Friday, August 20, 2010

Steak and Cheese Quesadillas

I love this recipe, because it is so quick and easy and SATISFYING! It is fine for all phases of the Atkins WOE except phase I. If you are on Phase I, it is still good if you omit the tortilla and eat the contents. This recipe can be used with chicken or pork also, and you can make it as spicy or as mild as you like it. We like a little spice with ours, so omit the jalapenos if you don't.

Steak and Cheese Quesadillas

4 Low Carb tortillas ( I use the garlic and herb tortillas from La Tortilla Factory- 4 net carbs)
1 pound of steak cut in stir-fry strips ( I like sirloin, because it is very tender when cooked this way)
1-2 Jalapeno peppers, seeds and veins removed- cut into fine julienne strips or finely diced
1 medium red onion cut in half and then cut into fine strips
1 small bell pepper cut in thin strips
1 small tomato seeds and pulp removed, cut into small diced pieces
1 teaspoon cumin
healthy splash of Teriyaki Sauce or Soy Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
4-5 ounces of grated cheese of your choice- I like Monterey Jack, Mozzarella or a Mexican Cheese Mix
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Cut steak and place in a bowl, with salt, pepper, cumin, and Teriyaki or Soy sauce. Toss it around so the seasoning gets on every piece.
Heat one tablespoon of oil in a skillet pretty hot (not so hot that it burns.) Toss the steak in and turn frequently till browned and of the doneness you like. Remove the steak and put aside.
Add the other tablespoon of oil to the skillet and re-heat. Toss all the veggies in except the tomatoes, and stir-fry until just crisp done- not soggy. Remove and set aside.
Wipe the skillet dry and one by one, place a tortilla in. To one side only of the tortilla, place a sprinkling of cheese, then steak, then stir-fried veggies and tomatoes on. Add more cheese.
Fold the tortilla in half over the contents. When warm and golden on one side, carefully turn it over and brown the other side till the cheese is melted.
Repeat with each tortilla.

Note: Please personalize this in any way you choose. For my heat- loving daughter, I omit the tomatoes and add a dollop of hot salsa, for instance. This is especially eye-pleasing if you use red bell peppers instead of green, and has a slightly sweeter flavor.

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