Megan Monday: What's your comfort food?

Monday, March 14, 2011

These are extremely un-photogenic. They apologize. They are, however, delicious. My mom’s enchiladas are my all time favorite comfort food (my mom better remember to make them for me, even when I’m 80 years old. Yes, she will still be alive then), but comfort foods can often be laden with butter, carbs and a whole mess of other tasty but unhappy things. Never underestimate your ability to lighten up a heavy favorite.
Your task for the week, Megan- leave a comment with your all time favorite comfort food, and I will make a lightened up version next week.

Serves 4-6
6 whole wheat tortillas
1 can enchilada sauce
1 bag raw spinach
2-3 cooked chicken breasts, diced
1/2 sliced onion
1 sliced green or red pepper
1 small can diced green chiles
1/2 cup low fat cheese, if desired

In a large casserole dish, spoon sauce to lightly cover bottom of dish. One at a time, add tortillas; drizzle with sauce. To tortillas, add a small handful of chicken, spinach, cheese and sliced onion and pepper. Roll tortillas, place in dish. Repeat with all tortillas. When dish is full, cover with remainder of sauce, top enchiladas with green chiles.
Bake for 15 minutes at 350.
Serve with low fat sour cream, salsa, sliced avocado, and black beans.

TIP: Replace white flour carbs with whole-wheat ones. Be mindful that they often have the same calorie count, but they are complex carbs; they keep you more full because of the higher fiber count.


Megan said...

Oh my goodness! I have spent the last week thinking about this difficult task of selecting a comfort food to make healthier...what can I say, I love so much delicious food. I have missed my deadline as it's Monday morning today, but it took me all week to think about the answer! I have decided that guacamole is my true delicious weakness, and even though I am sure you just grab some avocados and mash them together, you have to remember that I don't know anything about cooking, so I really have no idea how to make this. Since everyone else probably knows how to mash avocados, I will add a second item (hey, this may be the only time I get to make requests!)...I would also like a delicious recipe for making muffins/cupcakes because I would like to become a good person who bakes things. This recipe does not have to be healthy...oh, and don't forget the frosting...haha! Yum...Thanks Ali!

AB said...

Good feedback, Megan! I take a lot for granted in the way of cooking- I've been doing it a long time, but I know what it's like to see things I don't understand and go, how the heck am I supposed to make that?! I'm still waiting for the day I learn to poach an egg and make a bearnaise sauce. Anyway, guac will be on next week's post. I will include some healthy dippers to go with, as the usual chip is not usually the best option...great idea!

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