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Broccoli And Chicken Quesadillas (Video)

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Pre-Baby = Dani makes fast, easy, nutritious meals.

Post-Baby = Dani makes faster, easier, nutritious meals.

And simply put, “Unless we’re talking peanut butter and jelly, it doesn’t get much faster or easier than quesadillas.”

I was ADDICTED to these for like a month.  I ate them nearly every day and with lots of different combinations!  The broccoli and chicken just so happen to be one of my favorite combinations but you can stuff these babies with all sorts of things.  Some alternative stuffing suggestions would be:

  • Black beans
  • Spinach
  • Shrimp
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turkey
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers and Onions

These are just a few ideas, but by all means just grab whatever you’ve got hanging around in the pantry or fridge, and stuff away!!  It’s really just that easy :)

I especially like this meal because it’s healthy and nutritious, but makes you feel like you are eating something really indulgent and naughty (and we all like to feel a little naughty sometimes).

But enough of my babbling already… watch the video.

Broccoli And Chicken Quesadillas

Yield: Serves 1-2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of pre-cooked shredded chicken
  • ½ cup of steamed broccoli, chopped up
  • 1/3 cup of part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 whole grain tortilla (I like Ezekiel)
  • 2 tbsp plain, no fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp red pepper sauce

Directions:

Combine Greek yogurt with hot sauce and set aside.

Heat chicken and broccoli in a large non-stick pan over medium heat.  Once heated through, remove from the pan and place in a medium bowl.

Toss chicken and broccoli with salt, pepper and garlic powder and then set aside.

Place tortilla in the hot pan and allow to heat through on one side. Flip the tortilla and sprinkle half of the cheese over one half of the tortilla.  Top cheese with broccoli and chicken and then sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top.

Using a spatula, fold the tortilla over on to itself (into a half moon) and top with something heavy (i.e. a weighted pan or my personal favorite, a teakettle).  Allow to cook for a minute or two, or until the bottom is lightly browed.  Flip the tortilla and cook for another minute or two on the opposite side.

Remove  the Quesadilla from the pan and allow to cool for a minute or so before cutting into wedges.  Top with spicy yogurt and enjoy!!

Nutritional Analysis

Nutrients per Quesadilla: Calories: 390; Total Fat: 13.6g; Saturated Fat: 6.2g; Cholesterol: 74mg; Sodium: 451mg; Carbohydrate: 29.1g; Dietary Fiber: 6.1g; Sugars: 1.7g; Protein: 36g

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7 Responses to “Broccoli And Chicken Quesadillas (Video)”

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    Jaya — January 30, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    Dani,
    What a great filling. I was eating quesadillas all summer (with Ezekiel wraps as well) and I think that my all-time favorite is probably hummus, havarti, preserves/relish and any leftover vegetable. I love your combination, though! My partner is from Wisconsin, and can happily eat cheese at any meal, so I think your combination would definitely be a winner!

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    Lynn — February 1, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    Thanks for this great idea. I loved the bit at the end too funny and cute!

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    Bea — February 3, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    Dani, this recipe is AMAZING! It’s perfect in the calories, carbs and protein and it tastes absolutely delicious. Thanks so much!

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    Kevin — February 6, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    Those quesadillas look really good!

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    rory — February 11, 2010 @ 2:22 am

    wow. easy fast as you told.
    gonna give it a shot

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    Krista — September 2, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    Thanks for the tea kettle idea – I’ve been using it instead of a panini press.

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    Dionne — January 17, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    Hey Dani!

    I am so excited! I have discovered your site within the last two weeks. I really Love all of the CLEAN but FLAVOR FILLED recipes you have. I tried the Spaghetti Squash which was awesome! And NOW my finicky 5year old devoured this Quesadlla! I will be trying to implement many of your ideas in our family meals from now on. It is so very hard for me to try to change eating habits… But this way is a good start.

    Thank You! :)

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