Food for Thought: Quesadillas

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One of my favorite things to make for dinner is quesadillas. They are relatively easy to prepare and can suit even the most discerning palate. I prefer mine with chicken, but you could substitute steak or even lobster as the main ingredient. For vegetables, you can add anything you like to make this a healthier meal.

My ingredients are as follows:

*Flour tortilla (can use whole wheat if desired – just make sure it is large enough to fold in half)
*Thinly sliced chicken breast
*Shredded cheese (I prefer a 3 cheese blend)
*Avocado
*Onions
*Garlic
*Pepper
*Tomatoes

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1. Salt and grill chicken. I typically begin preparing the vegetables while the chicken is cooking on the Cuisinart Griddler.

2. Once the chicken is cooked, cut into strips and dice into small cubes.

3. I like to pan fry the vegetables for a few minutes on low before adding them to the quesadilla.

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4. In a large frying pan, add two tablespoons of Olive Oil over high heat.

5. Add tortilla to pan and cook on both sides (one minute per side). Lower heat to medium.

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6. Add chicken, vegetables, and cheese to center of tortilla. Fold in half and let each side cook for 3 – 5 minutes per side.

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7. Once cheese has melted evenly, remove from pan and let sit prior to serving.

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Bon Appétit!

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