5 Ingredients: Mix-and-Match Quesadillas

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, May 5, 2011
Fiery Chicken Quesadilla
Fiery Chicken Quesadillas

Yes, quesadillas are tortillas and cheese, but they can be so much more! With fresh ingredients and just enough flavorful cheese, this Mexican favorite makes a delicious and healthy meal. Fire up any of these 5-ingredient combos for an easy Cinco de Mayo spread or a quick weeknight dinner.

Yield: 1 quesadilla
Use 6-inch tortillas (about 130 calories each) for the perfect one-serving quesadilla

Option 1: Fiery Chicken (pictured above)
Tortilla:
Whole-wheat
Cheese:
1 ounce (1/4 cup shredded) cheddar
Add-Ins:
2 ounces cooked chicken breast & 2 tablespoons sliced, pickled jalapenos
Toppings: 2 tablespoons salsa (hot as you like it)
Calories per serving: 357; Fat: 15 grams

Pineapple Shrimp
Pineapple and Shrimp Quesadillas

Option 2: Pineapple-Shrimp
Tortilla: Whole-wheat or white flour
Cheese: 1 ounce (1/4 cup shredded) pepper Jack
Add-Ins: 3 ounces cooked shrimp (diced or thinly sliced)
Toppings: 2 tablespoons salsa mixed with 2 tablespoons diced fresh pineapple
Calories per serving: 331; Fat: 15 grams

Steak and Blue Cheese Quesadillas
Black and Blue Quesadillas

Option 3: Black & Blue (Steak & Blue Cheese)
Tortilla: Whole-wheat
Cheese: 1/2 ounce crumbled blue cheese (about 2 tablespoons)
Add-Ins: 2 ounces cooked flank steak & baby spinach leaves
Toppings: 2 tablespoons onion jam or pickled onions
Calories per serving: 306; Fat: 14 grams

Mushroom and Pepper Quesadillas With Avocado
Mushroom and Pepper Quesadillas With Avocado

Option 4: Mushroom & Pepper
Tortilla: Spinach
Cheese: 1 ounce or ¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack
Add-Ins: sliced mushrooms and sliced bell pepper
Toppings: 1/4 cup diced avocado
Calories per serving: 302; Fat: 15 grams

Goat Cheese Quesadilla With Tomato and Corn
Goat Cheese Quesadilla With Tomato and Corn

Option 5: Goat Cheese & Tomato
Tortilla: Whole-wheat
Cheese: 1 ounce crumbled goat cheese
Add-Ins: 2 tablespoons each corn kernels (fresh or frozen) & diced tomato
Calories per serving: 225; Fat: 8 grams

Directions:
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Top tortilla with cheese and remaining ingredients, fold in half. Spray skillet with nonstick spray. Place folded tortilla in pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side until cheese is melted and tortilla is golden. Slice and serve.

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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