This recipe makes one delicious quesadilla, just enough for a lunch. Add a big green salad and it becomes a hearty dinner. I use low fat cheese and leftover cooked chicken or beef to make it an economical and slightly more healthful Mexican treat. Quesadillas are the perfect meal in a hurry. Keep tortillas in the freezer and you can have a meal on the table in just a few minutes.
2 small tortillas
1/4 cup sliced olives
1/4 cup chopped cooked chicken or beef, shredded
1/2 cup low fat cheese, grated
2 tbsp tomato salsa, drained
Heat a heavy griddle or fry pan over a medium heat. While the griddle is heating, put the olives, chicken or beef, cheese and salsa in a bowl and toss together. Spray one side of each tortilla with cooking spray. When griddle is hot, lay one tortilla on grill, sprayed side down. Spread filling mixture over the tortilla and cover with the other tortilla, sprayed side up. Cook 3 - 4 minutes, or until cheese has started to melt, and you get nice grill marks, then flip and cook other side for another 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the pan. Cut into wedges and serve with taco sauce, guacamole or another favorite dipping sauce.
This makes 1 quesadilla – double, triple, or quadruple for more servings.
Platinum members can login for full access to the Recipe File
Not a Platinum Cheapskates Club Member?
Please upgrade to a Platinum Cheapskates Club membership to be able to access our Member's Centre.
Click here to upgrade your Cheapskates Club membership today
Most households have at least one straw, rattan or vine basket of some kind, even if it's just a bread basket. They look lovely for a while, until the dust collects in the gaps in the weave, then they just look old and dingy. You'll see lots of them at op shops and garage sales, discarded because they no longer look nice.
You don't have to pass your older baskets on, they are easy to clean.
Choose a nice, hot, sunny day. Then simply fill either the laundry sink or bathtub, depending on the size of the basket, with warm, soapy water (old shampoo is great for this). Immerse the basket in the water and lightly scrub it with an old nail brush or for smaller baskets an old toothbrush. Rinse, shake the excess water off, wipe over with a towel and leave to dry outside, in the shade.
The water will clean them better than ordinary dusting can and the moisture will keep them from drying out completely, keeping the wood from becoming brittle and splitting.
A lovely flavoured vinegar to give, that is easy to make and inexpensive, is strawberry vinegar. This delicately flavoured vinegar couldn't be any simpler to make, costs just a few cents and is truly a gourmet delight. You can use this vinegar in any recipe that calls for white vinegar, lemon or lime juice.
600ml white vinegar
6 large, fresh, unblemished ripe strawberries
Wash the strawberries. Pour the white vinegar into a clean, sterilized jar. Add the strawberries. Seal and store in a dark, cool cupboard to infuse for six weeks. If your vinegar develops a film over the top, don't worry. This is the vinegar mother, just skim it off. It is a natural part of the fermenting process. After six weeks, strain the vinegar into a small saucepan. Heat to boiling point and boil for five minutes. Strain through a clean cheesecloth into decorative, sterilized jars, seal and store in the fridge.
What are you planning to give to others this Christmas? If it is a food gift, use the tips above for gift ideas and also ways to keep it safe to enjoy.