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Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado & Pepper Jack {Meatless Dinner Idea for Lent}

These hearty, flavorful quesadillas feature garlic-sauteed mushrooms, baby spinach, creamy avocado, and zippy pepper jack cheese for a meatless — yet filling and satisfying — meal.

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.comSo I’m going to be honest about something. We very rarely do meatless dinners at my house. I grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. My hubby grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. We’re rather fond of our beef and chicken and pork around here.

But once a year, during Lent, we have a string of meatless Fridays. Seafood is permitted of course, but out of sheer laziness, I usually just come up with some sort of breakfast-for-dinner option that doesn’t include sausage/bacon/ham (darn).

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.comThis year, however, I decided to think outside of the box. And I concocted an entree so hearty and delicious that I would happily eat it for dinner (or lunch or a snack) any day of the year. Seriously, friends…these quesadillas are amazing. I’ve been dreaming about them ever since I made them. And my two young boys, who say they don’t care for mushrooms, claim to despise spinach, and profess that pepper jack is too spicy? They devoured them, too. So HA.

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.comAs with most quesadilla recipes, these whip up in no time. The most time-consuming step is sauteeing the mushrooms, and I think you will agree that your 15 minutes was well-invested once you taste the resulting garlicky awesomeness. After the mushrooms are prepped, all you do is layer the ingredients and cook your quesadillas in a skillet until the tortillas are toasty, the spinach is wilty, and the cheese is melted.

And then? You dig in. And that’s the best part by far.

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.comHave I mentioned how filling these quesadillas are? I can typically eat a whole quesadilla all by myself when stuffed with my standard leftover taco meat/pulled pork/barbecue-plus-cheddar combo. But I ate less than 3/4 of one of these quesadillas the other night and felt full, but not overly so. The meaty, garlic-infused mushrooms and rich, creamy avocado make them perfectly satisfying. My family honestly didn’t miss the meat in these, and that’s saying a lot.

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.comWhile even my kids didn’t find the pepper jack to be overly spicy, you can certainly substitute regular Monterrey jack (or really, whatever your favorite cheese happens to be) if you prefer. I would typically shred my cheese to ensure quick and easy melting, but as you can see from the photo at the top of this post, I didn’t feel like dirtying my grater for just a little bit of cheese, so I finely diced it with a knife instead and it worked just fine. And finally, this recipe makes two whole quesadillas, which I like to slice into six wedges each, but feel free to scale the recipe up or down depending on how many people you’re feeding.

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.comWhether you need some meatless menu ideas for Lent, or whether you regularly incorporate meatless entrees into your diet, or whether you don’t ponder meat one way or the other but you just think these look dang good (and they are!), I hope you have a chance to try these Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado & Pepper Jack…soon! They combination of flavors and textures is out of this world. I pinky swear it.

P.S. Be sure to check back tomorrow (Sunday) for one of the BIGGEST giveaways I’ve ever hosted! It’s a good one…you won’t want to miss it! ;)

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.com

Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado & Pepper Jack {Meatless Dinner for Lent}

Yield: 2 whole 8-inch quesadillas

Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado & Pepper Jack {Meatless Dinner for Lent}

These hearty, flavorful quesadillas feature garlic-sauteed mushrooms, baby spinach, creamy avocado, and zippy pepper jack cheese for a meatless -- yet filling and satisfying -- meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, cleaned, dried, trimmed, and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 (8-inch) white or whole wheat tortillas
  • 4 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 ounce baby spinach leaves
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Set a 10- to 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and 1/2 tablespoon butter; once melted, swirl to coat pan. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately five minutes or until mushrooms give off liquid. Increase heat to high and stir frequently until liquid has completely evaporated. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter to pan, and stir and cook until mushrooms are tender and browned, about five minutes more.
  2. Add garlic to pan and stir constantly for about 30 seconds, or until garlic becomes aromatic but not too dark. Season mushrooms with salt and freshly ground black pepper and transfer to a plate, draining on a paper towel if they seem too oily.
  3. Lay out two tortillas on a cutting board. Sprinkle EACH tortilla with 1 ounce of shredded cheese, 1/2 ounce spinach, 1/2 of the cooked mushrooms, 1/2 of the sliced avocado, and final 1 ounce of shredded cheese. Lay the remaining tortillas on top.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Transfer an assembled quesadilla onto the skillet. Cook for a couple of minutes, occasionally lifting edge of quesadilla to check color of underside, until tortilla begins to turn golden and cheese starts to melt. Carefully flip quesadilla over and cook for another couple of minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Remove hot quesadilla to a plate and repeat with second quesadilla. Alternatively, you may cook both quesadillas at the same time on a flat griddle.
  5. Slice each quesadilla into 6 wedges and serve hot.
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Comments

  1. Yummy! I love quesadillas, they always seem to hit the spot! Great recipe :)

    Happy Blogging!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Eric! I always appreciate your positive comments. :) Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  2. Everything about these sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Kaylin! I was so pleased with how these turned out…the flavors were even better together than I expected them to be. :) Hope you enjoy them if you have a chance to try them!

  3. This looks so easy and delicious! Quesadillas are a favorite in our house:)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank so much, Ginnie! These quesadillas were definitely easy, and everyone seemed to think they were delicious based on how quickly they disappeared. ;) I appreciate you stopping by!

  4. I’m SO happy to have found your blog and this delicious looking recipe at the Saturday Night Fever link party!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy to have you stop by, Becca! I hope you enjoy the quesadillas, and I hope you have a great week! :)

  5. Lovely photos! I love quesadillas and love that these are meatless! Thanks for linking up to SNF :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Chelsea! I was happy to see you as the new SNF host, and I appreciate you stopping by! :)

  6. Yum! I love all these flavors and your photos are beautiful. Pinning and sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Jill! These are some of my favorite flavors, too, and they really complemented one another. I really appreciate the pin and share…hope you enjoy these!

  7. These quesadillas look absolutely fabulous! I’d love for you to come share at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  8. This looks delicious Samantha!
    Have you linked up yet for Tasty Tuesdays? I would LOVE to see your recipe in the bunch, this one definitely needs pinning because my husband would die for some mushroom deliciousness, ha ha ha!

    I hope to see you there!

    -Karly

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Karly, for the comment and the invite! I’ve made a note and I’ll try to remember to stop by when I do some link-ups tomorrow. :)

  9. Wow! These look delicious. Definitely pinned.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Rachel! I appreciate the comment and the pin. Hope you enjoy these if you have a chance to try them! Happy Friday! :)

  10. Made these tonight and they were fantastic! my husband loved them. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yay, Ellen! I’m so glad to hear that they were a hit! Thanks for coming back to let me know. :) Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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