This post is probably just as much a confession as it is a recipe idea or reminder for quick summer food. This might sound a bit odd until you are made privy of the guilt I have over eating so much non-organic corn product. And you now might be confused at what issue one could possibly have over typically grown corn. However, if you've seen the movie Food Inc. or read any of the many books on this topic, you know exactly why I want to kick myself over my addiction to cheap corn tortillas.
Yes, Dearies, corn tortillas are so inexpensive, often vegan, and just plain practical. So if you know of a company that makes organic corn tortillas, please do let me know. I'd be interested despite a sneaking suspicion that they might be pricey.
Back to the food. These are corn tortillas stuffed with Galaxy Vegan Cheese, grated zucchini, red bell pepper and garlic. I obviously make up for the tortilla by stuffing these with organic vegetables and vegan cheese made with organic soy. The result is a delicious snack or meal when paired with salad or soup. Making them also does not involve firing up the oven or letting a soup roar for an hour. Nope, just a quick sear in earth balance or butter on both sides and you're done. No hot, steamy house to exacerbate the existing heat of summer!
Summer Veg Corn Quesadillas for 2
8 Corn Tortillas
3/4 Cup shredded Zucchini (arugula is great too)
1/3 Cup diced Red Pepper
1-2 Tbsp. minced garlic
8 Slices Galaxy Vegan Cheese (or your favorite cheese)
Earth Balance Buttery Spread
Red Pepper Flakes
Garnish-fresh cilantro, scallions, lime, salsa, hot chilis, etc...
Place about 3/4 Tbsp. of Earth Balance in a pan and bring it to medium heat.
Once the heat is at medium, place a tortilla in the pan. Place a cheese slice, an even distribution of the veg, some garlic, salt and pepper. Put the top on and watch for the bottom piece to become a bit golden (1-2 min). Turn carefully and give the other side 1-2 min. Continue this till you are done. Turn your heat down if your pan starts to smoke. This happens usually on electric stoves, but can happen on any stove that does not maintain constant temperature.
Note: *Do not place tortilla in butter that is not fully heated. *Add more earth balance or oil in small amounts or as needed while making these!