Thursday, July 16, 2009

Just a quick post

Spicy Chicken Quesadillas
Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2007 Copyright 2006

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 2)
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro I skipped this
1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeƱo peppers
1 cup chopped cooked chicken (about 8 ounces), divided
4 (8-inch) flour tortillas I used whole-wheat tortillas
3/4 cup (3 ounces) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Cooking spray
3/4 cup salsa

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; stir until blended.

Place 1/4 cup chopped chicken over half of 1 tortilla. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cheese and 1 tablespoon onion mixture; fold in half. Repeat procedure with the remaining tortillas, chicken, cheese, and onion mixture.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place 2 quesadillas in pan. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Repeat procedure with remaining quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla in half. Serve with salsa.

4 servings (serving size: 1 quesadilla and 3 tablespoons salsa)

Calories: 328 (30% from fat) Fat: 10.9g (sat 4.8g,mono 4.1g,poly 1.5g) Protein: 27.9g Carbohydrate: 29.4g Fiber: 2.1g Cholesterol: 65mg Iron: 2.5mg Sodium: 786mg Calcium: 248mg

This was strikingly similar to another chicken quesadilla recipe that I've made before but after almost 4 years of blogging, I'm bound to start repeating myself. I didn't really need a recipe to make quesadillas and I often make them on the fly but then I can't post about them and I was desperate for something to post about today.

I really liked the whole wheat tortillas. As much as I like the multi-grain ones, I sometimes don't want all that whole-grain flavor and these were a nice compromise. They probably aren't all that much healthier than plain flour tortillas but there should be a slight nutritional improvement.

I've had the 2003, 2006 and 2007 Cooking Light Annuals for a while and they're fantastic so I recently bought the 2008 and 2009. The 2008 seemed as great as the ones I already had but the 2009 collection seems slightly changed - a bit more gourmet or upscale. Is it just me or had anyone else who follows Cooking Light noticed this? That collection contains the recipes from the 2008 magazines.

Okay, back to work. The baby's still sick and Daddy's staying home today - that's a first (for either child).


Anonymous said...

Hi Paula,
Just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog. I have a coobook collection too (about 175) and you've inspired me to get more use out of it. Keep blogging!

TKIngalls said...

I have a subscription to CL and have also noticed a trend toward the gourmet recipes. I've been very disappointed because who has time on a weeknight for a recipe that has 20 ingredients, half of which aren't anything I have on hand. Another peeve I have w/ CL is that more and more of the magazine is filler articles about travel and home decorating. It's called COOKING LIGHT for a reason, just give me the recipes.
Also I love your site. I've gotten so many great recipes and I appreciate your honest commentary.
Thanks you!

Mrs. L said...

After several years of buying CL I started to subscribe recently and have also noticed the trend to a bit more "upscale" recipes.

I've been trying to figure out what to make for dinner this week, I think quesadillas is a perfect dish! Thanks for the idea!