Very strong words. Yes, I know. But I do not use them lightly. I can happily eat this several times a week. Even my picky teenage daughter loves these AND is willing to take the few minutes it takes to cook them herself!
It satisfies my cravings for spicy and creamy, and it is so versatile that you can make it with whatever you happen to have lying around the house.
Quick and Easy Quesadillas
2 whole wheat tortillas
1/4 cup hummus (recipe follows)
2 green onions chopped
3 Tbsp. of your favourite salsa
Spread hummus on one of the tortillas. Sprinkle with green onions and salsa. Top with the second tortilla. Warm a non-stick skillet. Add your quesadilla to the skillet without oil or anything. Toast on one side for 3 minutes or so until it's golden. Flip it over and toast the other side.
Top with my easy Four Ingredient Guacamole, cherry tomatoes, cilantro or whatever you like. Try adding olives or black beans inside. Or what about topping it with sautéd mushrooms and asparagus? Chop up some kale or spinach and tuck it inside for a few extra nutrients. Add roasted red peppers or sundried tomatoes! Go bananas!
You can thank me later.
Here is a recipe for homemade hummus. And no, not all hummus is created equally. The hummus you get at the store is full of extra fat and salt. It's WAY better to make your own. All you need is 2 minutes and a food processor.
2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
2 Tbsp. tahini (sesame seed butter)
3 garlic gloves
1 tsp. cumin
a pinch of cayenne pepper
salt to taste
water or vegetable broth to thin it out until it's the consistency that you like
Add all ingredients to the food processor and process until smooth.
Optional add ins: roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, artichokes. Use your imagination and make it your own!
I found a nutrient calculator that allows me to compare the nutrition of my home-made hummus to store bought hummus. I am using the label for President's Choice Roasted Garlic Hummus for comparison.
Home made Store bought
31 g (2 Tbsp.) 30 g (2 Tbsp)
109 calories 70 calories
2.4 g total fat 5 g total fat
63 mg sodium 135 mg sodium
4.9 g dietary fibre 1 g dietary fibre
0 mg cholesterol 0 mg cholesterol
So, yes, my version has more calories, but it also has less fat, less sodium and more dietary fibre. Interesting.