It’s just about three weeks into the New Year, just about the time when people begin neglecting their New Years Resolution diets and turning to their favourite comfort foods to get them through the Winter chill. Running around trying to find time to cook something healthy and delicious can seem impossible when your juggling school, work, and a thriving social life. Trust me, I understand the powerful pull that McDonalds or Pizza Pizza can have when all you want to do is chill out and relax when finally given a moment to yourself. Well put down those McDonalds coupons and takeout menus because I have the answer! The next time you have a craving for comfort food, take the healthy and affordable route by opting to make your own Quesadillas. I know what you’re probably thinking, how can Quesadillas be healthy when they are listed in every pub along with nachos, fries, and chicken wings? Well, when you are the one in control of the ingredients, you are the one in control of your health!
Quesadillas are extremely versatile, allowing you to add whatever is convenient and fits your taste, so use your imagination! All you need to remember is to have at least one of the following:
1. A protein - This can include chicken, steak, turkey, beans, etc.
2. A vegetable – Use whatever you’ve got and use lots of it! Vegetables add a ton of flavour as well as different textures to the overall dish…not to mention the obvious health factor as well. Try a spicy vegetable like jalapeno peppers!
3. A dip, dressing, or sauce – Here is where you can really play around. There is the obvious like sour cream, salsa, and guacamole, but why not try different salad dressings, flavoured mayonnaise, or dips like hummus and Baba Ghanoush?
Once you’ve got those three steps down you’re on your way to a delicious, comforting, healthy and affordable meal that can be served for lunch, dinner or a snack!
Tip: Make things easier on yourself and use whatever leftover protein you have in the fridge, or use purchased pre-cooked and sliced chicken.
Tip: When serving Quesadillas as a meal, pair with a light salad or vegetables to make for a more well-rounded meal.
Whole wheat flour tortillas (Always buy whole wheat! They are healthier and tastier!)
A vegetable (oh come on! Use more than one!)
A dip, dressing, or sauce
Any extras like cheese (use whatever you have on hand) or fresh herbs
1. Lay out your tortillas and spread any dip, dressing or sauce that may be heated (for instance, sour cream should not be heated, so it should be omitted at this time).
2. Top with your protein, vegetables, and any extras. Place a tortilla on top and transfer to a large, lightly oiled baking sheet. If making more than one, continue, and place as many quesadillas that can fit on the baking sheet.
3. Bake in the oven or toaster oven until lightly browned, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from oven, cut into triangles and serve with any cold dips or sauces.
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