Tuesday, January 04, 2011

hickory smoked tuna quesadillas

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I know that I have shared a number of times how darn challenging it is for me to eat healthy while working at home all day. When I worked at a job I used to savor my lunch breaks- I even took my time and I always had something good to eat. But when I made the transition to working from home, somehow I stopped taking lunch breaks, I often forget to eat until I have the shakes and when I do eat, I am SO tempted to eat quick things (often while dashing through the kitchen) that do not count as a meal. I kid you not I could devour an entire jar of Claussen pickles for breakfast, a large bag of animal cookies for lunch... and snacks... don't even get me started on the temptation of snacking on anything and everything! The only way I can be healthy, keep up my energy and eat complete meals is by planning out my food for the week. A few months ago I came across this easy recipe for hickory smoked tuna quesadillas- I was thrilled to have another budget friendly and tasty meal to add to my weekly meal plan!


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Next to the cans of tuna you will find these little packets of Starkist seasoned tuna- now let me just say I am not a big tuna fan but these seasoned options are super yummy and don't have a very fishy taste. My favorite is the hickory smoked flavor- it actually tastes more like chicken and is low in calories (if you are counting).

On the back is a great recipe for quesadillas and is really easy to alter and prepare to your liking. Here is how I make mine-



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Just mix a little cream cheese with the packet of tuna (one packet typically makes me about three meals)


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I used about 1 1/2 heaping spoonfuls of cream cheese for the batch.


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I like to add chili pepper for a little heat and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Typically I add vegetables- like diced onions and red peppers but much to my dismay I completely forgot these two ingredients while grocery shopping.
You could really add just about anything- jalapenos, tomatoes, spinach, kale or any favorite vegis or keep it simple.


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I always use whole grain or multi grain tortillas- a healthier alternative to the white tortillas.


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Spread the tuna on one side


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and add your favorite kind of cheese to the top.


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Fold in half


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and cook in lightly greased pan. I use my favorite grill pan because I like how the grill marks look (I know- SILLY!) and my quesadillas seem to get a little crispier but a regular pan will work just as well.



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Cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until the cheese has melted and the outside is crispy- the crispier- the better! For an even healthier option you could bake it in the oven.


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Let cool just a little.


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Cut into slices.


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I like to make a simple dip with a little light sour cream, hot chili sauce and a tiny bit of lime juice.


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Mix together and serve on the side.


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I always eat my quesadillas with a little side of greens or a salad.

This meal never fails to fill me up and gives me enough energy to get through hours of work and even exercise at the end of the day!

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