Well, last night I decided to make my Chicken Enchilada recipe, but do so with fewer calories/fat, thus having it be less points per serving. I've made TONS of different variations of this recipe trying to get one that tastes as close to the original as possible. Well, with the new Mission Carb Balance WHITE tortillas, I think I came pretty close. My hubby said they were delicious. (he's not too fond of the variation I make with fat free cream cheese/green onions instead of shredded cheese, but I LOVE IT). The best part is these seem to be even better re-heated! Yay for leftovers!! Now let me just say there is SO MUCH you can do to "doll" this recipe up, it's insane, but I'll just post the simple/basic one for you here. Do KNOW that you NEED to calculate your own points if you use different brands of ingredients, etc.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Chicken Enchiladas (sorry, forgot to take a picture)
10 Mission Carb Balance Soft Taco Size flour Tortillas. (these are only 110 calories each with 11 grams of FIBER!) According to the WW slider, these are 1 pt. If you do the points calculator found online, the points come to zero. The reason for this is WW puts a cap on fiber at 4 grams. So, do as you wish. I calculated them as 1 "small ;)" point each. I LOVE that they have SO MUCH FIBER and they taste awesome. SO MUCH LIKE THE REAL thing, it's scary! ha ha. Oh and Mission has Carb Balance tortillas in all sorts of sizes. Some of them are brown instead of white, but they taste just as good! I went with the white ones since they "look" more like the real thing, thus fooling my family even more ;)
1 20 oz. can of Enchilada sauce. - I used Rosarita Mild Enchilada Red Sauce. (it's our favorite) and it's 20 calories per serving and has 1 gram of fiber in that.
1 lb of chicken
2 cups of shredded cheese- I used the 2% milk Kraft Mexican Style shredded cheese. Now in this step, you obviously could use more cheese than I have here by using a fat free version or the WW cheese. I didn't have either of those on hand, so I used what I had. Just calculate your points accordingly.
-chop and sauté a cup of onions and add them to the enchilada sauce before putting the dish together.
-add some white rice or spanish rice into each of the tortillas as you make them. (BE SURE TO ADD THE POINTS ACCORDINGLY!)
-you can add black olives
-it's yummy to add salsa on the top of these when done and that doesn't add any points!
-you can also add salsa in with the chicken to give it some extra flavor and will help out if you reduce the amount of cheese you may need or if you use a lower fat/calorie cheese.
-you can add a dollop of sour cream on top of your enchiladas when done cooking. Fat free wouldn't even add any points if you kept it to 1-2 tablespoons of the fat free sour cream. Or add 1 pt if you use light sour cream. :)
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Cook the chicken until cooked through and chop/shred. I boil mine and then put in a food processor to chop it up. (so much quicker that way and you don't have to wait for it to cool down so you don't burn your fingers trying to shred it).
-Get out a 9X13 dish and spread a small amount of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the dish, just to cover the bottom.
-Poor some enchilada sauce on a plate for dipping the tortillas.
-Dip the tortilla in enchilada sauce and set in the dish. put about 1/4 cup chopped chicken (just evenly distribute it among the 10 or however many tortillas you have) in the tortilla. Add about 1/8 cup of the cheese (again just evenly distribute it allowing some leftover for the top of the enchiladas when done)
-Roll up the tortilla and continue this process with the remaining tortillas. Poor remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the dish (helps give flavor and keep them from getting too dried out while cooking).
-Sprinkle any remaining chicken on the top and then top with remaining shredded cheese.
-Cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubble and heated through.
Using these ingredients, I calculated each enchilada to be 4 pts and these are big! YUM! Obviously BE SURE to add any points for any of the optional things you choose to add, unless it's salsa or onions or small amount of fat free sour cream :)