Kids can make this fun, filling finger food themselves.
When you're looking for a quick, tasty alternative to PB&J or mac and cheese for a kid-friendly meal, quesadillas might be just the thing. They're fun and easy to make and your toddler or preschooler can pick from a variety of items to include in his quesadilla, creating a filling lunch or quick dinner all his own.
1Drop some margarine in the frying pan, heating it over medium-high heat until it melts. Remind your little chef's helper not to touch the hot stove or get too close to cooking food.
2Place the tortilla flat in the pan, taking care not to splatter the hot margarine. Tell him to watch for air bubbles to "puff up" on the tortilla, then turn it over to brown the other side.
3Give your child a small bowl or cup to fill with his choice of shredded cheese. Dump the contents on the browning tortilla, using a wooden spoon to gently spread the cheese to cover the tortilla. Tell him to pick out his own combination of chopped veggies to add to his creation. Sprinkle them on one half of the melting cheese. To make a more filling dinner version, ask him if he wants to add meat to his cheese concoction -- just don't be surprised if he wants cut-up hot dogs or bologna!
4Fold half the tortilla to cover the ingredients and gently press it down to keep it together. Tell him to watch it cook and let you know when the cheese gets "melty." Put the finished cheese quesadilla on a plate and let him slice it into triangles with a pizza cutter, with your guidance. Let him make a face or design on the quesadilla with the salsa or sour cream, or even a squeeze bottle of ketchup, if that's his condiment of choice.
- For an even easier, quicker version, put a tortilla on a microwave-safe plate, add cheese and other fillings, fold it over and heat in the microwave for approximately a minute or until cheese is melted and ingredients are warm.
EditThings You'll Need
- Heavy frying pan
- Flour tortilla
- Shredded cheese
- Chopped vegetables or meat
- Pizza cutter
- Mild salsa
- Sour cream