Saturday, January 28, 2017

Spinach and Artichoke Quesadilla






 

I have such a love-hate relationship with Quesadilla's.

I LOVE the way a good quesadilla taste but I HATE what they do to my waistline! 

Lucky for you (and me) I happen to be obsessed with quesadilla's and decided to figure out a way for us to enjoy them! 

First let's talk about how we are going to lighten it up and make it healthier! Use low carb, low calories, high in fiber and protein tortillas. Yes, this means you need to read and compare the nutritional information on the packaging. Start reading! I like the Fiber One brand. Only 80 calories in one of these puppies!

Use Neufchatel cheese instead of regular cream cheese. It's cheaper, first of all, and lower in fat content than the regular cream cheese. It also has a bit more protein. Yeah, go protein!

Let's also use low fat part skim Mozzarella cheese. You aren't using that much and the flavor is still there but we are cutting out some of the fat!

I made these as an appetizer last night and everyone loved them! I only used three tortilla's but you can use all six, whatever your heart desires. Your choice! 

I just CANNOT stress enough how amazingly good these are! Make them immediately!

Ingredients:


  • 6 flour tortillas (low carb, non-GMO, high in fiber, etc)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Artichoke Hearts (in a can, not marinated)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 6 oz baby spinach (in the bagged salad section)
  • 4 oz neufchatel cheese
  • 1 cup shredded low fat part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Directions:
  1. Chop the artichokes into small pieces.
  2. In a non-stick skillet, add the artichokes to the skillet and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the garlic, cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add spinach, cook for 1 to 2 minutes, till wilted.
  5. Stir in cream cheese, stir till melted.
  6. Add Mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
  7. Cook till combined. Set aside.
  8. Heat up your griddle or cast iron skillet with the tbsp of butter.
  9. Divide up the mixture over three or more of the flour tortilla's. Transfer to the griddle, place a tortilla on top, cook for about 30 seconds and then flip. You want the tortilla to be lightly browned. Alternatively, place some of the mixture in a tortilla, fold in half and place on the griddle. Add more butter if needed.
  10. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and pat dry some of the butter. 
  11. Slice into quarters or serve whole. 

I like to use my griddle for making quesadilla's. Something like this Click here to see griddle
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I could eat these everyday!!!

By the way, how good would this filling be stuffed into a chicken breast and then baked? Hmmmmm, thought for another day!






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