Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla with a Cheesy Marinara Dipping Sauce

So school is in full swing now, and there are lunches to be made. My son is the PB&J Prince; he could probably eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But I refuse to get stuck in that rut this year, plus a kid in his class has a severe allergy to nuts so they have asked us parents to not send any nut products to school. I know, the nerve of them, but rather than have my son be responsible for hurting a classmate I have been trying to get creative with his lunch ideas.

So I decided to take 2 of his other favorite meals and combine them; pizza and quesadillas. I was looking for different ways to make his lunch more fun, and this is an idea I thought he would enjoy. I was so happy that he enjoyed his quesadilla, and that makes it so worth it. The idea of quesadillas is such a flexible option for kids, you can put anything between 2 tortillas with some cheese and some meat, and you have an instant hit. Plus they are quick, in the time it takes to make a sandwich you can make this for your family.

Pizza Quesadilla with a Cheesy Marinara Dipping Sauce

2 Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (the amount depends on how cheesy you like it. I used about 1/4 – 1/2 cup.)
Turkey Pepperoni
Italian Seasoning

Cheesy Marinara Sauce
1/4 cup crushed tomato sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tbsp shredded mozzarella

Place a non stick skillet over medium to medium high heat and spray with cooking spray (I use olive oil spray).
Put one tortilla in skillet. Once warmed add cheese.

When cheese starts to melt add pepperoni and season with a little Italian seasoning.

Place second tortilla on top and flip. Once the other side of the tortilla is browned, remove from pan and cut into 4 wedges.

For the Marinara Sauce, in a sauce pan add crushed tomatoes (Note: you only need a ¼ cup of sauce. You can put the remainder of the sauce in a Ziploc bag and freeze until you need to use it.).
Then add your spices and cheese.
Once cheese starts to melt stir to incorporate, and put in storage container for the kids lunchbox.

This is a great easy recipe to change up your kid’s lunch and get them out of the PB&J rut. If you need any more lunch ideas head over to, and check out her Project Lunch Box.
Hope this show you that it is very easy to prepare a great healthy lunch for your kids. Be blessed and enjoy.

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