Wednesday, November 18, 2009

BBQ Beef & Bean Sandwiches and Butternut Squash

We eat a lot of tortillas here. A lot. It really is the go-to meal around here. Whether it's a quick ham and turkey wrap or a quesadilla, tortillas are eaten almost every day. So when one would normally put a meal on a bun or bread, we often will choose tortillas.

My favorite are from The Santa Fe Tortilla Company, these are whole wheat, 100 calories, and they taste delicious! Another 100 calorie option for these beef and bean sandwiches would be Arnold Selects Sandwich Thins. I use these for burgers all the time.

This is one of two recipes from a single 3 1/2 lb. boneless beef chuck roast. I cook the meat in the crock pot and make a shredded beef master recipe, then separate and freeze it for 2 easy meals. The other meal is usually beef, bean and corn fajitas. I found these recipes in a crockpot magazine years ago and it is one of our favorites.
Today I paired these sandwiches with butternut squash. I kept it simple and didn't add anything to the squash, it's sweet and delicious with just some salt and pepper.

BBQ Beef and Bean Sandwiches

1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 can barbeque baked beans
1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Mix everything in slow cooker on low until heated and ready to serve. Toast tortilla in skillet or use a 100 calorie sandwich thin and serve. 9 - 1/2 cup portions of meat.

Total calories = about 1840 (it's harder to guess with the meat but this is a pretty good estimate)

9 - 1/2 cup servings with tortilla = 305 calories per sandwich

Barbecue beef tortilla + 9 oz. butternut squash = 405 calorie dinner

Butternut Squash

Cut squash in half lengthwise. Place on baking sheet with about 1/2 cup water on the baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour - 1 1/2 hours depending on size of squash. Add salt and pepper, enjoy!

About 10 calories per ounce of squash.

Calories calculated from, some numbers are rounded and approximate.

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