One thing I miss about summer, besides the hot weather, is the abundance of fruit! Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, and peaches would fill my grocery cart every week. Now the produce section is full of apples, cantaloupe, kiwi, and bananas. It’s not that I don’t like these winter fruits, but winter lasts a long time here, and I tend to get sick of those fruits by February.
There is one fruit I love that is just coming into season, and that is pears! They are sweet, juicy, and delicious. Plus, they are extremely healthy for you:
- they contain antioxidants and vitamin C to help you have a strong immune system
- pears contain a lot of fiber, which is essential for a healthy digestive system
- pears contain folate, which is essential for pregnant and nursing moms
This past summer, I shared with you a couple of fruit filled quesadillas: Grilled Chicken and Pineapple and Chicken and Peach. But now that my outdoor grill is covered in snow, I thought I would make a quesadilla indoors using pears as my fruit of choice.
I like to incorporate at least one meatless meal into our weekly meal plan, and this Pear and Spinach Quesadilla is perfect. Of course, you could always add some grilled chicken breast to it if you wanted to.
Caramelizing the pears in cinnamon and brown sugar makes this the perfect winter meal. Plus the addition of spinach adds even more health benefits!
But my favorite addition to this quesadilla is the pecans! Nuts pair so well with cheese and fruit, don’t ya think?!
Now, you might read through the ingredients and think, “my kids would never eat that!” Then perhaps you should read the post I wrote on Wednesday about picky eaters
That being said, I don’t expect all kids to love a garlic sauce smothered all over their quesadilla. So what can you do? Use plain ol’ mozzarella cheese on their quesadillas instead of the garlic-ricotta sauce. But don’t take out the spinach!
So the next time you’re looking for a light but extremely flavorful meal, make this Pear and Spinach Quesadilla.