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
- 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.
- 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.
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.