Recipe for Low Fat
Low Calorie Enchiladas

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Yes You CAN Have Your Enchiladas & Eat Them Too!  

This article includes two recipes for enchiladas for your comparison - one that is low in fat and calories and one that is the standard Mexican fiesta.

By changing out the high calorie/high fat ingredients for healthy choices, and initiating a few minor preparation techniques, you can satisfy your taste buds without sacrifice.

You CAN enjoy your favorites without the high fat (grease, oil, lard), without the high calories, without the guilt!

One of the things that makes sticking to a diet so difficult is the feeling of deprivation. Most of us have one or two things that we really enjoy eating. Just because you're on a diet doesn't mean that you should have to restrict these favorites from your diet.

In fact, it's best to include these items because nothing will break your willpower faster than when you're hungry and you're confronted with one of your favorite food items.

Also, by deliberately preparing the items that you like best you are employing your power over what you eat. YOU are in control, NOT your tummy and NOT the food you eat.

The trick is to take out as much fat and calories as possible and still maintain that yummy taste. You can accomplish this by using healthier preparation techniques, as well as healthier ingredients - without giving up taste. Let's roll out the fiesta!

Enchilada Nutrition Comparison, Reducing Calories & Fat in Favorite Foods

Recipe for Enchiladas

Hefty Beef Supreme Enchiladas - the heavy weigh!

1 block of cheese, shredded (8 oz)
12 corn tortillas
1 can of chili (12 oz)
1 can enchilada sauce (optional)
1 onion, chopped (optional)

Fill an iron skillet with oil. Fry each corn tortilla until shell is cooked (about 10 seconds on each side). Take care while cooking, because if left too long in the pay, the tortilla will become tough. Therefore, simply place in pan, flip, remove quickly.

Drain on paper towels. Paper towels help absorb oil - which is at the top of the Diet Totem pole when it comes to calories & of course, fat.

Mexican meal.Next, fry off the chopped onion in the oil until clear. Heat the combined chili & sauce as you roll the enchiladas.

To roll, place shredded cheese on the end of the corn tortilla then roll tightly.

You will also want to pack the 'rolls' close together, but don't smash. Allow just a tiny space so that the chili mixture can ease down around the roll.

Reserve some of the cheese for the top. Layer in pan then pour the chili on top.

Top with cheese and onion. Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Eat & feel guilty for at least 2 days.

Total Calories Per Enchilada: 210 (includes all ingredients listed above)

Low Fat, Low Calorie Diet Recipe for Enchiladas

Delicious Low Fat/Calorie Beef Enchiladas - The Light Weigh

1 package of shredded low-fat cheese (8 ox)
12 corn tortillas
1 can of the leanest chili available (12 oz)
1 can of enchilada sauce (optional)
1 onion, chopped (optional)
Non-calorie cooking spray

Place stacked tortillas in about 1/2 inch of water. You can add a bit of cumin and chili powder to flavor the tortillas. Cover then place in microwave for about 1 minute, until soft. Watch closely (or you can steam the tortillas if you prefer).

Next, 'fry' onion in the non-calorie cooking spray and drain on paper towel. Heat the chili as you roll the enchiladas. To roll, place shredded cheese on the end of the corn tortilla then roll tightly. Layer in pan then pour chili on top. Next, top with cheese and onion. Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Enjoy without any guilt!!

Total Calories Per Enchilada: 112 (includes all ingredients listed above)

WOW! We have almost cut the calories in half, not to mention the fat.

We recommend Kraft fat-free shredded cheese - or a comparable product. At times the low-fat generics work very well. Also, you can place the low/no-fat cheese under the chili to promote melting. If you're pressed for time- go for the microwave.

We also recommend Wolf Brand or Hormel chili. They are both dependable and make a lower calorie/lower fat version of the chili.

Also, you can use your imagination to spice up these babies such as by adding low-fat sour cream, picante sauce, chunky salsa, black olives, chili powder, cumin, etc.

These enchiladas make wonderful leftovers. Just heat and eat. They are also very transportable.

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