Quesadillas hold a special place in my heart - a drunk cult-classic as far as I’m concerned. I will forever owe my drunk nights on exchange to my friend Lucy, who somehow composed herself enough to loosely monitor a bit of molten cheese on the stovetop. Get someone like that; absolute catch.

I’ve taken the beloved quesadilla and given it a bit of a nutritional boost so it’ll be delicious and ‘cheesy’ enough to still qualify as hangover food, but this time around you won’t sacrifice your summer bod (as much). Let’s be real, the summer bod is turning into the half-decent after a few pints bod.

There’s probably a little too much work involved here for a drunk feed, however I could suggest making a jar of filling ready for when you and your not-so-significant other from Vault 21 stumble in at 3am. Do that and you’re onto a right banger (see what I did there?).


Makes 18 portions of quesadilla to share between 3 hungry people (three quesadillas)



  • 1 large kumara, cubed (skin on, treat yo’ bowel)
  • 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Vegan cheese (you be the judge of quantity)*
  • Tomato paste
  • A splash of dairy-free milk to bring the kumara mix together
  • 6 tortillas
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 100 grams of tofu, finely diced/mashed

Optional: whatever you god damn please - I ain’t no dictator

*obvs use regular cheese if that’s what you’re into



  1. Cube the kumara and boil until cooked right through
  2. Pour over a splash of dairy-free milk, salt and pepper and mash
  3. Mix in nutritional yeast, oregano, garlic, lemon juice, coriander and nutmeg with the kumara
  4. Pre-heat a dry frying pan over a medium heat
  5. Spread tomato paste over the tortillas, divide the mixture in the pot in three and spread evenly over the tortillas
  6. Cover in as much cheese as your heart desires, pop the other tortilla on top and cook for about two or three minutes before flipping and cooking for the same time on the other side
  7. Cut into six and devour straight away
  8. Complain molten-lava cheese has burnt your mouth
This article first appeared in Issue 25, 2017.
Posted 11:38am Saturday 30th September 2017 by Liani Baylis.