredded cheese over meat.

Spread salsa over all.

Fold the hanging portions of tortillas over the filling using more tortillas to cover the middle.  Make sure there are no gaps or holes on the top.

Place second baking sheet over the tortillas with the bottom of the pan directly on top of the folded tortillas.

Bake in a pre-heated 425° oven for 20-30 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy.  Do not burn.

Remove from oven and cut into squares.

Serve hot with toppings so everyone can top it with their favorites.

 


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  1. Heat Olive Oil in a skillet.
  2. Add Ground meat and cook until it starts to brown.
  3. Add powdered spices and mix well.
  4. Cook until meat is crumbly.
  5. Stir in 1/2 of the chopped cilantro.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Spray 1 baking sheet with cooking spray
  8. Arrange 1 layer of tortillas on the sheet - they must over lap and half of each tortilla must hang over the sides of the sheet.  Place tortillas in the middle so that the bottom of the sheet is completely covered.
  9. Evenly spread taco meat over the tortilla layer.
  10. Sprinkle shredded cheese over meat. 
  11. Spread salsa over all. 
  12. Fold the hanging portions of tortillas over the filling using more tortillas to cover the middle.  Make sure there are no gaps or holes on the top.  
  13. Place second baking sheet over the tortillas with the bottom of the pan directly on top of the folded tortillas.  
  14. Bake in a pre-heated 425° oven for 20-30 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy.  Do not burn.
  15. Remove from oven and cut into squares. 
  16. Serve hot with toppings so everyone can top it with their favorites. 
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Tofu Masala

Tofu Masala

This supersimple vegetarian dish from F&W’s Kay Chun is hearty, spicy and delicious with a glass of Chenin Blanc.

 

This flavorful tofu masala dish can be thrown together easily and makes for the perfect weeknight I-don’t-want-to-cook-but-I-want-a-homemade-meal dinner.

 

 

Total:  30 mins                                   Yield:  4

 

Ingredients:

 

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 serrano chile, chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped garlic

1/4 cup finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

4 teaspoons ground coriander

4 teaspoons garam masala

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

One 14-ounce package firm tofu, drained and cubed

Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Steamed basmati rice, for serving

 

Directions:

Step 1

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion, serrano, garlic, ginger, coriander, garam masala and tomatoes and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant and saucy, about 8 minutes. Stir in the tofu and 1 cup of water and bring to a simmer. Garnish with cilantro and serve with basmati rice.

 

Suggested Pairing:

Pair with a juicy, tropical fruit-inflected South African Chenin Blanc.

 

 

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Pounded Beef Tenderloin with Hearts of Palm Salad

Pounded Beef Tenderloin with Hearts of Palm Salad

To eat less meat, stretch a small amount creatively. This recipe from F&W’s Justin Chapple calls for pounding beef tenderloin fillets thin and grilling them superquickly, so they stay tender and juicy.

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  • Heat a large grill pan for 10 minutes. Brush the steaks with oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat until lightly charred, 45 seconds. Flip and grill until medium rare, 30 seconds. Transfer to plates.

  • In a large bowl, whisk the 2 tablespoons of oil with the lemon juice, shallot and mustard; season with salt and pepper. Add the watercress, hearts of palm and avocado, season with salt and pepper and toss. Mound the salad beside the steaks, top with the chives and serve with lemon wedges.

Suggested Pairing

Wine: Minerally, light red.

 

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Carne Asada Fries

Carne Asada Fries

These super decadent fries are Tex-Mex in it’s truest form. Perfect for watch parties, game-day celebrations, and serious steak cravings.

Made this? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

 

YIELDS: 4 – 6 SERVINGS    PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 25 MINS    TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 0 MINS

 

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE SEASONING MIX

2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne

FOR THE FRIES AND STEAK

1 (1-lb.) package frozen fries
12 oz. flank steak, sliced into 5″ sections
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Kosher salt

FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE

3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. whole milk
2 c. shredded cheddar
Kosher salt

FOR SERVING

2 avocados
1 1/2 tbsp. lime juice
Kosher salt
1 medium tomato, diced
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1/4 c. sour cream

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Make the seasoning mix: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Make fries and steak: Preheat oven to 425°. On a large baking sheet, bake french fries in a single layer according to package instructions. Season with salt to taste immediately after they’re baked.

3. Meanwhile, rub steak with vegetable oil and season with 1 ½ teaspoons salt and 1 tablespoon seasoning mix. Heat a medium cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak and cook, flipping once, until a deep golden crust forms on both sides of the steak, about 5 minutes total. Let meat rest 10 minutes before slicing into 1” cubes.

4. Make cheese sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and cook until just golden, 1 to 2 minutes more. Add milk and bring to a simmer, then whisk in cheese and let thicken, 3 to 5 minutes more.

5. Assemble: In a small bow, mash avocados with lime juice and 1 teaspoon seasoning mix, and season with salt. Top fries with cheese sauce, sliced steak, mashed avocado, tomato, onion, and a dollop of sour cream. Sprinkle on remaining seasoning mix and serve immediately.

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One Skillet Taco Chicken & Rice

One Skillet Taco Chicken & Rice

Filled with spice-rubbed chicken breast and brown rice, this hearty casserole casserole is a healthier take on Tex-Mex. Meal planning? Leftovers taste just as good the next day!

 

YIELDS: SERVINGS        PREP TIME: HOURS MINS         TOTAL TIME: HOURS 20 MINS

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 c. brown rice

1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 tbsp. smoked paprika

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. chopped garlic

1/3 c. chopped onion

diced green bell pepper

(7.5-oz) can no-salt black beans, drained

large beefsteak tomato, diced (OR 1 can diced tomatoes)

2 c. red enchilada sauce

1 c. water

3/4 c. shredded cheese (such as Mexican cheese: blend of cheddar, Monterey Jack, and asadero)

Sea salt & pepper, to taste

Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish

Avocado, sliced, for garnish

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook rice according to instructions and set aside to cool.
  2. Season chicken breast with smoked paprika, cumin, and dried oregano.
  3. Set a deep (nonstick) skillet on medium heat, and once hot, add olive oil, garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the outside of the onion has slightly browned.
  4. Add chicken breast and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Fold in the cooked brown rice, then stir in the black beans, tomato, enchilada sauce, and water.  Mix everything together and bring to a light simmer.   Reduce the heat to low-medium, then cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the top, stir up the chicken and rice and season to taste with sea salt & pepper.  Sprinkle on some cheese (if desired), then bake for 5 to 7 minutes to melt the cheese.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and avocado, then enjoy!
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Vegetarian Lasagna With Spinach and Broccoli

Vegetarian Lasagna With Spinach and Broccoli

This tasty veggie lasagna will fill you right up.

Your search for an easy vegetarian lasagna stops right here! This particular recipe, which features spinach lasagna with a healthy dose of broccoli, three cheeses, basil, and your favorite red sauce (store-bought or homemade marinara sauce work perfectly!) will make you forget all about meat. We opted for frozen veggies because they are already cooked, but you can load this lasagna with other vegetables, too. Sauté peppers and mushrooms, and then stir into your tomato sauce for an extra boost of nutrients. We also picked Pecorino Romano instead of your classic Parmesan for a sharper flavor (no bland vegetarian recipes, thank you very much!). P.S. If you’re looking for the best meat lasagna, try our favorite lasagna with meat sauce.

 

 

YIELDS: 4                      TOTAL TIME: 0 hours 50 mins

 

 

Ingredients:

1 10-oz package frozen leaf spinach, thawed
1 10-oz package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 16-oz container part-skim ricotta
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped
6 oz. part-skim mozzarella, grated (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided
1 1/2 c. marinara sauce
6 no-boil lasagna noodles
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Directions:

Heat oven to 425°F. Squeeze spinach of excess moisture and pat broccoli as dry as possible. Chop both and place in large bowl. Add ricotta, garlic, basil, 1 cup mozzarella, and ¼ cup pecorino and mix to combine.

Spread ½ cup marinara on bottom of 8-inch square baking dish. Top with 2 noodles. Spread one-third (about ⅓ cup) of remaining sauce over top. Dollop with one-third (about 1 cup) of ricotta mixture. Repeat. Place remaining 2 noodles on top; spread with remaining sauce and dollop with remaining ricotta mixture.

Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella and 2 Tbsp pecorino, cover tightly with an oiled piece of foil (to prevent sticking) and bake 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until noodles are tender and top is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

 

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