Looking for a fun way to add some Christmas cheer to your kids’ favorite meal? Turn quesadillas into festive Christmas trees in a fun and easy twist on a classic!
Try as we may, the truth of the matter is that Christmas is a season of treats. Sugar and junk food are everywhere, from eggnog to candy canes to cookies for Santa. While I love being able to indulge occasionally, I try not to let my boys become overcome by the sugary lure.
In our house (and I’m would bet yours as well!) sugary treats can be a black hole – I offer Ryan one Hershey’s kiss as an after dinner treat and the next thing I know, it’s Friday and he’s throwing a tantrum because I won’t let him take a chocolate bath Augustus Gloop style instead of eating dinner.
Okay, that might be a bit extreme, but when it comes to the good stuff in our house it really does look like a, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie situation. It quickly escalates into mealtime meltdowns and tantrums galore.
With that in mind, I try pretty hard to find easy ways to add some fun to the boys’ without relying on the sweet stuff. Take my famous chicken boo-dle soup – my way to solve the issue of wanting kids to go out and get candy, but obviously, they need dinner first.
That’s actually a bit of a lie – this post came about when I was eating a quesadilla and guacamole back in August and was zoning out while Alex told me the details about yet another random car/truck/vehicle I have no interest in and I started to zone out. (LADIES you know what I mean: “Yeah, that’s cool.” Huh, when should I fold the laundry? “Oh really?” Did I ever send that bill? – don’t pretend you’ve never done it.)
I smeared some guac on the quesadilla triangle and a light went off.
“Wouldn’t this make such a cute Christmas tree?” I said, cutting off my husband as he told me about the increased value of something or other.
“What? Where you even listening to me?” he sighed, exasperated.
“Ugh. I don’t know. Sure.” <— this is how a lot of our conversations go. To be fair, sometimes it’s me telling him something and he cuts me off to show me a car. It’s the married life, people.
Where was I? Oh, yeah – making fun food around holidays that isn’t packed with sugar.
So, just like with my Christmas tree pasta, I really wanted to try and make a fun meal for my boys that would be fun and festive, but also relatively healthy and reasonable as a meal rather than a snack or treat. And since my boys will eat juuuuusttt about anything that is carbs and cheesy, quesadillas were an obvious choice.
Christmas Tree-sadillas (Christmas tree quesadillas)
These Christmas Tree-sadillas (you guys know I can’t resist a good play on words – remember boo-dle soup!?) are so easy, I almost feel silly sharing them but easy is pretty much the name of my game!
- Start with your typical quesadilla. Put whatever you wish in it, whatever your kids will like. This one was just plain old cheese. I use the smaller fajita sized soft tortillas, but you can use bigger ones or corn tortillas.
- While your quesadilla is cooking, make your guac. You can easily use premade guac, but I like to make my own when avocados are ripe. I just add about 1 tablespoon of finely chopped red onion, a 1/4 teaspoon of finely minced garlic, 1 avocado, and lime, salt, and pepper to taste. Mash it all up and you’re good to go!
- Spread the guacamole all over the whole quesadilla before cutting your quesadilla into sixths with a sharp knife. Also slice a baby carrot while you’re at it.
- Gently drip small amount of salsa over the triangles. You could also use bell peppers cut into mini circles with the end of a drinking draw or pieces of diced tomato. These will become your ‘tree ornaments’.
These Christmas Tree-sadillas take a kid favorite meal and turns it into healthy holiday fun. I promise your kids will love it!
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Okay, so tell me – where do you get your best ideas? Are you a quesadilla fan? Let me know in the comments!
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