Kale and Pepper Quesadilla

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This quesadilla was the result of needing to use up everything in our fridge before heading out of town for a few days. I was rummaging through the fridge to determine what had to be eaten before we left. The discoveries were a half a block of cheese, half a bag of small sweet peppers, one bunch of kale and a few green onions. Once I realized there were a few whole wheat tortillas hidden in the back of the fridge, the idea came to life. I think quesadillas get a bad rap for being unhealthy food, but depending on the tortilla you use and what you put in them they don’t have to be so bad.

I’m bringing these quesadillas to Angie’s Fiesta Friday party today.  If you haven’t joined the party yet you totally should it’s a ton of fun and the other bloggers are so inspiring! 

Kale and Pepper Quesadillas

Serves 2
2 tablespoons olive oil
8-10 mini sweet peppers
1 bunch kale
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded or cubed
2 whole wheat tortillas
Salt
Pepper

1. Remove the tops and seeds of the peppers and cut them into thin strips. Add the pepper strips and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a pan on medium heat. Sauté until the peppers soften, about 6-8 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the peppers to a bowl.

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2. Remove the kale leaves from the stems and chop into small pieces. Add the remaining olive oil and kale to the pan on low heat and sauté for about 4 minutes until the kale wilts. Add the kale to the bowl with the peppers.

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3. Add the green onions to the bowl with the other vegetables and stir to combine.

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4. Place a tortilla in the pan and return to low heat. Place 1/4 of the cheese on half of the tortilla, then half of the vegetable mixture then another 1/4 of the cheese. Fold the other half of the tortilla on top and cook for 3 minutes. Flip the tortilla and cook for another 2 minutes then remove it from the pan. Enjoy!
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Roasted Red Peppers

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Sometimes I’m really amazed at how the simplest of ingredients can make the best tasting dishes. These peppers are a true example of that. This past Christmas, my mom gave me Stanley Tucci’s cookbook. His recipe for roasted red peppers immediately caught my eye. They looked so soft and delicious, I knew I had to make them. I’m actually surprised it took me this long to try them.

Once these peppers got cooking, I was immediately disappointed that I only had five peppers to roast and kicking myself for not buying more. These peppers will fill your kitchen up with the most wonderful smell, I can’t even explain it you just have to try them! These are great on their own, with some bread and cheese or as an accompaniment to many other dishes.

Roasted Red Peppers Recipe adapted from The Tucci Cookbook
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1 tablespoon olive oil
salt
pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 400. Place the whole peppers on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Roast them for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, turning them slightly every 15 minutes to make sure they roast evenly.

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2. Remove the peppers and let them cool for about 30 minutes. Once they’ve cooled, carefully peel off the skins. Tear the peppers into strips, removing any seeds and place them in a bowl, trying not to get any excess liquid in the bowl.

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3. Toss the peppers with the olive oil, salt, pepper and parsley. Enjoy!

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Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage, Onions and Peppers

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I absolutely love this time of year.  It’s cool enough to be comfortable outside, but not yet time to bundle up. I can start pulling out my favorite fall staples like boots and scarves.  And, in my opinion, it’s the best season for vegetables.  It’s the perfect transition time when you can still get some late summer gems like great heirloom tomatoes at the same time that my fall favorites likes squash , sweet potatoes and swiss chard are just hitting their peak.  This week I got spaghetti squash in my farm basket – an ingredient I’ve never cooked myself before.  The past few days I’ve been craving an Italian sausage and peppers sandwich, so I decided to see if I could combine the two.  I’m a bit of a turkey kick at the moment, so I substituted turkey sausage for pork and the taste was surprisingly similar.  A fun bonus with the squash – you can toast the seeds just like pumpkin seeds to snack on!

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage, Onions and Peppers
2 medium spaghetti squash
2 bell peppers cut into strips
1 yellow onion sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt
pepper
olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds – save them if you want to roast them!

3. Drizzle olive oil over the squash and salt and pepper them photo (7)

4. Place the squash on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until you can easily poke them with a fork and feel that they’re soft

5. Add some olive to a large pan on medium heat and add the onions and the sausage
**I like my peppers just a little crunchy so I wait to add them, if you prefer them cooked more add them in with the onions and sausage

6. Add the peppers and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and cook until the sausage is cooked through

photo (8)7. When the squash is soft, take it out of the oven and use a fork to scrape out spaghetti like strands and add them to the cooked sausage and vegetables – careful with the squash it will be very hot!

8. Mix it all together, top with some pecorino romano or parmesan and enjoy!

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Seeds 

Rinse the seeds and let them dry on a paper towel. Mix the seeds in a bowl with some olive, salt and pepper (add some cayenne if you like spice). Put them on a baking sheet and bake at 250 for 30-40 minutes, turning them every ten minutes so they evenly roast.

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