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Snowflake Quesadillas and Hot Vanilla

These recipes were inspired by The Snowy Day. To learn more about the book and to see all of our Snowy Day activities, click here


snowflake quesadilla with zucchini spread and mozzarella 


Snowflake Quesadilla

Zucchini Spread Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1-15 ounce can cannellini beans
  •  1/3 cup nonfat cottage cheese or part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper
  1. If you want the filling to be very light in color, peel the zucchini (we didn't). Shred the zucchini in a food processor or with a box grater. 
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute shredded zucchini until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, drain and rinse beans. 
  3. Transfer cooked zucchini to a food processor and add beans, cottage or ricotta cheese, salt, and pepper to taste. Process until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrap down sides if necessary. 
    Note: Leftover spread is delicious with baby carrots and other vegetables or as a dip with crackers! 

For Each Quesadilla

  • 2 flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • about 1/3 cup zucchini spread
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Take one tortilla and fold in half, and then fold into thirds to make a triangle with six layers. 
  3. Cut out a snowflake design with a small paring knife or kitchen shears, similar to making coffee filter snowflakes. 
  4. Place one full torialla on a baking sheet. Top with zucchini spread, mozarella cheese, and snowflake tortilla. 
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes. 
  6. Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Hot Vanilla

hot vanilla milk with cinnamon

Inspired by the hot chocolate so often enjoyed on snowy days, this hot vanilla is equally appropriate for the occasion with its snowy color. 


  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  1. Pour milk into a microwave safe mug. Stir in sugar until combined. 
  2. Microwave for about 90 seconds, or until heated. Stir in vanilla and top with a dash of cinnamon.



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