Years ago, my parents befriended the most wonderful couple, Charley and Steve. Charleys real name was Michelle and although she was the woman in the relationship, Steve was the one who enjoyed shopping, pedicures, and facials (he was a regular client when I was in cosmetology school). They were an anomaly to most, but some of the greatest people you could ever wish to meet.
They had a dalmatian who was their baby, due to the fact that they couldn’t have biological children. This, of course, is heart wrenching, therefore my brothers and I quickly decided that we should adopted them as our sudo-parental-units; it was the only logical thing to do.
In the spring we would go to Miami together, they would come over for cook outs in the summer, and we would take walks around their neighborhood on fall afternoons, when the sun light was softly diffused through the ever changing leaves.
Charley was the absolute sweetest. She lent me dresses for formals, taught me that beauty isn’t always about how much you do, but how confident and radiant you feel in your own skin. She wore Prada perfume and anytime someone passes me on the street wearing that scent I am reminded of her caring and warmth. Tragically her radiance came from a place of deep knowing. She had undergone treatment for advanced Lupus, which was part of why we adopted her in the first place.
She was determined to not let her condition define her and she refused to stay on the toxic amounts of medication that her doctors had been prescribing her for years. She took to nutritional supplements a healthy diet, and exercise to help heal her body. And I am happy to report that she is doing well.
With her focus on health, she took to clean eating and todays recipe is one she used to make for a quick, healthy lunch. It is a Goat Cheese and Bell Pepper Quesadilla, however, in honor of her, we shall call it, the charley.
What you will need:
1-2 Egg Whites, Salt and Peppered
1/4 Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper, and Orange Pepper, or 3/4 of any pepper you like
1 Tortilla Shell, I used a brown rice tortilla (warmed so it doesn’t crack when you fold it over
1-2 TSP Goat Cheese
You can either fire roast your peppers or slice and saute them in a pan so they get just a little tender, don’t over cook them.
Spread out a piece of aluminum foil with your tortilla placed flat on top. Spread the shell with the goat cheese or if you are using crumbles sprinkle the cheese over top. Slice the fired peppers and lay them on the shell. Scramble the egg whites until they are cooked throughly through and place them on top of the peppers. Fold the tortilla in half, wrap in the aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes so that the goat cheese gets a little melty and soft.
While it is in the oven whip up a batch of guacamole or slice an avocado to eat with your wrap.
Remove from the oven, slice into hand held size pieces and enjoy!
It is both simple to prepare, healthy, and delicious.
Food brings us back. The smells and flavors transport us. Share this dish with a friend. Laugh, celebrate life, and remember the moments that make up who you are.