Back in the Kitchen (Back on the blog!) **TORTILLAS**

It feels like I barely cooked for 18 months! I know my family ate. (I know we bought a lot of precooked chickens last winter. And healthy pre-made food is expensive!) While healing from chronic Lyme, and MCAS and various other new diagnoses, cooking took a back seat. (So did blogging). Of course, healthy eating is so key to healing, but it was a struggle to keep up with life spend the amount of time I used to spend on creating healthy homemade food.

A recent diagnosis of having severely low DHEA (pre-hormone from your adrenals that allows the production of cortisol, and other hormones) made me feel better, just know it was possible to measure in a lab how exhausted my body always is! (The over-achiever in me feels better anyway).

I have started a new supplement specially compounded for me that my body seems to be accepting! So with renewed hope in more energy coming, and finding a cookbook to help me with inflammation-reducing recipes for my healing body, I venture into the kitchen to create a tortilla using non-grain flours. (Grains are going to be off the menu for quite some time for me).

I was inspired when I found the Lectin Free Mama blog, and her cassava tortilla recipe. Of course due to our MCAS and multiple food allergies, I can never seem to just find a recipe that works for us. Cassava is a common cross-reaction protein for people with celiac, and it feels almost like eating gluten to us. I also have a daughter with a major dairy sensitivity. So I looked to tigernut flour, and palm shortening, looking at how some other bloggers combine flours with tigernut to get the right consistency, and VOILA! I am so glad I did not give up and decided to go for it!

I am SUPER excited about how these tortillas came out! I believe they are Plant Paradox friendly (I am new to that food list).

SPRING’S TORTILLAS

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 c. shortening (softened but not liquid)

1 1/2 c. tigernut flour

1 c. arrowroot flour

1 c. warm water

2-3 tbs coconut flour until right texture achieved

I mixed the first two flours and the shortening in my kitchen-aid until crumbly. And then added the warm water. I then stirred in coconut flour one tablespoon at a time until the flour no longer stuck to the bowl. The texture to touch was fluffy and not sticky.

I weight 2 oz-ish on my scale so they would be similar in size, and pressed them in my electric tortilla maker. I experimented with times between 1 minute and two, and somewhere in the middle was my favorite. (Cooking both sides at once, it does not take as long as in a skillet).

Recipe makes 8 tortillas at this size. (I also experimented with how flat I wanted to press them for different thickness, hence the bigger thin one at the bottom of this plate!)

When I was done, I called my daughters down to help me test them out! We heated one up in wet paper towels in the microwave for 25-30 seconds, and then put a piece of leftover turkey and some lettuce in it to see how well it “wrapped.”

Success! The flavor is so subtle, we could really taste the fresh turkey, and there was no weird after taste (sometimes grain-free taste like love-at-first-bite-and-no-thanks-at-last-bite according to my girls 😉 )

Happy-Healthy-Eating!

Spring

SPRING’S TORTILLAS

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening (softened but not liquid)
  • 1 1/2 cup tigernut flour
  • 1 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut flour until right mixture achieved

Instructions

  • I mixed the first two flours and the shortening in my kitchen-aid until crumbly. And then added the warm water. I then stirred in coconut flour one tablespoon at a time until the flour no longer stuck to the bowl. The texture to touch was fluffy and not sticky.
  • I weight 2 oz-ish on my scale so they would be similar in size, and pressed them in my electric tortilla maker. I experimented with times between 1 minute and two, and somewhere in the middle was my favorite. (Cooking both sides at once, it does not take as long as in a skillet).
  • Recipe makes 8 tortillas at this size. (I also experimented with how flat I wanted to press them for different thickness, hence the bigger thin one at the bottom of this plate!)
  • When I was done, I called my daughters down to help me test them out! We heated one up in wet paper towels in the microwave for 25-30 seconds, and then put a piece of leftover turkey and some lettuce in it to see how well it “wrapped.”
  • Success! The flavor is so subtle, we could really taste the fresh turkey, and there was no weird after taste (sometimes grain-free taste like love-at-first-bite-and-no-thanks-at-last-bite according to my girls

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