Jubi Cooks! The Primal Quesadilla Edition

Last year, my friend EP told me all about the Primal lifestyle & I decided to try it out. Basically, its a low-carb lifestyle that emphasizes eating the way cavemen ate: lots of free-range/organic meats, veggies, healthy fats/oils, nuts/seeds & limited fruits & dairy. No processed food, no pasta, no bread, etc. I started eating that way & fell in love. So nowadays a cook a lot of Primal or Primal-based meals, and this is one of my favorites. This is a recipe I found at Purely Primal, which is my favorite Primal recipe blog.

Because it's a Primal recipe, this isn't a traditional quesadilla in the sense that there is a tortilla. But there is chicken, veggies & plenty of cheese #yum.

You need:

  • Chicken breasts or tenderloins
  • Peppers - I like to use red, yellow and green (bell) peppers for color & flavor
  • 1 onion - you can eliminate or cut this back if you're not an onion fan
  • Tomatoes - I like to use Roma tomatoes because they are easy to wedge
  • Shredded cheese - either cheddar or a Mexican blend
  • Cumin - for the chicken
  • Garlic powder - for the chicken
  • Chili powder - for the chicken
  • Paprika - for the chicken
  • Sea salt - for the chicken
  • Ground black pepper - for the chicken
  • Olive oil - for the chicken

Start by seasoning your chicken, cutting into strips if you're using chicken breasts, and then saute over medium-high heat in the olive oil. Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

While your chicken is cooking, chop your veggies. I cut everything into strips, and the tomatoes into wedges.

Once your chicken is done, grab a baking dish or a casserole dish. I use a ceramic baking dish I got from Ikea. Put the chicken down first as the first layer. Next layer on top your veggies, just make it all random.

Finally, sprinkle your shredded cheese on top. I add a lot of cheese cause I like it really cheesy, but use as little or as much as you want.

Now just pop it in your oven for 10-15 minutes, you just need to get your cheese melted & allow your veggies to cook a little bit.

You can serve this with salsa, sour cream & quacamole if you want - I don't use any of that cause I find this recipe is delicious without them! Here's my plate:

A quick an easy dinner on a weeknight, that's actually good for you. Try it out!