A Healthier Meal After All That Halloween Candy

Hey mom, candy corn is a vegetable, right?

It’s estimated that almost $3 billion will be spent on Halloween candy this year.And that means children will end up with a lot of it in their bags, plastic jack-o-lanterns, pillowcases (my container of choice when I was a child) or the environmentally friendly cloth grocery store shopping bags.

So after consuming all that candy, it might be time for something slightly healthier.  Here’s my suggestion for a build-your-own Quesadilla party. Kids love-making things themselves, so you simply put everything out and let them put it together the way they want – but you do the cooking.

Getting started:

Put out a variety of fillings and let the kids build their own Quesadillas. The choices can include:

  • Mixed, shredded cheeses
  • Diced turkey, chicken or steak
  • Black beans
  • Grilled or roasted veggies — zucchini, onions, carrots, squashes
  • Raw veggies — avocado, peppers, corn kernels, tomatoes
  • Leaves — spinach, cilantro
  • Pineapple, mango, pear
  • Tortillas — whole wheat, spinach, red pepper

How to make?

  1. Start with a tortilla, add a little cheese – the cheese will act like glue and hold everything together.
  2. Then simply add your favorite fillings, a little more cheese and top with another tortilla.
  3. Squish down and cook in a non-stick pan over medium heat on both sides, until lightly browned, warmed through and melty (by the way – no oil is necessary for cooking and of course is way healthier).
  4. Cut into wedges and serve with non-fat Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), salsa and diced avocado.


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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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