Margarita Pizza Quesadilla – what a great combo. We love, love pizza and having all the tastes of pizza and a little bit less dough version is a win, win situation. I’ve already mentioned this a few times before, but in the football season we need to have football food at least once a week (typically Sunday). I’m trying to use all my tricks to sell healthier versions, and sometimes they work. This is not the healthiest version ever, since you have a significant amount of cheese, but at least it has less carbs and wheat. That’s a fair trade off, right?
Speaking of cheese…I’ve thought about it several times, and I know for this simple reason that I could never become a vegan. I’ve seen recently a pretty funny drawing where a doctor is talking to his patient and telling him that he has 2 choices: (i) they can cut a piece of vein from his leg and then open his chest and try to insert this piece of vein onto his artery, which enters his heart or; (ii) they can put him on a vegan diet. The patient’s response was something to the effect of….’Geez doc, a vegan diet seems pretty extreme.’ Funny, isn’t it? Although this comparison is actually pretty extreme, but for me a vegan would be a little bit too much. Vegetarian…maybe…but not really; because I love fish! Pescetarian sounds much better (though my husband would surely revolt).
I know for sure that I couldn’t give up cheese. That said, I do know I have to use moderation when eating it; but still I can’t give it up. I love it sooo much. I hear that a lot that dairy is not good for humans, and that does make sense. We are the only species that drinks the milk of other mammals. And because it’s from a different animal, a lot of people have problems with digesting dairy due to lack of certain enzymes. So the bottom line is, I know it’s not super healthy, but I will stick to positives here. It provides a lot of calcium that especially women need to avoid osteoporosis. Also, this conception of the ‘French Phenomenon’ dictates that we can successfully eat cheese, without the detriment. Ever wonder why the French eat all that cheese and smother everything in butter and don’t have as many heart diseases as there are in US? Not to mention that a lot of them smoke too. I’ll credit red wine for this. They flush everything with the glass of vino. So I’ll stick to my cheese and wash it down with the glass of red. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂 Cheers!
- 4 flour tortillas
- 8 oz of marinara sauce plus more for serving
- 6 oz of grated mozzarella cheese
- 8 basil leaves, chopped
- Heat up a non stick pan big enough to fit the whole tortilla
- Place one tortilla on a hot surface of the pan
- Spoon 2 oz of marinara sauce
- Add 3 oz of mozzarella cheese
- Sprinkle with half the basil
- On a cutting board place another tortilla and spoon 2 oz of marinara sauce
- Carefully put this tortilla on top of the cheese with the sauce down
- Cook for about 4 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bottom tortilla is crispy
- Using spatula flip the quesadilla up side down and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Remove quesadilla from the pan onto the cutting board and cut into 4 slices
- Repeat the process for a second quesadilla.