I spied some wrinkly grape tomatoes on my kitchen counter, a struggling mint plant on my balcony, and a slightly wilted scallion and two lonely lemon wedges in my fridge. So, I created this! Seriously, it tastes way, way, way better than I’m making this sound. I just always look for ways to prevent food waste. Often it results in interesting fixes like this. Try it! It’s Meatless Monday and Earth Month friendly! It’s vegan! And it’s super tasty!
Calories Saved: 177
Why it’s better for you? Fiber! Plenty of it!
grilled hummus “quesadilla”
Yield: 2 servings
Serving size: 1 quesadilla plus 1/2 rounded cup “salsa”
- 1 cup thinly-sliced grape tomatoes
- 1 scallion, greens and white parts, thinly sliced on diagonal
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 lemon wedges
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
- 2 (8-inch) whole grain tortillas
- 1 cup classic hummus, homemade or store-bought, well chilled
- 1/8 teaspoon sumac or cayenne pepper
- In a medium bowl, gently stir together the tomatoes, scallion, mint, salt, a squeeze from each lemon wedge, and 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Set aside.
- Preheat a grill-pan (or outdoor grill) over medium-high. Lightly brush 1 side of each tortilla with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Flip over each tortilla, top with the hummus, sprinkle with the sumac, and gently fold. Pan-grill quesadillas until grill marks form, about 3 minutes on the first side, gently flip over, and pan-grill about 2 minutes.
- Transfer quesadillas to luncheon plates. Stain excess liquid from the salsa-like mixture, then arrange mixture on the quesadillas. Enjoy with a fork and knife. And plop the peels from the 2 lemon wedges into your beverage.
Per serving: 380 calories, 19g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 930mg* sodium, 42g total carbohydrate, 12g dietary fiber, 4g sugars, 14g protein
*Hint: Make your own hummus to cut down on added salt.
The “Before” Version
Inspired by cheese quesadilla
Per serving: 557 calories, 38g total fat, 21g saturated fat, 1g trans fat, 100mg cholesterol., 1133mg sodium, 35g total carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 3.4g sugars, 20g protein
- Filling a tortilla with hummus instead of cheese creates worldly intrigue
- Pan-grilling instead of sautéing a quesadilla boosts eye appeal and provides smoky flair
- Generously topping a quesadilla with a fresh tomato “salsa” heightens enticement while punching up veggie intake
- Creatively using ingredients that are about to go to waste doesn’t just help to prevent food waste, they can be transformed into exciting meals