Leftover spinach is just plain no fun. Crispy and fresh in its packaging as it arrives home from the store, it forms the basis of dynamite salads and healthfully lines sandwiches in the place of lettuce. But allowed to sit in the fridge even for a few days, it quickly starts fizzling.
Watching this super-food turn to mush piques my conscience. I need to do something quick. But what? How?
At about the same time I began my soul-searching, I encountered a recipe for Colorful Quesadillas. Immediately I was drawn to it. What makes these quesadillas colorful? I ponder.
Aha, spinach! The very food item I wanted to re-purpose since I no longer needed it for a salad.
Add green pepper, left over from my garden and already chopped into bits and resting in an airtight container in the freezer. Add cheese, to be melted in the stovetop preparation.
All the basic needs met--plus the need for a quick, Sunday-night supper with minimal prep. As the cheese melted and the spinach and green peppers steamed in the skillet, the colorful adjective sprang to life. Why hadn't I invented this recipe, since I love spinach enchiladas better than life?
For sure I had a new recipe on my quick-and-easy (and might I add, healthy) favorites list.
8 ounces cream cheese, fat-free
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 tortillas, whole-wheat, small
1 cup bell pepper, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded, low-fat
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
In a small bowl mix the cream cheese and garlic powder. Spread 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture on each tortillas. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons bell pepper and 2 tablespoons shredded cheese on half of each tortilla. Add 2 tablespoons spinach to each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half. Lightly spray large skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium heat. Place 2 folded tortillas in skillet and heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until tortillas are golden brown. Remove quesadillas from skillet. Place on platter. Cut each quesadilla into 2-4 wedges. Cover with foil to keep warm until serving time. Makes 8 servings.