Friday, January 3, 2014

Crab and Spinach Enchiladas

     After the holidays, I'm glad I have cookbooks like the Betty Crocker 300 Calorie Cookbook.  I'm not one for cleanses or detoxes. I just try to eat more sensibly and get back to my standard 1600 calorie a day intake. Recipes like these enchiladas are great because they are filling, but super-low in calories. Each of these enchiladas come in at around 300 calories. Have two of these and some black beans and a bit of rice and you've got a great meal in the 600 calorie range. As always, and notes or changes are in blue.

Crabmeat and Spinach Enchiladas
via Betty Crocker 300 Calorie Cookbook
  • 1 cup chunky-style salsa (if you can use home-made, you'll save yourself some unneeded preservatives and sodium)
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce (if you want to do a bit of fusion here, use Sriracha)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I used 1 tablespoon of dried. If you can't stand cilantro, you could always swap in parsley or basil)
  • 1 pound refrigerated chunk-style imitation crabmeat (as I call it, "Crabuluxe")
  • 2 cups frozen cut leaf spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Spray 13x9 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray (I can't imagine anything cataclysmic is going to happen if you don't use glass. However, if you use Corningware and subsequently die, please don't blame me)
  2. In a small bowl, mix salsa, chili sauce, cumin and cilantro.
  3. In a medium bowl, break up crabmeat and combine with spinach, Pepper Jack cheese and 1/4 cup of the sauce mixture. Spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce mixture over the bottom of the baking dish (because spreading the mixture under the baking dish would just be stupid).
  4. Top each tortilla with about 2/3 cup of the crabmeat mixture; roll up. Place tortillas, seam side down, in baking dish. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  5. Spray sheet of foil with cooking spray. Cover dish with foil, sprayed side down (I'm going to tell you that if you need to be instructed to put the sprayed side down, maybe you should just order out instead) Bake 35-40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. 
Good times!


  1. You would forgive me if I use real crab instead, right? This sounds good!

    1. Whatever works! We use the Crabuluxe because we can get it for about $2.50 a pound.

  2. I am enjoying your sense of humor. Love a guy with a sense of humor AND one that can cook! Have a great day!