Lightened Up Butternut Squash Enchilades-Meat/Veg/Vegan Options

My husband told me vegetables don’t belong in enchiladas…

He’s a silly one, that husband. I guess he prefers his enchiladas/burritos filled with freetos, dorritos, oozing cheese, and 20 minutes later a side of I probably shouldn’t have ate that like ever.

Oh I love him. But definitely not after he eats those burritos.

Speaking of love, the other day it was pouring rain outside and my kids took the longest naps they have ever taken, at the same time. 35 minutes friends…haha I kid, but seriously. Most days that’s as long as their naps last.

This nap was a two plus hour one and during that time I accomplished more than I usually do in a week (although I still didn’t shower.) It was marvelous, I felt like superwoman.

During that time I prepped and made dinner for that night so It would be ready to go come that afternoon. I believe they call that ‘being prepared.’ What a wonderful idea…I really should be prepared more often.

Lightened Up Butternut Squash Enchiladas-Meat/Veg/Vegan options


1 small butternut squash-peeled and diced

coconut oil/olive oil


2 c. cooked and shredded chicken, or 2 cups chickpeas just slightly mashed, or an assortment of roasted veggies

2 TB. coconut oil/or butter

3 TB. whole wheat flour

16 oz. chicken broth, or veggie broth

1-2 TB. chopped fresh basil, or other herbs

8 whole wheat tortillas

shredded cheese of choice/goat cheese-optional


1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Add diced butternut squash onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Toss with a little 1-2 TB. melted oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until squash is tender.

2. Once done, turn oven temp down to 350 and keep cooked squash on baking sheet and divide amount in half. Using a fork, mash half of the squash the best you can. It doesn’t have to be perfect or totally pureed, just a chunky mash. Leave the other half to set aside.

3. In a saucepan add the 2 TB. of coconut oil and let melt over medium heat. Whisk in flour until combined and continue whisking until the paste begins to bubble. Whisk in broth until combined. Bring mixture to a bubble, whisking every so often. Turn down the heat to low and stir in the mashed butternut squash. Toss in fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper.

3. In a bowl filled with cooked chicken, or beans, or veggies, add in the rest of the cubed butternut squash. Then pour over half of the sauce that was just prepared, and mix together. (Save the other half for on top of the butternut squash.)

4. Fill and roll your tortillas and place them in a baking dish. Top the enchiladas with the rest of the sauce and if desired sprinkle a little amount of cheese on top. Bake for about 20 or so minutes.

These can be completely cheese less and you wouldn’t even notice. Well…my husband would, which is why ours have cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

You know what pairs best with these enchiladas?

Two energetic and happy kids whose bedtime went from 7:30 to 10:30 that night because they weren’t tired..due to the naps.

Come to think of it, who needs a two hour window to accomplish things anyway?


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  1. These sound wonderful! The hubs n’ I are both fans of butternut squash, and I think the goat cheese would pair really well. (Goat cheese lover over here!)

  2. I love love butternut squash! I will only buy it pre-chopped because I would chop my hand off if I had to do it myself. These look perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ooh these look fantastic! I love butternut squash. We’re actually having butternut squash lasagna tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ooh wow. I love enchiladas. I make a black bean, goat cheese and butternut squash wrap that looks similar – but I am sooo missing that cheese!

  5. Those look so good! I have always loved enchiladas, but have not had them in the several years since I went dairy free. Without being smothered in cheese, they don’t sound as good… I’ll have to try those guys out though, see if I can stand it without the dairy ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh my goodness those look AMAZING!! Definitely going on my pinterest board!

  7. hsiaolei says:

    Yum…these look so delicious. Love butternut squash and goat cheese together.
    BTW…my 3 1/2 year old son can’t nap or he goes to bed at 10:00 pm instead of 7:00. Makes for a super long night.

  8. MM never thought of using squash in enchiladas, let alone as the sauce!! thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. These look gooood ๐Ÿ™‚ my boyfriend was asking me to make us enchiladas some time ago, I completely forgot about it!! We’ve both never tried enchiladas before ((it’s fun to say though ๐Ÿ˜› )) and we’ll be changing that soon ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!!

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