Apple Cheddar Quesadilla – Cheap Healthy Lunch Idea for Work or School!

Go gourmet with your old-school cheese quesadilla recipe and try this apple cheddar quesadilla! Honestly, toasted up inside a whole wheat tortilla, it’s like on-the-go fondue wrapped in a neat, warm blanket. But, it’s just as cheesy and easy to make!

And, a simple way to add a fun flavor twist and shake up your lunch routine. Really, the only change is sneaking some apple slices between your layers of cheddar. Then, simply fold up your apple cheddar quesadilla and cook it on the skillet for a few minutes.

It’s creamy, gooey, savory, and sweet—plus, it’s budget-friendly! Already, a standard quesadilla is an awesome budget lunch option. And, apples are actually one of the most affordable fruits you can buy. Altogether, this apple cheddar quesadilla costs just $0.46 per serving!

Tips for a Happy, Healthy Quesadilla

For the most part, the make-or-break factor in crafting a healthy quesadilla is the tortilla that you use. And, a standard cheese quesadilla is usually wrapped in a not-so-nutritious, refined grain, white tortilla.

Instead, maximize the fuel in this apple cheddar quesadilla with a 100% whole wheat tortilla! But, be sure to READ the nutrition label and look for “whole wheat flour” as the first ingredient. Or, choose a gluten free tortilla, if that better suits your lifestyle.

Then, some people worry about the fat in the cheese. But, fat is actually a crucial nutrient that we ALL need—it isn’t ‘bad!’ Plus, you don’t need much to make a tasty quesadilla. And, the fruit in this apple cheddar quesadilla actually cuts down on the cheese you’ll need!

Finally, the ultimate trick if you want to pack this quesadilla in a healthy lunch for work or school: let it cool BEFORE slicing it. That way, you won’t tear your tortilla trying to slice it while it’s steaming hot. And, slicing into smaller pieces helps prevent it from getting soggy!

Apple Cheddar Quesadilla

Apple Cheddar Quesadilla

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  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • cooking spray


  • Sprinkle cheese over half of tortilla. Layer on apple slices, barely overlapping. Add more cheese. Fold over other half of tortilla.
  • Liberally spray cooking spray on a skillet over medium high. Add quesadilla. Cook 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Allow apple cheddar quesadilla to cool completely before cutting and storing. (This will prevent quesadilla from getting soggy!) Enjoy warm or cold!
Serving: 1quesadilla, Calories: 320kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 11g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 17g
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