Quesadillas are one of the quickest, easiest kid-friendly meals you can make for dinner, snacks, or to pack in a lunch box. Cut one into strips for sharing, or leave it whole to be eaten like a taco. The simple recipe with just cheese can be made in only a few minutes. Add more ingredients for a fuller meal, though allow another minute or two to cook through.

Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
Ready In: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 quesadilla


    1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1 medium-size flour tortilla

    Optional Ingredients
    1/4 cup cooked shredded chicken
    1/8 cup black beans, drained


  1. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium. No butter or oil is necessary.
  2. Lay the tortilla in the pan and sprinkle cheese around one half. Add any optional ingredients on top of the cheese, and add a little more cheese on top of that. Let sit for a minute, or until tortilla becomes soft, then fold over.
  3. Cook about 2 minutes on each side, until the cheese is melted and tortilla is golden and a little crispy. Serve with a side of mild salsa or sour cream for dipping.

Once the tortilla is folded over, you can add another tortilla to the empty half of the pan, and start a new quesadilla there while the first one is cooking.

You can pack these for a school lunch after the quesadilla cools by wrapping in a paper towel (to keep the tortilla from getting soggy), and placing in a zip-top bag or aluminum foil.

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