Baby & toddler friendly quesadillas

Baby friendly quesadillas

Vegetable or chicken quesadillas for the whole family (with guacamole)

Quesadillas are great – easy and quick to make, a great way of using up leftovers and a perfect way to get a hit of vegetables.  If you’ve never tried them, they are a bit like cheesey, fajita flatbreads – with the filling sandwiched between two wraps and lightly fried until the cheese has reached perfect meltiness.  They are simple enough to make after a busy day of work / running around after children, but also make a fun Friday or Saturday night meal.

You can see that they were a hit with LP, as they are excellent finger food for those who haven’t mastered cutlery 100%:

Toddler friendly quesadillas

Let’s focus on the contented smile and not the recycling / general mess in the background

Guacamole is a great side to go with it and an ideal way of using up avocados that might be slightly too soft to eat.

I like spicy food but it’s not so good for babies, so there’s a base recipe for this, to which you can add the desired level of heat. Use your judgement as to how much veg you need – a dinner plate full of chopped veg was enough for LP and I. I appreciate that this recipe is a bit vague and that’s because – guess what? – I actually made this one up myself for a change! It should give you an idea though.

If you were serving four adults I would suggest a whole onion, one pepper, one courgette, a handful of cherry tomatoes and a handful of chopped mushrooms. With the spice, just remember not to go overboard with the chilli and cayenne pepper – you only need a small amount of the latter!

Base Recipe for Quesadillas

  • 2 plain tortilla wraps per person
  • Assorted veg chopped into fairly small pieces: yellow pepper, mushrooms, courgette, sunblush tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • Chopped cooked chicken (if liked)
  • Good handful coriander
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Sprinkling of garlic powder
  • Tomato paste
  • Grated cheese (LP and I used about 100g grated cheddar)
  • Oil or cooking spray for frying

Gucamole

  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed with a fork
  • 1 small garlic clove mashed
  • small handful coriander
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

Spice for adults (amounts below are for 1-2 adults)

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 chopped red pepper for guacamole

Method

Method for baby friendly quesadillas

Colourful cooking is always fun

  1. Add a teaspoon of oil to a large frying pan
  2. Cook the vegetables over a medium to hot heat for about 8 minutes, until they are soft but retain a slight crunch. If you are cooking for a toddler, do two batches, adding the hotter spices to the second batch and keeping them seperate throughout
  3. Remove from the pan, re-grease it and add a tortilla wrap. Cover the wrap with the filling and a layer of cheese and a few dabs of tomato paste here and there
  4. Add another wrap on top. Cook on a low to medium heat until the bottom wrap is golden when lifted, then turn over to do the other side. Remove from heat when it’s cooked all over
  5. While it cools, mix the guacamole ingredients and put the dip into a small bowl or ramekin
  6. Cut the quesadilla with a pizza cutter and arrange on a plate around the guacamole. Or cut into small pieces and place in front of your small child
  7. Taste and enjoy!

Toddler taking a bite out of a quesadilla

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