Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas – Healthified

Today, lets take a classic Kid Meal and make it Healthier and Better for the Whole Family.  It is fine to adjust some Kid Faves and make turn them into a Family Meal.  This is far better then cooking separate meals.  I have a huge problem with kids getting separate meals at dinner and here are a few reasons why:

  • Most parents try to eat healthy and kids get garbage foods, like pasta with butter, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, etc
  • Eating the family meal teaches kids to eat veggies, fruits, proteins
  • The kids should not be taught that they have the power over what they eat, the parents do. 
  • If you give them the power at dinner, it will translate into the other areas of their lives
  • No one has got the time or energy to create a BUFFET Service every night

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas are a kid favorite.  But it needs a bit of pep and effort to make it a healthy meal worth serving to the lot.  So here is How to Jazz This Meal Up and have the kids embrace good nutrition:

Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla 

Ingredients:

  • Tortillas:  xtremewellness

    • Xtreme Wellness, High Fiber Low Carb
    • Great taste for even the picky people, No plastic taste, No “high fiber” taste
    • No Hydrogenated Oils
    • Made with Olive Oil and Flax Seed for Omega 3 and fiber
    • 1 Tortilla has 11gms of Fiber and 4gms of Protein – hard to find a palatable one with this kind of nutrition
    • I have searched many tortillas for the perfect ingredients and this one comes the closest, especially when you compare the taste and nutrition value.
  • Rotisserie Chicken Shredded:   rotisserie chicken

    • local farm
    • antibiotic free
    • free range
    • no hormones
    • cooked without preservatives
  • Cheese:

    • Organic Mexican Cheese
    • cheese
  • Olive Oil Spray for Grill or George Foreman

    • Use organic olive oils spray without propellant – now at Target.   

Instructions:

  • layer tortillas with cheese and super thin layer for those who only like cheese quesadillas and thicker for the cheese and chicken quesadillas fans
  • grill 2 min on each side

Sides:

  1. Guacamole – avocado smooshed, sprinkled with lime juice, and salt
    • I layer the quesadillas with he thin layer of guac before the cheese and no one notices
  2. Salsa – buy organic from the refrigerator department of the store
  3. Sour Cream – this makes everything palatable in my house
    • of course full fat, never low fat or fat free, organic if possible
  4. Cowboy Salad, or Side of Sliced Red Peppers and Corn (not touching – you know whose kids this tip is for),
  5. Organic Basmati Brown Rice – How To Cook Rice to Reduce Arsenic Exposure to the Family

Cowboy Salad 

Ingredients:  

cowboysalsa

  • 1 Red Pepper Diced
  • 1 Cup Frozen Corn Thawed
  • 4 Scallions Diced or  1/4 Red Onion Diced
  • 1 Bag or Can of Black Beans Drained/Rinsed
  • Handful of Cherry Tomatoes Sliced or Not
  • 1 Tbsp of Fresh Chopped Cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Greek Salad Dressing with a squeeze of lime

 

In Good Health, Ana-Maria Temple, MD

 

 

 


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