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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tortilla

It's getting warmer, and you feel like the food you eat should match your feelings. Make HOMEMADE TORTILLAS. You can put anything in them (even little guys like a bit of peanut butter rolled up on a tortilla) and they are perfect for the whole family. Don't get frustrated if you mess a few up or don't roll them thin enough. If you somehow manage to ruin this recipe (very hard to do, but not unheard of) simply cut the tortillas into triangle shapes and fry them until crispy with a wee bit of oil in a frying pan. Use them to dip in hummus or salsa - you may "wreck" them again and again.


This recipe is compliments of The Fresh Loaf


Tortilla


3 cups flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt (give or take a bit, to taste)

1/4 cup oil

1 cup warm water (approx)


Mix all the dry ingredients together, then make a hole in the middle.

Put the oil and 3/4 of the water in the hole. Mix together with hands; add more of the water until the dough is soft and not too sticky.

Divide the dough into 12 or 13 balls.

Take a ball in your hands and with the palm of your hand flatten as much as possible.

Roll out with a rolling pin

Cook in a hot pan with just a little oil, flipping as soon as bubbles appear.


That's it! If you want keep them warm while you make the whole batch, either put a damp cloth on a frying pan on medium heat with the lid on (kind of like a steamer - be careful and use discretion) or keep them in tin foil to keep them warm and pliable.


Cheap & Easy Filling Ideas


Egg Salad

Eggs are a cheap and wholesome food that everyone should incorporate into their day. For a little change in your regular egg salad, use Ranch or Caesar dressing instead of Mayonnaise, it is SO good.


Veggies

Deli meat can be expensive, why not fill the wrap with veggies and your favorite sauce? Lettuce, shredded carrot, cucumber and bean sprouts are delicious with a bit of raspberry vinaigrette. Sprinkle a bit of cheese in there for variety and you've got one tasty wrap.


Mexican Fare

Why not make a traditional tortilla? Spread refried beans all over the tortilla, put in some ground meat (seasoned of course), salsa, lettuce and cheese and you will have a family favorite. You may think Taco Bell is "cheap" but not when you compare it to the cost of making it at home - PLUS when you're making it at home you know exactly what is in your food.

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