I’ve talked before about my son’s overwhelming love of onions, both raw and cooked….and my bewilderment over this fact. Raw onions have such a strong and intense flavor, yet I have seen him on more than one occasion eat handfuls of raw onions until his breath was so strong I had to turn my face away. Of course cooking onions makes them sweeter and much less sharp, but I’ve still seen some kids respond poorly to their texture. Believe me, I like onions every now and then, but my little guy could eat them morning, noon and night.

However, the real surprise came last week after I had made this recipe. Chloe had just woken up from her nap and there were several remaining pieces of the Onion and Cheese Quesadilla I had made for Kenya’s school lunch resting on the cutting board in the kitchen. She saw them and chirped, “I want some quesadilla”. I haven’t seen Chloe eat onions often, but I didn’t say anything and handed her a piece. I expected her to take one bite and be done with it. Three slices later I was proved wrong. Very wrong, obviously. Could it be that I have two onion loving kids? Then again, is it really so weird for kids to like onions or is it just weird that I think it’s so odd? No matter what the answers are, my guys loved this recipe and since it’s so easy to make, I see a lot more onions in my future.


Onion and Cheese Quesadilla

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 Small Red Onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 Tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded & divided
  • 4 Tortillas, flour, spelt or whole wheat



    Sodium: 790mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Calories: 350kcal | Fat: 20g | Protein: 17g | Carbohydrates: 27g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. I have to try this recipe…over the weekend we ordered a blooming onion and my 19 month old couldn’t get enough of it.

    2. I would like to talk about Kenya’s lunch . . . how do you keep Kenya’s food warm? Would you be willing to post her lunch items every day? Please. I struggle with my finicky son and my daughter is often teased by her classmates if she brings something they don’t understand which is a whole ‘nother topic in of itself. I’m just curious if you’d be willing to share some additional information. Thanks.

    3. Tina,

      Kenya is actually Catherine’s (the creator of this food blog) son, and you can view what is in his lunch daily by going to the home page of the weelicious site and clicking on the “school lunch” icon.

      Cheers 🙂

    4. It’s funny — my son recently decided he loves onion too. He likes them on burgers. He’s six now. We are a family of onion lovers, so it’s all good. Love the quesadilla recipe. 🙂

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