Baked Chicken Quesadillas
Gluten and dairy free. After all the sharp objects are put away, ask your kids to help you with the recipe. It is a fun way for them to feel included.
3 cups cooked rotisserie chicken shredded
1 cup diced green onions (green parts only)
2 cups diced baby spinach
1 oz gluten free taco seasoning mix
10 oz gluten free green chili enchilada sauce
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp Violife cream cheese
1 cup Violife cheddar shreds
2 tbsp garlic oil
16 gluten free corn tortillas
1) Preheat oven to 400°F.
2) Shred cooked rotisserie chicken. Add to large pan.
3) Dice baby spinach and green onions. Add to large pan.
4) Add taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, cream cheese and cheddar shreds to large pan.
5) Cook on medium until cheese and cream cheese is fully melted and combined with other ingredients. Take off heat. Set aside for 10 minutes.
6) Get a large baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil.
7) Lay out tortillas on a flat surface. Evenly distribute the chicken mixture between the tortillas. Place mixture in middle of tortillas.
8) Fold tortillas in half and lightly squish down. Uncooked or fried tortillas are fragile so tortillas may break and open on closed end when folding. Don't worry if this happens. It will still cook great.
9) Using a spatula, pick up and place folded tortilla quesadillas on baking sheet. Bake 8 at a time of you do not have a big enough baking sheet to fit all 16 tortillas on at the same time.
10) Brush garlic oil on top of tortillas.
11) Place baking sheet on lower rack in oven. 12) Cook for 10 minutes. Take baking sheet out of oven. Flip and cook additional 10 minutes.
13) Take out of oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
Tips for including your kids:
Cooking: 1) Show them how to shred the chicken with their fingers. 2) Once an ingredient is prepped or cut, give it to your kid to put in the pan. 3) Let them stir the ingredients in the pan as they melt. 4) Lay out the tortillas and ask them to scoop the chicken mixture on tortillas. 5) Have them squish the tortillas in half.
Be the judge if your child is too young to do certain steps.
If they are too short let them slide over a chair so they can see what is going on. This way they are still being included by being at the same level as you. Kids are always interested in what you are doing. So being able to see what you are doing is a plus.
Have them help rinse or wash off what you are done using.
The more you include your kids in the kitchen the more they are likely to take an interest in learning how to cook for themselves.