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Squash Blossom Quesadillas

Squash Blossom Quesadillas

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 quesadilla

Squash Blossom Quesadillas

From The Art of Simple Food II, by Alice Waters

Ingredients

  • 6 squash blossoms
  • 4 whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Monterrey Jack (or other mild melting cheese)
  • 2 teaspoons butter

Instructions

  1. Break off the fibrous green mini-petals, or sepals, around the base of the squash blossoms. Gently open the petals and remove the pointy center (the anthern the male blossom, the pistil in the female), which can be bitter. Cut or tear the flowers into quarters.
  2. Sprinkle the cheese over half of each tortilla then lay the blossoms over the cheese. Fold the empty half of each tortilla over the cheese and blossoms.
  3. Heat a griddle or heavy bottom pay over medium-high heat. When hot, add the butter. Lay the tortillas on the griddle and brown on one side. Turn and brown the other side. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Notes

Variations:

o Add 1 to 2 torn leaves of epazote to each quesadilla

o Saute a diced red onion in olive oil until soft and stir in the kernals from an ear of corn. Season with salt and cook for a minute or two. Divide among the 4 quesadillas.

o Roast, peel, and seed 2 ancho or poblano peppers. Cut into strips and season with salt. Divide the chile strips among the 4 quesadillas.

o Use corn or flour tortillas instead of whole-wheat.

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Arugula and quinoa casserole

Arugula and quinoa casserole

Ingredients

  • ½ bag arugula
  • ½ head broccoli (cut into florets)
  • 2 containers squash blossoms
  • 10 each purple long beans (cut in ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 each small onion (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese (grated small)
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • 1½ cup parmesan cheese (finely grated)
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • non stick spray or oil
  • sea salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Blanch your broccoli and long beans in salted water until they are tender.
  2. At this point everything except ½ cup of Parmesan cheese can be mixed together in a bowl.
  3. Spray a glass or an enameled cast iron pan with non-stick spray. Pour your mixture into the pan.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 to 45 minutes.

Notes

Join the Plant It Forward Farm Share to eat local and support refugees.

http://plant-it-forward.org/arugula-and-quinoa-casserole/