Turkey-Cranberry Quesadilla

I’ve got a couple of ideas for all of your turkey leftovers.  I use my turkey leftovers in very common ways (like turkey-cranberry sandwiches – YUM!), but I also like trying some non-traditional leftover recipes too.

This is one of those non-traditional uses of leftovers, but it’s SUPER easy and tasty too.  First off – who doesn’t love a quesadilla!?  I mean what’s not to love about a filling with delicious melted cheese?  When I saw the idea for this, I knew I had to try it and I was glad I did.  It took all of 2 minutes to assemble (and that’s only because I had to dice my green onion) and it was ready in less than 8 minutes.  I loved how the sweetness from the cranberry sauce blended with the taste of the Swiss cheese.  The green onions offer a nice hint of freshness.  We liked this use of leftover turkey and maybe, just maybe you will too!

Turkey Cranberry Quesadillas
Adapted from Real Mom Kitchen

fat free cooking spray
2 whole wheat tortillas (100 calories each)
2 slices light Swiss cheese (like Jarlsberg Lite), chopped
diced green onion, to taste
6 oz. leftover turkey breast (I shredded mine)
2 tablespoons leftover cranberry sauce

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 sprinkle 1 slice of the chopped light Swiss cheese, half the leftover turkey, and green onions.  Spread 1 tablespoons cranberry sauce on the other half of the tortilla.  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.  Repeat with the second tortilla and remaining ingredients.

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.

Serves 2.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 1 Quesadilla)
Calories:  265.5
Protein:  24.9g
Carbs:  23.5g
Fat:  7.9g (2.5g = Sat.)
Fiber:  3.9g
Sugars:  5.5g


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