Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tortilla Tuesday is here!

Tortilla Tuesday is here!

Who doesn't like Tacos and Tortillas?! My family loves them. For those of you that follow me, you know I try to make healthy choices and avoid GMO and GE foods at all costs. Sometimes we make exceptions which leaves me guilt ridden because I fed my family pesticides. Ugh. Sounds so dramatic, however I have food allergies and have to take every ingredient in our food seriously. I understand how, even insignificant, ingredients can cause someone a problem. 

For instance, I have a sensitivity to pomegranates, I ordered a popular protein shake made from real fruits and vegetables.  One of the mid, to last ingredients, was pomegranate powder.  I thought, "well, it's not a prime ingredient, I should be fine."  

I was wrong.  I had energy and wasn't hungry for the first few days, but then I just started feeling bad.  It's hard to explain, but mostly I just felt.... bad.  I started feeling sick and grumpy and I couldn't concentrate.  I felt heavy inside and couldn't get myself motivated to do anything but sit on the couch.  I thought back to how my diet had changed, which led me to realize it was the shakes.  It took a couple days to get all of it out of my system, but then I felt like myself again.  It's funny how one small ingredient can cause so many problems. 

That said, I believe that if we are using the foods laden with GMO/GE ingredients, and artificial colors we are hurting our bodies, not to mention the environment.  While I can't cut out all GMO's, mainly because our country does not require food distributors to disclose that information on the labels, I do try very hard to minimize our intake.  (That's why it's important to buy Organic and Non-GMO certified. Here's a link to the GMO dirty dozen.)  

All that said, we love taco's and tortilla's in our house.  Every time I get a box of taco's or bag of tortilla's I read the long list of ingredients and cringe a bit inside.  My friend Ana is from Chile and she makes tortilla's by hand, with 3 ingredients.  Yes, THREE.  I thought I'd give it a try.  We gobbled them up, they were delicious.  Hard, but good. So I modified my next batch and they were fantastic.  Soft, delicious, and good all by themselves.  

Here are a couple of tips:
Don't roll the tortilla's too thin or they will become brittle and hard.  
Adding Organic Sunflower lecithin helps them to be soft while adding nutrition and health benefits.  
To make a burrito, thin the batter with more water and then pour on the griddle. (I have not tried this yet, but Ana said it will work.)

3 cups organic flour +more for rolling dough
1 cup  hot water
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
2 teaspoons Organic Sunflower Lecithin (optional)
Coconut oil (optional)

Mix flour and lecithin in a bowl

Heat up griddle or skillet to about 350 degrees

Mix salt and water and stir until dissolved.  (taste the water, if it's too salty, just add more water and next time cut back on the salt.  The water needs to be salty though, it will flavor the tortilla's.)

Add salt water, a little at a time, to the flour and mix until it is no longer tacky or sticky

Pinch off a golf ball size roll of dough

Sprinkle flour on board and then roll out until about 1/3" thick (you may have to just experiment a bit to get it to the thickness you like. Too thin will be hard and brittle)

You can put the tortilla directly onto the griddle as is, or add some coconut oil to give a nice golden color.

Flip when the tortilla starts to brown

Place on a plate and cover with foil or a towel to hold in heat.  I just place mine in the oven. 

These are really good.  

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