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Most people use 6-inch tortillas for tacos, but we apply healthy new math and use them for quesadillas. Upsizing to an 8-inch tortilla nearly doubles the surface area, meaning twice as much cheesy filling. Suddenly, your sensible meal becomes an 800-calorie heavyweight. Start with a 6-incher, and pile on the lean meats, veggies, and cheese. Crisp in a hot skillet with cooking spray instead of butter to save 7g sat fat. For more options, check out the complete collection from Cooking Light.

quesadillasKickin' BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces chopped roasted chicken breast

3 tablespoons grated Mexican-blend cheese

1 tablespoon barbecue sauce

1 tablespoon diced red onion

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

2 (6-inch) flour tortillas

Cooking spray

 

PREPARATION

Place first 6 ingredients on 1 tortilla; top with second tortilla. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add quesadilla to pan; cook 1 minute on each side or until golden.

CHEF'S NOTES

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

Source: Cooking Light - April 2014

Serves 1

Nutritional Information: Calories 383; Fat 13g; Satfat 6g; Sodium 696mg

 

quesadillasHam and Honeycrisp Quesadilla

INGREDIENTS

1 ounce chopped lower-sodium deli-style ham

1/3 cup sliced Honeycrisp apple

1/3 cup arugula

1/4 cup grated Manchego cheese

2 (6-inch) flour tortillas

Cooking spray

 

PREPARATION

Place first 4 ingredients on 1 tortilla; top with second tortilla. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add quesadilla to pan; cook 1 minute on each side or until golden.

Source: Cooking Light - April 2014

Serves 1

Nutritional Information: Calories 334; Fat 12g; Satfat 6g; Sodium 775mg

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