These Spinach & Red Pepper Breakfast Quesadillas are a delicious breakfast with enough protein to keep you satisfied until lunch!
I've mentioned before that I feel better when I start my day with a protein-packed breakfast. It turns out I may be on to something.
A new study presented at the Obesity Society's annual meeting found that women who ate a protein-packed breakfast felt more satisfied and ate about 100 calories less at lunch compared to those who ate a low-protein breakfast.
Another study suggested that a high-protein breakfast may help to keep evening snacking in check as well.
"Protein is key for satiety because it activates the body's signals that curb appetite, reduce food cravings and prevent overeating," says Heather Leidy, Ph.D., lead author and assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri. (Source: Eating Well Magazine, May/June 2014)
One of my latest obsessions is these Zucchini Pancakes. They are packed with flavor and remind me of a hash brown, minus the carbs.
Lately, I've also been enjoying these Spinach & Red Pepper Breakfast Quesadillas. They are easy to make, filling and so delicious. Even my picky kids like them.
I use AllWhites® 100% Liquid Egg Whites to fill my quesadillas because they contain 100% real liquid egg whites and are so convenient. With five grams of protein a serving, no cholesterol or fat and half the calories of traditional whole eggs, they are a great way to start my day.
But they aren't just for breakfast! I love how versatile AllWhites 100% Liquid Egg Whites are!
Since they are pasteurized for safety and safer than traditional whole eggs you can enjoy AllWhites uncooked in salad dressing recipes, shakes, smoothies and desserts without fear of food borne illness.
Tools for Making this Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe
Breakfast Quesadillas with Spinach and Red Pepper
- 1 cup chopped spinach
- ¼ cup chopped red pepper
- 4 eggs beaten
- ¼ cup milk
- 3 ounces cheddar cheese grated
- 4 tortillas gluten-free
- For Serving: Tomatoes Cilantro, Salsa, Guacamole or
- Spray a skillet with olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add spinach and chopped red pepper and cook until the spinach is wilted.
- In a small bowl whisk together eggs and milk. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add to the pan and cook until the eggs are cooked through, stirring often. Remove from the pan and wipe the pan clean.
- Lightly spray the pan and return to medium heat. Spread ¼ of the egg mixture on half of each of the tortillas. Top with cheese and fold over. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes a side, until golden brown. Serve desired toppings.
If You Like Breakfast Quesadillas You May Also Like:
- Blueberry Almond Muffins
- Quinoa Quesadillas
- Coconut Quinoa Granola
- Chicken Quesadillas
That Fit Fam
We surprisingly already have all these ingredients in the fridge! I guess I know what i'll be making for breakfast tomorrow!! Thanks!
I have never thought to make a breakfast quesadillas! This is such a perfect, easy weeknight meal the whole family would love!
Yummmm!!! I do miss eggs, but I have been wondering if my body would be ok with egg whites and I'd certainly be open testing it out with this healthy breakfast!
I've been making egg scrambles (basically a lazy omelet) every morning this week. It's such a great way to load up with protein and veggies to start the day. Ad the red & green colors just look yummy. 🙂
I love protein-packed breakfasts too! This looks like a great way to start my day!
We use to make quesadillas all the time for breakfast, some sweet, some savory. We will definitely have to make them again soon. Looks simply delicious!
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
Would love to wake up to this breakfast! These look amazing!
Wow! these look delicious! My husband is the only one in my family who loves savory breakfasts...and I'm sure he would go gaga over these!
Wow...what a great way to kick start the day!! Just looks so appetising.
These are seriously protein packed and the egg whites make it so convenient! I love that you added red pepper - that's a stunning ingredient I don't use often enough.
Those look so delicious. I love the idea that because they are high protein it keeps the snacking in check, I have a hard time with snacks. Lol. Definitely pinning for later! 🙂 xo starla.batesATyahoo.com
Sonali- The Foodie Physician
I'm a big believer in the importance of starting the day off with a healthy breakfast, so to me this looks absolutely perfect! I love the versatility of quesadillas (I'm actually posting one tomorrow), making one with eggs for breakfast is such a great idea!
The protein of a good breakfast really helps to start the day.
I love breakfast foods any time of day. We have eggs and "something" for dinner at least once a week
Dolores Hancock James
I have been making something much like this for years but this sounds like it will be right up my veggie loving path and, if truth be told, healthier. Thanks for the wonderful recipes.
I love making omelettes!! Nothing better than with fresh veggies straight from the garden!!
I love making omelettes with fresh garden produce, but now I'm going to start adding veggies to quesadillas as well!
Looks yummy, although I still enjoy my truly cage-free eggs with dark yellow yolks! It's a fat my body can handle & my brain loves, and the flavor beats store-bought eggs hands down! Will be trying this recipe next weekend!
Love omelettes but can't imagine one without the whole egg! I just might have to give this a try 🙂
An all veggie quesadilla! I love it.