I made this delicious Vegan Pumpkin Quesadilla for lunch over the weekend with some leftover pumpkin I had in the fridge and I could not wait to share it with you!
These flavors may not seem traditional when it comes to quesadillas but I love them! The warm savory texture of the pumpkin blends perfectly with the crunch of the peppers and onions topped with the melted vegan cheese (optional) makes this quesadilla super memorable!
Note: I do not think for a second that Daiya or other processed vegan cheeses are beauty foods. They certainly are not. They contain not great vegetable oils, which I typically avoid on a daily basis, as well as other non-beauty ingredients. BUT they are a great transition food, a treat sometimes if you are craving cheese or something of a similar texture, or just to have once in a while in your mix…it’s not the end of the world. My significant other loves cheese, and while he has given up dairy he loves when I make stuff with Daiya in it once or twice a month or so. Remember, Progress NOT perfection!
And remember this would be still be delicious without it, and you can certainly leave it out and just use the rest of the ingredients.
This can be a great snack for the kids when they get home from school or it pairs great with my Shiva’s Kale Salad to create a perfectly paired meal!
- ½ cup cooked pumpkin, cubed (Kabocha squash)
- ¼ tsp. ground cumin
- ⅛ tsp. nutmeg
- ½ red pepper, sliced
- ¼ yellow onion
- 2 8-inch gluten-free brown rice or teff tortillas (these are common now in health or other markets)
- 2 ounces of Daiya vegan cheese (totally optional. Please see note in my blog about this).
- 2 Tbs. coconut oil
- Celtic sea salt and pepper, to taste
- In bowl, stir pumpkin, cumin, nutmeg, salt and pepper to combine and set aside.
- In small skillet, heat 1 Tbs. coconut oil over medium heat and saute the onions and red pepper
- In another large skillet, coat lightly with 1 Tbs. of coconut oil and warm tortillas gently on either side. Repeat with both tortillas. Once tortillas are warmed, remove from heat.
- Spread pumpkin mixture, onions and peppers over 1 tortilla. Then sprinkle with cheese. Top with remaining tortilla.
- In large skillet, heat 1 Tbs. oil over medium-low. Cook quesadillas 1 at a time, turning once or until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes.
- Cut into wedges and enjoy hot!
Let me know how you liked it! And did you find anything else yummy to add in into your quesadilla to make a different variation?