Vegetarian Quesadillas with my Mini Chef

This is a quick and easy recipe to make with a toddler/child or simply for a quick dinner for the family.

Prep Time: 7 Minutes (with toddler, time may vary)

Cook time:12 Minutes


What you need:

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped zucchini

1/2 cup of butternut squash

1 plum tomato(raw)

1/2 cup of chopped mushrooms

1/4 chopped orange bell pepper(raw)

1 cup of Sargento Medium Cheddar cheese

4 tortillas  (9 inches)

1.5 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of basil


  1. In a large nonstick pan, cook zucchini, butternut squash, onion, basil and mushrooms in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until just tender. Remove from pan.
  2. Coat same or different large nonstick pan with olive oil on low to medium heat, and place one tortilla in the pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese evenly over tortilla, and layer 1/2 of the vegetable mixture over the cheese. Add raw tomatoes and raw orange bell pepper. Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of cheese on the vegetables, and top with a second tortilla. Cook until golden on both sides, for approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove quesadilla from pan, and repeat.  Cut each quesadilla into triangles based on your family size. Serve and enjoy.


Involving toddlers/child/children:

  • Most importantly, go over the safety rules. There needs to be a “No” boundary on what not to touch(knife, hot stove, etc)
  • Wash all hands thoroughly!
  • Teach them colors(toddlers)
  • Let them know everything you’re doing as you go(techniques, directions)
  • Let them try some vegetables raw
  • Describe the taste and texture to build their vocabulary (toddlers)
  • Get them involved safely
  • Answer the endless amount of questions patiently 😉


If they become disinterested, play music and have a freeze dance party during the moments in between the process. (we listened to alt-J, as I stayed close to the stove, I had him show me his moves.)




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