April 26, 2010
My husband occasionally gives me flack for writing that so many foods are Kenya's "favorite", but what can I say? The kid frequently requests a wide variety of things when I ask him what he wants to eat. Plus, he tends to say "this is my favorite" about pretty much anything he happens to be eating and enjoying at any given moment. I mean, what do you expect -- he's 3, people. That being said, quesadillas and pizza are undoubtedly WAY up on Kenya's list (my husband's list, too). Whenever I announce that I'm making either of those things, Kenya makes a bee line to the kitchen table and becomes a human vacuum. Recently, I asked Kenya if he wanted to help me make "Pizza Quesadillas" and his face was a mixture of pure elation and total confusion. While he obviously had no idea what I was talking about, he still knew whatever it was, it sounded awesome. When I explained to him how we were going to make them, it all made sense to him and he was on board!
This is one of those recipes that you can totally improvise with depending on what you've got laying around your kitchen. Kenya has a thing for dinosaur kale (probably because of the name), so it's an easy sell and healthy addition to this dish, but as long as you've got red sauce, cheese and tortillas, you're good to go. Finally, let your kids help prepare these. It's a fun recipe, doesn't make much of a mess and is the perfect opportunity to use whatever veggies, meats, olives, cheeses or anything else you may have in the fridge. And if you need a bit more inspiration, watch the video for this recipe here. If anything, it will show you what a blast making this can be for the little ones. And just maybe, it will be your new "favorite" too!
Accompaniments: Pepperoni, Kale, Ham, Pineapple, Mushrooms, Peppers, Onion, Olives