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Recipe: Quesadillas for everyone

QuesadillasEditor's Note: What kid will object to gooey melted cheese and a plain tortilla? With this plan, kids can add the ingredients they like, while parents are still free to spice it up! Plus, this recipe is an easy one for older kids to do on their own — once they’ve had a little practice with flipping!

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Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup vegetarian refried beans
1/4 cup filling as desired from the list below
1 cup shredded cheese such as cheddar or Monterey Jack
2 teaspoons butter
4 flour tortillas
Pico De Gallo for garnish

Filling suggestions include:
Chopped green onions
Chopped fresh tomatoes
Chopped olives
Chopped red bell pepper
Finely chopped jalapeño pepper
Corn kernels

Spread beans over half of a fresh tortilla. Sprinkle other fillings as desired on top, then cover with a bit of cheese. Fold in and press edges together to keep the fillings from falling out.

Lightly butter a hot skillet or griddle and heat the quesadilla through, turning once, until the cheese is melted and the fillings are hot, about 5 to 7 minutes total.

Allow to cool for a few minutes, then cut into wedges.

Recipe by Marie Donadio, PCC Cooks instructor

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