Launch weekend is upon is, and we are pretty excited to learn some new moves and prove that fitness can be fun (after all, this is like a weekend-long party for us)! We’re going to try and fit in as many Launch classes as we can into our own schedule, and, because of that, we need to fuel up right. Try out our hearty chicken quesadillas and some new Launch classes for a fitness fiesta weekend!
What we love about this recipe is how much fat you can cut out with just a few adjustments. We use a no-fat olive oil spray to grill chicken and saute fresh veggies, you can find this at your local grocery store, and it will probably become your new favorite part of cooking. Whole wheat tortillas and low-fat cheese make these quesadillas taste just like your favorite restaurant’s, without playing the guessing game of how much fat you’re consuming.
What you need:
1lb Chicken, cut into cubes
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow onion
1 jalepeno pepper (or more if you like more spice!)
1 bag shredded low-fat cheese (for each quesadilla you will use 1/4 cup serving)
1 package whole wheat tortilla rounds
We made some protein packed quesadillas to fuel up for our fitness fiesta Launch Weekend in the Jersey Strong Kitchen this week!
Grill chicken, season as desired, set aside. We like to use a large saute pan, that way after our chicken is browned we can then use the same pan for our veggies (after wiping out some of the oils that have accumulated.) Slice peppers and onion, spray pan with your no-fat cooking spray, saute until softened, set aside. Now that you have all of your ingredients prepared, it’s quesadilla assembly time! This is a great time to get the kids involved in cooking and to help out adding what they would like in their quesadilla (and also to secretly have a lesson about portioning and cooking with fresh veggies!)
No need to switch pans, just spray your saute pan and place one tortilla round down flat. Add half of your cheese to one half of the tortilla. After a few seconds and the cheese is melted, add some of your chicken and veggies mix, at this time we season with garlic powder, top with remaining cheese (of the 1/4 cup serving size), and cover to allow cheese to melt, only a few seconds. Now you can fold your quesadilla and flip to ensure everything melts together.
Some tips to keep in mind:
When making your assembled quesadillas, heat should be no higher than medium to ensure you do not burn your tortillas. You can even spray the pan again before flipping over.
Add a few drops of hot sauce inside if you’d like to kick the spice factor up a notch.
Get creative and add whatever veggies you would like to your custom quesadillas!
Not only are these a great way for you to cut down on carbs and fat while getting a good serving of protein, they are also a great way to get the kids in on the cooking process and have fun customizing their own meal!
Are you as excited for Launch weekend as we are? Let us know what classes you’ll be trying out and how you prepare for a weekend of JERSEY STRONG fitness fun!