We were out of town for our kids’ ski racing several weeks ago, and went out for a nice dinner with a group of families after the first day of racing. The kids settled in at one table, while the adults enjoyed time together at another table. Elizabeth, our 11 year-old daughter, perused the adult menu instead of the children’s fare, deciding to order Chicken Parmesan. Elizabeth split an adult portion with her friend Jessica, knowing that it would be big enough for the two of them to share. Later that evening when we talked about our meals, Elizabeth said she wasn’t really impressed with her meal. She said it was basically a fried piece of chicken with sauce and cheese thrown on. She enjoyed the salad, but didn’t enjoy the heavy taste of the fried meat.
We’re always thinking of new fun things to send the kids to school with, and Elizabeth’s meal experience was great inspiration. My son isn’t a fan of typical Mexican quesadillas, but he does love chicken, tomato sauce and basil. What if we did a spin on chicken parmesan without breading and frying the meat? Voila! … our Chicken Parmesan Quesadilla was born. Elizabeth, now in Middle School, has access to a microwave at lunch and enjoyed heating hers. Her younger brother Xander enjoyed his cold. Both came home and said they loved the combination!