Vegan “Beef” and Avocado Quesadillas

July 22, 2013

Thanks for everyone’s kind words over the last week or so.  I’m feeling great, Josh is doing well, and Chester is just about to his normal self.  A secondary problem when I don’t feel well is that I start to spiral into some pretty bad eating.  Because cold water made my tooth feel SO much better, I’d been eating my weight in a lot of ice cream.  Bad eating = feeling yucky on top of already feeling yucky, so I’ve been cleaning up my act with some tasty vegan noms.


I probably say this every day of my life, but tacos are amazing.  I make some sort of taco at least once a week.  One glorious week, I made them 3 days in a row.  The beauty of tacos is how easy they are to fit any sort of dietary needs.  Vegan? Make TVP tacos.  Gluten free? Use corn tortillas.  Quesadillas on the other hand, are just as delicious but not as versatile.  Making a cheese-less quesadilla is A. a little confusing giving the name pretty  much has cheese in it B. asking for a huge mess.  Enter my easy vegan cheese sauce.  Because this sauce already has the consistency of a melty cheese, all you really have to do is crisp up the tortilla and enjoy.



Vegan “Beef” and Avocado Quesadillas
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Serves: 4

  • TVP Taco meat (Mix up the TVP as directed)
  • Vegan cheese sauce or cheese of choice
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 8 medium sized tortillas (use corn or a GF brand for GF)
  • Olive oil or nonstick spray

  1. Heat a nonstick pan with a spritz of nonstick spray or a teaspoon of olive oil (or use a quesadilla maker if you’re lucky enough to have one!)
  2. Spread a layer of cheese sauce on one side 2 tortillas.
  3. On one tortilla, cover the cheese in a layer of TVP taco meat and ¼ of the avocado slices.
  4. Top with second tortillas, cheese side down.
  5. Cook in pan for 1 – 2 minutes, until slightly browned and crispy. Carefully flip and cook the other side.
  6. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Nutrition info not included, as it will vary based on the tortillas you select. Nutritional info for the taco meat and cheese sauce are included in those posts.
Prep time includes the time to prepare the TVP taco meat and nacho cheese sauce.
You may have enough meat and cheese to make more than 4 quesadillas, depending on the size of tortillas you choose and how full you stuff them.


Now that everything is sorted, I hopefully will be back to my regular MWF posting schedule.  Stop by Wednesday for a giveaway 🙂


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    Laura Jul 25, 2013

    This looks so simple ad delish! Great healthy dish

    Sarah | The Sugar Hit Jul 25, 2013

    This looks delicious and now I am *totally intrigued* by your vegan cheese sauce! Definitely trying it!

      Kelly Jul 25, 2013

      let me know what you think!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes Jul 23, 2013

    My husband and I eat tacos and quesadillas like they’re s going out of style. LOL These look sooo good!

    makingthymeforhealth Jul 23, 2013

    I’ve never tried TVP before but it looks just like real beef! I love a good quesadilla too, yum!

      Kelly Jul 23, 2013

      Three times a week! Dang, I’m a little jealous

    shashimcharles Jul 23, 2013

    these quesadillas look delectable – I’ve never tried using TVP in quesadillas before – great tip!

    Joanne Jul 23, 2013

    I always eat kind of like crap when I’m sick too. Usually nothing sounds good except unhealthy things…but you’re sick so you feel like you should treat yourself a little. Totally understandable!

    These quesadillas sound so yummy! i don’t do enough with TVP…thanks for the reminder!

    cquek Jul 23, 2013

    These look mouthwatering!

    Reba - Not So Perfect Life Jul 22, 2013

    I’ll continue to keep everyone in my thoughts… I love simple dinners. This looks tasty!

    Em @ Love A Latte Jul 22, 2013

    Yay you’re back! So glad everyone is doing well. I love quesadillas and eat them weekly and I’m planning on eating them tonight for an easy Monday night dinner. These sound great!!!

      Kelly Jul 22, 2013

      I always forget how easy they are to make!

    IHeartVegetables Jul 22, 2013

    I love TVP but I haven’t used it in a quesadilla yet! Great idea!