Saturday, July 11, 2020

#Chile-Lime Cauliflower Quesadillas by Denise Swanson

In my quest for healthy, but tasty food that is also easy to prepare, I came across this recipe. As always, I tweaked it a bit. Poblano peppers add a touch of heat to these vegetarian quesadillas, but a sweet bell pepper is tasty, too, if you want something milder. Start these quesadillas in the oven and finish them off in a skillet for melty cheese and crispy tortillas.

My first try, I went according to the original instructions and the quesadillas got a smidgen too brown, but for the second batch, I cut the time in the frying pan in half and they came out perfect.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 tablespoon chili-lime seasoning or rub, such as Tajín  (I didn’t have this and didn't want to buy it so substituted chili powder and lime juice)
2 cups chopped cauliflower (I used the prechopped that I found in frozen foods)
1 cup chopped poblano peppers
8 (6 inch) corn or whole-wheat tortillas, warmed
½ cup reduced-sodium refried black beans
¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Salsa for serving

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Whisk 1 tablespoon oil and seasoning in a medium bowl (I used 1.5 teaspoon chili powder and 1.5 teaspoon lime juice.

Add cauliflower and poblanos; toss to coat. 

Spread evenly on the prepared pan. Broil on the upper rack until just tender, about 8 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees .

 Top half of each tortilla with 1 tablespoon each beans and cheese and 1/4 cup of the vegetable mixture.
 Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Fold the tortillas in half.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 quesadillas and cook.

Flip once halfway, until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 4 quesadillas. Serve the quesadillas with salsa, if desired.


Chocolate, men, and magic. Who can turn down that inheritance?
     If life had gone as she planned, Lexie Green would have been teaching English at a prestigious university, not persuading spoiled, rich women to buy overpriced clothes they didn’t need and often looked ridiculous wearing. Can you say electric yellow see-through skirts and Torn jeans with unfinished hems?    
     Still, although this isn’t the life Lexie would have chosen, all is going well. At least until Lexie is fired and her deranged ex-boyfriend tries to kidnap her.
     Deciding that it’s better to accept a mysterious inheritance from a great aunt she’s never heard of rather than end up kept in a cage as her ex’s pet poodle, Lexie packs up and heads to Kansas. So, what if she has to go by a new name and live in a town that she can’t find on a map?
     Unfortunately, once she arrives in her new hometown, everyone there seems just a tad off-kilter and Lexie’s cousin insists that the citizens are magical. At least there are a couple of hot guys hanging around for eye candy.
     Even though Lexie doesn’t believe the nonsense about her being the Ravenscraft Shield, she does believe her father was murdered—a father she never knew existed, and she investigates his death.
     Too bad, whoever killed her father, now wants Lexie dead as well.    


There's something fishy just below the surface of Scumble River...

School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd is getting ready to return to work from her maternity leave and hoping for a peaceful year in her job as a school psychologist. But when an elderly woman disappears on her first day back and a disgruntled parent threatens to sue the school, Skye realizes that her return will be anything but quiet.

When the parent suing Skye's school is found dead and with the missing woman's case is still unsolved, Skye suspects the crimes are somehow linked. With her chief of police husband, Wally, at her side, Skye dives into the investigations. But as tensions rise and Skye and Wally's suspect list lengthens, they start to wonder whether a member of their own tight-knit community could be behind it all...

Enjoy the occasional romance?

Take one dedicated wildlife veterinarian who treats her animals as if they were her babies, add an impossibly handsome nightclub manager who’s determined to open the hottest spot in Las Vegas, and what do you have? A sweet, sexy romance that proves that no matter how much a man and woman may snarl at the idea of a relationship, love always wins.

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Marco Thorne was hired by Club Wilde’s owner to open up the newest, most outrageous venue yet. He is absolutely certain that he can handle all the competition Las Vegas has to offer until his overbearing boss contracts with Lions and Tigers and More sanctuary to have live exotic animals present in the jungle-themed club. Still, he has no choice but to go along with his boss’s idiotic scheme, even if he thinks it’s the worst idea he’s ever heard.

Dr. Sage DeSantis’s entire life is devoted to keeping the animals under her care in the sanctuary healthy and happy. After the sanctuary’s owner announces that he’s renting out some of Sage’s babies to Club Wilde, she’s sickened that they will once again be exploited.

When Marco and Sage meet, the chemistry between them nearly knocks them off their feet. Although they both have experiences in their past that make them leery of love, and Sage is determined to guard her heart, Marco is all in. But will Marco be able to convince Sage to give them a chance?

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Publisher’s warning: This book contains sensual consummated love scenes.

Series description:

Second in Denise Swanson’s new Delicious contemporary romance series. All books are complete with no cliffhangers and a guaranteed HEA!

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  1. These look and sound inviting. I have to find a replacement for the peppers. Peppers like me too much and repeat and repeat

  2. Yikes. Maybe roasted carrots or celery?