January entertaining is all about checking off people’s diet check boxes. You want to cook something everyone will like. But what do you make when your guest list looks like this:
- Fred: He’s trying to lose those extra frat-party pounds.
- Velma: She’s a devout vegetarian.
- Daphne: Although she’s not a true celiac, she likes the way she feels when she avoids gluten and it helps her keep her girlish figure.
- Shaggy & Scooby: This easy going party guest and his dog will eat the whole buffet if you let them. As if it’s not bad enough that Shaggy has no shame in taking the last bite, but he lets his dog eat from the buffet too! Better make something affordable so they don’t break the bank with their over-the-top appetite.
No question that Little Guy is watching too much Scooby Doo right now, but you get the idea. Everyone has a different dietary restriction these days. They tend to tell you about it then follow it up with a quick, “But don’t worry about me, I’m sure I’ll find something.” Leaving you to make sure that there is something for everyone.
These quesadillas use corn tortillas instead of flour making them gluten-free. While certainly not vegan, these vegetarian quesadillas are every bit as tasty as their meat-filled counterparts. The best part for my post-holiday slim-down is that they are much lower in fat and calories than traditional quesadillas.
The rich creamy, cheesy layer seems indulgent, but is actually a combination of sharp cheese mixed with low-fat sour cream, frozen corn and cilantro. (Of course if you don’t like light sour cream then you can still use the real thing. The bean layer is an ultra-easy bean dip that is just as good served all by itself warm with a bowl of chips as it is in the quesadillas.
I served them with Mild Salsa Rojo mixed with mashed fresh avocado. The avocado salsa is similar to a style served with chips in Mexican restaurants all over Houston. To make my easy cheater version of it, you just mash fresh avocado and fold in your favorite salsa.
The beans, corn and tortillas make them nice and filling for a meatless meal, but they are also great for entertaining. You can make them before hand and then just cook them off as needed in a few short minutes. Enjoy!