Queso-less Apple + Cheddar Quesadilla

I never thought I’d want to replace cheddar cheese, with a dairy-free alternative, but lately, Scott and I can’t get enough of Daiya* cheddar shreds.  I used to LOVE cheddar cheese, so I can’t yet say Daiya Cheddar is “just like cheddar.”  It’s just so good because it has this incredibly creamy texture when melted, with a flavor, that’s similar enough to cheddar.  I’m actually pretty comfortable saying I like it better than melted cheddar (it doesn’t hold a candle to raw cheddar).  With this said, the other night, both of us came home super hungry, and in a burst of creativity, I combined a tortilla, Daiya cheddar shreds, and thinly sliced Fuji apple pieces.  A few minutes in a nonstick pan later, we had the perfect snack to hold us over before dinner.  I’m pretty sure the Fuji apple makes this recipe, and the melted Daiya tops it off.   Have you used Daiya shreds?  What are your favorite recipes?

APPLE + “CHEDDAR” Q(uesadilla)
Yields 6-8 pieces per 2 tortillas

  • 5-6 thin slices of Fuji apple
  • 2 tortillas (we like Mission Carb Balance Fajita Size)
  • 1/4 cup Daiya Cheddar Shreds

Heat a small nonstick fry pan over medium-low heat.  Heat one tortilla in pan for about 30 seconds – 1 minute.  Carefully add the cheddar shreds.  Place the apple slices on top so that when cooked, each piece will have some apple.  Place second tortilla on top.  Check in about 2-3 minutes if cheese has melted.  Once starting to melt, flip over for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Remove from heat and cut into desired number of pieces.  Enjoy!


In the pan


Apple + “Cheddar” Q

*Daiya cheddar shreds are easiest found at Whole Foods, and I’ve also seen them at Ralphs and Gelsons.

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