It’s a typical Saturday night and I am starting to get hungry for dinner. What I would normally do on a weekend, before my New Year’s resolution would be to call in my brother and order some Pizza Hut (a Thin N Crispy and a Meatlovers to be specific) . Now, I just looked up the nutritional facts to compare what I was going to eat to these tasty quesadillas we just made and the calorie differences were shocking! For one slice of the healthiest pizza I can imagine, Thin N Crispy, there are 260 calories! Even more surprising was the 480 calories that made up just one slice of the always tempting Meatlovers Pizza.
I don’t know how we resisted the urge, but instead we looked in our refrigerator, ran to the store and grabbed some tortilla wraps, and came up with a delicious quesadilla. I can’t believe my staple at any Mexican Restaurant was just recreated in my very own kitchen (pretty impressed!).
Whole Wheat Tortillas: 1 per quesadilla
Grilled Chicken: 1/3 cup per quesadilla
Shredded Cheese: 1/3 cup per quesadilla
Tomatoes: 1/3 cup per quesadilla
For 1 serving, an entire quesadilla, there are the following nutritional facts:
Fat: 11.2 g
Carbs: 26.4 g
Protein: 27.2 g
First, take your chicken and tomatoes and dice them into smaller pieces to make the best quesadilla. If you have leftover chicken, like we did, in the refrigerator, this is perfect to use. Any other meats, such as steak or ground beef would work good if that’s what you have as well. With your ingredients ready, you are almost set to start making your healthy dinner!
Take your tortilla wraps and add a little bit of butter to one side. Now turn your stove on to medium heat and when your skillet is ready, place in your tortilla with the butter side down.Add a layer of shredded cheese on the tortilla before adding your diced ingredients. You can use any cheese that you have in your refrigerator; I used a three cheese blend.
Add a little more shredded cheese on top and then place a lid over the skillet to melt the cheese for about 30 seconds.You can then flip your quesadilla in half to melt the ingredients with the cheese together. Use your spatula to press down the ingredients and put your lid back on the skillet. I would leave this on the stove top for another minute or so and then flip it to make sure both sides get crispy.
This is a fairly quick process and you can cock the quesadilla until your desired crispness. Make sure the cheese is melted and then you are good to go. Cut them into smaller pieces and dip in sour cream or salsa! So next time you grab the phone to dial your nearest pizza place, think of what you have in the refrigerator. You can toss in any of your leftovers from the week, add some cheese, and make a delicious, and healthy, dinner! Keep up those New Year’s resolutions guys!