This recipe is a kid-approved way to serve up summer produce! This recipe comes to us from our friend Chef Hollie of JoyFoodly. Serve them with your favorite salsa or try Chef Hollie’s recipe for Lime Loving Salsa.
Cooking Tip of the Week: Chef Hollie saves time in the kitchen by flipping her cutting board between tasks and using both sides before washing it. Give it a try!
Food for Thought: Tortilla means “small cake” in Spanish, even though tortillas usually aren’t sweet like cake is! Tortillas are made by mixing either corn or wheat flour with water to form a dough, pressing the dough into a flat circle and then cooking it. Have you ever wondered why the word is pronounced tor-tee-YA instead of tor-tee-LA? In Spanish, two Ls next to each other are pronounced with the Y sound. Quesadilla has the double L sound, too!
Family Dinner Conversation Starter: What is your favorite food in the world? Has your favorite food stayed the same or changed over time?
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion diced
1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
1 corn on the cob (cut off the cob)
1/4 cup basil leaves, whole
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
4 slices of Monterey Jack cheese
Adult: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and 1 teaspoon salt; sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring periodically.
Adult: Add zucchini and corn kernels; continue sautéing 3-4 more minutes. Remove from heat.
Kid: Brush one side of all tortillas with remaining olive oil; lay 4 tortillas, oiled side down, on a baking sheet. Place 1-2 spoonfuls of filling on each tortilla and top with a few basil leaves and some cheese.
Kid: Place remaining tortillas on top, oiled side up; press down gently with a spatula to seal.
Adult: Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and tortillas are golden brown. You can flip the quesadillas mid-way through the cooking time to brown on both sides.
Adult: Remove from oven; let cool slightly.
Together: To serve, slice each quesadilla into wedges and serve with a side of salsa.