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Janel's Vegetarian Kitchen

by Janel Ovrut, MS, RD, LDN
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I was on a quest to make quesadillas... but one without all the high-fat ground beef and goopy calorie-laden cheese you might find in a typical quesadilla.

Trader Joe's came out with a new BBQ pulled "chick'n" (seitan based) and I already had some tomatoes and an avocado waiting to be used. I knew those combined would make a killer quesadilla.

I also had just two Joseph's brand flax, oat bran and whole wheat tortillas. This is one of my favorite food products of all time. These tortillas are amazingly soft and flavorful, are a hearty portion size, and have only 70 calories/tortilla, but a whopping 6g of fiber and 7g of protein! (Well, I think... don't quote me on the fiber and protein -- I threw out the package and nutrition info!)

On my grill pan I put down the tortillas and topped them with the BBQ pulled chick'n, tomato slices, avocado slices, and some shredded soy cheese. Soy cheese doesn't have all the saturated fat of regular cheese, so it is a great way to cut back on sat fat.

I grilled the quesadillas on one side, then flipped and grilled the other side until they were nice and warm and melty, and grilled to perfection.

I paired this creation with some chips and salsa to go with the Mexican meal. Quesadillas are a great last-minute dinner to make, especially with leftovers!

You can fill your quesadillas with anything: rice and beans, diced chicken and steamed veggies, even some leftover stir-fry! Be creative, and let me know what you come up with!

If you hunger for great meatless recipes, be sure to check out the 700+ vegetarian recipes served up daily right here at Diet.com!

Janel Ovrut, MS RD LDN is a Registered Dietitian who follows a vegetarian diet. She promotes no-nonsense, plant-based cooking so that eating is both healthful and enjoyable. Janel has a master's degree in nutrition communication from Tufts University in Boston, MA. You can read many more of her blog posts at dinedishdelish.blogspot.com.



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