Easy 15-Minute Artichoke and Spinach Quesadilla Recipe: A Perfect Lunch for Busy Moms!

Hello, my lovely readers! Today, I have a delightful story to share with you about my youngest son, Nick, and how he inspired me to create an easy and scrumptious lunch recipe that I can whip up in just 15 minutes. As you all know, Nick is quite the rascal and always keeps me on my toes. This past week, he came home from school with a surprise art project that he had been working on – a beautiful hand-drawn picture of our family enjoying a picnic. It was just the sweetest thing!

With April showers keeping us indoors more often than not, I decided to bring the picnic spirit to our kitchen and create a quick and tasty lunch for myself while the kids were at school. I looked in my fridge and spotted some artichoke hearts – a perfect ingredient to elevate any meal. So, I decided to make a scrumptious Artichoke and Spinach Quesadilla, with a side of fresh salsa for dipping. It’s such a versatile recipe that you can easily customize based on what you have in your fridge!

Now, let’s get to the recipe, shall we? Here’s how you can make this delightful Artichoke and Spinach Quesadilla in just 15 minutes:

– 1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts (canned or fresh)
– 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
– 1/4 cup diced red onion
– 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
– 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
– 2 large flour tortillas
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– Salt and pepper, to taste

For the fresh salsa (optional):
– 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
– 1/4 cup diced red onion
– 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
– 1/2 small jalapeño, minced (remove seeds for less heat)
– 1 tbsp lime juice
– Salt and pepper, to taste

1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the artichoke hearts, spinach, red onion, Monterey Jack cheese, feta cheese, salt, and pepper.

2. Lay one tortilla on a flat surface and spread the artichoke mixture evenly over it. Top with the second tortilla, pressing down gently to ensure it sticks.

3. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Carefully place the quesadilla in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and the cheese has melted.

4. While the quesadilla is cooking, prepare the fresh salsa by mixing together the diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

5. Once the quesadilla is cooked, remove it from the skillet and let it cool for a minute before slicing it into wedges. Serve with a side of fresh salsa for dipping and enjoy your delicious, homemade Artichoke and Spinach Quesadilla!

This recipe was such a hit with my family that I had to make it again for everyone once they got home from school! It’s a fantastic way to enjoy a picnic vibe right in your own kitchen. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out for you – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time, happy cooking!

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