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Portabella Quesadillas with Smoky BBQ Sauce

Updated: Wednesday, April 23 2014, 11:23 AM CDT

Made by: Hope Danielson, Health & Wellness Director-County Market

Makes: 4 servings

•    1/2 cup barbeque sauce (Stubbs bbq sauce is one of the best, any flavor)
•    1 tablespoon  tomato paste
•    1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
•    1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce (canned), finely minced (freeze the leftover chipotle chiles for later use)
•    1/2 teaspoon reserved adobo sauce from canned chiles
•    1 tablespoon  olive oil
•    5-6 medium Portobello mushroom caps,(gills removed with a spoon, rinsed clean), diced
•    1 medium red onion, finely diced
•    4 whole-wheat tortillas  (8” to 10” in size)
•    3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
•    Non-stick cooking spray

1.    Place the barbecue sauce, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, minced chipotle, and adobo sauce in a medium sized bowl.  Mix all ingredients with a small whisk until all ingredients are blended well.

2.    Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat.   Cook the portabella mushrooms and onions for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms have darkened in color and the onions have softened.

3.    Once cooked, transfer the onions and mushrooms to the bowl with the barbeque sauce and stir until all vegetables are coated with the sauce.  Wipe out the skillet and spray with non-stick cooking spray and turn heat to medium-low.

4.    Meanwhile, lay the tortillas out on a clean counter top and sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of the reduced-fat cheese on each of the tortillas.  Then add approximately 1/2 cup of the barbeque mushroom mixture to each of the tortillas and fold them over in half.  Press down with the palm of your hand to flatten each of the tortillas.

5.    Place 2 of the quesadillas (that have been folded over) into the pan and cook for about 2 minutes on each side (flip to brown the other side and melt the cheese).

6.    Place the cooked quesadillas on a plate and cover to keep warm  (or place in the oven at 350 degrees to keep warm while cooking the others).

7.    Cut into wedges and Enjoy!

- Serve with Low-fat sour cream and fresh chopped cilantro!
- If you don’t like spicy food then omit the chipotle peppers and add 1-2 tablespoons diced tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Calories:  320    Protein: 15gm   
Total Carbohydrates: 42gm   
Fiber: 7gm   
Total Fat: 11gm   
Cholesterol: 11mg   
Sodium: 724mg

This recipe aired January 27, 2014.

Portabella Quesadillas with Smoky BBQ Sauce

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