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Quesadilla health benefits

 

How good is quesadilla for our health?

 

If you need to get a meal fast on the family kitchen table, a quesadilla is always your best bet. This food item does not simply fill the tummy, but the ingredients typically used in making a quesadilla are inherently healthy.

Some traditional quesadilla recipes can even be lightened up significantly while keeping the authentic Mexican flavor intact. This can be achieved by reducing the quantity of cheese to be used, or adding healthy veggies and substituting lean protein to easy quesadilla recipes.

Many quesadilla recipes are made for quick cooking, so the essential nutrients and food enzymes are preserved and not broken down, enabling the body to absorb them completely.

You can easily add something good to a quesadilla, and it will only take less than a minute.

Effortlessly, you can sprinkle some crumbled or shredded cheese on top of the corn tortilla, then finish with another tortilla. You can choose to microwave the assembled quesadilla, use a good and affordable quesadilla maker for greater convenience, or if both those two kitchen gadgets are unavailable, just cook the quesadilla one side at a time on a frying pan sprayed with some oil or greased with butter.

Making a balanced meal from a quesadilla is easy. You can put in some vegetables or beans along with the cheese, or use corn tortillas in place of flour ones. A quesadilla makes good use of leftover food, as well. This minimizes waste of food in the kitchen and enables sensible use of food items.

There are terrific recipes that can be used to make fantastic quesadillas.

You can use cooked baked beans, either canned or homemade, with the sauce. The beans can be mashed on the tortilla, sprinkled with cheese for flavor then topped with another tortilla. The assembly can be zapped into the microwave or quesadilla maker, then cut into wedges for serving. Virtually fat free, baked beans are high in fiber as well as protein. There is no harmful trans-fat and the carbohydrates in the recipe supply fuel that the body can burn.

A delicious broccoli and red onion quesadilla encourages children to eat their veggies and enjoy the goodness of vegetables. The broccoli is just steamed, then sliced thinly. The sliced red onions are seared in medium-high heat, which makes the flavor come out. To this is added the sliced broccoli, and the mixture is seasoned with salt and pepper. The cooked ingredients are then placed on a tortilla, topped with cheese and another tortilla, then microwaved. The whole quesadilla can also be assembled on a frying pan or a quesadilla maker. Everything is done in minutes.

The red onions have zero fat, zero sodium and zero cholesterol, but do provide a small amount of carbohydrate and protein to fuel the body and build the muscles, respectively. Broccoli has been proven to have some special cholesterol-reducing properties, aside from having a positive, strong impact on the detoxification system of the human body. It has also been proven to be a rich source of kaempferol, which lessens the impact of allergy-related elements on the body.

A simple chicken quesadilla only has 527 calories. 32 percent of that is protein, another 31 percent is carbohydrates and the remaining 37 percent is fat. The chicken and cheese supply the fat and protein. The flour tortilla supplies the carbohydrates. Using white flour tortillas on the recipe reduces the fiber to just 2.4 grams, while using a whole-wheat tortilla brings the fiber content to 5 grams, or more than twice that of white flour tortillas and is 18 percent of the recommended daily intake for most adults.

A chicken quesadilla comprises 39.6 grams of protein, which supplies 71 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 86 percent for women. The chicken quesadilla uses animal products, which means it has a complete protein that supplies all the essential amino acids that the body is unable to produce on its own. The quesadilla boasts 21.47 grams of fat. Saturated fat makes up 9.7 grams of that. It has been recommended that people consume less than 10 percent of their daily calories from saturated fat, and that is about 200 calories for most adults. With 100 milligrams of cholesterol, a chicken quesadilla supplies 33 percent of the maximum daily recommended intake. I made this with the Hamilton Beach quesadilla maker I just bought from Amazon.

Cheese, a typical quesadilla ingredient, is rich in calcium. One quesadilla alone supplies 43 percent of the recommended daily intake for calcium. It also provides 74 percent of the recommended daily intake for phosphorus, which keeps the bones and teeth strong like calcium. You also derive greater than 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of copper, zinc and selenium from a single quesadilla alone. One quesadilla also has 797 milligrams of sodium, and that makes 35 percent of the maximum recommended daily intake.

The three primary ingredients in a chicken quesadilla all contain B vitamins, supplying a large amount of those essential elements. With one quesadilla, you get one-fifth of the recommended daily amount of riboflavin, thiamin, folate, B6 and pantothenic acid. You also get more than half of the suggested daily amount of B12 and greater than ¾’s of niacin, which is an important nutrient for maintaining a healthy digestive system and nervous system.

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Sticky: How to use a quesadilla maker

Tips on playing with a quesadilla maker

 

With a quesadilla maker, you can quickly make a great after-school snack of grilled tortillas stuffed with your choice of fillings. In addition, while waiting for the quesadillas to cook, you can also prepare some sour cream or salsa to go with the snack. Although a number of companies manufacture quesadilla makers, the machines operate on basically the same principles.

Make sure to wipe all the surfaces of the machine using a damp cloth prior to plugging it in. Place the unit on a flat, stable surface safely away from water.

 

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The quesadilla maker can do more than make quesadillas.

Taking up only a small amount of countertop space, a quesadilla maker is quite a versatile kitchen gadget. It can also be used to make grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, french toast, pancakes and crepes. This device doesn’t leave you wondering whether it’s time to turn the crepes or pancakes, since the batter just has to be poured on one side, after which the lid is closed. Providing two-sided cooking, a quesadilla maker just needs a couple of minutes or so to make the perfect pancake or crepe.

A burger bun can be toasted effortlessly. Lovely quesadillas can be made in as short as five minutes. You can also heat up hamburger or sausage patties or even cook an egg.

 

Prep the machine for cooking.

Aside from the quesadilla maker itself, you will need to have a power outlet right next to the machine. Being a small kitchen appliance, a quesadilla maker typically has a short cable, so position it next to the power outlet so you won’t need to use an extension cord.

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You will also need some cooking oil or spray-on fat, which should be applied on the inside surfaces, or both the base plate and lid plate, of the machine. Although most quesadilla makers are equipped with non-stick surfaces, it is best to put some spray-on fat or a light coat of oil to ensure that the tortilla (or bread) doesn’t stick to the cooking surfaces. It will also facilitate effortless cleanups after use. Coating with cooking spray will also give you toastier tortillas.

Some users recommend burning off two sets of tortillas when the machine is used for the first time, to ensure that the first rounds cooked on the quesadilla maker do not have a funky or inedible taste.

 

 

Use the right food items with the machine.

 

Don’t use tortillas smaller than 10 inches. There are 12-inch tortillas as well. You wouldn’t want to use any 8-inch tortillas that allow the ingredients to ooze out from the sides during cooking, creating a huge mess.

If desired, the veggies and meat can be precooked. Make sure all the ingredients are cut into very small pieces. It is not recommended that salsa be added to the inside. When using cheese, go for Monterey Jack, cheddar blends, goat cheese, brie, etc.

 

 

Plug the machine into the outlet

 

Most and the best quesadilla makers come with an indicator light, sometimes two. One of the lights is the power indicator, so you will know the machine is switched on, and the other lets you know when the quesadilla maker is ready for cooking.

The quesadilla maker takes about five minutes to preheat. The ready indicator light turns a solid green during the preheating process, then flashes to let you know when the right cooking temperature level is reached.

Open the lid and start cooking.

 

The lid does become really hot, so using an oven mitt is wise.

Put one side of your quesadilla (one tortilla sheet) into the base, then assemble the fillings at the center. If you are making a simple cheese quesadilla for yourself, you can simply use one tortilla, put the cheese in and fold the tortilla in half. However, if you want a bigger quesadilla or something that can go around for everybody, use one tortilla as the base, put in the filings then top with a second tortilla.

It can be tempting to overfill the tortillas, but the fillings should ideally be placed only in the center. Avoid putting cheese and other ingredients near the edges of the tortillas so you won’t make a mess.

Close the lid and press it down to lock or secure in place. The unit can operate even if the lid is not locked down. The quesadilla will cook naturally. Keep the lid down till you hear the cheese sizzle and see it oozing out of the quesadilla.

Cooking time can vary based on the fillings or the thickness of the quesadilla.

 

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Extract the cooked quesadilla and serve

 

Some of the best quesadilla makers have a rim that facilitates easy removal of the cooked quesadilla.

Open the lid. Use a spatula to remove the quesadilla and transfer it to a plate. If you intend to make more quesadillas, close the lid and allow the machine to preheat again.

Allow the quesadilla to cool for a minute, then cut along the creases made by the machine to get equal parts.

Some devices require that the user wait for the indicator light to turn off before unplugging. Wait for a few minutes for the surfaces to cool down, after which you can wipe them with a damp cloth to remove leftover debris.

 

Sources: 

 

  1. Anandtech
  2. Food Hacks
  3. Kitchenettejen
  4. Wikihow

 

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