Meatless Monday: Fennel Quesadilla

by Rachel on April 12, 2010

Like I said Friday, putting veggies in sandwiches is my new MO. And it seemed like the fennel that came in my most recent Door to Door Organics Delivery should be able to get in on the fun.

I had come across several recipes for fennel and cheddar paninis, and there were tons of variations. Eventually I put it all together like so!


Two whole-wheat tortillas

About an ounce of shredded cheddar cheese (I tried reduced-fat Cabot because I had heard it melted really well, and it did!)

Small green apple, thinly sliced

About a quarter-cup of thinly-sliced white onion

Half a bulb of fennel

One tablespoon of mayo

1/2 tsp of curry powder

This Is How We Do It

Put the fennel in a microwave safe container and add about 1/2 inch of water. Cover and microwave until soft, about two minutes. Then slice thinly. I also microwaved the apples and onions until just soft as well.

Stir together the mayo and curry powder and spread on a tortilla. Top with the fennel, apple, onions, and cheese.

fennel quesadilla

Cover with the other tortilla and grill or microwave until the cheese is melted. Then slice it up and enjoy!

I was genuinely nervous about how this was going to taste but it ended up being really good! Like…delicious actually! the flavors were mild enough and the mayo — and I like never eat mayo; I just don’t really like it — added the perfect amount of creaminess. It’s so easy but a really nice way to get away from your boring sandwich and sneak in a fruit and a veggie!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet April 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I really love fennel! Just tried it a few months ago and I’m hooked. Not a fan of mayo either, but the quesadilla looks delish!


2 Lauren April 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

how much is “about an ounce” of cheddar cheese? Like are we talking 1/4 a cup? 2 tablespoons? 1 ounce i’m completely lost on rach, and you know i’m not THAT much of an idiot in the kitchen….


3 Rachel April 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Lauren — Sorry for the confusion! I used a food scale to measure an ounce of cheese from a block. But yes, 1/4 cup is typically an ounce of cheese, which is a serving. You can adjust this based on your diet/personal cheese needs (hence the “about a”).


4 Jenn April 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I love seeing your new veggie experiments! I went through the same thing about 2 years ago, when I ordered a produce box, and got to try all this crazy stuff we never had growing up. I love veggies, and had a blast!


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