Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Low Calorie Meal Recipe: Whole Wheat Vegetable Quesadillas with Tomato BBQ Dipping Sauce

Week one of my diet was pretty tough. I had to fight some hunger urges that typically come with cutting down on calorie intake and admittedly getting used to exercising every night again wasn't easy either. I had slacked off for a little while and gained 10 lbs in that time but the worst part was that I actually felt weighed down by it, tired, out of breath and totally out of shape of course. So maybe it was the extreme change but by the end of week one I had already taken off 5 lbs. Within the first few days I already felt my energy coming back and I also felt much more awake and even more positive- something about the routine is just so good for me in every way! Leading a healthy lifestyle truly does have so many great benefits in regards to how we feel every day so if your feeling a little down, sleepy or low on energy you may want to try a healthier routine and see if it helps in giving you that little boost. 

I have eaten healthier before but I was never a big fan of whole grain or whole wheat mostly because I just don't really like how it tastes. This time I decided to try and tolerate it so as to speed up the weight loss process and avoid white wheat which just means extra calories and extra carbs. (That could have been another factor in shedding those pounds so speedily.) I started with these whole wheat wraps and I have to say they really weren't all that terrible. The weigh in at the end of last week and the break from my diet routine for the weekend have been a motivation for me in a big way and I have started to...dare I say...enjoy my whole healthier routine! 

It's not often that I post healthy recipes here and I get many requests for them so throughout my whole "healthier journey" of the next few weeks I will try to post some of the low calorie meal ideas we've been enjoying. I will also try my best to include the calorie and carb information according to which is where I log my daily calorie intake. It seems to be pretty accurate as well but feel free to calculate for yourself as well to be sure. Also a question for you all: cooking oils are so high in calorie do any of you have a suggestion for me of what to use as a substitute. Safflower oil is the lowest in calorie I've found thus far but I'd love to get some recommendations! 

260 Calories Per Serving
Serving Size: (2) 6" Wraps
Carbs 34 g 

This calculation was made through myfitnesspal where I log my daily calorie intake.

Whole Wheat Vegetable Quesadillas with Tomato BBQ Dipping Sauce:


4 Large Portabello Mushrooms Caps, Chopped up Small
1 Medium Sized Shallot, Chopped Up Small
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Seeds Removed & Chopped up Small
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons Safflower Oil
Yossi's Pita 6" Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps
1/2 Cup Skim Mozzarella Cheese

Tomato BBQ Dipping Sauce:

1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce
1 Tablespoon BBQ Sauce
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 Tsp. White Vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Place the chopped vegetables- portabello mushrooms, shallot and  jalapeno pepper in a non stick frying pan and drizzle the oil over top of them. Then sprinkle them with some salt and pepper and cook them over a low flame for about 10 minutes  or until  they are cooked through. Stir them with a spoon every minute or so to avoid burning.  

2. Lay a whole wheat tortilla wrap out on a piece of parchment paper and  then place 3-4 tablespoons of the cooked mushroom mixture over one half of it.  Cover those vegetables with 3 tablespoons of shredded  mozzarella cheese. Fold the empty half over and press it down over the vegetables and mozzarella cheese. Place the prepared quesadilla on a piece of parchment paper and put it in the oven for 20 minutes.

3. The sauce is very simple. In a sauce bowl combine the tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, garlic powder and white vinegar. Stir to bring it all together.

4. Carefully remove the wraps from the oven and serve warm with the tomato BBQ sauce to the side or drizzled around. 

Are you on a diet? Let me know what you are eating in the comments form below as it's always good to get some suggestions! 

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  1. Hi Gigi, thanks so much for sharing recipes that are vegetarian and deliciously so, these really appeal to me, this looks sooo good, I have to try it.

    1. you are very welcome Sam! it was absolutely will love it.

  2. This looks very very good! Im so hungry now.


  3. gosh, now im so hungry :)

    xoxo Ra

  4. Gigi this looks amazing! I'm very interesting in making that tomato bbq dipping sauce!


    Erin @

    1. the sauce was an important component. glad it was helpful!

  5. Wow that looks delicious and it's amazing that it's low calorie!

    1. thank you! I was surprised that I managed to get it that low in calories too!

  6. Yum! I'll have to try this! I have most of the ingredients in the fridge - ready to go :-)


    1. :) you should! you will love this.

  7. I love it! So yummy:)

  8. this looks so yummy i always love your post <3!! and i been trying to eat better yum!!!

  9. OMG this looks great !

    I was talking about this yesterday I would love to try it out this weekend !

    Kisses !


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