Absolutely Delicious, Skinny Beef And Be

Absolutely Delicious, Skinny Beef And Bean Enchilada Casserole♥
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Forget all the tortilla rolling, I’ve got a skinny twist that’s easy to assemble and really, really good. This casserole has many of the same ingredients of a classic enchilada and some updated skinny ones too. For example, instead of adding a large amount of high fat cheese, I’m adding fat free cottage cheese to the layers and only topping with ½ cup of shredded reduced-fat cheese. The cottage cheese adds a rich, cheesy flavor. In addition, I’m using fat free sour cream and very lean ground beef. The skinny for 1 serving, 285 calories, 4 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. One full fat serving has 429 calories and 24g fat. Best of all, this Mexican-style dish is loaded with flavor!

Prep Time: 25 minutes (includes browning the beef)
Bake Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients for Enchiladas:

8 ounces (½ of a 1-pound package) extra lean ground beef, I used Trader Joe’s 96/4, see healthy benefits

1 cup onions, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1 (15-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (4-oz) can Fire Roasted Diced Green Chiles, see shopping tip

1 cup fat free sour cream

½ cup fresh corn kernels (cut from 1 cob) or ½ cup frozen and thawed

¼ cup fat free cottage cheese

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

8 (6-inch) Mission yellow corn tortillas, extra thin, see shopping tip

1 (10-oz) can enchilada sauce, see shopping tip

Ingredients for Topping:

¾ cup tomatoes, chopped

⅓ cup scallions, sliced

½ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9” square pan with cooking spray. Glass or metal pan is fine.

2. In a large nonstick pan, cook the beef, onions, garlic, chili powder and cumin over medium-high heat until onions are tender and beef is no longer pink. Stir often, breaking up the beef. Stir in black beans, undrained chile peppers and mix well. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, corn, cottage cheese and garlic powder.

4. Place 4 tortillas, overlapping on the bottom of pan. Top with half the meat mixture, half the sour cream mixture and half the enchilada sauce. Reserve topping ingredients until baked. Repeat layers.

5. Cover casserole with foil. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until heated through. Remove from oven, sprinkle with tomatoes, scallions and cheese evenly over the top of the casserole. Bake uncovered for about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

6. Remove from oven and let sit for about 10 minutes to set. Cut into 6 servings. Remove servings with a spatula Note: It holds together even better if baked and refrigerated overnight. Just before serving, heat in a 350 degree oven or microwave until hot. Cut into 6 slices.

Makes 6 servings (each serving, 1 slice)

Food Fact
White or yellow corn tortillas are pretty interchangeable in most recipes. The main difference between the two is simply the color of the corn from which it is made. In terms of taste, yellow corn tortillas tend to be a little more earthy and rustic, while white tortillas are a little lighter and finely textured.

Healthy Benefit
Trader Joe’s extra lean ground beef is a terrific, healthy choice. It has 130 calories and 4 grams of fat for 4 ounces. If you can’t find beef this lean, be sure to drain the fat in a colander after browning it. This step will cut the fat way down.

One serving of this casserole has an amazing 9 grams of fiber!

Rinsing canned beans before adding to any dish cut the sodium way down.

Shopping Tips
You’ll find the can of diced Fire Roasted Diced Green Chiles in the Mexican foods aisle where salsa is sold. Trader Joe’s also sells it.

Mission (extra thin) yellow corn tortillas are sold in most supermarkets. They’re only 40 calories each compared to most tortillas at 60 calories. If you can’t find them just use the regular…

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