Quesadilla time!

I was looking through my blog archives the other day and realized that I haven’t made a quesadilla recipe in century.

Okay century might be a bit of an exaggeration; if we’re being technical, it’s been two years. TWO YEARS since tortillas and cheese danced on my tongue in sweet matrimony.

Vegetarian Calabacita Quesadillas with summer corn and zucchini sauteed in garlic, olive oil and spices

Guess I’ve been too busy making enchiladas?

But quesadillas are so much easier. And one could argue, just as tasty when dipped in salsa and guacamole.

This recipe is one of my favorites because it reminds me of my sweet and feisty Grandmother, Gloria Rivera. You see, Gloria Rivera is a true lady boss in her own right. She’s sassy, eccentric and eats more dessert than anyone I know. Gloria Rivera loves green chile, bran muffins and line dancing. She also meets her friends at the local Starbucks on Tuesday to participate in knitting sessions until 11pm at night. Lastly she also happened to introduce me to Calabacitas, a New Mexican style side dish that’s basically served with EVERYTHING.

Vegetarian Calabacita Quesadillas with summer corn and zucchini sauteed in garlic, olive oil and spices

Calabacitas translates to squash (zucchini) in Spanish. It seems that everyone has a different way of making them — some with butter and others with heaps of cheese. If you ever find yourself at a restaurant in New Mexico, it’s very likely that you’ll stumble across calabacitas as a side dish. So simple to make, but an addicting recipe that will have everyone coming back for more, especially when covered in cheese.

Today I decided to stuff calabacitas into a crispy whole wheat tortilla with plenty of Mexican Go Veggie Cheese. It’s vegan-friendly, packed with potassium, plus a decent amount of protein. I just finished eating the last quesadilla with salsa verde and huge scoops of my mango guacamole. My belly is happy.

Vegetarian Calabacita Quesadillas with summer corn and zucchini sauteed in garlic, olive oil and spices

This recipe would make a great easy lunch or dinner. If you’d like a little more substance, simply add in 1/2 cup of black beans or cooked chicken. Enjoy! xo

Vegetarian Calabacitas Quesadillas
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 large quesadilla
  • Serving size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 271
  • Fat: 10.5g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.3g
  • Fiber: 5.2g
  • Protein: 11.6g
Recipe type: Vegan, Vegetarian, Lunch, Sandwiches
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Incredible vegetarian calabacitas quesadillas loaded with zucchini, onion, sweet corn, garlic and mexican cheese. An easy to make lunch or dinner!
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered
  • Kernels from 1 ear of sweet corn
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Go Veggie Vegan Mexican Shreds
  1. Add olive oil to a medium skillet and place over medium heat. Next add in garlic, onion, jalapeno, zucchini and corn; saute for 5-6 minutes or until onion begins to soften and become translucent. Stir in cumin and salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.
  2. In the same skillet, add another teaspoon of oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add 1 whole wheat tortilla and then most of the calabacitas mixture. Top with Go Veggie cheese shreds then top with the other tortilla. Cook 2-4 minutes or until the side is golden brown. Flip tortilla to the other side and cook until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  3. Cut into 4 large slices or 6 medium slices. Serves 2 people. Serve with salsa and guacamole.
Want more protein? Try adding in 1/2 cup of black beans to the quesadillas!

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