Cute Lunch Idea: A Rudolph Quesadilla

Prepare for Santa's arrival with this adorable reindeer-inspired lunch


Photography by Jill Dubien

This Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer quesadilla was so easy to make! Can you guess what I used to make it? A large gingerbread man cookie cutter! You just turn that gingerbread man upside down and it makes a perfect reindeer. The legs become the antlers and the arms become the ears—so easy and so fun! My kiddos love quesadillas, so this lunch was a real hit with them and I’ll probably be making it several more times over the holidays. Here’s how you can enjoy it this Christmas, too.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 slice of cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice of baby tomato for the nose
  • 2 small circles of mozzarella cheese
  • Black food colouring
  • A large gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • A frying pan or sandwich press
  • Non-stick cooking spray


1. Using your large gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut two gingerbread men out of your whole wheat tortillas.

2. Put your slice of cheddar cheese in between the 2 tortilla pieces. I tore some off so I would have some cheese over all the areas.

3. Spray a non-stick pan or sandwich press with non-stick cooking spray and turn to medium heat.

4. Place your quesadilla in the pan and cook until lightly browned. If you’re using a frying pan you’ll have to flip it to cook both sides. Remove from heat.

5. Place the gingerbread man quesadilla on a plate, upside down. It’s now a reindeer!

6. Put your slice of tomato on the reindeer for it’s nose.

7. Put your 2 circles of mozzarella cheese on your reindeer for the eyes. Use a dab of black food colouring to colour in the eyes. Alternatively, you could use 2 black olive slices for the eyes.

Merry Christmas everyone! This rudolph quesadilla will be a perfect lunch today to welcome Rudolph guiding the sleigh tonight. Your kids will just love it!


Jill Dubien is a working mom who loves to craft and cook with her kiddos in her spare time. She has an awesome and supportive husband and 2 wonderful kids—a daughter who is 4 and a son who is 3. Before she had kids, Jill couldn’t cook much of anything except toast and cereal, and really despised being in the kitchen. Jill blogs at Meet the Dubiens, where she shares lots of fun foods and crafts for kids. You’ll find more of her cute recipe ideas here.

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