A fun way to spend some time with the kids or grandkids is to create a meal together using a few fresh ingredients, some leftovers and a simple quesadilla maker.

While traveling to the Gulf Coast this summer, The Daily Sentinel’s Emily Wooten got some first-hand experience in just how creative her grandkids could be with everything from breakfast, lunch and dinner to a portable dessert that was delicious and incredibly easy.

“I was surprised when my daughter, Hannah, pulled a quesadilla maker out of her suitcase,” Wooten said. “When she told me we were going to make quesadillas for breakfast, I was a little skeptical.

“There was a bar in the kitchen of the condo we were staying in,” she continued, “and we laid all of the fixings out and gave each of the kids a flour tortilla.”

Her 12-year-old grandson, Gavin Cowart, made a breakfast quesadilla using scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon.

Along with Gavin’s five-year-old sister, Isabella, Wooten’s other grandkids, Zack Adams, 11, Chase Alexander, 10, and Eli Alexander, 5, and her daughter, Sara, also made creations of their own.

“The kids put whatever they wanted inside, and the adults operated the quesadilla-maker,” she said. “My daughter pulled out the leftover chicken, broccoli and steak we had from the night before and we all just ate what we wanted.

“It was fun standing around the kitchen, talking and laughing,” she said.

Wooten had never considered quesadillas for breakfast, but once everyone got started, she realized there were plenty of ingredients the kids could try that made great desserts.

“We had chocolate chips, marshmallows, Reese’s peanut butter pieces and bananas,” she said, “we even used peanut butter.

“You can buy a quesadilla-maker at Walmart for less than $20,” she adds. “I highly recommend them. Along with a delicious meal, they also offer a wonderful opportunity to spend some time as a family.”

Try some of these great recipes from Wooten’s family, or create your own!


1 Scrambled Egg

1 oz. Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

1 tbls. Crumbled Bacon or Ham

½ tbls. Salsa

1 tsp. Chopped Green Onions

1 tbls. Shredded Lettuce


1 oz. Grilled Steak or Oven Roasted Garlic Chicken

5 pieces Diced Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 tsp. Cream Cheese Spread

1 tbls. Shredded Lettuce

1 tbls. Diced Tomatoes

1 tsp. Chopped Cilantro

1 tsp. Chopped White Onions


1 Rounded tbsp. Miniature marshmallows

1 Rounded tbsp. Chocolate Chips

1 tbsp. Peanut Butter

½ Sliced Banana

1 tbsp. Whipped Topping

Other optional ingredients include: chopped pecans or Reese’s peanut butter pieces.

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