Garden Quesadillas will not send your calorie budget through the roof because of all the cheese. This vegetable-stuffed version uses fat-free cream cheese and sweet peppers, saving you calories and fat.

Garden QuesadillasPrep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Ready In: 30 min

Servings: 10

Ingredients
2 small Green and/or Red Bell Peppers, cut into thin strips
1 small Red Onion, cut into thin 1-inch-long strips
2 tsp Olive Oil or Cooking Oil
½ tsp Ground Cumin
½ tsp Chili Powder
2 tbsp snipped Fresh Cilantro
1/3 cup fat-free Cream Cheese (tub style)
5 medium 6- to 7-inch Flour Tortillas
Salsa (optional)

Directions
In a large nonstick skillet cook sweet peppers and onion in 1 teaspoon of the oil for three to five minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in cumin and chili powder. Cook and stir for one minute more. Stir in cilantro. Set vegetables aside.
Spread cream cheese over half of one side of each tortilla. Top with pepper mixture. Fold tortilla in half over peppers, pressing gently.
Place tortillas on an large, ungreased baking sheet. Brush tortillas with the remaining oil. Bake in a 425-degree oven for five minutes. Cut each quesadilla into four wedges. Serve warm. If desired, pass the salsa.

Tips & Notes
The health benefits of cilantro come from beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants, especially the flavonoid quercetin. Cilantro also is a good source of dietary fiber and iron, magnesium and manganese.
It’s a little-known fact that herbs (and spices) such as cilantro have far greater concentrations of antioxidants than any common fruit or vegetable. Herbs also contain a particularly wide variety of antioxidants as well, which makes them more effective at fighting many different kinds of free radicals.
Antioxidants are nutrient compounds found in virtually all plant foods (and also manufactured in your body). The primary job of antioxidants is to protect your cells against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, considered to be the primary cause of the aging process.
Protecting yourself against free radicals with antioxidants is the most effective way to reduce the risk of many health problems associated with aging. The benefits of antioxidants include powerful protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more.
Antioxidants work together, synergistically, and each one has its own specific characteristics and benefits. One antioxidant may work in places in the body where another one can’t go, and neutralize free radicals that other antioxidants miss. Therefore, getting the widest variety of antioxidants is just as important as how much of any one antioxidant you get.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 58
Total Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 1mg
Sodium: 51mg
Total Carbohydrates: 8g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Protein: 2g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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