Mexican has always been one of our go-to cuisines when we want a fresh meal that’s quick and easy. The options of what to make are seemingly endless and can spark difficult decisions between nachos and tacos, burritos and salads. One of our favorites — quesadillas — has gotten stuck in a rut at most restaurants, where the most exciting variation you can expect to see is chicken and cheese. But at home, we go to town on the quesadilla concept, making them out of just about anything and everything we have on hand.
To make a quesadilla, you must first start with a tortilla. We won’t deny that flour tortillas are delicious, but tortillas made from whole grains, corn or other veggies are a healthier choice, according to SFGate. They come in a variety of sizes — we like larger sizes for personal use and smaller sizes when we’re making quesadillas for a party.
Deciding what to put into your quesadilla can be tough, especially since they lend themselves to both sweet and savory ingredients. Luckily, you can make a quesadilla with just about anything — here are some of our favorite non-traditional options.
Slather your favorite peanut butter onto a tortilla, then add sliced banana and a drizzle of honey. This protein and potassium-packed snack can double as a dessert that helps maintain cardiovascular health. Bonus tip: For extra yumminess, cook the quesadilla until the peanut butter starts to melt.
One of our favorite summer foods consists of diced tomato and basil piled high on crusty bread, laced with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Tomatoes may help prevent cancer and other diseases such as diabetes, making them an important part of a healthy diet, according to FitDay. Lucky for us, the bruschetta combination transforms into a great quesadilla as well — just be sure not to overcook the tomatoes.
This hearty combination makes for a great quesadilla choice during the fall and winter months. Bake a sweet potato in the oven until soft, then spread it generously over the tortilla and top with black beans. The result? A nutritious meal high in fiber, Vitamin A and protein — not bad for three ingredients!
Although they’re high in calories, avocadoes boast a ton of nutrients and make for a great addition to quesadillas. After spreading a layer of plain avocado or guacamole onto a tortilla, add a few scoops of fruit salsa. Mango salsa tops our list, but we also like homemade salsas featuring grilled pineapple or peaches. Need a bit more substance? Add shredded chicken or your meat alternative of choice for some extra heft.