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BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Quesadilla


I find it particularly interesting to learn about kids’ eating habits. The great lengths some parents go to…just to put a wholesome meal on the table…that their kids will actually eat. There are cookbooks devoted to disguising vegetables in “kid food” (I hate that term). I mean, this is big stuff. Listening to parents’ woes over their fussy children makes me cringe in hopes that *my* future children won’t be that way.

What if my children hate seafood? Or won’t even TOUCH a vegetable? Or they go into anaphylactic shock from ingesting tree nuts? What if they hate everything spicy? So many unknowns with those little boogers, I tell ya. These are the types of unknowns that keep foodie dietitians up at night. For realz.


We’re at that age (28 and 33) where many (most?) of our friends have families. When we hangout with friends, we hangout with their kids. I love kids. I’m good with kids.

Feeding kids? I’m not practiced at that. Whatsoever.

A common denominator among our friends’ kids seem to be a love for condiments. Ketchup? More! Ranch? On everything. BBQ? Sure! And cheese. Kids always love cheese. This is (for all intents and purposes) a fact.


When I think of what I know of kids to enjoy it closely mirrors what I know Mr. Prevention likes best. Imagine that…

Sometimes, wives aim to please. Sometimes, we like to calm the waves of “weird” and “über healthy” and go with something a bit more…mainstream? If nothing else, it earns us brownie points, uses way less dishes than anything gourmet-esque, and is sure to be a meal in minutes. In fact, I used the same BBQ chicken from the crock pot as I used in The Best BBQ Chicken Salads.

Two guesses as to who loved both of these meals equally. In other words, this one is a sure bet with your kiddos…among others.


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BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Quesadilla
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Serves: 4
Sweet, tangy, and perfect for kids and meat-lovers alike.
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • โ…“ cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 burrito-size whole wheat tortillas
  • 1½ cups (6 oz) part-skim shredded Colby
  • 1 (8 oz) can pineapple tidbits in 100% natural juices
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  1. To prepare the chicken, spread half of the BBQ sauce over the bottom of a small slow cooker, Arrange chicken breasts in a single layer in the bottom of the crock pot and top with remaining BBQ sauce. Cook on low 4-6 hours or until chicken easily shreds.
  2. On an electric griddle or large skillet over medium-high heat, layer half of one tortilla with ¼ cup cheese, 4 ounces shredded chicken, 2 ounces pineapple, and drizzle with 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce. Sprinkle additional 2 tablespoons cheese over the entire surface, fold the tortilla in half and cook 2-3 minutes. Flip quesadilla to the other side and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until warmed through and tortilla is lightly browned.
  3. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 4 large quesadillas. Allow to cool 3-4 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 quesadilla Calories: 420 Fat: 13.5 Carbohydrates: 39.3 Sugar: 18.8 Sodium: 985 Fiber: 12.5 Protein: 45.5 Cholesterol: 85

 The rest of the week looks…NUTS! Weekend..? Weekend…?

Be well,


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  1. Kim of Mo'Betta
    January 8, 2014 / 8:11 am

    Are you talking about my kids?! lol They are super picky and it’s a struggle to get healthy stuff into them. The only vegetables they eat willingly are salads. And i use the term loosely….lettuce/carrots/cucumbers. And of course we have the nut allergy, and the only seafood they want is fried shrimp or fish sticks! But cheese….YES, we love some cheese ๐Ÿ™‚ And my son dips his carrots in ketchup! lol

  2. Laura
    January 8, 2014 / 9:25 am

    Oh gosh, these sound and look absolutely fantastic. I’ve been craving chicken BBQ, these are going to be making an appearance on our menu very soon!

  3. Kylee
    January 8, 2014 / 9:38 am

    My whole family would eat these, happily!

  4. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats
    January 8, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    What a terrific twist on a quesadilla! YUM!

  5. Joelen
    January 8, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    And now I want quesadillas. Bad! I love the addition of pineapple for sweetness!!

  6. Samantha Angela
    January 8, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    As I was reading through your post I was going to write something to the effect of Mr. P. eating like a kid but you beat me to it.

  7. Biz
    January 8, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    Um, pretty sure everything is better with cheese! ๐Ÿ˜€ Looks delish – only two more days after this one – you can do it!

  8. Kim
    January 8, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    Fruit with meat…Yes, please ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. julia
    January 8, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    What a great combination for a quesadilla! I love an easy meal like that and my husband, who is a huge fan of BBQ, would love these.

  10. Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian
    January 9, 2014 / 11:48 am

    Yum!! These look delicious!!
    Gosh, I worry for when I have kids. Having worked with them for many years, I felt confident throwing my many strategies at them. Well, sometimes that just doesn’t work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Lori
    January 11, 2014 / 10:04 am

    I never in a million years think I’d have a picky eater for a child. Even as a baby I thought this is great – he ate everything. Until…he turned 3. Things he’d eat a week ago he won’t eat this week. Foods he LOVED… (recalling his chanting for broccoli) he won’t even look at as it “makes him sick”…. ugh.

    On another note…THESE are on my must make list!

  12. MEAl5
    November 1, 2017 / 10:30 am

    These waffles sound absolutely amazing!

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