Saturday, February 25, 2017

Low Carb Enchilada Casserole (with Low Carb, Grain Free "Tortillas"!)

Something I really enjoy is a good dinner of enchiladas. But I've been avoiding them while eating lower carb, because the corn tortillas are pretty high in carbs (about 11 grams each). Then the other day I was deciding what to do with my fresh, whole butternut squash and as I started to cut it up I thought... hey, the neck of this squash would look a lot like corn tortillas if I sliced it into thin rounds! And so I did! I peeled the neck, cut 1/4" slices, and tossed them with a tablespoon or so of avocado oil, salt, and pepper. I laid them on a cookie sheet lined with nonstick foil, ready to roast!

low carb tortillas

After 12 minutes at 450 degrees, I flipped the slices over. Then I continued to roast them for 12-13 more minutes, until they had just started to brown.

When they were cooled, I used them in place of corn tortillas in this recipe: Best Enchilada Lasagna.

Here is the basic recipe:

2 cups of shredded cooked chicken
2 cups of shredded colby jack cheese (reduced fat, if you prefer)
2 - 2 1/2 cups of enchilada sauce (check the carbs, or make your own using the recipe in the link above)
about 16 roasted butternut squash "tortillas"

Layer in a casserole dish as follows:
layer of "tortillas"
1/3 of the chicken
handful of cheese

repeat twice, end with "tortillas," sauce, and cheese. I also added some diced green chiles.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let rest about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

low carb enchilada bake

1 ounce of corn tortilla has 62 calories and 13 g carbs.
1 ounce of butternut squash has 13 calories and 3 g carbs, saving you 49 calories and 10 g carbs per ounce. Plus with the squash, you get all the nutrition of this delicious veggie, including 60% of your RDA of Vitamin A! Plus it just tastes better.

I will definitely be trying this again, using seasoned lean ground beef in place of the chicken. Hope you like it too!


Anonymous said...

Is this a typical style of meal for you?

Lyn said...


I'm not sure what style you mean, but usually I have more on my plate than this for dinner. Like maybe a salad on the side... but I just wasn't hungry that evening so this was enough. I guess more often I have several things on my plate. If you scroll back through the last couple months on my blog, there are both photos and written descriptions of what I'd been eating.

Anonymous said...

What's the white stuff on the plate? Yogurt?

Lyn said...

last Anon~

It's sour cream, but Greek yogurt would be just as good!

Anonymous said...

Now that is a cool idea. Squash tortilla rounds. I bet you could fry/crisp them a bit and use them for Paleo tostadas.

Anonymous said...

What about weigh in, exercise, how is your health?

Lyn said...

last Anon~

will write an update soon!