Quesadillas are a great recipe to start children making, as early as 7 or 8 years old, and they work well for lunch, snacks or dinner. Using black or refried beans adds a dose of plant-based protein, iron and fibre which will keep kids satisfied longer. They can be made on the stove top or in the microwave with adult supervision (remember to teach them not to use metal in the microwave!).
2 large whole grain tortillas (or 4 corn tortillas)
½ cup grated or crumbled cheese
½ cup black or refried beans
Salsa, guacamole or hot sauce as desired
In a large skillet (or on a large microwave-safe plate), place 1 tortilla. Cover with the cheese then sprinkle the beans evenly over top. If using refried beans, they can be spread on the other tortilla. Place the second tortilla on top of the cheese and beans. Turn stove on to medium low and heat quesadilla for approximately 5 minutes on one side then carefully flip and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes. If microwaving, cook on high for 2 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Be careful removing the hot plate from the microwave or the quesadilla from the skillet. Using clean kitchen scissors, cut the quesadilla into 8 even pieces. Enjoy with salsa and guacamole or your other favourite vegetables!
Recipe by Nicole Fetterly, RD