Pizza Quesadillas with Ground Beef and Parmesan

Next time your kids want pizza, make this great pizza quesadilla. It’s a lot tastier and healthier.

1. Lightly coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray, add the vegetable oil and set over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion and green pepper and sauté for 5 minutes or until vegetables have softened. Add the carrots and sauté another 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until it is no longer pink. Remove from the heat and stir in the tomato sauce.

2. Divide the ground beef mixture evenly among the 4 tortillas, spreading it over one-half. Top with the cheeses and fold in half. Set a skillet or grill pan over medium heat and grill the quesadillas for 2 minutes per side or just until the cheese melts and the quesadilla is heated through. Cut each tortilla in half and serve.

2 tsp vegetable oil
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green
bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
6 oz lean ground beef
1 cup tomato sauce (or store-bought spaghetti sauce)
4 large flour tortillas
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Analysis per Serving (1/2 quesadilla)

Calories 213
Protein 12 g
Fat 7.8 g
Saturated Fat 2.7 g
Carbohydrates 24 g
Cholesterol 19 mg
Sodium 346 mg
Fiber 2.1 g

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes

Make Ahead: Prepare early in the day and grill just before serving.

Serves 8

Nutrition Watch: Mozzarella cheese is a good source of calcium, but is also high in sodium (a 118 g serving has 840 mg of sodium). Don’t add excess salt if using larger amounts of cheese in your cooking.