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?


15 Responses to “Lazy Girl Quesadilla”

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    Louisa posted July 27, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I used to love the Quesadilla’s at Marche in the Prudential Centre but then alas it closed down! These look lovely though, will have to try this recipe!

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    Daisy posted July 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Trader Joe’s just seems so far away from me!! I used to make TTT meals all the time when I lived closer to the one on Boylston, and then the one in Coolidge Corner! The Quesadilla looks fantastic!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted July 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I definitely shop at TJs. Love it! To be fair, my favorite TJs goodies are the snacks but I also love their marinated pork tenderloin and bulgogi for quick and easy meals.

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    Lesley Lifting Life posted July 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I love lazy meals!! :)

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek posted July 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Yum! Quesadillas are one of my fave quick meals, they’re perfect for leftover taco or fajita fillings.

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    MelissaNibbles posted July 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I love lazy quesadilla’s. So easy and delish!

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    Elizabeth posted July 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I still think about those veggie quesadillas we made at Megan’s. They were so good! I hardly ever make quesadillas and I should.

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    courtney (pancakes and postcards) posted July 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Now that I’m a busy working girl lazy meal is every meal. I LIVE on TJs. I get a lot of their salads, also their brown rice california rolls, eggplant wraps, etc. I love their spinach mushroom garlic portobello pizza (personal sized) and their reduced fat mac n cheese… and the apple butter… and the cats cookies… and…

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    Michelle posted July 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I love your lazy girl meal! I definitely shop at Trader Joe’s whenever I can!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted July 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I’m also a huge fan of TJ’s:-) These look delicious, what a great quick meal!

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    Alaina posted July 28, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I LOVE Trader Joe’s! Going to try and make a trip there this weekend.

    I like making quesadillas with their chicken/apple/chardonnay sausages and mozzarella cheese. Sweet and oh so delicious. And their mandarin chicken is better than take out! :-)

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted July 28, 2011 at 7:42 am

    This looks perfect for me. We have been super busy and have had takeout and eaten out more times that I would like this week. These ingredients are going on my list!

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    Kim K posted July 28, 2011 at 11:15 am

    this is a perfect me for lazy me!!! i have only been into a trader joes once in my life – it stressed me out! will def make this recipe of yours, but get my ingredients from my usual johnnys or stop and shop. yum!

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    Annapet posted July 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Joe saves ladies in distress. What a guy. I love his casual laid-back look ;-).

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    Jackie posted July 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    mmm this looks and sounds delicious. I love a quick and easy meal. Thanks for sharing.

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