I haven’t eaten fast food in quite a while. About 7 months ago I gave into temptation after a late night at work and an even earlier morning back at work and picked up a breakfast sandwich from McDonalds on my way in. Boy did I regret it. That greasy (albeit tasty) breakfast bomb hit me about 30 minutes later and I felt terrible the rest of the day. So while I officially gave up fast food almost a year and a half ago, I definitely gave it up 7 months ago.
In the interest of fairness I have to admit that I was once the queen of greasy fast food. Especially cheeseburgers. My dad likes to remind me when I start on one of my health-rants that once upon a time I had an eating contest with two high school guy friends of mine – where we all sat down to see who could eat the most Monster Thick Burgers at Hardees. And I held my own. And loved it.
But after my transition to a processed-food free diet (which is a continuous work in progress!) I just can’t eat like that anymore. And I think that’s a good thing. I’ve never felt more healthy and energetic than I do now – without the weight of a dozen greasy burgers a month weighing me down. [Sadly, that’s not an exaggeration. It may be understating it] However, from time to time, I still fight fast food temptation. After all, it’s their job to make fast food convenient and look delicious so that they can make money. Most of the time I can stave off temptation by planning ahead, and by remembering how terrible I’ll feel afterwards if I give in, but this doesn’t work in all cases. I am helpless when it comes to the Taco Bell quesadilla.
Damn that quesadilla. It haunts my dreams. I try to tell myself how disgusting the ingredient list is (probably littered with GMOs and trans fats) but my taste buds defiantly yell ‘damn the trans fats!’ and try to prove that, small though they are, they are the ones really in control of my decisions. Fortunately I’ve been able to hold off the little devils in recent months, but this past Sunday on a long, traffic-filled, exhausted road trip home I almost gave in.
When I finally got home Sunday night, I decided something had to be done about this quesadilla’s hold on me. Dissecting the food in my head, I realized that if I could just re-create the creamy, spicy, sauce on the quesadilla – the rest should be easy. A quick Google and Pinterest search later, I had a plan. May I present to you, my “fake-out” Taco Bell quesadilla!
Get it? “Fake-out” instead of “take-out”? I am too easily amused…
”Fake-Out” Taco Bell Quesadilla
Makes 2-3 quesadillas
For the sauce:
– ¼ cup mayonnaise (I used an organic, olive-oil based mayo)
– 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno slices (pickled, in a jar)
– 2 teaspoons of the pickled jalapeno juice from the jar
– ½ teaspoon cumin
– ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (regular works too)
– A dash of cayenne pepper
– A dash of garlic powder
– A dash of salt
– A dash of sugar
For the rest of the quesadilla:
– 2 or 3 flour tortillas (depending on how many you’re making)
– 1 cup chopped or sliced cooked chicken
– 2 cups (approximately) of shredded Monterey jack cheese (I like a jack/cheddar blend)
Place the tortilla into a hot (medium-high heat) pan, or on a hot griddle (I like my cast-iron griddle for this purpose). Place chicken and cheese onto one half of the tortilla. Spread a tablespoon and a half on the sauce on the other side of the tortilla. Fold the tortilla in half and press to seal. Cook on one side for 5 minutes or until brown and the cheese is melty then flip and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes.
I have to say, this recipe did not disappoint. It is by no means a health recipe but it sure is healthier than fast food! And I’m in control of the ingredients. And best of all, I may have defeated my fast-food arch nemesis.
What is your strongest unhealthy food craving?
Are you ever tempted by fast food?