Pear Quesadillas

Packed with protein from cheese and fiber from juicy pears, this out-of-the-ordinary quesadilla makes a healthy and delicious snack or lunch dish for kids -- and they can help you prepare it.

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (snack) or 2 (lunch)


    2 ounces extra-sharp cheddar or Gruyere cheese, coarsely grated
    2 (7-inch) flour tortillas
    1/2 pear (any type), cored and sliced into 1/8-inch-thick wedges
    1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Have your child sprinkle three-fourths of the cheese over one tortilla. Arrange the pear slices over the cheese and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the pears. Top with the second tortilla.

  2. Melt butter in a skillet until bubbling, then slide in the quesadilla. Cook over medium heat until the cheese begins to melt, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand 2 minutes before cutting into wedges.
What's Good for You
The protein in the cheese and the fiber in the pear help make this a healthy dish for kids. Protein is essential for growth, and fiber helps prevent constipation.

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