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 specs 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’.
Taking pieces of shredded cheese, add ‘garland’ to your trees before topping with a carrot as the ‘star’. If you have a very small star cutter, you can use that on a carrot or bell pepper as your tree topper.
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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