Lazy Girl Quesadilla

When things get too busy, I know I can always count on one man.  That man is Joe, as in Trader Joe.

Trader Joe – fine, Trader Joe’s – has saved me from eating cereal for dinner (thought I’m not hating on that) or from having a preservative-filled frozen meal (that one I do hate). On nights where I am extremely busy or just plain tired, sometimes I’ll just eat cheese, crackers, fruit, and wine – all from TJ’s.  Some times I get inspired by Trader Joe’s finds (hello, teeny tiny potatoes and edamame guacamole) and make a meal based off that. But most other nights, I cobble together a quick and easy dinner, like this Lazy Girl Quesadilla. It’s for lazy girls – or boys – because it doesn’t involve much prep work.

Veggie and Chorizo Quesadilla

This is a dinner I like to call TTT, as in Thanks to Trader Joe’s, because I bought all of the very affordable ingredients at that food mecca. I started with a pack of pre-cut veggies. The one I got had zucchini, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions and garlic.

I also got a pack of soy chorizo

You know I love me some pork but I do try and eat vegetarian a couple of nights a week, so I gave this soy chorizo a chance. It was surprisingly really good and the flavors taste just like a regular pork chorizo. It’s a little spicy too, which was great.  And the irony is not lost on me that this fake chorizo product is called “Soy Chorizo” which in Spanish means “I am Chorizo”.

I sauteed the veggies and the chorizo (casing removed) together in some olive oil

and threw in a couple of cups of spinach

I turned off the heat as the spinach cooked down






threw in a fourth of the quesadilla filling in it with a few slices of jalapeno jack cheese




I folded the quesadilla in half, and toasted it over high heat for a few minutes, then flipped it over to toast the other side.

I ate the quesadilla with some hot fresh salsa

and there you have it: Lazy Girl Quesadillas

this is a really easy and substantial meal that comes together in about 15 minutes

You can use any combination of vegetables you prefer, and substitute pork or chicken chorizo instead of the soy version I used – or even use ground beef/pork/chicken/turkey or crumbled tofu for some protein.

Do you shop at Trader Joe’s? What are your favorite Trader Joe’s items? Do you cook TTT meals too?


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