Monday, September 17, 2012

Apple Picking and Pumpkin Quesadillas

I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. I spent the a lot of time outside on Saturday at my brother in law's outdoor wedding. They had a beautiful ceremony, and could not have asked for a better fall day! It was the first wedding I have been to since my own, so it brought back many wonderful memories of June 4, 2011!

My good looking date
Before heading home on Sunday, we drove up to Tree-Mendus (an apple farm) to do our annual family picking (Abbey, we missed you!). The trees are pretty bare this year because of the drought, but they are still delicious. For those of you who have never been apple picking, I highly suggest going. The experience is fun, and I personally think the apples taste better than the ones you get from the store. We came home with about 20 pounds of Golden Delicious apples, so get ready for some apple recipes!

Korbin loved eating his apple
Korbin and the first apple he picked with assistance from Uncle Kyle
I decided to keep with my fall themed day while making dinner last night, so I made Pumpkin Quesadillas.  I saw the original idea in Rachael Ray's new magazine, but decided change it up a bit. I filled mine with pumpkin, spices, sauteed onions, spinach, and light mozzarella cheese. The best thing about this meal is you can add a variety of fillings. For example, you can easily make it vegan by using vegan cheese and vegan tortillas, or for you carnivores, just add chicken. Enjoy this fall recipe, and let me know what you think in the comment box below!

                                                                Pumpkin Quesadilla
                                                              Inspired by Rachael Ray                                                                 
                                                                Makes 1 Quesadilla


2 Whole Grain Tortillas
1/3 C Pumpkin Puree (Not the pumpkin pie spiced kind, just plain pumpkin)
1/2 tsp Chili Powder (If you want is spicy, add a little more)
1/4 tsp Cumin
1/4 C Raw Spinach
1/2 Sweet Onion, Sliced
1/3 C Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Start Cooking

1. Saute half of an onion in 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil for 5-7 minutes, or until it begins a caramel color.
2. Heat up a griddle pan over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray.
3. Mix together the pumpkin, chili powder, and cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Spread the pumpkin mixture on one tortilla.
5. Top with spinach, onions, and cheese.
6. Place the tortilla on the griddle and place the other tortilla on top.
7. To speed up cooking and to make sure everything stays together, place a pot on top of the top tortilla while it is cooking. Cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until the tortilla is nice and brown and the cheese is melted.


  1. thanks for giving me a dinner idea tonight - can't wait!!!

    1. I was actually going to tell you to check it out after reading about your love for pumpkin too:) Enjoy!