I don’t think to make quesadillas often. But why not? They’re delicious, quick, satisfying, easy, and can be made healthy*. Note to self…make more quesadillas!
Loaded with veggies, lean chicken, and made with healthy tortillas, these really are fit-for-you! And with the temperature being over 100 today, I didn’t want to cook inside. So once again, I used my grill. It was as easy as making quesadillas on the stove. So I encourage you all to use your outdoor grill more, especially when it’s super hot outside!
Health tips: Kidney friendly, low carb, diabetes friendly*
Ingredients (4 servings):
- Olive oil
- Olive oil spray
- Your favorite taco/chicken seasoning (or you can use mine: https://familyapron.com/2015/08/13/taco-seasoning/)
- 1 ½ lbs. chicken breasts
- ½ cup chopped scallions (green onions)
- ½ cup chopped red bell peppers
- ½ cup seeded, diced tomatoes
- Shredded or sliced cheese of your choice (I used sharp cheddar and jack cheese because I had them in my fridge) The amount depends on how healthy you want it.
- 4 whole wheat flour tortillas*
- Greek yogurt (low fat or non-fat)
- Your favorite salsa (green, red, or both!)
- Shredded lettuce
- Pre-heat your grill/BBQ to medium-high heat. Rub a little olive oil on the grates.
- Chop your tomatoes, scallions, and red peppers. Sauté the bell peppers with a little olive oil in a skillet for a few minutes if you do not want them raw. Set aside.
- Sprinkle taco seasoning on chicken and grill until done. Take chicken off of the grill and let the chicken rest for a few minutes then chop into bite-size pieces. Turn grill down to low.
- Spray one side of flour tortillas with cooking spray. Lay oiled side down onto the grill. Work fast, adding a little cheese on half of the tortilla. Add chicken and veggies on top of the cheese. Add a tiny bit more cheese on top of the chicken and veggies, then close/fold over tortilla. Grill for a few minutes, and then flip over to grill the other side. Repeat step 4 for each serving.
- Take off the grill and let it rest for a minute, then cut into wedges. Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce with salsa and Greek yogurt on the side.
* I recently stumbled on to these super awesome, healthy flour tortillas. They’re soft, pliable, have a good flavor, and they’re healthy! (Might I add, these are great for wraps?!?!) And even though I am not a dietitian, I think these tortillas are good enough for diabetics. There are 14 carbohydrates per 1 tortilla. However, there are 9 grams of fiber! The fiber sort of “counteracts” the carbs, so these tortillas only have 5 carbs…5 CARBS! (If you’re counting the type of carbs that affect your blood sugar, you can subtract the grams of fiber from the total grams of carbohydrate to get a more accurate picture). Plus, there are 5 grams of protein to boot!