Lifestyles Center Blog


A queso quesadilla is what I consider a healthier and lighter alternative to a grilled cheese.  It still has the cheesy oozing effect, but the “bread” is much lighter yet satisfying.  It does not require much effort to make, which makes it a meal to look forward to.  Preparing this dish will bring out your creative side that will take you on a journey.  What I like about this recipe is that you can customize it to your taste.  And, when it comes this meal, you have a lot of options to mix and match with!  There are basic ingredients, which allows you to improvise the rest… So what how will you feed your appetite?

What You Will Need (Basic) :

Flour Tortillas (Crunchy or Soft) – *They usually come in a pack because sharing is caring*

2 Cups of Shredded Cheese a.k.a Queso Fresco

Additional Ingredients (Extra) – *for the sake of color and/or flavor – You Choose!*

¼ Cup of Shredded Lettuce

¼ Cup of Diced Tomatoes

½ Bunch of chopped Cilantro

Complimentary Condiments:

Sour Cream – store bought

Salsa – premade & store bought

On Campus Ingredients:

You can easily ask the person behind the sandwich stand for some shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and onions.  For other veggies, you can simply walk-on over to the salad bar and choose other healthy fixings for your quesadilla.  Bring a friend to help you decide on what you would like to experiment with.


First heat up your pan on a low to medium heat, and place a tortilla shell on it.  As you are warming up the tortilla, you can see the shell turn into a nice golden brown.  As the tortilla does its thing, you can start sprinkling the yellow cheese within the tortilla’s perimeters.  You will observe that the cheese melts to fit the tortilla’s mold.  Once you see that the cheese is completely melted, it is time to move it to a dry plate for customizing.  (Note: You can use either one or two tortilla shells for your quesadilla.)  Separate each additional fixing into its own bowl to add to your quesadilla.  Whether it’s lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, onion, etc. please apply generously.   

Researched by Angelica Perez, Peer Educator

Source: Food Network Recipe

Photo Cred: Quesadilla