I love “health-ifying” my favorite comfort foods. Not only is it fun to find ways to make typically-unwholesome foods healthier, but it helps me feel more satisfied. One of the hardest things about being on a diet is the inability to indulge in your favorite foods. By creating healthier versions of my favorite meals, I have a variety of options that nourish my body and my cravings.
I’m sorry for the overshare, but every month I get intense cravings for spicy, Mexican food. As this fervent desire for high-calorie, south-of-the-border fare is a monthly occurrence; I’m always looking for healthier alternatives to satisfy my cravings. Being a Wisconsin girl, one of my favorite Mexican entrees is the cheese enchilada. Ooey-gooey and spicy, this treat is packed with calories and will leave you in a food coma for at least four hours.
Here’s my recipe for a healthier cheese enchilada. By eliminating meat, using a reduced-fat cheese blend, and topping the entrée with Greek yogurt, this version is more figure-friendly than the enchilada platter at your local Mexican joint. The addition of colorful peppers also provides an abundance of vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as folate, potassium, and fiber. At 240 calories per enchilada, these spicy little tortillas are wholesome and tasty enough to be eaten during even the most acute cravings.