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The kid-approved way to make quesadilla magic

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Welcome to Kids & the Kitchen, our new landing pad for parents who love to cook. Head this way for kid-friendly recipes, helpful tips, and heartwarming stories galore — all from real-life parents and their little ones.

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Ask any parent, and they'll tell you: Kids are born scavengers.

If they're not coming in from the backyard clutching handfuls of twisty twigs and acorns, they're finding buttons and baubles under the couch to add to their "collection." Lately, I've started putting this "skill" to work with my two-and-a-half-year-old. "Time to go scavenging!" I'll say, holding open the door of the fridge. Into her tiny mitts go the most coveted ingredients: leftover rotisserie chicken, spinach, tomatoes, chickpeas, or even artichoke hearts.

Ah, yes, the good 'ol quesadilla. We know, we know: You've made a quesadilla before. But we'd like to remind you that it's just as fabulous for using up those two tiny bites of leftovers as is a frittata or quiche. (If you're a parent of a young child, you're probably pretty much drowning in bits and bobs of leftovers.)

Infinitely versatile and ready to welcome nearly any leftover combos in its warm, floury embrace, the quesadilla is a way to empty the crisper and concoct a........

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