5 Ingredients: Mix-and-Match Quesadillas

Yes, quesadillas are tortillas and cheese but they can be so much more! Using fresh ingredients and a light amount of flavorful cheese, this Mexican favorite makes a delicious and healthy meal. Fire up any of these 5-ingredient combos for a Cinco de Mayo spread or a quick weeknight dinner.

Yes, quesadillas are tortillas and cheese, but they can be so much more! With fresh ingredients and just enough flavorful cheese, this Mexican favorite makes a delicious and healthy meal. Fire up any of these 5-ingredient combos for an easy Cinco de Mayo spread or a quick weeknight dinner.

Yield: 1 quesadilla

Use 6-inch tortillas (about 130 calories each) for the perfect one-serving quesadilla

Option 1: Fiery Chicken (pictured above)

Tortilla: Whole-wheat

Cheese: 1 ounce (1/4 cup shredded) cheddar

Add-Ins: 2 ounces cooked chicken breast & 2 tablespoons sliced, pickled jalapenos

Toppings: 2 tablespoons salsa (hot as you like it)

Calories per serving: 357; Fat: 15 grams

Option 2: Pineapple-Shrimp

Tortilla: Whole-wheat or white flour

Cheese: 1 ounce (1/4 cup shredded) pepper Jack
Add-Ins: 3 ounces cooked shrimp (diced or thinly sliced)

Toppings: 2 tablespoons salsa mixed with 2 tablespoons diced fresh pineapple

Calories per serving: 331; Fat: 15 grams

Option 3: Black & Blue (Steak & Blue Cheese)

Tortilla: Whole-wheat
Cheese: 1/2 ounce crumbled blue cheese (about 2 tablespoons)
Add-Ins: 2 ounces cooked flank steak & baby spinach leaves
Toppings: 2 tablespoons onion jam or pickled onions

Calories per serving: 306; Fat: 14 grams

Option 4: Mushroom & Pepper

Tortilla: Spinach

Cheese: 1 ounce or ¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack

Add-Ins: sliced mushrooms and sliced bell pepper

Toppings: 1/4 cup diced avocado

Calories per serving: 302; Fat: 15 grams

Option 5: Goat Cheese & Tomato

Tortilla: Whole-wheat

Cheese: 1 ounce crumbled goat cheese

Add-Ins: 2 tablespoons each corn kernels (fresh or frozen) & diced tomato

Calories per serving: 225; Fat: 8 grams

Directions:

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Top tortilla with cheese and remaining ingredients, fold in half. Spray skillet with nonstick spray. Place folded tortilla in pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side until cheese is melted and tortilla is golden. Slice and serve.

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

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