Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dinner Tonight: Chicken Quesadillas


Tonight was a basketball practice night, so hubby suggested chicken quesadillas as a quick and easy meal. For the second day in a row, there isn't really much of a recipe to post but I promise one day soon there will be! Perhaps it will be about the time someone other than my family actually reads this!

Chicken Quesadillas (Quantities are per quesadilla, each should feed one adult)

1 10-12 inch flour tortilla (try to get apx. the same diameter as the skillet you plan to use)
1/2 cup grated cheese (I like the pre-shredded Mexican blend)
1 Tbsp canned diced green chiles
4 oz. cooked, diced chicken breast (I chop raw chicken into bite-sized pieces, season w/garlic powder, salt & pepper then saute in olive oil until brown on all sides)
Cooking spray
Sour cream
Salsa (mine is homemade but we'll save that recipe for another day - use any kind you like)

Pre-heat pan on medium-low heat. Add cooking spray, then place tortilla flat in pan. Add cheese to half of tortilla, then spread layer of chicken and chiles over cheese. Fold the other half of the tortillas onto the filling and cook until brown on one side. Flip and brown on the other side. You may need to turn the heat up a bit for proper browning, but start fairly low so you don't scorch the cooking spray like I always do!

Serve with sour cream & salsa for dipping. For side dishes, I suggest rice (recipe below) and canned refried beans (recommended: Rosarita Fat Free) microwaved & topped w/shredded cheese.

Rice (inspired by Chipotle)

Minute Rice
Water
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Lime juice
Kosher salt
Fresh-cracked pepper

Prepare rice according to package instructions. After fluffing w/a fork, add one small handful of chopped cilantro and the juice of half a lime for each cup of dry rice. Season to taste.

Again, I know this is a really simple recipe but hubby hates Spanish rice and I was always making it and throwing most of it away. Once I discovered that he would eat the rice in his Chipotle burritos, I figured out how to make a similar version at home!

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Estimated cost of meal (4 servings)

Tortillas - $1
Cheese - $.84 (on sale!)
Green chiles - $.30 (shh...don't tell hubby I used generic)
Chicken - $2 (on sale!)
Beans - $.50
Rice - $.53 + apx. $.30 for cilantro/lime
Sour cream - $.11
Salsa - $.20

Total: $5.78

Former life: Cost of dinner @ Jose Pepper's: About $25

Leaner Life Savings: $19.22 or 77%!!!

1 comment:

tds said...

Okay--fresh cilantro is going on my shopping list, along with a fresh lime or two. I am so going to try this the next time we have Mexican food ;-)

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