Personally, I’m not a Valentine’s Day supporter. No, I’m not lonely and bitter – I’m actually extremely happily married already. But the concept that you should show extra affection for your loved one in the form of bad-for-you cheap sweets and dying flowers on one particular day of the year just really puts me off my lunch. To me it’s like, “Here’s some diabetes and expiring beauty! And you only get such affections today, so enjoy!” I also hate red and pink, hearts and all the cheese they’ve come to represent, and naked babies. Ick.
But if you choose to celebrate this mushy flamboyant holiday as is your right, at least do so with delicious food. Many of you are probably going out to eat so you can schmooch in public the one day it’s socially acceptable (I’ll be home averting my eyes), but for those of you choosing to tastefully stay in and cook for your loved one or a friend, here’s an excellent, easy dish to prepare. Fear not: it includes the color red. And lots of cheese.
- Olive or Canola oil spray
- 1 large chicken breast, or meat of your choice, diced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 white onion, peeled and diced (cut prior to mascara application, ladies)
- 1 large or 3 smaller cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. Italian herb blend (thyme, rosemary, basil, sage, oregano, savory, marjoram)
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 4 large flour tortillas
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce
- Coat a large skillet with oil spray. Stir-fry chicken over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until fully cooked. Toss chicken into a large mixing bowl.
- Spray skillet again. Toss in chopped peppers, onion, garlic and Italian herbs. Stir-fry 5 minutes or until onions begin to look clear. Toss veggie mixture into bowl with chicken.
- Add ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan to bowl. Stir thoroughly until cheeses begin to soften and melt into the mixture.
- Spread half of mixture onto a tortilla leaving about 1/2 – 1 inch clean around the edge. Top with another tortilla, then spray skillet and fry quesadilla on medium heat on each side until golden brown and crispy. Repeat with rest of mixture to make 2nd quesadilla.
- Cut each quesadilla into 8 pieces with a pizza cutter. Warm marinara in the microwave (covered to avoid splattering) for 30 seconds, then serve each quesadilla with 1/4 cup of sauce for dipping.
- Pour some wine and enjoy with your “sweetheart”…or you know, a friend. Because Valentine’s day is a silly holiday anyway.