Did you know that you can make a delicious and healthy quesadilla at home? At the restaurants, it is mostly filled with cheeses, but they will also include other ingredients like some type of cooked meat. The problem is, you can’t trust what is served to you because you don’t know how it was prepared. Did they use butter? Is the meat fatty? This is why quesadillas are considered to be unhealthy. Well, I have found a way around that.
My Mexican version contains low-fat chicken breast that I marinate, (with cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, lime juice and garlic for 15 minutes), I grill it and cut into slices. I also include my famous carmelized onions, some sautéed red and yellow peppers, a tablespoon of shredded extra sharp cheese (lots of flavor so you can use less) and scallions. You can also add a sprinkle of nutritious black beans if you would like. In addition, there are so many healthy burrito options at the grocery stores nowadays. Choose one high in fiber and low in fat.
Very simply, gather all of your ingredients, and preheat a medium non-stick pan with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil. Once the pan is warmed, put in your tortilla, add your chicken and other fillings on one side and then flip the empty side up and over while pressing down with a spatula. Continue to flip the quesadilla until browned, take it out of the pan and let rest for about 5 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve.
I also make a sautéed mushroom, chicken and carmelized onion version which my husband loves. Look and see what you have in your frig because quesadillas can be made with what you have on hand which makes them an easy and wholesome lunch or dinner option. You can serve any of them with salsa and an iceberg salad. I am confident that you will love these quesadillas and will make them all of the time. Enjoy!