Breakfast Quesadillas

Rise and Shine!

I hope you like cheese.

And scrambled eggs….and sausage…and spinach…and more cheese. And espresso? Please say yes. Let’s be friends!

I made these quesadillas because I was sick of oatmeal for breakfast. It’s been getting chilly here in the mornings and my summer smoothie drinking days are long gone. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know how much I adore breakfasty things! But lately I’ve been in a rut. A bagel rut to be exact. So, I forced myself to take the time to try something new and now it’s my new love. It’s one of those multipurpose meals, ya know? Like I would have no trouble eating this again for lunch and dinner.

And maybe I did.

I also feel the need to share that I used Morningstar Farms soy sausage in these! I love that stuff and the patties are super easy to just pop into the microwave then dice up and smother with cheese. In the future though, I’d like to try spicy chicken sausage as well. Most of the time Sometimes though, the least amount of effort just works best for me in the morning. Hence my bagel rut.

Breakfast Quesadillas

makes two quesadillas

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4 large flour tortillas

4 eggs, lightly beaten with a pinch of salt

1 cup raw baby spinach

2 chicken, pork or soy sausage patties (I used Morningstar Farms), cooked and roughly chopped

1 tbsp butter, divided

1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

hot sauce to taste


Scramble the eggs in a small skillet with half of the butter. Once scrambled, scoop eggs into a small bowl and set aside.

Heat up a large skillet and drop the rest of the butter in. Lay a tortilla flat down then sprinkle with half of the eggs, sausage bits, goat cheese, spinach, mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of hot sauce. Lay other tortilla on top and press down. Cook quesadillas until golden brown on both sides. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Slice into quarters and serve.


15 minutes

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    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food
    October 5, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I love everything breakfast and everything quesadilla…this looks perfect!

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    October 5, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Delicious! This looks like such a tasty breakfast!

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    alyssa - fashion fitness foodie
    October 5, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Looks pretty easy – i feel bad sending my boyfriend off with a bowl of oatmeal and a chobani every day – i will try to make this!

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    October 5, 2011 at 4:22 am

    YUM! totally making these this weekend!

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    October 5, 2011 at 4:28 am

    I’m so glad I saw this because now I know what I’m having for breakfast!

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    Emily @ The Finicky Farmer
    October 5, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Those look fabulous! And rather than binging on sugar in the morning (and crashing two seconds later), I could eat those and keep motoring on. Great suggestion, as usual!

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    Emmy (wineandbutter)
    October 5, 2011 at 4:32 am

    I miss Mexican Food sooooo much!! You cant even tortillas in this country – or they’re really hard to find anyhow!
    Last night I made your Babaganoush Soup and it was awesome!! The colour is a little unsavoury but me and my husband totally loved it. SO much so in fact that I ate mine despite the fact that some plastic had got torn off the tahini label, meshed up in the blender and left little bits of torn plastic ALL through the soup. I just had to sit there spitting them out, like when you eat grapes with seeds in them, but it was so good I couldnt stop. My husband got half way through and then had to surrender. Totes makin it again soon!
    All your readers should totally try it! xox

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    October 5, 2011 at 4:32 am

    This sounds like the perfect lunch…I would say breakfast but I only crave sweet first thing!

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    Molly @ RDexposed
    October 5, 2011 at 4:38 am

    I was expected a fruit-fill quesadilla…maybe some brie for cheese? But this sounds excellent as well! Perfect quick night dinner for me!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    October 5, 2011 at 4:50 am

    This definetly would make any morning better! YUM πŸ˜€

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    October 5, 2011 at 4:52 am

    These are lovely!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    October 5, 2011 at 5:01 am

    if only i had tortillas…now i know what i’m getting at the store today!

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    October 5, 2011 at 5:07 am

    you photos have come a long way! they are truly stunning Jenna! πŸ™‚ this sounds amazing!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    October 5, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Yum! I could eat breakfast for all 3 meals of the day too. This is definitely being considered for dinner tonight!

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    October 5, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Woooa! I must try this recipe! This looks fabulous.

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    katie @KatieDid
    October 5, 2011 at 5:34 am

    ohh yum, I love savory breakfasts. This looks super satisfying too!

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    kathleen @ the daily crumb
    October 5, 2011 at 5:36 am

    yum! these look delicious. i am always looking for new cold-weather breakfast ideas. i rely so much on smoothies during spring/summer/early fall, but they’re just not gonna cut it through this chicago winter.

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    Katherine Martinelli
    October 5, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I do love all those things – let’s be friends! Especially if it means breakfast at your place πŸ™‚ This looks awesome. So glad to have discovered your blog via Two Peas and Their Pod!

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      October 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

      so glad! welcome! πŸ™‚

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    October 5, 2011 at 5:51 am

    The photography on this post is *gorgeous.* (Your pictures always are, but especially so today!) And my roommate has that little espresso maker, too. πŸ™‚

    These look like they have to be on my weekend breakfast list!

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    Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    October 5, 2011 at 5:56 am

    These look yummy and it would be perfect for when we have company over!

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    October 5, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Looks like a very tasty alternative to oatmeal, especially with the goat cheese!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    October 5, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Jenna these look great and I love the photography. The coffee percolater in the background, the lighting, it’s all 100% morning. Even if it wasn’t really morning when you took these pics, it sure feels like breakfast time to me…and I’m hungry now πŸ™‚

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    Girl Eat
    October 5, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Delicious, delicious idea once again. Jenna, you always inspire me! So sick of oatmeal, cereal, and muffins and cannot wait to eat this tantalizing savory breakfast. tomorrow. seriously. tomorrow.

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    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    October 5, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Mmm, that looks delicious! So simple but yet so tasty to wake up to. I TOTALLY get into breakfast ruts (uh, meal ruts, period really), so I feel ya.. Lately for me bfast has been two slices of buttered toast and a banana.. probably my least creative breakfast ever haha.

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    Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well
    October 5, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Such beautiful photos!! And what an awesome recipe! I think my honey would absolutely love this for breakfast. I’m going to make a mental note to put tortillas on my shopping list for this week πŸ™‚

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    October 5, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I’d eat this for any meal of the day. Sounds perfect for a brinner πŸ™‚

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    Emily G.
    October 5, 2011 at 6:23 am

    These.Look.AWESOME. I will definitely be making and freezing them for a quick breakfast!

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    Faith @ For the Health of It
    October 5, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Hey Jenna, what brand of tortillas do you use? The only all-natural tortillas I can find are La Tortilla Factory, but they’re whole wheat (which is awesome) but super dense (not so awesome for this recipe). Yours look so light and flaky!

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    Cait's Plate
    October 5, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I would happily both rise AND shine if I had that sitting in front of me!

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    Sandi G
    October 5, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Great alternative to a bagel rut πŸ˜‰

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    Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files
    October 5, 2011 at 6:42 am

    These look amazing! I love that you used goat cheese as one of the cheeses, my favorite! I am going to try these this weekend thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Bev Weidner
    October 5, 2011 at 6:45 am

    This just reached into my soul and gave it a massage.

    I might die now.

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    October 5, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Man…sometimes savory breakfast is the way to go. I haven’t had one in a while…might have to change that up soon πŸ™‚

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    Leslie Means Her View From Home
    October 5, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Um yea. That looks FANTASTIC! My husband and I make quesadillas often – but always for dinner. Why haven’t I made them for breakfast before?! Great idea – and my little girls will LOVE these!

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    Heather @ girlyeverafter
    October 5, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I’m the same way about breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day and I love to mix it up. I’m on a waffle sandwich kick, yum, yum, and yum!

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    October 5, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Looks tasty and fits my love of mexican style foods for breakfast. I’d have to avoid the soy sausage, though. Soy attacks the thyroid and I’m already hypothyroid, so I never knowingly eat it.

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    Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    October 5, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I love quesadillas. They make me feel a little like “Napoleon Dynamite” each time I eat one.

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    Mel @ Mel a la Via Paradiso
    October 5, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I ate a block of cheese in one sitting once (it was in Italy, so it doesn’t count if it’s expensive cheese right?), so yes, I LOVE CHEESE. And you better believe that I am making this for breakfast today since the I have the day off!

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    Lisa @ Life in Green
    October 5, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Nice combo! Who doesn’t love breakfast or quesadillas? I’m definitely trying these some Sunday morning.

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    October 5, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Now this is the true Breakfast of Champions. Love it! Could I add a Bloody Mary?

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    October 5, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I don’t like oatmeal at all Jenna….until I tried
    OAT BRAN last month -and absolutely loved the taste of
    I cook it in a pot for 2 min,add dried fruits and a few slivered
    toasted almonds and a but of cinnamon and milk of choice-
    sooooo much better tasting than oatmeal(although it technically
    IS oatmeal….but with more iron !)

    Quesadillas look super yummy-I would love them for supper if I had the
    ingredients πŸ™‚

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    Traci B
    October 5, 2011 at 7:41 am

    This looks soooo good!!!! I’m on an english muffin kick right now. I love it with almond butter!!

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    Deva @ Deva by Definition
    October 5, 2011 at 8:19 am

    this sounds like a great breakfast burrito alternative. i love the morningstar farms soysage – it’s so good.

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    October 5, 2011 at 8:29 am

    mmm ~ i love breakfast & i love quesadillas so this is the perfect combo i say! πŸ˜‰
    xx ~ ks

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    October 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

    these look amazing! mmmm!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids
    October 5, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I am always looking for new breakfast ideas. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine
    October 5, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Mmm…just the name of this post made me excited. πŸ™‚ Then I got more excited!

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    October 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Oh my goodness yum! I definitely get stuck in breakfast ruts but more due to only wanting one kind of food… lately it’s been eggs so there have been lots of omelettes, cheesy scrambled eggs and hard boiled eggs. These quesadillas will switch it up but still have my beloved eggs :).

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      October 5, 2011 at 8:52 am

      Also it offers a vehicle for my beloved cholula hot sauce, which I’ve been putting on everything. Yay!

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    October 5, 2011 at 9:03 am

    If I say no to espresso can we still be friends? I just don’t drink coffee ever, but I love this quesadilla!

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    Julie from Burnt Carrots
    October 5, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Okay, I love cheese and these look amazing! I’m putting away the pancake mix and trying these tomorrow morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme
    October 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Oh, yes, I’d have one of these right now for lunch! What a delicious idea.

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    October 5, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I just bought six cases of Morningstar Farms veggie sausage patties at Cosco over the weekend! We eat them most mornings! Can’t beat the price at Cosco…As the woman standing next to me in the aisle said in a most stunned fashion as she watched me load up my cart with them: “Those must be good.”

    Your quesadillas look incredibly phenomenal, by the way.

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    October 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Yum! two of my favorite things combined? Yes please! Why haven’t I ever thought of a breakfast quesadilla before?

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    julie {chefjulieyoon}
    October 5, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Love it! I’ve made breakfast burritos before, but why haven’t I thought of breakfast quesadillas? They’d probably be even better because the tortilla would get all nice and crispy and the cheese would be so oozy and delicious! Also, LOVE the incorporation of fresh herbs. Your photos are so beautiful, bright, warm, and cozy!


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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    October 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

    OMG!! This looks SO amazing. I love that little string of cheese coming from one of the quesadillas! Delicious!

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    October 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

    works for me, breakfast, lunch, or dinner! πŸ™‚

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    Sara K
    October 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I have to say those look delicious; and I have all the ingredients on hand (except sausage and goat cheese crumbles…will feta work as a sub?)
    Your photography is stunning.

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      October 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

      feta would be really delicious!

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    October 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I would not only eat these for breakfast, but also lunch and dinner! yum!

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    Liz @ Southern Charm
    October 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

    This looks just perfect. Love it!

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    October 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I may or may not be making this for dinner tonight. Hopefully I can contain myself and save some for breakfast tomorrow. As a college student who is a newbie foodie, I want to make marvelous things for breakfast, but usually only have the effort to find a stale box of cereal. So, I compromise by always (ALWAYS) make an egg. This may have to have a spot in my breakfast arsenal.


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    October 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Super delicious looking! I make breakfast burritos for my son and he loves them any time of day!

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    Angela @ PattycakesnPancakes
    October 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Wow your photos are beautiful. Feels like I can reach into my screen and take a bite!

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    October 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I love Morningstar sausage! Use it for my breakfast burritos.

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    October 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I love making veggie and goat cheese quesodillas and topping with a fried runny egg and loads of salsa!!!! Yum!

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    October 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    yumm looks like a good hangover cure breakfast : )

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    Alison (Fueling for Fitness)
    October 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    When I saw the title of this post, I was fully expecting peanut butter and bananas to be sandwiched between tortillas. Shows how little imagination I have. This looks *amazing*. I…. want this…. now. Never mind the fact that I just finished eating dinner and dessert.

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    Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance
    October 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I just have to say that the photography in the post is stunning. I can smell those quesadillas!

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    Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    October 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    yesss i love all these things!

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    Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    October 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    That’s geniusly yummy looking. I must do this for a weekend breakfast.

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    October 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    wow that looks great! On a cheese related note, do you ever eat laughing cow cheese or do you consider that to be too processed?

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      October 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      I don’t really buy it but I actually have some in my fridge right now that my mom bought when she was visiting and I’ve been eating it on crackers as a snack…it’s tasty!

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    October 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    One word: YUMMY. It’s midnight but I still want one now. Is that bad? (Maybe I can pretend it’s an early, early breakfast…)

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    October 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    This recipe looks delicious, especially for a weekend breakfast πŸ™‚

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    October 6, 2011 at 5:06 am

    The soyage photographs better, for sure. Looks yummy!

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    October 6, 2011 at 5:08 am

    I want to go make these for breakfast right. now. In fact, I have all the ingredients in my fridge and might just do so. Thanks for the yummy idea!

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    October 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Must try these! My hubby will love them πŸ™‚

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    October 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I made this recipe for my husband and I this morning. I have an hour commute to work and I am always looking for breakfasts that I can take with me – it was easy to travel with and absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe

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    Amanda from Canada
    October 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Yep, you’ve got a friend in me. You had me at …and more cheese. He he he. πŸ˜‰

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    Corrie Anne
    October 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I’m going to make these tomorrow morning! Something special for midweek! Can’t wait!

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    October 13, 2011 at 4:44 am

    i am eating one of these right now, they are so good!

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    October 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Made these this morning!! Loved them!! And the flavor combinations are endless!!

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    October 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I have the same Bialetti Moka Express espresso maker! I love using it, but I have to admit I love looking at it even more. I was recently given a wonderful book which had the top 100 designs of the last 100 years – these included iconic chairs designed by famous architects, etc., but one of the designs was that espresso maker!

    Oh yeah, these quesadillas look amazing, too.

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    December 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I love breakfast food. This looks wonderful.

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    April 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    this is the best looking and best quesadilla i have ever seen. The recipe is easy and fun to make. Thank You. I will be making this at least every weekend!

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      April 21, 2012 at 6:56 am

      Could I freeze these so I can just grab and go on busy mornings?

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    May 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I made some of these for an office brunch, added some sliced avo on top with home made pico de gallo. They were a hit! Thanks ^_____^

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    Just made the breakfast quesadilla…yum!

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    April 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I just made these for breakfast this morning for my daughter an I and they were delicious!! Will definitely be making these again!! Thank you for the post!

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