Chicken, Spinach & Ricotta Quesadillas

The zip in these hearty whole-grain covered feasts will fill you with health and goodness, while the protein and fiber content will satisfy and keep you hunger-pang free for hours. Now that's a meal!
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  • 8Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 1/2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium white onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bag spinach (6 to 8 oz), stems removed
  • 3/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup navy beans, drained and rinsed under cold water
  • 3/4 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs (flat-leaf parsley and rosemary), chopped
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 8 small herb and whole-grain tortillas (6-inch diameter each)

Preparation

PREP & FREEZE

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly coat chicken with 1/2 tsp oil and season with salt and black pepper. Place chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast for 14 to 16 minutes, or until fully cooked. Remove from oven and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil in a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high. When oil is hot, add onion and red pepper, stirring frequently until softened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add spinach to pan and stir to combine, until spinach is slightly wilted, about 1 minute. Remove mixture from pan and pour into a paper towel–lined bowl. Set aside and allow to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese and beans, mashing beans slightly. Add mozzarella cheese, herbs, lemon juice and nutmeg. Season with salt and black pepper and stir well to combine. Set aside. When chicken is cool enough to handle, dice into 1/2-inch pieces and add to cheese mixture.
  5. Working in small batches, squeeze excess moisture from spinach mixture with your hands. Discard any liquid and add spinach mixture to chicken-cheese mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. On a flat surface, lay out tortillas and scoop about 1/3 cup mixture into center of each tortilla. Fold each tortilla in half, pressing gently to flatten filling evenly, until filling is about 1/4-inch from edge (you want to prevent the filling from leaking out during cooking). Lightly brush both sides of quesadilla with oil and season with salt and black pepper. Wrap quesadillas in plastic wrap or resealable plastic bags in packs of 2 and lay flat in freezer. Quesadillas may be kept frozen for 2 to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/2 quesadilla
  • Calories: 290
  • Carbohydrate Content: 36 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 25 mg
  • Fat Content: 7 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 25 g
  • Sodium Content: 590 mg
  • Sugar Content: 4 g