Thursday, July 28, 2016

Veggie Quesadillas

Several months ago my boss took me out to lunch to a restaurant in Roanoke, VA
called The Village Grill.  The restaurant is owned by one of his former students, so
we thought we would stop by to say hello and grab a bite for lunch.  Unfortunately
Nathan, the owner, wasn't there at the time, but we stayed for lunch anyway and I'm
so glad we did! The service was great and the food even better!

Vegetable Quesadillas with zucchini

I ordered the veggie quesadilla, which was filled with grilled squash, zucchini, mushrooms,
onions, peppers and cheddar cheese.  It was delicious!  I love zucchini, so I made a mental
note to try to recreate The Village Grill recipe at home.

Fast forward several months later, last week to be exact. As I stared into my refrigerator
full of zucchini (thanks mom), I remembered that veggie quesadilla, and as luck would
have it, I had most everything I needed to make it.

Vegetable Quesadillas with zucchini

Veggie Quesadillas are a nice change of pace from the usual chicken quesadillas I normally
make and perfect for this time of year when garden vegetables are at their peak!  I am
definitely adding veggie quesadillas to my dinner rotation the rest of this summer.

Vegetable Quesadillas with zucchini

Veggie Quesadillas

1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 small green pepper, thinly sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced
4 flour tortillas
1/2  T olive oil or cooking spray
salt & pepper
Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute
1 C shredded cheddar cheese (I used Mexican Blend)
lettuce, chopped

Add olive oil to a large fry pan and sauté zucchini, green pepper and onion
over medium heat until crisp tender.  Season with salt and pepper.  I also used a
little of Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute.
Remove vegetable from the pan and set them on a plate.

Spray the same pan with cooking spray.  Lay one tortilla in the pan.  Place
half of the cooked veggies onto the tortilla and sprinkle half of the cheese
over the vegetables.  Place the other tortilla on top.  Cook for 1-2 minutes, or
until tortilla is lightly browned.  Using a large spatula, flip the quesadilla.
Cook for another minute or so,  until cheese has melted and quesadilla is
golden brown.  Remove quesadilla from the pan onto a cutting board.  Using
a pizza cutter, slice into 4 wedges.

Top with lettuce and salsa.
Serves 2.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Watermelon Salsa

We have eating watermelon like crazy this summer!  I've been buying one every week
from Costco and so far each one I have purchased has been delicious! I know you're
supposed to knock on it or something like that, but we just grab the one that we think
looks good and so far we have been lucky.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Cornbread Croutons

Aren't summer salads the best! I love going out onto the deck to pick little cherry
tomatoes and cucumbers right off of the vine and going to the Farmer's Market for
all different types of freshly picked greens.  I can make a meal out of a good salad!

Recently I  was introduced to Joseph® Joseph, an innovative company specializing in products
for the kitchen. They sent me the Hands-On Salad Bowl and Server, as well as the
Index Chopping Boards. I decided to give them both a try while making a fresh garden
salad with cornbread croutons.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

5 Beauty Products I'm Loving Right Now

Monday, July 18, 2016

Stuffed Baby Red Potatoes {Appetizer}

Stuffed Baby Red Potatoes Appetizer with Greek yogurt

My parent's garden is going strong this summer and we are enjoying all of the fresh
garden goodness! Over the weekend I dug some baby red potatoes and picked a few
zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes.  I also went home with a beautiful bouquet of zinnias!
I just love summer!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort

Disney Hilton Head Island Resort

Over the 4th of July we spent six wonderful days at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort
located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  We have been vacationing at this Disney
resort every year for the past 17 years and we love it.  It is our happy place!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Onion Roasted Potatoes

Today I'm posting one of my family's favorite recipes.
Onion roasted potatoes.

My mom found the recipe for these delicious potatoes on the back of the box of
Lipton Onion Soup Mix years ago and I've been making them for my family for
the past 30 years.  My daughter loves them and requests them often!

Onion Roasted Potatoes

This recipe is super easy and makes a perfect side dish for dinner on busy weeknights.  
Most of the time I use russet potatoes, but I love using small red potatoes from my 
parent's garden in the summer!