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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15 comments:

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

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

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  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 :)

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  4. Those look really delicious!!

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  5. 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 :)

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

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

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

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

    -Kirstie.

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  10. 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 :)

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

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  12. 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!!!

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

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    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 ;)

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  14. 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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