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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chicken, (or leftover Turkey?) Corn with Chiles, and Mushroom Quesadillas



Do you still have turkey leftover from Thanksgiving?  Substitute turkey for the chicken in this easy recipe.

I hate wasting food so sometimes a lot of bits and pieces accumulate in the freezer and fridge.   On Wednesdays I get my produce delivery so I try to clean out the fridge before it arrives in the evening which often means Wednesday’s dinner is leftovers.


Tonight I had chicken that I had previously poached for another recipe and stuck the leftovers in the freezer, leftover corn and chiles from the previous evening’s dinner, some mushrooms that were still good but probably not for much longer, and some corn tortillas leftover from the homemade tortilla chip recipe.   I always have shredded low fat cheese, plain non-fat Greek yogurt and taco sauce in the fridge.  Voil√†-quesadillas in the making!
You could do the same with leftover pork and black beans.  That leftover Thanksgiving turkey, soft goat’s cheese, and cranberries…limitless possibilities!
Here’s how mine went together.  I figure a rough calorie count is around 400 per serving (tortillas were 90 calories each) using low fat cheese and chicken breasts, no oil in the pan, and NFGY instead of sour cream.

Shred chicken and warm briefly in microwave-just to get chill off.
Warm corn briefly in microwave-just to get chill off.
Slice mushrooms thinly.
Warm non-stick saucepan over med-high heat.
Spray one side of tortilla with cooking spray and place in pan sprayed side down.
Immediately add shredded cheese, leaving a small rim around the tortilla.
Add other toppings, a squirt of fresh lime juice, ending with another layer of shredded cheese.




Place another tortilla on the top.
Cook until cheese is melting and tortilla is browned on the bottom.
Spray the top tortilla with cooking spray.

Carefully turn over and cook until browned.
Remove from heat, cut into quarters and top with your choice of accompaniments (NFGY or sour cream, taco sauce, salsa, avocado, guacamole…)
What have you done with leftovers lately?