Sunday, July 31

Easy Breakfast Quesadillas

Fun summer moments are relaxing and nice. Vacations, sipping frosty lemonade, playing in the pool, eating juicy watermelon and spitting the seeds out, reading on a beach are all easy summer things. Now you can continue your fun easy summer all the way through breakfast with these easy, cheesy, meaty, super kid friendly breakfast quesadillas. I can't help you with the dishes but at least "the cooking part" will keep you relaxed and smiling, and your crew happy and full. You can even eat it one handed so you don't have to put your coffee down. See, I got your back. Coffee is an essential part of having the kids home from school. 

Anyways we just finished our first week back to school. Yes we start earlier than most. But  all the kiddos are going stir crazy from being stuck indoors because of the heat, so this is really a good option for them. This totally still counts as a great summer or back-to-school-its-still-warm-outside-breakfast. You can eat it while walking to the bus. You could even prep it the night before so all you do the next day is heat up a pan to melt the creamy cheese and make everything golden and crispy crunchy. This will take less time than watching your kid stumble around looking for that missing shoe. Promise. 

Breakfast Quesadillas 
Serves 4
Takes approximately 15-20 minutes
Serve with fresh fruit like watermelon, grapes, cantaloup

1/2 lb of ground country sausage (can substitute any kind of breakfast meat)

2-3 cups of shredded cheese ( I used mild cheddar but any good melting cheese works such as colby jack, pepper jack, sharp cheddar, white cheddar, smoked cheese, havarti, brie, mozzarella, etc)

1 tsp olive oil

4 soft taco tortillas 

6 eggs + 2 Tbs milk + a sprinkle of chives if you have them

5 Step Directions

In a nonstick pan start cooking the eggs and milk & chives together to make scrambled eggs  - add oil if you need it beforehand. I have a really good nonstick skillet so I didn't use any. 

While eggs are cooking, cook the sausage or any other kind of meat such as bacon or chorizo in another pan, use oil to get the meat started faster. As soon as the meat is fully cooked use a slotted spoon to remove it from the pan onto a towel-lined plate to drain some of the extra fat. 

*Note: if it were just me eating this I would totally add a ton of veggies in here too - finely chopped cubes of zucchini, yellow squash, and red pepper would be great and if you cooked them with the meat they would be perfectly softened but not mushy. You could also just skip the meat add a sweet potato for some more nutrition and make it vegetarian. 

Wipe the skillet that cooked the sausage clean with a paper towel and put the first tortilla in it. Start layering the ingredients 1/4 of the cheese, 1/2 of the cooked scrambled eggs, 1/2 of the cooked sausage, and 1/4 of the cheese then top with another tortilla. You can keep the stove on for the entire part if you think you can get the ingredients on without burning yourself otherwise turn it on now and cook it over medium until the cheese is melted on one side and the tortilla is looking slightly spotted and turning brown. 

When the tortilla looks slightly brown, crisp and the cheese looks melted - gently with your hands and a large spatula flip the tortilla over and cook the other side for a few more minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside. 

Repeat with the 2 other tortillas and remaining cheese, sausage, and scrambled eggs. If you are in a hurry do both quesadillas at the same time using both pans. When everything is finished use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to make fun, kid-friendly, wedges.  Each person gets 2-4.  Serve with some salsa or guacamole for a little kick. 

Happy Summer 
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