Crunchy Kid-Friendly Veggie Quesadillas

Build your own quesadillas from common pantry items and you can create fun healthy kids snacks at a moment's notice. The classic comfort food of grilled cheese gets an International and healthy makeover when you create these updated quesadillas. As a bonus, these quesadillas are full of kid-friendly vegetables-- sweet corn, beans, and grated zucchini, which disappears into the mix and won't bother children's taste buds.

For more adventurous kids you can increase the variety of the fillings by using chopped spinach, olives, peppers, or even thinly sliced apples for a sweet and salty treat. Some of the fun of this recipe is that kids can custom order their own food.

This fun, healthy kids snack serves 4.

1/3 C. grated zucchini
1/3 C. frozen sweet corn, thawed
1/4 C. chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese
4 taco sized whole wheat flour tortillas

Directions: 1. In a heavy skillet heat the oil and saute the zucchini, corn, tomatoes, and black beans for 3-4 minutes.

2. Place one tortilla into a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Place 1/8 cup cheese and small amounts of vegetables and beans on one half of the tortilla. Cover this with another 1/8 cup cheese. Fold the empty half over the tortilla and let the cheese begin to melt.

3. Use a spatula to gently turn the quesadilla over, using the crease of the tortilla as a pivot point in the pan. Cook for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted through. Cool and serve with salsa and sour cream.

Note: Want to have a fun, healthy kids snack that you can keep on hand? These quesadillas will store well if separated by a paper towel to protect the crunchiness-- them makes them easy to be found by kids for simple snacking later.

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