Kid-Friendly Cheese Quesadillas — Meatless Monday

Two wedges of cheese quesadilla alongside chopped avocados and salsa on a faded green plate

Photo by: Tara Donne ©Food Network

Tara Donne, Food Network

Just when you thought between the late nights at the office, your child's after-school sports practices and a seemingly never-ending list of errands that you simply don't have time to cook a from-scratch supper during the week, Paula introduces her recipe for  Cheese Quesadillas (pictured above), a family-friendly dinner pick that is ready to eat in only 20 quick minutes. With just a handful of ingredients, she turns kid-approved favorites like cheddar cheese and soft tortillas into warming comfort food that can be finished with any number of Mexican-inspired toppings. If you have salsa, sour cream and guacamole left over from your big game tailgate last weekend, give those dips a second life atop the quesadillas — Paula looks to those tried-and-true favorites to complete this simple supper.

Cooking for adults or perhaps a young eater with an adventurous appetite? Try Rachael's vegetable-packed quesadilla for another easy weeknight dinner. In her Wild Mushroom Quesadillas With Warm Black Bean Salsa, she flavors both cremini and shiitake mushrooms with fresh thyme and cooks the mixture with sharp white cheddar cheese inside tortillas until the cheese is melted and the tortillas have crisped slightly. A bold topping of warm salsa with hearty black beans, tender corn and barbecue sauce finishes this top-rated meal on a flavorful note.

If you somehow find yourself with extra time and want to round out the meal with a Mexican-inspired side dish, cook up Paula's Mexican Rice, a five-star recipe brimming with green chile-laced tomatoes, fresh bell peppers, onions and creamy cheddar cheese. This big-batch recipe makes up to 10 servings, so plan ahead for ready-to-eat leftovers tomorrow.

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

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