Quesadillas Chicks Will Love, and Maybe Guys Too

March 13, 2011Katie

Often on a week night when Mr. Wonderful is working late, I get the chance to make chick food.

Now, you’ve probably heard of “chick flicks”, but exactly what is chick food?

For me it usually involves multiple vegetables and sometimes no meat.  Here are a few of my favorite chick foods.

Starting from top left and working across to the right, Creamed Spinach w/Pearl Onions, Savory Tomato, Roasted Garlic and Mozzarella Tarts, Cauliflower Gratin, Bacon Mushroom Ragout (over Cheesy Polenta), Bacon and Cremini Risotto, Asian Noodle Salad, Pesto Rosso on Flatbread, Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Sage Pesto and Grilled Shrimp Salad with Honey Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Tonight I had the remnants of a leftover store-bought roasted chicken.

So I set about making some quesadillas with some other stuff I had in the refrigerator.

To start, I cut open one bag of frozen chopped spinach.

You could use fresh and chop it up first, but this works perfectly and is the next best thing.  I prefer it to boxed spinach.  Boxed spinach is a frozen block and it takes a lot longer to cook off.

Dump it into a pot with 1/4 cup of water.

Put on the lid and let this thing steam for about 5 minutes.

I don’t like to boil my spinach to death…I like some life to it still.  Bright green and looking like this is perfect.  Remove it from the heat!

Next, put a little olive oil into a medium to medium-large skillet and turn the heat on medium.

Chop up one poblano pepper into small cubes and scoop them right into the pot.

Also chop up one-half of a medium red onion and add it right in.  Also add in 2 cups of sliced mushrooms.

These are all my favorite things…I am so excited at this point in the game!

Sauté all of this around until the mushrooms get somewhat browned and the peppers and onions are softening up.  This will take about 10  minutes over medium heat.

Now go ahead and spoon in your spinach.

And also spoon in your chicken.

Dump in 1/2 cup of salsa verde…You can get this in the Mexican section of your grocery store, but here is a homemade recipe if you feel daring.

Stir this around for about 2 minutes and let the salsa verde flavor the veggies and meat.

Then get two tortillas.

And you have a choice here, you opt for butter, olive oil or cooking spray to put on your tortillas.

For a heart healthier diet, just lightly brush with olive oil or spray with cooking spray on one side only of both tortillas.  Or lightly spread some butter on them.

Place one tortilla, butter (or oil or spray) side down on a hot flat griddle or fry pan.  Important! Don’t walk away…this happens pretty quickly!

Spread some of your veggie/chicken mixture on top all the way to the edges, leaving about 1/2 inch border.

Sprinkle on some cheese …whatever kind you like – tonight I had a huge block of Asiago sitting in the refrigerator.

I think pepper jack would fabulous too!

Sprinkle some right over top of your filling.

And then spoon about a tablespoon of the salsa verde over top of all.

By this time your tortilla should have nicely browned on the bottom side. Place the other buttered tortilla with the butter side up over top.

Place a large spatula under it and gently flip it over.  You may have to hold it together with your free hand.

The second side always seems to cook faster so check it after 30 seconds.  If it’s golden-brown, then remove it to your cutting board.  Cut it in half and then fourths with a pizza cutter or a large chefs knife.  I got so darn excited at this point, I forgot to take a picture!

Chick food excites me. Sorry.

Serve it up on a plate with a side of sour cream and some more salsa verde.

I love chick food, oh YES I do.

But ya know what?

Mr. Wonderful came home and spotted the extra one I cooked and said “That looks GOOD!” and gobbled it up.


Maybe it wasn’t really chick food after all…

Katie’s Printable Recipe – Chick Quesadillas

Do you have a favorite chick food? Leave me a comment below and tell me what it is! Guys, don’t feel left out! Tell me what we’d be surprised (or not surprised) at your favorite “guy food”!


  • Beth Zimmerman

    March 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    When you said that chick food meant vegetables I started thinking ONLY if it's spinach, mushrooms and onions! So glad I was right. Looks YUMMY!
  • Mikki

    March 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Oh my goodness... those look AMAZING.. though I do think my hubby would like them too!! LOL
  • Mama Kelly aka Jia

    March 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    We adore quesedillas! I've tried making them at home with mixed success ... you've given such clear instructions that I'm sure the next try will go much more smoothly.
  • Angela

    March 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Yum! I wanted to like my computer screen. All of your food always looks so tasty. And I LOVE your pictures & instructions it lets us know we are doing it right. I am sure Mr. Wonderful's tummy is always happy & he so lucky to have such a talented cook :-)
    1. dishinanddishes

      March 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      Angela...thank you!
  • TheOtherJB

    March 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Just in case there was a "semi-official" definition for "chick food," I checked out urbandictionary.com [you knew I was gonna do that.. ;-) ] I found: - Food that girls eat when they hang out, are depressed, or just plain feel like being feminine. - Food that only women… eat. Popularized by that Burger King Texas Double Whopper commercial. Examples include: salad tofu yogurt cottage cheese quiche Special K Lean Cuisine Crystal Light Neither one of those is particularly descriptive or complete; but yeah, I get your point. And yeah, I know tongue-in-cheek when I see it. I happen to eat some of that stuff for health reasons, and just to eat "smart." I don't think there's anything that's specifically chick food really, just food beyond the boring, monotonous and ordinary. Personally, I don't have much patience for guys who are so fearful of their masculinity, or anyone so limited in their imagination or taste that they won't eat anything but meat 'n taters, or automatically "don't like" anything that they haven't tried. That attitude is for spoiled four-year-olds. I've read enough of your commentary to know that Mr. W is well beyond worrying about what is or isn't "chick food." He knows good food when he sees it. Chances are, if it comes from _your_ kitchen, it's just good food, period. This looks very good. If I'm making 'em just for me, I don't have to leave out this or that, either. I'm looking forward to trying and liking them very much. This is another of those times that makes me wish for smell-o-vision. Thanks for this one. As an aside, what is it the last couple of years with red onions? A few years ago, I used to use red onions because they weren't as hot, or as harsh to my taste as other onions. But in the last couple of years, every one I've gotten hold of is relatively hot. Or is it just me? Thanks for all the food goodness!
    1. dishinanddishes

      March 15, 2011 at 8:55 am

      TheOtherJB - I agree on the red onions...they have been unusually hot! They should be sweeter..maybe the Farmer's Market version will be better when it comes back! I do know a lot of men who won't mess with anything other than meat and potatoes..in fact, I have a son who's that way..try tho I have to change him!

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