Breakfast Quesadillas

Breakfast quesadillas are my favorite quick breakfast. They are so simple but ridiculously satisfying and incredibly versatile. There’s nothing like a crispy corn tortilla paired with melty cheese and a rich egg. Instructions are included for a runny yolk and a firm, but creamy, yolk.

Breakfast Quesadillas


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 corn tortillas
  • ¼ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp grated cheddar cheese
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat a non-stick skillet for 5 minutes. Temperature depends on the desired doneness of your yolk. See notes below.
  2. Have all your ingredients right by the skillet so you can work quickly. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Place 1 tortilla in the middle of the pan.
  3. Sprinkle ¼ cup cheddar in the middle of the tortilla. Spread the cheese out in a circle leaving about a 2 inch circle of empty tortilla in the middle.
  4. Crack the egg into the hole in the cheese. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of cheese on top of the egg. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. Top with second tortilla. Spray with cooking spray. Cook according to directions below depending on the desired doneness of your yolk.

For runny yolk:

  1. Turn your stove to medium heat. After assembling quesadilla cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Flip quesadilla and cook uncovered for 2 more minutes.

For firm and creamy yolk:

  1. Turn your stove in between medium and medium-low heat. After assembling quesadilla cover the pan and cook for 4 minutes. Flip quesadilla and cook uncovered for 3 more minutes.

These delightful little breakfast treats were first introduced to me years ago when my husband and I were white water rafting and we were served breakfast quesadillas. I’ve been making them ever since, mostly with leftover scrambled eggs. But I like the idea of having a whole egg in the middle and I finally got the method down.

My husband likes his yolks runny, which is hard to do in a breakfast quesadilla. The tricky thing is the egg can run out the side when you flip your quesadilla. But if you wait until the egg is set to flip it, the yolk cooks through while you’re crisping the second side. This is the beauty of the cheese ring. The cheese melts around the egg and holds it in place for the flip. So your egg is still runny but it doesn’t run out the sides. Then when you cut into it, you get golden lava perfection.

When I was a kid we only ate our eggs scrambled and we always cooked them until they were dry. I distinctly remember my first exposure to over easy eggs. I was 13 or 14 and I was at a sleepover and there was a huge platter of over easy eggs served with breakfast and I thought it was the strangest thing I had ever seen.

We didn’t watch much TV, and that was before I started browsing the Internet for recipes, but it still surprises me that I had no exposure to runny yolks before that. Now you can barely glance at your phone without seeing a sunny-side up egg on a piece of avocado toast.

I still don’t love my yolks runny, although I will eat eggs that way now instead of having some crazy identity crisis. My ideal breakfast quesadilla has a yolk that is set, but creamy.

Check out all that cheese!

Yum! I like to serve these plain with fruit on the side, but my husband likes to load his up with salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, etc. You could also add cooked sausage or veggies inside the quesadillas. Make these your own! But, most importantly, make them! Love them! Be happy, and eat cheese!

Enjoy!

Breakfast Quesadillas – Get Hooked on Cooking – Breakfast quesadillas are my favorite quick breakfast. They are so simple but ridiculously satisfyingly and incredibly versatile. There's nothing like a crispy corn tortilla paired with melty cheese and a rich egg. Instructions are included for a runny yolk and a firm, but creamy, yolk.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

A breakfast that tastes like pumpkin pie but is naturally sweetened with dates? Sign me up! Don’t worry, you can try these with sugar first if you don’t keep dates on hand. Kid and adult friendly. These bars use oats instead of flour too! You will not meet a more moist breakfast bar anywhere. Did I mention you can make the batter in your blender without dirtying any mixing bowls or your beaters? These pumpkin bars are delicious served cold with a glass of milk.

Pumpkin Pie Bars


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 cup dates, packed (about 22 dates)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add oats to blender. Blend on medium low until a flour is formed, about 30-60 seconds. You may have to tap the sides to get the oats down into the blades. Dump the oat flour out into a bowl.
  2. Heat the milk until steaming. Add dates and hot milk to blender. Blend on medium until the dates are blended in with the milk.
  3. Add pumpkin and eggs to blender. Blend on high until incorporated.
  4. Add oat flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder to blender. Blend until incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into a greased 8x8 pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips across the top. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. These are delicious warm or chilled, but they are definitely easier to cut cold.

I don’t know about you, but I like to indulge over the holidays. Doesn’t everyone? But too much indulgence makes me feel gross and run down. Pumpkin pie bars to the rescue! These little numbers will let you feel like you are indulging, but they are packed with fiber and vitamins from the oats, dates, and pumpkin. These are a great choice for breakfast or snack time.

If you don’t want to bother with dates, you can sub ¾ cup sugar for them instead. But dates are easy to find at your local grocery store, and these bars actually taste better with dates than with sugar!

I sprinkled the chocolate chips on top so that they look more indulgent than they are. Plus I can cut them in half horizontally and the chocolate-free part becomes a baby-safe food. My kiddos and I couldn’t get enough of these pumpkin pie bars and you will love them too!

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Bars – Get Hooked on Cooking – A breakfast that tastes like pumpkin pie but is naturally sweetened with dates? Sign me up! Don’t worry, you can try these with sugar first if you don’t keep dates on hand. Kid and adult friendly. These bars use oats instead of flour too! You will not meet a more moist breakfast bar anywhere. Did I mention you can make the batter in your blender without dirtying any mixing bowls or your beaters? These pumpkin bars are delicious served cold with a glass of milk.

Orange Sunrise Smoothie

This smoothie is so dreamy! It has just three ingredients and is so simple to make! Instead of using sugar or orange juice concentrate this smoothie gets all its sweetness and orange flavor from whole oranges. This is the perfect vitamin C burst to start your day and it doesn’t hurt that it’s delicious too.

Orange Sunrise Smoothie

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 2 oranges peeled, segmented, and frozen
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, starting with the fresh oranges. 

  2. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until thoroughly combined. 

  3. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

I’ve been in search of a good orange smoothie recipe for a long time. I like using whole fruits in my smoothies and it’s hard to get a strong orange flavor without orange juice. Using frozen oranges instead of ice keeps this smoothie very orange-y.

I used to think peeling oranges was the worst, but cutting them into eighths makes them easy to peel.

Bananas are one of my favorite smoothie ingredients but they have no place here! Keep your bananas for your other smoothies!

The vanilla and half-and-half give this a delightful Orange Julius flavor that is hard to beat.

Orange Sunrise Smoothie – Get Hooked on Cooking – This smoothie is so dreamy! It has just three ingredients and is so simple to make! Instead of using sugar or orange juice concentrate this smoothie gets all its sweetness and orange flavor from whole oranges. This is the perfect vitamin C burst to start your day and it doesn't hurt that it's delicious too.

Enjoy!

Orange Sunrise Smoothie – Get Hooked on Cooking – This smoothie is so dreamy! It has just three ingredients and is so simple to make! Instead of using sugar or orange juice concentrate this smoothie gets all its sweetness and orange flavor from whole oranges. This is the perfect vitamin C burst to start your day and it doesn't hurt that it's delicious too.