There are two things I hear all the time from people that are skeptical about going low carb:
“I don’t have time to cook healthy”.
“I’ll miss my favorite foods”.
Well I’m about to blow away these two excuses in your mind.
I get it about the no time thing. I’m a busy working Mom with three kids that have activity calendars that make my Cozi app say “Really???”. But cooking healthy for your family does not have to be complicated and time consuming. You can still use store bought shortcuts, use your crock pot and Instant Pot and even do freezer meals. Healthy food does not have to be time consuming.
And yes, you can have your favorite recipes!! I don’t care what your favorite food is… you can modify any recipe and make it work for your new lifestyle. I have yet to find a family favorite that I can’t de-carb.
Take for example my family’s beloved enchiladas. My family LOVES this dish, and in fact it is my middle child’s favorite food on earth. There is no way my family could get behind healthy eating if I took away their enchiladas!
When you are modifying a family favorite start by taking a look at the ingredients and see how you can “do better”. Enchiladas are super easy because the carbs really come from the tortillas, seasoning, and sauce.
Next swap out the high carb ingredients for lower carb options. Start with low carb tortillas. I love the Mission brand. I use 3 net carb tortillas (the small fajita size) for this recipe, but you could use larger ones if you like. You’ll need 16 of these yummy tortillas for this recipe.
Next, stop buying store taco seasoning!! Seriously stop! You can make better seasoning that is lower in sugar and contains no weird ingriedents you can’t pronounce.
Here’s my taco seasoning recipe that I love. I make this up in large quantities and keep it in my spice cabinet so it’s always ready to go.
Finally, there is the sauce. You can make you own low carb sauce, but I wanted to make this quick and easy for you so I did store bought. This enchilada sauce is 4 carbs a 1/4 cup so you could do better…. but it ends up being just fine when everything is totaled up.
So now that we have our better ingredients let’s get started:
Start with a pound of hamburger or turkey. Brown it up!
Next to make these enchiladas super creamy and decadent I add in 4 tablespoons (1/2 the brick) of cream cheese. Can we say yum?
Now let’s roll… literally!
Roll up the enchiladas and place them seam side down in the pan.
Bake in a 350 degree oven uncovered for about 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and a bit golden.
That’s it! Now just enjoy with your family and a nice side salad.
So the question of the hour… how many carbs? Well these babies have 6 net carbs a enchilada! So you can eat 2-3 of these!!
So who says you can’t eat better and still have your favorite foods?? Definitely not me!!
Low Carb Beef Enchiladas
1lb ground beef
1/2 cup water
4T cream cheese (1/2 brick)
16 Low carb tortillas (I like Mission)
2-3 cups shredded cheddar (divided)
1 can (2 cups) Enchilada Sauce
Preheat oven to 350
Brown meat and drain. Add taco seasoning and water and simmer a few minutes. Add in cream cheese and melt.
Pour a little enchilada sauce on bottom of greased 9 x13 pan to lightly coat.
Place hamburger mix, and sprinkle of cheese in middle of tortilla and roll up. Place in pan crease side down.
Pour remaining enchilada sauce on top until covered. Sprinkle 2-3 cups of cheese on top.
Bake 350 uncovered for 30 minutes or until golden brown.