Monday, May 10, 2010

Friday: Chicken Jack Quesadilla

 We always have Monterrey Jack cheese, whole-wheat tortillas and spinach in our fridge just in case I don't feel like cooking an elaborate meal. Add some peas and a salad, and you have an effortless meal that is still healthy and delicious!

Quesadilla Recipe
4 servings

  4 whole wheat flour tortillas (Trader Joe's has a good one)

1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup spinach, chopped
1/4-1/2 cup chicken, cooked and cut up
Italian seasoning or Mrs. Dash

1. Stack the tortillas and place in microwave for 45 sec to 1 min.  Place one tortilla flat on a cutting board. Sprinkle cheese layer, then spinach, then Parmesan then seasoning. Fold in half. Repeat with remaining tortillas. 
2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Place 2-3 quesadillas in the pan and cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side until cheese has melted and tortilla has browned. Add peas and a nice salad to complete the meal. Dinner is served!  

Plan and Prep Ahead

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner.

~Chop spinach and keep refrigerated. 
~Grate cheeses ahead of time.


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP?

~Try a fun cheese like Gruyere or Swiss instead of Monterrey Jack.
~Add parmesan cheese or monterrey jack as a topping. 

~Use your favorite seasoning instead of italian. 
~Replace the chicken with sliced sausage.

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