Lifestyle

Mexican sandwich makes for one tasty cheese quesadilla

Spinach and cheese quesadilla.
Spinach and cheese quesadilla.

MEXICAN food has become a part of our everyday cuisine in Australia.

There is a vast difference between the fast food variety bought from chain outlets and the real deal from Mexico, just as real American southern fried chicken differs from that served by the Colonel and a true Aussie burger tastes nothing like the product that emerges from the golden arches.

While beans and cheese do feature in everyday Mexican cuisine, there are many more parts to the picture.

A mole is a rich savoury sauce made with bitter chocolate that is served with meat; a combination developed by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans.

From this part of the world also came peanuts, the all-important corn, vanilla and coconut.

When the Spanish conquistadores arrived they introduced pork, beef, wine, vinegar and cheese, which were all embraced by the locals and integrated into their cuisine.

The one thread that runs through authentic Mexican food is fresh colourful ingredients, prepared simply.

Today's recipe is for the Mexican version of a cheese sandwich, the quesadilla (pronounced kay-sa-DEE-yah).

Flavoursome and quick to prepare, quesadilla can be served as a light lunch or with a salad on the side for a more substantial meal.

You can omit the chilli powder if you prefer.

 

Spinach and cheese quesadilla

Serves eight

 

Ingredients

1 large fresh cob of corn OR 1 can corn niblets, drained

100g baby spinach leaves, washed and patted dry

3/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese

1/4 tspn chilli powder

1 cup red kidney beans, drained

3 green onions, chopped

1 yellow or red capsicum, seeded and diced

1/2 cup grated tasty Cheddar

16 soft corn tortillas

olive oil spray

1 ripe avocado, seeded and peeled

juice of 1 lime

1/2 bunch fresh coriander, a little salsa and sour cream, to serve

 

Method 

Blanch fresh corn in boiling water for two minutes if using and remove niblets with a sharp knife. Set aside.

Finely chop spinach leaves and scrape into a bowl; add cottage cheese and chilli powder and mix well. You can also do this step in a food processor.

Combine beans, green onions and capsicum in a small bowl.

Preheat grill on high.

Assemble quesadilla on a baking tray: place eight tortillas on tray and spread each with spinach mixture.

Top with bean mixture and scatter with Cheddar then place remaining tortillas on top. Spray lightly with olive oil.

Place under hot grill for 4-5 minutes or until quesadilla are lightly browned on top.

Dice avocado and squeeze with lime juice. Combine with blanched corn or drained canned corn and scatter over quesadilla.

Drizzle with a little salsa and sour cream.

Serve immediately with fresh coriander leaves on top.

 

>> To read more lifestyle stories

Topics:  cooking, easy eating, food, lifestyle, mexican, recipes



The pacemaker cells of your gut

Restroom sign

Living Naturally: problems with the gut

Dunn eyes Millions for Group level push

TRAINING MASTERS: Matt and Keira Dunn at a Murwillumbah Racecourse race day.

Trainer eyes a cast of millions.

Pennant season out of sync?

SWING DOCTOR: Norman Carmichael, pictured with Julie Keegan, has sadly passed away.

Greg Kelly: On the mat.

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m