‘Wiches and ‘Dillas

Posted: February 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I’ve been all over the easy meals of food tossed between two pieces of carby goodness. Last night’s dinner featured a fabulous quesadilla and today’s lunch featured one of the best sandwiches ever.

As you know, I have wanted to branch out in trying new things for our dinners. I easily get into ruts where we will make the same things over and over. However, I don’t have the creative mind for the kitchen to come up with completely new and different styles and recipes each week. To simplify, I try to have "themed” dinners for various nights, then switch up what I make. It makes it easier for my limited cooking brain to handle. One of those “themes” is sandwich night.

Recently, I have branched out from the classic sandwiches and tried new things, like my roasted eggplant panini. It still makes for an easy meal, but at least its different  too. Last night I went for goat cheese and veggie quesadilla. Yes, it tasted as good as it sounds. And it was super easy to prepare!

I sautéed up some onions and mushrooms. After they softened, I added a couple handfuls of spinach to wilt down.

 onion mushroom sautee spinach wilt

While the spinach was cooking down, I spread a couple tablespoons of a herbed olive goat cheese on a whole wheat tortilla.

goat cheese tortilla

I topped another tortilla with the veggie mixture and then placed it back in the pan.

quesadilla pan

Topped it with the goat cheese tortilla and cooked it up a bit to get melty on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside. Served up for a simple, healthy dinner.

finished quesadilla

As much as I enjoyed that quesadilla dinner, it didn’t quite compare to my sandwich for lunch today. A classic BLT with avocado is mighty tasty. And the fact that it came as part of a lunch date with a good friend and her little man made it even better.

em and tina and kids

Some of you may remember Em from her old blog HomeCookedEm. We became good friends over the past year and bonded over our pregnancies together. She welcomed her boy to the world 3 weeks before baby B made his grand ice-storm appearance. We finally managed to get out with the wee ones and have some bonding time today. We hit up an old favorite – the sandwich shop Which ‘Wich.

which wich

I love how you can custom build your sandwich with so many different toppings and combos! Just look at that board of options. I originally thought to try a hummus + pesto combo, but I recently saw someone feature a BLT with avocado. YUM! That combo sounded perfect today. And it was.

blt avocado

That beauty would be a BLT with avocado, olives, pepperoncinis, mushrooms, deli mustard, and onions. I want another, but I guess my stir-fry dinner will have to do.

Question of the Evening – What type of meal can you never get sick of because of its endless possibilities? Salads? Stir-fries? Oats? Frozen yogurt? ;)

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57 Comments to “‘Wiches and ‘Dillas”
  1. definitely both salads and oats! i’ve been eating both for years daily (for the most part). theres just so much you can do with both that it would be hard to get sick of them.. for me at least :)

  2. Oats for sure! You saw Em! You both look great! Love the smiles on both of your faces!!!

  3. I could never get tired of smoothies!!! You can change ‘em up by mixing so many different things! I wish we had a Which Wich! Your lunch looks delish!

  4. That sandwich looks so good! I would say sandwiches are my thing for sure! I love to play around with ingredients and love to make panninis!

  5. FroYo never gets old!

    By the way, I love black olives and pepperoncinis – such a great combo!

  6. Oh, I’m so glad you posted this! We just got a Which Wich and I have been wondering if it was any good. Now I’ll have to give it a try! :)

  7. Kelly says:

    Oatmeal and egg meals I never ever tire of. Sometimes I even put egg whites in my oats. I just love them so much, I am such a breakfast fiend.

    I hope I made a lot of new mommy friends when I decide to have a baby in a couple of years. It’s so nice to have someone to go through that time together. And I LOVE places that let you customize your food. Nobody knows what I like better than me. ;)

  8. I love quesadilla and goat cheese! Perfect combo :)

  9. Lauren says:

    Sandwiches/wraps – there’s a vegetarian wrap place on-campus that I always go to. There’s always a different, creative, yummy wrap each day. Avocado sandwiches are the best – my fav is grilled cheese & avocado.

  10. Em says:

    I had such a great time having lunch with you and your sweet kiddos!! M was soooooo good as always!! :) Next time we go to Which ‘Wich I’m definitely copying you and getting that ‘wich, yum! Thanks for the great conversation, let’s do it again soon!!!!!! :)

    I could never get sick of… cookies?!?! :) So many yummy possibilites, hehe! ;)

  11. Mmm, that ‘dilla looks GOOD.

    and so does the sandwich… a BLTA is one of my very favorites, so much so that it is most definitely one thing I never tire of!

    how cute your sweet babies are, side by side nappin’! :)

  12. I’m with ya on the quesadillas. Love ‘em a million different ways. Same with any quinoa based veggie mix, Oh and stir-fry. And pizza too!

  13. BLT’s are so good! I don’t even know why. I never tire of wraps. Throw anything into a tortilla, roll it up, and it’s delicious.

    Back in college, my roommate and I had a panini press, and we used to put every wrap/sandwich/quesadilla/tortilla/piece of bread onto that thing. Everything tastes good after it’s been grilled!

  14. I like your meal theme idea… that would make it a lot easier to plan meals! I don’t know how you cook at all with two little kids, I have a hard enough time meal planning for my husband and I :-)
    Ps thanks for the quesadilla tutorial- I never really knew how to make them!

  15. ashleigh says:

    AWWW I love that pic of you and em and you babies!! I used to love Em’s blog so it’s so good to see how happy she is and how cute her baby boy is!!

    I love salad, I’m pretty sure I’m obsessed and I never get sick of it.

  16. Don’t you just love quesadillas?! That one sounds delicious :)

  17. lindsay says:

    I love wich which! Its such a fun place. what a great outing!

  18. Karen says:

    I don’t think I will ever get sick of salads or pasta! Both have so many potentially yummy combinations!

    Themed meal nights are a great tip for meal planning! I’d like to try a stir-fry night because there are lots of possible combinations and you can mix up something new every time!

  19. Ahhh! That sandwich shop looks so cool! :)

    I could never get sick of roasted veggies, Greek yogurt, fro-yo, and green monsters. ;)

  20. Dorry says:

    One of my girlfriends works in Marketing for Which Wich – great sandwich shop! There’s one right down the street from us in Dallas. I love salads – you can make so many different variations. And I make a lot of quinoa-based dishes. Works with Asian, Mexican, Italian, etc.

    Glad you had a fun outing with baby B!

  21. Helen says:

    I can never get tried of sandwiches and oats! I mean you can do just about anything with either one of those :)

    You guys look so cute holding babyseats together. It is always great to get out with a friend. I can remember the days of one on the hip, one in a carrier…sigh.

    Love the dilla and wich :)

    • Tina says:

      I took a pit stop at the store before heading to lunch bec I needed more breastfeeding pads. You should have seen me hauling both of them around so I didn’t have to wait for M to dawdle around walking.

  22. Marie says:

    I have to say rice is my absolute favorite go to. You can make up a big batch and have different style dishes all week. I never get tired of sandwiches though so many different ways to do it. We will have to plan a get together one of these days! I know you live right there but somehow time just flys by.

    • Tina says:

      I know! Peter told me the kiddos were asking for a visit. And this week has had something basically every day. We’re doing story time today with our playgroup.

  23. What a fun lunch! I will never get sick of oats, salads, soups, our sandwiches. SO many possibilities!

  24. I will never get tiers of oats!! I love them way too much. I really need to make quesadillas, those look delish!

  25. I love Which ‘Wich, but I’ve only had it for breakfast- and egg sandwiches are one of my favorites! However the only Which ‘Wich we have in the area is inside the terminal of our airport- so I only get it when I travel! So excited to travel next week!

  26. I don’t think I could ever be sick of soup! I do go through eating phases though… overnight oats and green monsters particularly phase out and back in every now and again. :)

  27. Jen says:

    We do themed nights here too, I love simple meals :)

    What a cool sandwich place, I would be there way too often!! Love the BLT with avocado, it’s the perfect combo!

  28. Soups! The possibilities are truly endless. But, wait. Just like the cold weather I think I actually might be sick of soup. Bring on the warm weather and salads!

  29. Mandy says:

    Yum! Everything sounds good :)

    Glad you got an outing today with both kiddos and your friend! Her baby is super cute too :)

  30. Salads, for sure!! There are so many veggies, add-ins and toppings…impossible to get bored. I love that your two boys were born so close together!

  31. Heather says:

    it’s all about the burgers for this gal…so many possibilities!!!

  32. Lee says:

    It’s fun to see you both with your new babies!

  33. I love making BALTS (bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato) and we have them at least once per week. Avocado makes anything taste good :)

  34. Because of its endless varieties? Definitely stir fry. I can use whatever veggies I have on hand, meat or no meat, switch up the grains we eat with it… so many possibilities. :)

  35. Kelly says:

    I love Which Wich. I used to work in a building that had a Which Wich a block away. It was heaven. A lot of people always say what is the one food you could eat for the rest of your life…mine would definitely sandwiches. The possibilities are endless. I could never ever get sick of them!

  36. I love sandwiches! Turkey BLT with avocado has to be the best….or just simple peanut butter. :) I rarely get sick of the sandwich concept.

    Your quesidilla idea looks awesome! :)

  37. The sandwich looks mouth-watering! I don’t think I could ever get sick of sandwiches or salads.

  38. what sweet photos of those babies!!! adorable.

  39. i have to try the quesidilla and the BLT now. Mmmm!!!

    Gimme Gimme Gimme those babies!! <3

  40. Jess says:

    Aww!! Tell Em I said Hi next time you see her! how fun! I’m a big sandwich and salad fan myself – LOTSA options, especially in the spring and summer when veggies are bountiful :)

  41. this post made me hungry! i never get sick of wraps – i love to toss in whatever leftovers or random ingredients i have on hand to make new combos.

  42. Love goat cheese’s ability to make everything wonderful. I love whole wheat pasta since it’s so versatile. Also, white wine is the perfect base to add flavor to anything!

  43. The sandwich place looks so neat! Seriously, blog/reader friends are incredible and they’ve become such an important part of my life.

    I don’t think I could ever get sick of fro-yo or yogurt and bananas and peanut butter in general. Or ketchup, but that doesn’t really qualify as “food” except probably the way I eat it…. ;)

  44. I never get tired of crack wraps!!! It’s fun to add random things in them!

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  46. Lee says:

    That sandwich place looks so good!! I never get tired of soups and sandwiches! I have had soup for lunch everyday this week…I have a problem :)

  47. Heather says:

    I love Which ‘Wich! I went to the one in Nashville for the first time a couple of summers ago and have been dying to go back! It took my indecisive bootay FOREVER to pick my sammich but it was SOOOOO good!

    I could never ever ever get bored with my bowl of oats! I very rarely have the same combo more than once…so versatile!

    That ‘dilla looks ‘dilla-lecious! ;)

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