Friday, January 24, 2014

Skinny Mexican Casserole

Are you guys seeing a pattern here? I told you that I looooove Mexican, and that is NO lie! I was a little skeptical about this recipe when I saw the idea for it because it says that 1/6 of this (which is a HUGE amount) is less than 300 calories. I started plugging in the ingredients (and made a few of my own changes) into my calorie counting app and realized that it is not too good to be true! It is amazing how many calories and grams of fat you can save by using easy substitutions, and you really end up  not compromising on the taste.  I made a few changes to the recipe that I used for inspiration and here is my final recipe! It is super tasty, and since we are just a family of 2 we were able to have plenty of left overs for lunch!

Skinny Mexican Casserole

  • 1/2 lb Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 can Reduced Sodium Black Beans (Rinsed and Drained)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup Fat-Free Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese
  • 1 cup Fat Free Sour Cream
  • 1 10 oz can Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 can Mild Rotel (drained)
  • 4 Flat Out brand wraps (or similar low cal/low carb wrap ~90 cals)
  • 1/2 cup un-frozen corn
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Brown ground turkey, onions, garlic, chili powder and cumin over medium-high heat in a non-stick pan until meat is cooked through
  3. Stir in drained black beans and rotel and mix well. Let your mixture heat through about 3-4 minutes then remove from heat.
  4. In a bowl, stir together sour cream, cottage cheese, and corn.
  5. Coat a 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick spray. Place 2 wraps on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Top the wraps with half of the meat mixture, then half of the sour cream mixture, then half of the enchilada sauce. Repeat layers.
  7. Bake covered for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the cheese on top of casserole. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
  • This makes 6 large servings at 279 calories per serving. If you want to, you could make this 8 servings and serve with a side salad instead and it would cut the calories to 209 per serving.

And there you have it! Typically I don't think of Mexican food or casseroles being low cal, but with a few alterations it can fit into your calorie budget and it is still super yummy! Enjoy!

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