Avocado Quesadilla (Keto-Friendly Recipe)

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I'll be very honest, I was stumped at what to call this recipe.

Tortilla-free quesadilla?

Keto-dilla?

Low Carb Dilla?

Tortilla or not, quesadillas are the perfect quick hot lunch at home – and they make great appetizers, too!

According to Wikipedia, a quesadilla is: A quesadilla is a flour or corn tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese, other ingredients, and/or vegetables, then folded in half to form a half-moon shape. It is usually cooked on a griddle – although I use a frying pan – until the tortillas are crispy but not burnt.

There is no denying that they are darn delicious. A perfect, quick and easy meal to grab-n-go. Growing up in a Mexican household, quesadilla's were something that popped up throughout the week... filled with cheese, potatoes, beans, or avocado and queso cotija. The combinations were endless.

So, the other day while I was thinking of what to make for lunch, I had a craving for one. More specifically the ooey-gooey cheese in a slightly greasy flour tortilla. After searching Pinterest for a gluten-free version, no luck. But, I did come across plenty of low-crab versions. Which lead me to this. It was inspired by Officially Gluten-Free's Keto Chicken Quesadilla recipe. In my lacking of parchment paper, and pure laziness of making my way a few blocks down to the grocery store, I opted for a non-stick. I know, not the best. I improvised with what I had, and the ingredients in my fridge. The result? Pure deliciousness.

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Avocado Quesadilla (Keto-Friendly Recipe)

Recipe Makes 2 Servings


What You'll Need

½ Cup Mozzarella Cheese

½ Cups Cheddar Cheese

1 tbs Taco Seasoning (see recipe below)

1 small avocado, sliced

Ranch or sour cream (I used this brand)

Optional: hot sauce for dipping

What You'll Need To Know

In a bowl, mix together the two cheeses.

On a stovetop, heat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Sprinkle in 1/2 cup of cheese mixture evenly into a circle, season with Taco Seasoning, and let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. The cheese should be crispy on the bottom and melted on top.

Add in the Just Mayo Ranch, Ranch, or sour cream on one side and top with avocado. With a spatula, fold over the other half, press it firmly and plate.

If desired, garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.


Taco Seasoning

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What You'll Need

1 tsp chili powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp paprika

1½ tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp red pepper flake

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

What You'll Need To Know

Mix together in a mixing bowl, and store in an airtight container.



 Pepita Avocado-Lime Sauce

It was several years ago when I found myself first enjoying a fully raw, plant-based meal at Café Gratitude in San Francisco, a plant-based restaurant specializing in gourmet cuisines that later closed in 2011. You can still find CG all over Southern California or in your home through their cookbook, I Am Grateful: Recipes and Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude.

I remember taking the first bite of a Sundried Tomato Pizza with an olive tapenade and cashew cream sauce. I was blown away at the flavors and how satisfying this all plant-based meal was. And, so began my love affair with this soul-satisfying lifestyle. Yes, of course, I had eaten vegetables in my life – but not like this. This was on another level. The warmth of a bite of flavor-packed forkfuls, layered with a comforting richness, did it for me. This Pepita Avocado-Lime Sauce salad dressing sauce is incredible and takes me back to that first experience.

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Pepita Avocado-Lime Sauce

(Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Keto)

What You'll Need

1/2 medium avocado
2 cloves of garlic
2 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil*
1/4 cup pepitas pumpkin seeds (I used this brand)
1 tsp cumin
1 lime, peeled and diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup water
1 tsp White Truffled Sea Salt (I used this brand)**

What You'll Need To Know

Place all ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender, and pulse until smooth (about 30-45 seconds).

This dressing will be thick and can be used as a dip. Add more water for a runnier consistency (another 1/4 cup).

Keep in an airtight container for at least a week, but 3 to 4 days is best.

* I recommend using California olive oil for it's bright and green with a rich, buttery mouthfeel.

** Optional. You can also use plan sea salt. 

Pumpkin Pie Fat Bombs

Get ready to fall in love because of this decadent, and delicious Pumpkin Pie Fat Bombs tastes JUST like a piece of homemade pumpkin pie. Trust me here! They require no baking and are super easy to make. I can't bake to save my life, so anything that requires blending, rolling and letting it sit for a bit, I'm down to try. These Pumpkin Pie Bites are bursting into the signature seasonal spices of nutmeg, clove, ginger, and cinnamon in a no-bake, gluten-free and keto-friendly snack or dessert. Can you believe they've got only 2 net carbs per serving?

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What You'll Need

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
4 tbsps ghee*
2 tbsps coconut oil
3-4 drops stevia
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves, ground
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup pecans
A pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup coconut shavings

What You'll Need To Know

1. Melt coconut oil in the microwave until liquified. Add the ghee and whip well with a fork until blended.

2. Keep whipping and stir in the pumpkin until smooth add creamy. Add stevia, spices, sea salt and stir. Add mixture into a high-speed blender, adding the pecans and blend for 1-2 minutes.

3. Transfer mixture back to bowl and place the bowl in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes for mixture to firm up.

4. Remove from fridge and roll into a 1" ball, and sprinkle coconut flakes. Place balls back in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

* You can substitute ghee for coconut manna or grass-fed butter

Recipe makes 12.