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.
Fiery Chicken Quesadilla

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
Pineapple Shrimp

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
Steak and Blue Cheese Quesadillas

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
Mushroom and Pepper Quesadillas With Avocado

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
Goat Cheese Quesadilla With Tomato and Corn

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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