Fix That Dish: Calorie-Cut Quesadillas

by Simona Terron

It’s tough to decide why quesadillas are so satisfying, could it be their cheesy goodness, crispy exterior or their simple yet exotic appeal? Either way, they are not exactly the healthiest of foods and if eaten at a restaurant, can pack in anywhere between a shocking 700 to 1,800 calories. To make a version that has less than 350 calories and is still delicious, just follow these simple steps:

  • Reach for whole wheat tortillas instead of the refined white flour ones to take advantage of the fiber.
  • Ditch the bland, overprocessed Cheddar and go for goat cheese. You save money because you need to use less, while still enjoying its creamy, flavorful goodness for lower amounts of fat and calories per ounce.
  • Add thinly sliced and sautéed butternut squash for a boost of carotenoids that are associated with reduced risk for cancer and eye degeneration.
  • Substitute meat with sautéed mushrooms and reap the benefits of vitamin B6, folates, niacin, riboflavin, iron, potassium, and selenium.

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