Pizza today? YES! I am not going to lie to you and tell you that I don’t love pizza on occasion, because I do! I love many varieties of traditional pizza, but Hawaiian Pizza is my favorite (can it be because I love the sun and the beach?). Here is a fabulous way to get the taste of Hawaiian Pizza, without all the fat and calories. I might dare say that it is one of my favorite lunches . . . partly because I love the taste and partly because I can throw it together on a whim! I wrote the recipe to serve 1 because I thought it would be easiest to know what to put in each quesadilla. Obviously, this recipe is a cinch to duplicate so don’t hesitate to make one for each member of your family.
Hawaiian Pizza Quesadilla
1 whole wheat tortilla (such as 8″ Mission Carb Balance)
2 slices Canadian bacon, chopped
1 oz. cooked chicken breast, shredded
2 tablespoons part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons marinara sauce (like Prego or Simple Tomato Sauce)
2 tablespoons pineapple tidbits
chopped red onion, optional
Lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. (See tip below for optional cooking directions which I actually prefer.) Place a tortilla in the skillet and over half of the tortilla spread 1 tablespoon cheese, 1 tablespoon marinara sauce, Canadian bacon, chicken, pineapple, red onion (if using), followed by the remaining tablespoon of marinara sauce and cheese. Fold tortilla over the filling and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Turn and brown the other side. Remove from skillet and set aside for about 1 minute. Cut quesadilla into wedges and serve.
Optional Cooking Tip: I often cook these on my indoor grill (aka George Foreman). It makes it SUPER handy so that I don’t have to actually flip the tortilla over in a skillet (which sometimes can be disastrous with the filling falling out all over the place….not that I would know!). I can also cook at least two at a time (one for me and one for the hubby) in record time.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 1 Filled Tortilla)
Fat: 7.7g (2.8g = Sat.)