Cheddar, Apple, & Bacon Quesadillas

Before we dive into this morning, I have to share with you guys the super simple and quick – yet sophisticated – dinner I made last night.

I didn’t get home from training last night until a little almost 7, and didn’t want to start the week off on take out for dinner, but I did want something quick. Luckily, as I was more or less meal planning for the week on Sunday morning, I tore out a few recipes from my Food Network magazine for easy week night meals.

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What’s easier than a quesadilla? This has been a go-to easy meal of mine for years (as I’m sure it is for many others) – but mine typically involved Mexican shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, and pinto beans. The recipe in the magazine was a little more sophisticated, and I knew I wanted to give it a go.

After substituting some ingredients for what we had on hand, the most delicious quesadilla was delivered to my plate in 15 minutes:

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Cheddar, Apple, & Bacon Quesadillas

Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tart apple

1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

2 large whole wheat tortillas (I used La Tortilla Factory’s low carb tortillas)

2 tbsp. Greek yogurt

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 tbsp. pure maple syrup

2 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped

Directions:

Pour the olive oil into a pan on the stove and bring to medium heat. Thinly slice the apple and cook in the oil for about 3-4 minutes. Place the apples evenly on one side of each tortilla, and then sprinkle a 1/4 c. of the cheese on the opposite side of each tortilla. Fold in half, and place the quesadillas back in the pan, and cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, mix together the yogurt, syrup, and mustard in a small bowl, and then brush onto the tops on the quesadillas. Sprinkle with the chopped bacon and serve.

 

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Seriously, such a fantastic combination of flavors! Open-mouthed smile

Today

This morning I woke up with my goal being to get to the gym an hour before I had to train a client in order to get my own workout in. For the first time in weeks, it actually happened! I woke up in time, planning to go to the gym and run – get some HIIT work in there – but my lower body was screaming at me from yesterday’s workout. Like I mentioned, it’d been for-ev-er since I’ve done a lower body only day, and it killed my legs – and especially my glutes!!

So instead, I stuck with the elliptical and stair master:

 

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An easy hour of cardio worked much better than the high impact of running. Plus, I got some Kindle reading in Smile

Breakfast

My goal’s to get to the BIC early today, so I made this morning’s breakfast to-go:

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I cooked about 1/2 c. oats in some almond milk with an overripe banana, added some PB, and then put it in a near empty yogurt container. OIAYC? Sure Smile

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Super yummy. Oats and yogurt go so much better together when you add the yogurt after the oats are done cooking. I’ve tried adding the yogurt while the oats were cooking (even very near the end) and it makes it this yucky consistency. This way’s awesome, though.

On that note, I’m gonna grab my breakfast and GO! Have a lovely Tuesday, all Smile

What was one of your very first go-to dinners when you first started cooking? Sloppy Joe’s was another one of mine!

PS – you can still get your entries in for the Aerobie Pro Ring giveaway until tomorrow morning!

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Comments

  1. Oh Sloppy Joes – I love those! They were a regular meal in my house growing up. My first go-to meal was grilled cheese sandwiches. They were the first thing I learned to cook – even though I would burn them every single time! We still have grilled cheese every Friday during Lent – it’s our staple Friday night quick meal.

  2. I love quesadillas, made a sweet potato-black bean version last weekend. I will have to try the apple and bacon combo next :)
    When we moved out to go to University I made easy version of chicken parmigiana a lot and tuna casseroles.
    I will have to try adding yogurt to my oats after, I am not sure I ever have!

  3. I absolutely love cheddar and apples! The first time I ever had that combo was at the fondue restaurant the Melting Pot and it was amazing! The addition of bacon sounds great too, gotta make those!

  4. Quesadillas, pizza, frittatas… looks like I haven’t expanded too much! :)

  5. I’ve got an empty-ish Chobani tub just waiting for some oats!

  6. Sable@SquatLikeALady says:

    Ahh I love overripe nanners =D I haaate when they’re still greenish – yick!

    • I like the greenish ones if I’m eating them plain or alone. But if I’m cooking with them – ripe all the way (more than ripe..rotting, lol!)

  7. I’ve been hitting up the ellip a little more than normal the last few weeks- my legs have been super tired as of late and I really have started to despise the treadmill more and more!

  8. omgggg i just saw that you cooked eggs in an electric kettle! SO cool!!!!! haha i love fun things like that!

  9. Quesadillas have always been my go-to quick meal. These sound insane – they’ve got all my favorite things combined. I’m definitely gonna be making them soon.

  10. That is an interesting quesidilla! I bet it was good though! and I like the oats in the yogurt cup idea! Haha and I’ve never tried adding yogurt to cooking oats but I can’t imagine that ending well. My go-to dinner is a microwaved sweet potato with PB or ketchup and some sort of steamed veggie on the side.

  11. your quesadilla sounds yummy! quesadillas have always been a go-to meal for me too. scrambled eggs with veggies mixed in is another one.

  12. oh man, these sound so good! what a great quick dinner.

    and CONGRATS on the job!!!

  13. My first go-to meal when I started cooking was grilled sandwiches. Grilled tuna melts, grilled turkey melts, grilled cheese, etc. It was super easy and a nice way to ease into getting creative in the kitchen.

    • Aww yeah – grilled cheese melts were totally a go-to! In fact…it’s been too long since I’ve made a grilled cheese:)

  14. I’m adding that flavor combo on my list of things to try, that sounds amazing :)

  15. I love the PB, banana, and oats combo!

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