Roasted Broccoli and Cheese Quesadillas #WeekdaySupper

A quick and easy meatless dinner of Roasted Broccoli and Cheese Quesadillas not only incorporates more vegetables into your diet, you won’t miss the meat at all.


Roasted Broccoli and Cheese Quesadillas

Earlier this month, I mentioned how eating more vegetables is one of my 2014 resolutions. Truth is, I’ve been doing this for the past few months now. I learned the best way to incorporate more vegetables is to start with your favorites because it’s much easier to add something you really like first before experimenting with new-to-you produce. The biggest challenge I have, however, is finding time to cook. I work a full time job during the week, so I need relatively quick and easy recipes that take no more than an hour to prepare after a long eight-hour day. That’s why I made these Roasted Broccoli and Cheese Quesadillas for Weekday Supper, a collection of easy weeknight dinners for busy people.


Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli is probably my second favorite vegetable (right behind cauliflower), so it made sense to make more meals around broccoli. Roasting vegetables is the easiest and probably the most flavorful way to cook vegetables (see my recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts). Toss in a little bit of oil and sea salt then bake for roughly 15-20 minutes. To save time with prep, I cut up the vegetables ahead of time (especially if I’m using a head of broccoli in several recipes – might as well cut all of it at once) and keep raw in a container to use at a moment’s notice.


Roasted Broccoli and Cheese Quesadillas

I eat quesadillas *a lot* for dinner because you can stuff it with practically anything and have it ready in no time. Here’s a hint though – don’t make extras and reheat for lunch in the microwave because the tortillas taste soggy and not good. Instead, pack any extra filling and tortillas separately then make tacos or wraps. Or whatever you want to call random stuff inside an unheated tortilla.
Roasted Broccoli and Cheese Quesadillas #WeekdaySupper
 
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Serves: 4 quesadillas
Ingredients
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded or thinly sliced
  • 4 tortillas
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Have a baking sheet ready.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, oil, and salt. Spread into a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until evenly roasted but not burnt. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  3. Heat up a large skillet. On one half of a tortilla, add some cheese then top with some broccoli. Fold the tortilla in half then add to the skillet (alternatively if your tortillas are small, you can cover the whole tortilla with the filling then top with a second tortilla). Cook until the bottom is brown. Flip it over and cook until the other side is brown. Remove and cut. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Source: Adapted from Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden (Amazon affiliate link)
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  1. What a gorgeous, delicious, nutritious meal! Great inspiration Carla.

  2. Roasting vegetables is the best! I love that you used them in these quesadillas.

  3. Quesadillas are such a fun and easy weeknight meal! We have them almost every week…so it’s nice to have another option!

  4. Can’t go wrong with broccoli and cheddar! These sound fantastic!

  5. Roasted broccoli is a must. I mean I’ll eat it cooked other ways but roasting is my favorite because I love that the tops get nice and crispy. I don’t make quesadillas nearly as much as I should considering how I must I like them. I mean an excuse to eat gooey cheese? I’m in.

    • I can eat broccoli both raw and roasted, but I like roasted a little bit more. Speaking of gooey cheese, you can make this recipe as written or as a grilled cheese sandwich.

  6. Drool! Broccoli and cheese are meant for each other. This looks perfect.

  7. I love quesadillas and I LOOVE broccoli. This is a match made in taste bud heaven!

  8. Quesadillas are a staple in my home, too. I haven’t tried them with broccoli although I don’t know why. I already roast broccoli and it would be so simple to top the flour tortilla, but for some reason I keep going for red or green bell peppers and green onion. And I love to top it with sour cream. Next time I buy fresh broccoli, this is what I’m doing with it. At least part of it.

  9. Awesome!! Roasted broccoli has such a divine flavour, perfect with cheese IMHO

  10. I am in awe of how pretty these are. Tasty and gorgeous, this is sheer perfection. I’m a broccoli fanatic. I hated it growing up but now I can’t get enough of it.

  11. I love how the veggies complete this dish, broccoli is so filling! Super yummy when it’s roasted too, thanks for the idea Carla!

  12. Roasted veggies are so much better..and this is an awesome way to get your broccoli dose :)

  13. Yum! I love veggie-based quesadillas. I don’t think I’ve ever had one with roasted broccoli though – must try!

  14. Carla,
    I usually save my florets for something fancy, and use broccoli stem in my quesadillas. I love the idea of roasting it, though. Good one!

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