I am always trying to come up with recipes to get more healthy food on the table and get my family to eat more vegetables. To accomplish this I like to make at least one or two meatless dinners per week. On my weekly grocery shopping trip, as I was looking at all the fresh produce at Walmart I got inspired and decided to make a meatless version of the kid’s favorite recipe: quesadillas. I wanted to make sure it was a hearty meal so that my husband, who has a big appetite, would be satisfied so I picked up some fresh zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms. Fresh vegetables and fruits can be expensive and that is why I really love buying them at Walmart because the fresh produce is so affordable so I can get more fresh vegetables and fruits for my family.
We usually accompany quesadillas with sour cream but to make it more fun and healthier I made a deliciously fresh dip using Knorr’s vegetable dip mix and and added some fresh avocados, tomatoes and cilantro and replaced the sour cream for plain yogurt to make healthier.
Creamy Avocado Salsa Dip
- 1 package Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix
- 1 cup Hellmann's® Real Mayonnaise
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 2 medium avocados diced
- 2/3 cup grape tomatoes chopped (10 to 12)
- chopped cilantro
Add lime juice.
Using a fork smash avocado, leaving the mix chunky.
Add chopped tomatoes.
In a separate bowl mix Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix, mayonnaise and yogurt.
Add avocado salsa and mix until smooth.
Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Veggie Chipotle Quesadillas
- 1 cup finely diced bell pepper I used green, yellow and red to give it more color
- 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow squash
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
- ½ cup red enchilada sauce
- 1 ½ cup shredded Mexican three cheese blend
- flour tortillas
Preheat oven to 400 F. Place tortillas on a baking sheet, lightly spray with cooking spray and prick all over with a fork.
Bake for 5-6 minutes, until they are puffed and begin to turn golden.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Add the sliced onions to the skillet, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions turn translucent.
Add sweet bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, and mushrooms and cool over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until just tender.
Remove vegetables from pan.
Mix enchilada sauce and chipotle chiles,.
Spoon about 1-2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce over the baked tortillas.
Top with cheese.
Place back in the oven and cook for 5-6 more minutes, until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven and garnish with fresh cilantro.
I divided the enchilada sauce in two and added the chiles to half of it so I could make a milder version of this for the kids.
The meal was a complete success and my husband didn’t even notice there was not meat in his quesadillas and I didn’t tell him until he was done. The quesadillas where crunchy, full of flavor and quite filling. I made a chipotle version for my husband and I and a kid friendly version without the chipotle for the kids.
There was some dip still left over and my husband grabbed a spoon and ate it all. It was fun to see everyone so excited about eating veggies as we sometimes struggle finding ways to get the kids to eat their greens. I know many kids have a hard time eating vegetables but I have found there are a couple of things that work for our family and maybe they will work with your kids as well.
Our 5 tricks To Get the Kids (and Husband) to Eat More Vegetables
- Buy fresh produce. Fresh vegetables just taste better than frozen or canned vegetables and make foods taste better too so it’s easier to get your kids (and your husband) to eat them. I really like that my neighborhood Walmart has a huge produce section and there are always lots of options to pick from and because fresh produce at Walmart costs less I can get more! They carry lots of the vegetables we use in our Latino dishes too and that I sometimes have trouble finding in other places like chiles, avocados, yuca (cassava), etc. On Walmart.com’s produce section you will also get great tips for picking the best and freshest fruits and vegetables.
- Take the kids with you to the grocery store. My kids love to go grocery shopping with me and pick out the vegetables and fruits that we will be eating. This makes them feel like they are part of the decision process and and it’s so much easier to get them to eat something they picked themselves.
- Cook a meal that only has vegetables or a one dish meal that has the vegetables included in it like a chicken and veggie lasagna. It’s easier if the vegetables are not an option but already a part of the meal.
- Use ingredients they already love like lots of cheese or add fruits into the mix like a delicious pineapple salsa.
- Get them involved in the process and make it fun. When the kids are involved in the process they just love eating the food they have cooked afterwards. My daughter loves playing restaurant and sometimes she likes being the chef while other times she is the server. And when she has helped cook the meal she always eats it!
Make sure to check out the fresh vegetables and fruits in the produce section of your local Walmart, visit Walmart.com and like Wamart on Facebook and like them on twitter @Walmart to stay informed about their latest offers and weekly money saving specials. You can also visit Walmart.com’s produce section where you can meet the farmers who supply the fresh fruits and vegetables and get recipes and tips for storing your fruits and vegetables so they stay fresh longer.
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27 thoughts on “Fresh and Healthy Recipe: Veggie Chipotle Quesadillas With Creamy Avocado Salsa Dip”
A delicious and healthy dish to serve my young cousins when they visit! 🙂
Gracias Isabel. You should try it for yourself too, specially with the chipotle as it gives it a nice kick.
Oh my goodness! I can even SEE the flavor in these dishes!!!! Wow. I’d make this to impress my family. Thank you! #client
Thanks Brandi! I love eating fresh veggies and these are so easy to make. 🙂
Oh gosh that looks delicious! Looks like it would just melt in your mouth x
thee look delicious must try them
Me encantan tus fotos y tus recetas, siempre quedo con hambre!
Qué delicia! Las quesadillas y ese dip de aguacate están para chuparse los dedos, literalmente!
Those look amazing, I have to try them. I will be heading to the store tomorrow for a few things, I know i have the Knorr as that is something I keep on hand for dips.
paula, se ve riquisimoooo todo!! 🙂 ahorita me voy hacer unas quesadillas para cenar!!
Que delicioso se ve todo, se me antojaron unas quesadillas ahora mismo, casi 1.00 am =)
Gracias tambien por los tips para comer mas vegetales, me vinieron super bien.
My family likes quesadillas and we eat them often. The recipe you share here looks quite tasty.
Se ven tan espectaculares estas quesadillas, lo mejor que son tan sanas, gracias por los tips, yo lucho porque mi familia coma más vegetales, lo tomaré en cuenta
Those quesadillas look delicious, and full of flavor. I’ll have to give the recipe a try soon.
Looks so good and very healthy. I have never explored making any Spanish dish yet. I only know how to make simple taco. I’d like to try this.
These foods look very unique to me. I would love to try them as they really looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.
a great recipe, i don’t know how to make one but will going to try your shared recipe
Oh that looks oh so good. Look at the color contrast of the dish you have. So colorful and so pretty to eat. 🙂 I want some of those creamy avocado salsa dip. Hmmm.. yum! Thanks for sharing.
Wow! Healthy stuff. I never tried veggie chipotle quesadillas yet, I have tried the cheese though.
Anything with Chipotle is good! Well, that’s according to my husband. I like the fact that you are using fresh produce for your meal. Healthy and yummy!
OMG! This looks absolutely amazing! YUM!!!!
Te quedaron espectaculares, Paula.
La verdad que me encanta la sección de vegetales de Walmart. Tienen mucha variedad, todo muy fresco y buenísimos precios.
Uhhh que delicia!! me haría unas ahora mismo!!! Rico rico!!!!!
No me gustan las cosas picantes pero a mi esposo si. Quizas lo pueda sorprender.
I can’t wait to try your recipe!!! Heading to Walmart on my way home!TY so much!!!
AMazing! Love all of this! Just pinned it for later!
Thanks so much Joan! Really appreciate you sharing it. 🙂