Lately I’ve been having a serious love affair with the vegan quesadilla. I had my first a couple of years ago quite by happenstance. I’d stopped by my parents’ house for some reason or other and my mom still had her quesadilla grill out from their dinner earlier. She offered to make me a vegan one, and skeptically I accepted. What resulted was nothing short of delicious. She simply poured salsa verde between two whole grain quesadillas and grilled—but the salsa melted and became magic. After that, I made multiple green salsa quesadillas on my own, usually with cubes of tofu thrown in, and dipped in hot sauce.
Most recently, I’ve been experimenting with the guacadilla. I work at a taqueria, and I’m always jealous of the enormous quesadillas that customers so often order. Just a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try a vegan intervention and use guacamole instead of the cheese. The results were fabulous, gooey, and grilled. Avocado will melt just like butter and turns a tortilla into a dream. I told Maddie about my creation, and she made yet another version. A guacadilla filled with Daiya cheddar shreds and smeared with guac from the co-op after grilling. Fabulous.
So to kick of our labor day stay-cation this past weekend, we headed up to the co-op to stock up on a few delightful ingredients for our quesadilla smorgasboard.
Our co-op’s fruit salsa (pineapple, mango, papaya, onion, jalepeno and more! What delight!) and guac, along with our first ever tub of Tofutti vegan sour cream, and on the top– some habenero salsa left over from one of my shift meals brought home from work last week! We also sprinkled our shmasadillas with some hot sauce on sale during our vegan beer run…
Huge shout out to Pabst Blue Ribbon! They’re a fantastic vegan beer that I just love and that’s totally affordable!
So PBR’s in hand, we set about assembling quesadillas to accompany our Netflix instant viewing joy. (We’re totally addicted to Arrested Development. Tobias is my favorite character and he’s just a stitch! Also watching a British TV drama called Lip Service about young gay women in Ireland.) And the results?
The photo speaks for itself!
tortillas of your choice (we love sprouted wheat)
Daiya Cheddar Shreds
hearty amount of guac
Heat a single tortilla in a lightly greased skillet, then add the Daiya to half of the tortilla. Fold over the other half and grill to perfection. You can also throw them on an actual grill for theose lovely little griddle marks that make my mouth water. Slice into 4 pieces (Or just fold in half) and smear liberally with guac, vegan sour cream, and the salsa of your choice!