This is the best baby led weaning quesadilla recipe.
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I live for cheese quesadillas.
Being from San Diego, my whole family is all about delish Mexican cuisine. It’s my favorite, so I was excited to introduce my daughter Annabelle to her first cheese quesadilla!
A cheese or chicken quesadilla on flour tortillas makes a tasty lunch or dinner for your baby or toddler.
Making chicken quesadillas with fresh or frozen chicken breasts with yummy cheddar cheese or Monterey jack cheese is a fun way to introduce your little one to Latin flavors.
You can use whole wheat tortillas or soft corn tortillas. With yummy melted cheese and freshly cooked chicken, nothing beats a yummy homemade traditional quesadilla for baby-led weaning.
It’s a delish and quick lunch your little one can enjoy and an easy way to fill them up! Let’s get after this BLW quesadilla!
This post covers the best baby led weaning quesadilla.
Baby Led Weaning Quesadilla
I am so freaking excited for your little one to try a yummy cheese quesadilla! Mexican food is the best, and after growing up in southern California, I love a good chicken quesadilla recipe!
Add shredded chicken to your quesadilla for additional delish protein.
Cook your bad boy on medium heat or medium-high heat with olive oil on your frying pan or griddle till your quesadilla is a gorgeous golden brown and can be cut up in slices or bite-sized small pieces.
Then served with sour cream, mashed pinto beans, and rice. Supervise your little ones to ensure they take safe small bites while exploring their delish quesadilla!
Best Cheese for Quesadillas
You need good melting cheese to make bomb quesadillas. I love shredded white Monterey jack cheese, Colby jack, or the Fiesta pack at Walmart.
Shredded cheese cooks fast, making this an easy, quick, perfect finger food. If you want to go the extra mile, go ahead and locate your nearest Latin Food Market for fresh cheeses and soft tortillas.
It’s a great way to introduce your baby or toddler to other flavors and expand their pallets.
Use small street taco-style tortillas or tortillas roughly 8 inches.
You are welcome to use a whole wheat tortilla as well. Large tortillas are also welcome if you want to make some for the whole family!
It’s up to you whether or not you want to make homemade tortillas.
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Adding tender, bite-sized chicken pieces to this quesadilla can be a delightful way to introduce protein for those little diners ready to venture into new textures.
The softly cooked and easily shredded chicken nestles into the melted cheese, creating a perfect balance of flavors. This simple tweak to the classic quesadilla ups the nutritional ante and invites curious taste buds to a new dance of savory goodness.
Ensure the pieces are small and soft enough for easy chewing, and you’ll have a baby-approved, protein-packed meal time favorite.
My daughter is all about the chicken!
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It’s up to you how you think your baby will best receive their delish quesadilla!
My daughter always wanted what we had and didn’t like her baby bite-sized food, even though it was the same thing, just bite-sized pieces!
So I would cut hers like a normal quesadilla in about five pieces. She liked holding the quesadilla as a whole piece and working on it that way.
If you believe your baby will enjoy their quesadilla better in torn-up little pieces, do it!
The point is to get the baby interested enough to take a bite on their own and explore.
Or try both! Baby-led weaning is a process of trial and error.
Time to Eat
As your little one embarks on the adventure of self-feeding, safety is the sous chef of every meal.
Ensure the quesadilla and additional ingredients like shredded chicken are cut into safe, bite-sized pieces.
The tortillas should be soft and easy to gum, with cheese melted to a safe, palatable texture.
Keep a watchful eye on your baby during mealtime, ready to assist if they show any signs of difficulty. It’s also wise to introduce new foods one at a time to monitor for allergies.
Of course, make sure your baby is seated upright while eating. Good posture is the unsung hero of safe swallowing.
With these precautions in place, you can relax a little, knowing you’ve set the table for a secure and joyful dining experience.
Baby Led Weaning Cheese Quesadilla
- 4 tbsp Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
- 4 tbsp Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
- 1 8-inch Tortilla flour or wheat
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1 tbsp Grilled Shredded Chicken
- Heat your griddle to roughly 350℉ or your dry pan on medium to medium high heat.
- Place your butter onto your pan and let it melt.
- Start grilling your chicken.
- Grab a tortilla.
- Place half of your cheese on one side of the tortilla.
- As chicken cooks, use scissors to cut it up into super small shredded pieces. Enough to fill up 1 tbps.
- Once chicken is thoroughly cooked and shredded, transfer the chicken on top of the cheese side of your quesadilla.
- Add the rest of the shredded cheese on top of the quesadilla.
- Fold the quesadilla closed like a book.
- Place the quesadilla onto the buttery hot griddle or pan and cook until the side is golden browne, You can check lifting up a corner.
- Flip over and grill the other side until colden brown.
- Once the quesadilla is fully cooked and the cheese is starting to ooze out, transfer it to a plate.
- Using a pizza cutter wheel, cut your quesadilla into 5 pieces. Or, once the quesadilla cools, break it up by tearing it into bite-sized peices.
- Serve with sour cream, pico de gallo or guacamole.
Baby Led Weaning Quesadilla
Introducing a new food to your little one is super fun and exciting.
Trying solid foods like cheese or chicken quesadilla cut into little bite-sized pieces is a great way to help your little one practice using their pincer grasp and tasting different ingredients.
It’s a super easy, tried and true meal at this house and will be for you, too. As we wrap up this baby-led weaning recipe, remember that the best meals are not only about nutrition but also about discovery.
With its soft and yielding texture, this cheese quesadilla is perfect for tiny hands exploring big tastes.
Paired with the subtle sweetness of orange rice and the hearty comfort of refried beans, it’s a simple yet complete meal for babies and toddlers! Happy weaning!