Butterfly Quesadillas

I’m typically not one to make food fun. To be brutally honest, by lunchtime I am exhausted (especially since LB isn’t taking a morning nap anymore) and typically can’t muster enough creative juices to do anything but slap some food on a plate and give it to the boys. But I happened to remember seeing this idea for butterfly grilled cheese last year and quickly adapted it to my picky little eaters who refuse to eat grilled cheese! Our version isn’t nearly as cute because (a) I only had blue and yellow food coloring and (b) no cherry tomatoes for the head. Oh well…the boys loved it anyway!

Here’s what you’ll need:  tortillas, shredded cheese, butter (or butter spread), food coloring, a basting brush (or paintbrush) and a carrot. 

1. Melt about 1 T. butter in 2 separate bowls. Add the food coloring and mix!

2. Let your little one use a basting brush to brush the butter onto the tortilla (use 2 separate basting brushes if you don’t want the colors to mix…we only had 1).

All done painting!

3. Throw the tortilla painted-side down into your pan on medium heat.

4. Add cheese on one side and once it’s melted a little…

5. Fold over the sides and flip until evenly grilled.

You can make the butterfly like this with blueberries for eyes…or plain like the picture at the top of the post.

Both boys really enjoyed their butterfly quesadillas…and so did I!
You could also add chicken, onions, spinach or green/red peppers to make it a little healthier. I knew my kids wouldn’t eat them that way, so we just stuck with plain ol’ cheese. Little boogers.


  1. How cute! I love it :). We made a lot of butterfly and caterpillar food last year, I'll definitely be adding this one to our list of options. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Genius! :) My sons are suddenly in a tortilla (or as one of my sons calls them "buh-tillas") phase so this is perfect.

  3. Just read the sword fighting post also. I have twin 4 year olds so swords are big around here. I found this link last night and thought you might enjoy it. It is a shield for them to add to the fun. http://totallytots.blogspot.com/2011/05/once-upon-book-in-castle.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TotallyTots+%28Totally+Tots%29

    Ok I thought it would create link and it didn't but if cutting and pasting it doesn't work let me know. :)

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