I love a good breakfast.
Let’s be honest, I love a good brunch, actually, because like most moms, my breakfast time doesn’t come around until about the 11th hour of the morning… Hello, somebody!
For productivity’s sake, except on the weekends, I try to stay away from the heavy & sweet carbs in the mornings, because those things weigh me down like it’s nobody’s business!
If we haven’t it on hand, my morning veggie of choice is broccoli-raab. If we don’t then I’ll go for spinach. And if we don’t have that, which it’s a rare day that we don’t, then I’ll aim for broccoli. Some kind of dark and green, leafy or not leafy veggie to pair with onion or some fresh garlic will usually do. However, today, I had an appetite & I mean a BIG appetite. I knew that I was going to need more than just something quick, but I didn’t want it to make me sluggish and impact my productivity for the day. So I thought, “Why not make a quesadilla?!”
Way back when a couple of my co-workers and I used to love to cook. I mean, we all liked cooking. If there was one thing that we all liked to do in our spare time, it was to cook. It was a fairly small staff of maybe 20 people including the people that worked in the warehouse & the janitorial staff, and whoever didn’t like to cook, liked to eat. It was a win-win situation! About once every other month or so, we’d have a cooking day on our downtime. No one would go out for lunch that day, and we’d plan who would bring what. I’ll never forget that one of the workers was from Chile & his wife owned a bakery and he’d bring in this giant Chilean cake with thin layers of cake, interlayered in with yummy peaches and cream. I don’t know what it was called, but it was so good. I didn’t want him to sign up to bring anything else, except that. It was that good!
One particular time, I brought in everything that I needed to make chicken or veggie quesadillas. They were so good & so versatile. If you didn’t want chicken, then you didn’t have to have chicken. If you were going the veggie route, (if I remember correctly, one of my co-workers was a vegetarian) then you could have just a portabella-centered quesadilla with all of the other sauteed vegetables and it was just as good.
This morning felt like one of those days at my old-workplace. Even though it was breakfast time, I felt like a “hearty” “healthy”, “I-don’t-need-alot-but-I-don’t-want-to-be hungry-when-I’m-done-eating-either” type of a morning. So this is what I came up with:
Easy Savory Morning Breakfast Quesadilla
Serves: 1 (but can be doubled. Recipe by Things She Makes)
November 1, 2019
1/2 large yellow onion, sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups of spinach leaves, chopped
1/2 of jarred roasted red peppers, sliced
1/3 baked chicken breast, thinly sliced
1/4 cup shredded swiss cheese
1 large flour tortilla
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, add one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and allow to sit for 3-4 minutes until the pan and the oil are warm.
(Using a wooden spoon for everything)
Add sliced yellow onion and sauteed until light brown and clear. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Using the same pan, add a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, add a tablespoon of minced garlic and saute for two minutes & then add spinach leaves. Saute until spinach begins to wilt (about 2 mins) and then remove from pan & set aside.
With your sauteed onions, minced garlic and spinach set aside, add one more 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, allow it to spread and then add the flour tortilla.
Wait 90 seconds (to allow it to warm up, but not burn) and sprinkle on shredded swiss cheese. Next, add jarred roasted red pepper slices and the spinach, and minced garlic mixture. Randomly place the sliced of baked chicken breast (leftover chicken is perfect for this), on top of the quesadilla.
Allow it to sit in the pan, on medium heat, unfolded for another two minutes and then fold.
Breakfast is SERVED!
There you have it: A simple, delicious, good for breakfast or good for lunch (if you’re catching breakfast a little late), start to your morning!