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Nov 24

Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite meals and I look forward to it all year round. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and my favorite: gravy. I swoon just thinking about it. Every year I get requests to make a recipe using thanksgiving leftovers and until now I hadn’t because while many families make similar thanksgiving dishes, they generally do not have similar nutrition information. Since I provide nutrition info and Weight Watchers points for all of my recipes I’ve always struggled with this idea, because if I tell people to use their leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes, the calorie range could really be anything depending on how they were prepared.

This year when I started thinking about a leftover recipe I realized that there are a few Thanksgiving leftovers that have pretty common nutrition stats: turkey breast meat and cranberry sauce. Aha! I decided to do a twist on the traditional turkey/cranberry/cream cheese sandwich and make it into this Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla for fun. With less bread in the mix, the main ingredients really shine. I also added a drizzle of balsamic glaze to add a little tangy zip. Note that in the photos I drizzled on the outside (and accidentally drizzled a bit too much – oops), but I definitely suggest drizzling on the inside when you do it – it’s less messy to eat that way! I also meant to add a layer of fresh baby spinach leaves but somehow those didn’t make it into my shopping cart, so I marked them as optional – feel free to add them in! Besides adding flavor and nutrients, I think it’d add another pretty color to the mix.

Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

Though my favorite way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers will always be to mix them all together in a bowl and microwave it for a steamy, warm bowl of my favorite comfort foods, this is something I will definitely make again. It’s a fun way to eat the leftovers and would make a great lunch on black Friday or late night option once your Thanksgiving main meal coma has worn off a little. How do you eat your leftovers?

Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

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Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

Yield: 1 quesadilla


  • 1 light original flatout (or other high fiber/low point wrap or tortilla)
  • 1 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • A pinch of dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons whole berry cranberry sauce, homemade or canned
  • 2 oz cooked turkey breast
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze (I used Wegmans brand, though other brands do sell it – you can also make your own, it’s really easy!)
  • Optional (not pictured or included in nutrition information): fresh baby spinach leaves


  1. Lay the flatout or wrap on a clean, flat surface. Spread the cream cheese over one half of the wrap. Sprinkle a pinch of thyme over the cream cheese and then spread the cranberry sauce over the top. Place the turkey in a layer over the cranberry sauce and add optional spinach leaves if desired (I meant to add these but forgot to buy them – oops!). Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the turkey (I drizzled mine on the outside at the end for the sake of looking fancy in the photos, but I recommend drizzling it inside – less messy to eat!). Fold the bare half of the wrap over the filling.
  2. Mist a skillet with cooking spray and bring over medium heat. Place the filled quesadilla on the skillet and mist the top with cooking spray as well. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side or until the outside is golden and the contents are heated.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints:
9 per quesadilla (SP calculated using the recipe builder on

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
7 per quesadilla (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on

Nutrition Information:
277 calories, 31 g carbs, 12 g sugars, 9 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 25 g protein, 10 g fiber (from

An Emily Bites Original


5 Responses to “Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla”

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    Anonymous — November 25, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    Ooooo Emily…This is calling my name. I made your crockpot cranberry sauce recently and froze some and have some in fridge. It is delicious. I have everything BUT the turkey but that will come on Thursday after dinner at my sister’s house. . Thanks for a great way to use leftovers. I just might buy a small turkey to roast and use just for soup, sandwiches and all these yummy ideas. Thanks for a great blog and fantastic recipes. Nancy

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    Brittany E. — November 25, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    These look so good, almost like something you could get at like Panera or something but less salt! These would be good year round! yum!

  3. #
    choco-addict — November 29, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    nice blog =) good recipes

  4. #
    Mary Ann — December 1, 2013 @ 12:22 am

    Emily, so good! Made it tonight with Thanksgiving leftovers, and it was lovely. Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you.

  5. #
    Beth — May 6, 2014 @ 12:53 am

    This was better than I expected! Holy cow….I had to fight temptation to over eat! Yum

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