Mouth-Watering Healthy Quesadillas

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Warning:  These healthy quesadillas may cause family conflict.

Once you have a winner like this one at the dinner table, the requests may come very often and gluttony may be a problem.  If Mama doesn’t want to make these all the time, there could be family strife.

Not only are these homemade, healthy quesadillas quick and easy, they fill up the tummies, and make a great healthy meal {that will be our secret tho’-don’t tell the kiddos}.

 

For the past year, I’ve been taking our old southern recipes and giving them a good cleaning. Spiffin’ them up for healthier, clean eating, that is.  Since we’ve tuned up our health, we strive to continue feeling great by supplementation and leaving out the processed, fried, sodium & sugar-laden, refined foods.  I’m on the hunt for real, wholesome ingredients that are close as possible to how God intended them and then I infuse more flavor with natural spices and thangs when necessary.

A Healthy Quesadilla Recipe from the Old Days
I had forgotten about this recipe that we ate often in the “PA” days {pre-advocare}.  Princess reminded me that I used to make Quesadillas every Wednesday afternoon so that when we returned home from Awanas, they would only take a snap, from oven to our drooling mouths.  I had forgotten that!  I won’t even get started about how sad it made me that she was only a 5th grader back then and now she’s in 9th grade.

Anyhoo, where was I?

Oh yeah, so after some quick thought, I realized we could revamp this old recipe into a healthier alternative.  Instead of white tortillas, high sodium salsa, and tons of cheese, we could use whole wheat tortillas {store bought or homemade}, homemade salsa {or low sodium store-bought}, lean protein meat, pretty much any veggies we could pile on, and low sodium cheese.

Hallelu!

Let me be transparent.   I’ve made homemade, whole wheat tortillas and salsa in the past {I’ll share soon}, but it wasn’t happening this past Sunday.  The sun was out for once and my bum was parked on the front porch most of the afternoon.

Can I get an amen?

The fact that you and I are switching from white flour tortillas to whole wheat ones and clean ingredients on the inside of it means we are making improvements and that’s all that matters.   So let’s move on to how to put these awesome little smackers together….

 

How to make your own Healthy Quesadillas

Precook any lean protein meat, vegetables, beans, or brown rice that you want to put on the inside of your tortilla.    You can be as creative as you want with this.  On the inside of our quesadillas I will typically include ground meat, salsa, beans, and real, low sodium mozzarella cheese.   I brown the meat, drain the meat, add the salsa and some pre-cooked beans into the same skillet and cook on low for a few minutes and sit aside

2.  Preheat oven at 400 degrees.

3.  Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and place two tortillas down on it side by side.  Place about three or four tablespoons of your skillet concoction into the center of each tortilla and spread around, leaving about an inch away from the edges.  If you want to add anything else like rice, beans, or a tiny bit of cheese, do that now.

4.  Place a tortilla on top of each of the tortillas that you have just filled on your cookie sheet.  On the top of each of the new tortillas you have just placed as toppers, carefully pour a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in the center and spread over the whole tortilla with a spoon or your hand.

5.  Add seasoning of your choice that does not contain salt.  If you like them spicy like us, I use a little garlic powder and a lot of Mrs. Dash Seasoning, Extra Spicy.  Adding this seasoning pretty liberally is key for us.  We like some kick!

6.   Place in the oven for around seven minutes. Broil on high for about a minute and a half.   While this one is cooking, you can prepare your next set of tortillas on another cookie sheet.

7.  With a pizza cutter or large knife, cut into four pieces.

Quick on the Dinner Table

This quick, dinner meal was such a blessing this past Sunday night because I had to have Princess at the church by 3:30 in the afternoon and we didn’t walk back into the door until around 8:00 p.m.  Since steps #1 and #2 were already done and waiting for me, all I had to do was preheat the oven, put them together and chunk them in.

Here’s a printable version for you, my dear:

Healthy Quesadillas
 
Ingredients
  • Pack of Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Jar of low sodium Salsa {we prefer medium heat}
  • Cooked lean protein meat
  • Extra Spicy Mrs. Dash or other salt free taco seasoning
  • Brown Rice {optional}
  • Cooked beans {optional}
  • Other vegetables {optional}
  • Low sodium cheese {optional}
Instructions
  1. Precook any lean protein meat, vegetables, beans, or brown rice that you want to put on the inside of your tortilla. You can be as creative as you want with this. On the inside of our Quesadillas I will included ground meat, salsa, beans, and real, low sodium mozzarella cheese. I brown the meat, drain the meat, add the salsa and some pre-cooked beans into the same skillet and cook on low for a few minutes and sit aside.
  2. Preheat oven at 400 degrees.
  3. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and place two tortillas down on it side by side. Place about three or four tablespoons of your skillet concoction into the center of each tortilla and spread around, leaving about an inch away from the edges. If you want to add anything else like rice, beans, or a tiny bit of cheese, do that now.
  4. Place a tortilla on top of each of the tortillas that you have just filled on your cookie sheet. On the top of each of the new tortillas you have just placed as toppers, carefully pour a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in the center and spread over the whole tortilla with a spoon or your hand.
  5. Add seasoning of your choice that does not contain salt. If you like them spicy like us, I use a little garlic powder and a lot of Mrs. Dash Seasoning, Extra Spicy. Adding this seasoning pretty liberally is key for us. We like some kick!
  6. Place in the oven for around seven minutes. Broil on high for about a minute and a half. While this one is cooking, you can prepare your next set of tortillas on another cookie sheet.
  7. With a pizza cutter or large knife, cut into four pieces.
Final warning:  There won’t be much for leftovers.  Oh yeah, I already warned you about the gluttony issue.  Enjoy!

What will you fill your Healthy Quesadillas with and when do you plan to make them?

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  1. February 26, 2015 / 7:52 pm

    Ooooh, Quesadilla! I so want this.

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