Butternut Squash Quesadilla Recipe

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This butternut squash quesadilla is a life saver with a picky kid.

I have three very strongly held beliefs about kids and food.

  1. They love to eat with their hands.
  2. They typically will eat something if it’s presented to them in a “finger-food” fashion.
  3. The younger they are, the truer the above two statements are.

Clean Eating Butternut Squash Quesadilla

So with that in mind, my kid gets a lot of foods wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. He thinks he’s getting “pizza” (See my Pizzadia Recipe), and I get the joy of knowing that he’s eating something healthy, and having a good time doing it. After all, part of the experiences of food are the emotions that go with it. It’s important that your kids enjoy their food and their meal times.

Now, I don’t mean to insinuate that every meal should be a party. That’s just silly. Kids need to learn table manners too. But if you can make the food you serve them just a little more fun to eat, they will be far more likely to actually eat it.

I had some butternut squash left over fromΒ my lasagna recipe, and figured I’d make a nice healthy lunch with it for my munchkin.


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Clean Eating Butternut Squash Quesadilla

Clean Eating Butternut Squash Quesadillas

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  • 1 large whole grain tortilla
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked butternut squash, blended smooth with a bit of honey to taste


  • Simply spread some squash over the tortilla, top with cheese, and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees F. until the cheese is melted.
  • Note: You could put it in the microwave, but trust me. It doesn't turn out very tasty that way.

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  1. add alittle salsa & i’m good πŸ™‚ love spicy & sweet!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jolene – Yum!

  2. graciouspantry says:

    Jennifer – Oh yum!

  3. Could you add shredded chicken to these?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lacy – Definitely!! (cooked before baking, not raw)

  4. I found your website when a Bing search for “clean eating cupcakes” brought up your Pumpkin Cupcakes. I am so glad I found it! I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but all the titles are making me drool, and they all look so simple! Most of the clean eating recipes I find seem to use ingredients I have never heard of (chia seeds powder?), equipment I don’t own (dehydrators?), or they take too long to make. This? I have the ingredients at home, and it sounds like it’ll be done in a flash. Guess what’s for dinner tonight? πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fal – Wonderful! Let me know how you like it! πŸ™‚

  5. This was so easy and delicious! I used sprouted grain tortillas because my grocery store doesn’t carry any whole wheat that don’t have preservatives added. It added a lovely subtle nuttiness that went great with the squash.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fal – Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  6. It’s so funny because my almost 2 year old refuses to eat with his hands. Forks or spoons ONLY. I’m still going to give this a try though. He loves quesadillas (WITH HIS FORK! LOL) and these looks delish!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – That’s cute! Let me know how he likes them!

  7. Can you recommend a brand of whole wheat tortillas? Our grocery store doesn’t carry a great variety of items & I’m having difficulty finding them without a lot of additives.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Beth – Tortillas are tough. I know Alvarado Street Bakery makes good ones as does the company that makes Ezekiel bread. If you can’t find them locally, you may have to order from amazon.

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