Farmer’s Market Quesadillas

With summer vegetable crops overflowing, it seems like everyone with a garden is passing out veggies. Earlier in the week, Bri came home with summer squash from a co-worker and I had no clue what to do with them. I love vegetables, but squash does not rank high on my list. Although I find it edible, it’s definitely not a favorite.

If you follow me on twitter, you may recall me asking my twitter peeps for squash recommendations. They offered up recipes ranging from squash bread to squash casserole.

All of the ideas looked very promising, but I was really intrigued by the recipe for these Farmer’s Market Quesadillas sent to me from Short Bread City. Random thought… every time I hear the word quesadilla, I think of the movie Napoleon Dynamite. Please tell me I am not alone here!

I had all of the ingredients on hand, including a red jalapeno from my mini patio garden. The great thing about this recipe is that is comes together in a snap and can be used with a huge variety of different veggies to suit your individual taste.

These are also quite healthy, which is always a plus in my book! These Farmer’s Market Quesadillas were a very tasty and satisfying weeknight summer meal and would also make a fabulous appetizer. Trust me, you really won’t miss the meat! Bri gave this vegetarian dinner a thumbs up and he would eat steak every day of the week if I would let him!

We served these up with a spicy taco sauce and reduced fat sour cream. I think black bean salad would have been an amazing compliment as well! If you have an overflowing garden give this recipe a try, I bet they will be a huge hit your family and friends.

Farmer’s Market Quesadillas


1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper (I used green)
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup chopped yellow squash
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (I used canned mushrooms because it was all I had)
1 chopped jalapeno; seeds removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
cooking spray
6 (9 inch) whole wheat tortillas (I used Jalapeno-Cilantro Tortillas)
1 1/4 cups shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese


1. In a large nonstick pan, cook red pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, and mushrooms in olive oil over medium to medium-high heat for about 7 minutes, or until just tender. Remove vegetables from pan.

2. Coat the same pan with cooking spray, and place one tortilla in pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese evenly over tortilla, and layer 3/4 cup of the vegetable mixture over the cheese. Sprinkle another 1/8 cup of cheese on the vegetables, and top with a second tortilla. Cook until golden on both sides, for approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side.

3. Remove quesadilla from pan, and repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut each quesadilla into 8 triangles with a pizza cutter. Serve hot.

- adapted from AllRecipes


20 Responses to “Farmer’s Market Quesadillas”

  1. Bethie — August 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Sounds yummy. I would have to swap out the green bell for a different color. They tend to be too bitter for my taste.


  2. TeaLady — August 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    AH, those look/sound really good – and healthy.


  3. Kristilyn (The Domestic Goddess) — August 13, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    That looks really good! I love quesadillas and usually try to healthify them with less cheese and plain yogurt instead of sour cream. I would never have thought to use squash as one of my ingredients, though!



  4. cakelady4050 — August 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it! I, too, think of Napoleon Dynamite… (kay-suh-dill-uh)!!! Love that movie…


  5. Sara — August 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    These looks delicious. I want to try some of those tortillas you used!


  6. Megan — August 13, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    There's a whole lot of veggies packed into those quesadillas — they look great!


  7. lisa (dandysugar) — August 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Delicious. I had the same idea the other day only I packed mine with sweet corn, broccoli and mushroom. Great way to get your veggies!


  8. Leslie — August 13, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    sooo good. and all those veggies??YUM!


  9. annieseats — August 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Wow, these sound fantastic! I'm definitely going to have to try them.


  10. Kristen - Dine & Dish — August 14, 2009 at 8:12 am

    These look so good – I bet I could sneak them to my kids and they'd have no clue how good they were really eating!


  11. The Apron Dialogues — August 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    mmmmm my mouth is watering just looking at that picture/reading about that quesadilla!


  12. Maria — August 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    This is my kind of meal! YUM!


  13. Barbara Bakes — August 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I've got lots of squash in my garden. This sounds like a yummy way to use it!


  14. CaSaundraLeigh — August 14, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I have the same over-abundance squash problem!! This sounds like a wonderful(and yummy)solution ;-)


  15. Lisa Michelle — August 14, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    What a great way to use squash, as it's such a neutral flavor..hence why it's also awesome shredded into baked goods (zucchini isn't the only veggie that adds Those quesadillas look marvelous, and the presentation and phot is always! Also, yes, quesadilla and Napoleon Dynamite do ring a bell. Funny flick!!


  16. oneshotbeyond — August 18, 2009 at 9:47 am

    these look and sound fantastic. I love the color you can see seeping out.


  17. Megan — August 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! My favorite part of August is hitting up all the farmers' markets for fresh veggies. I am definitely making these soon, thanks for sharing :)


  18. Anita — July 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Yours do look good — far better than the ones I made last night. I used a new type of tortilla – low carb. They were absolutely horrible — rather like eating cardboard. We will never use that type again!!


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    I stumbled across your blog and I love your healthy recipes. Cant wait to try your quesadillas!


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