Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quesadillas {Leftover Makeover}

Grilling season has arrived! With temperatures in the mid-70's this week you'll be smelling the aroma of grilled meats and veggies wafting from my back porch.

As with cooking and baking, the Fiskerelli Bellies like to grill in bulk, especially during the crazy spring sports season.  I pull out marinated chicken and london broil along with hamburgers and hot dogs and load up the grill.  Served with simple sides like grilled veggies, rice or hashbrowns, we make three to four meals of the intentional leftovers.

By week's end we're a little tired of the grilled bounty.  So, we slice and dice a platter of leftovers, grate some cheese and pull out our quesadilla maker.  Everyone gets to make their own customized quesadilla combination.  Tortillas are a staple in our pantry for just this purpose.

What can you put in a quesadilla you ask?  Anything your heart desires!  Dig through your refrigerator and mix and match.

Quesadilla Combos:
  1. Thinly sliced steak or london broil with salsa and rice
  2. Scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese
  3. Chicken, broccoli, rice and cheese
  4. Grilled veggies, cheese and salsa
  5. Chicken and mango salsa
  6. Sliced turkey, thinly sliced apples and cheese
You can also make dessert quesadillas with any pie filling, fried apples, or preserves.  Just spread the outside tortillas with some butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Since we're in the middle of a pantry challenge the no-waste leftover makeover is a time-saving, money-saving tool.  And if you don't have a quesadilla maker?  No problem!  Just use a frying pan about one inch larger in diameter than your tortillas.  A pizza cutter makes nice wedges for serving.

How do you makeover your leftovers?

Linked to: Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
                 Delicious Dishes at It's a Blog Party
                 Kids in the Kitchen at Young Living Oil Lady


  1. Yum! I love how you also provided options to the quesadillas. We would love to have you share it with us at our Kids in the Kitchen link up. http://younglivingoillady.com/home/kids-in-the-kitchen-link-up-week-5/
    Have a great day and I look forward to having you share your recipe with us! :)

    1. Will do! Thanks for the invitation!

    2. Thanks so much!! Hope to see you again next week! Family friendly recipes always welcome! :)

  2. Hi Dropping by from the DD link party. We love quesadillas at our house too, and put all kinds of things in them. My favorite is breakfast tacos.

  3. Oh Ms. Kristin, you are a girl after my own heart. Most advice you see with leftovers is to make a big pot of soup, which is fine, but living in Texas, soup weather is about 6 days a year. So quesadillas are our favorite option for using up leftovers. If we have little bits of cranberry sauce and brie - quesadillas, potatoes with eggs- papas y huevos quesadillas (with a little ketchup), you truly can put anything in them. I might make one for breakfast..... Oh, and we have a quesadilla maker called "Momma and her cast iron griddle." :)

    1. We should try the cast iron griddle on the grill when the heat wave hits in... oh let's say, July.

  4. Mexican rice would be a delicious side with these! Can you tell we eat a lot of rice here?

  5. We've got to try one of those egg, cheese, and bacon ones! thank you so much for linking up with KIK! Hope to see you every week.

  6. Yummy! Great combinations.

    Mrs. Delightful

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