Cheese Quesadillas Recipe for a Kids' Snack

Spinachs filled Quesadilla
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Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 121
Fat 5g
Carbs 10g
Protein 8g
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Total Time 10 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 5 min
Servings 4 (one half each)

Are you looking for a kids' snack that packs a nutritional punch while pleasing a crowd and their individual tastes? Not only are quesadillas easy to make, but you can add any number of alternate ingredients to accommodate the palates of everyone.

The basic recipe is below, but you can add just about anything to cheese quesadillas including cooked ground beef, cooked chicken, cooked salmon, bell peppers, olives, chopped tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms, corn, beans, celery and more.

Quesadillas are finger food, and kids of all ages enjoy them. If your child is old enough, you can involve him in preparing extra ingredients or in learning to cook the quesadillas. It's a simple process and a good chance to build your child's cooking skills.

Have fun experimenting to see what the whole family likes. And if quesadillas go over well as a kids snack, next time serve them for dinner!

Ingredients

  • 2 large corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Preparation

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Lightly spread the butter or margarine on one side of each tortilla.
  3. Sprinkle the cheese and any other ingredients on top of the non-buttered side of the tortilla.
  4. Cover with the second tortilla so both buttered sides are facing out.
  5. Carefully put the quesadilla into the pan.
  6. Cook until the tortilla is lightly brown and then flip. Cook until the cheese is melted.
  1. Serve immediately on a plate and cut into four wedges.
  2. Serve with sour cream, salsa, or guacamole. You can also put vegetables like sliced mushrooms inside.

Food Safety and Quesadillas

Any proteins you add to the quesadilla (such as chicken, ground beef, salmon, etc.) should be fully cooked before you add them. They won't cook long enough or reach a high enough temperature inside the tortilla to kill any bacteria. This can also be an opportunity to discuss with your child why the meat or fish needs to be fully cooked before you add it to the quesadilla.

Leftovers

You can store leftover quesadillas in the refrigerator and reheat them in the microwave or in a frying pan to serve hot. Like leftover pizza, you or your kids might decide you enjoy them without reheating.

Building Cooking Creativity and Food Variety

You can have fun with a cheese quesadilla by serving it with guacamole, red salsa, and sour cream in imitation of the flag of Mexico colors of green, red, and white.

Discuss with your kids what other ways you can include these three colors in the quesadilla. For example, you could add spinach leaves and red and green peppers inside.

If your child is a picky eater who has been rejecting different vegetables, this might be a way to introduce them through sparking their creativity.

Most children prefer mild salsa or leaving out any hot peppers, so you may want to tone down the heat when you first introduce your kids to quesadillas. But if they enjoy spicy foods, you can explore different peppers together.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 (one half each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 121
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 8g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 59mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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