Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hummus Smeared Faux-Dillas (aka Quesadillas)

These faux-dillas will really get your motor running. They're perfect for a quick, healthy lunch, and are ideal for using up random bits of goodness from your fridge.

They're totally carnivore-friendly, too. In other words, you won't hear any of that "Where's the cheese?" nonsense if you serve them up for a half-time snack during the NBA Playoffs. Or mid-way through The Office. Or while TBS is playing a re-run of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Or whatever.

Honestly, dairy-free quesadillas are the only way to go. You'll see, I swear.

Recipe: Hummus Smeared Faux-Dillas

2 whole wheat tortilla shells
2 Tbsp. hummus (store-bought or home-made)
1/4 avocado, sliced
1 scallion, white & green parts, thinly sliced
1 small handful black olives, sliced
1 Tbsp. medium salsa (Whole Foods' 365 brand is good)
ground cumin, to taste
fresh cilantro, to taste
canola or olive oil spray

Optional add-ins: Minced fresh jalapenos; sliced tomatoes; finely diced red onion (plus whatever else you have on-hand that sounds good/needs to be used up!)

Note: Be careful not to over-load your 'dilla - too many toppings will make everything seep out of the sides in a big mess!

1.) Lightly spray 1 side of 1 tortilla shell (your base) with canola/olive oil & place it oil-side down on a plate.
2.) Spread hummus evenly over base shell, stopping slightly before the edges. Top hummus with avocado slices, & sprinkle with 1 or 2 shakes of cumin.
3.) Add scallions & olives, scattering them about as you go. Spoon salsa over your toppings.
4.) Finish by placing the 2nd tortilla shell on top of your base/ingredients, & lightly spraying the top shell with oil.
5.) Move the whole thing into a medium-sized frying pan, & cook approx. 2 mins, using a spatula to press down on the top a bit while it cooks. Carefully flip your faux-dilla over, cooking for approx. 2 mins more, or until shell reaches desired level of crispiness (but don't let it burn!).
6.) Place faux-dilla on a plate & cut into triangles, using a pizza cutter. Sprinkle with cilantro & serve.

Additional note: The Hummus Smeared Faux-Dilla pictured in this post is topped with left-over guacamole, instead of being stuffed with avocado. I highly prefer avocado inside of my 'dillas, but I decided to use what I had available. You should, too!

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  1. These look incredibly delicious. Loving that beautiful avocado on top!

  2. Gorgeous healthy take on the Mexican classic. Love your inventive recipe...fantastic. Cheers!

  3. Your quesadilla concoction looks fantastic! I read this earlier in the morning and had to come back again and stare some more. I think we're missing a close up shot of the innards :)

  4. What an AMAZING idea!!! I already knew I LOVED Hummus plus salsa, but, to add Guacamole too!!! YUM! I totally have to add this to my list to try :)

  5. What a fantastically creative spin on one of my fave snacks... never thought of using hummus. I love your pics and ideas. Cheers!

  6. Yum, yes please! Anything with hummus sounds fantastic to me, but add in an avocado, and that's downright irresistible.

  7. I love queasadillas, but don't appreciate all of the fat in the cheese. This looks like a healthy alternative & easy to make.

  8. This looks amazing..I've decided to go vegaterian and I've been looking for recipes. I will definitely have to try this.


  9. These look amazing, quesadillas are a favourite!! you can't beat the combination of hummus and guacamole, so good!! Thanks for dropping in over at veggie num num :)

  10. What a great idea for dairy-free quesidillas! I love hummus. I'll definitely be trying this with some gluten-free tortillas. Thanks!

  11. My husband and I had this for dinner last night and it was so good that we're having it again tonight! Thank you for this awesome recipe!!!

  12. Seriously, we had this four times in six days. We are addicts.

    1. I can't believe I forgot to respond to this like 100 years ago! I'm so glad you like this recipe! It's one of my favs, too, especially since it's SO easy (& delicious!). Hummus 'dilla addicts unite ;)

  13. I just came across a link to this recipe on The Tolerant Vegan's blog and I have to say that I'm now obsessed with making these! How did I never think to use hummus in a 'dilla!? Thank you for sharing :)
    ~Meg @ The Snarky Chickpea


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