Quesadillas from the microwave …
“Lazy or efficient? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”
~ So Says Sunny
- Tyson Grilled & Ready Diced Chicken Breast (I use frozen)
- Broccoli Florets (I use frozen)
- Chopped Onions (I use frozen)
- Ripe Olives (I buy sliced)
- Mushrooms (I used to buy sliced but whole ones stay fresh longer)
- Tomatoes (I buy Romas for small portions)
- Tortillas (I prefer flour variety)
- Shredded Cheese (I like the Fiesta Blend from Walmart)
- Salsa and Other Toppings (optional)
Makes variable servings in less than 5 minutes.
I keep Tyson Grilled & Ready Diced Chicken Breast on hand in the freezer. The “Family Size” bags have a zip-lock so I just throw in a couple hands-full. It’s sold in both the freezer and fridge sections.
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- If using frozen chicken, broccoli, and/or onions: thaw in microwave for ~2 minutes.
- Chop thawed chicken and broccoli, along with tomatoes, mushrooms, and any other fresh toppings.
- Place tortilla on a paper plate (to absorb steam and prevent sogginess).
- Sprinkle shredded cheese over entire tortilla (to help sides stick together).
- Add toppings to one side of tortilla.
- Sprinkle more shredded cheese over toppings (to help sides stick together).
- Microwave for 15-30 seconds, until cheese is melted.
- Fold cheese-only side over topping side.
- Slice and serve.
SUPER-LAZY ALTERNATIVE: Place a tortilla on a paper towel and sprinkle with cheese. Microwave for 5-10 seconds. Fold over and eat like a sandwich, wrapped in the paper towel (which becomes your napkin).
JUMBO ALTERNATIVE: Make a jumbo Quesadilla by placing toppings over the entire tortilla and covering with another tortilla. Microwave for 20-50 seconds. No folding necessary.
SERVE & EAT:
A loaded Quesadilla can be an entire meal or just use it as a side dish to other Hispanic food.
Consider serving a cheese-only Quesadilla with tomato soup, instead of a grilled cheese sandwich. It is easier to make (even kids can do it) and healthier, too (no added fat).
Try substituting scrambled eggs (also from the microwave?) instead of chicken and skipping the broccoli for a breakfast Quesadilla.
Quesadillas are so simple that it’s easy to make fresh fresh ones for each meal. But if you do have leftovers, they’ll be moist and will microwave well (5-30 seconds).
Many of the chopped ingredients are also used in my Mandarin Grilled Chicken Salad, Summer Salad / Pasta Primavera, and Mexican Mess / Micro Taco Salad recipes so these are excellent follow-up meals with enough difference to avoid redundancy.