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Taco Tuesday: DIY Flour Tortillas

Have you ever wanted tacos but didn’t have the soft shells you are wanting? Well here is an easy recipe to follow. It is a bit time consuming but they turn out great!! I have noticed maybe recipes call for oil to be used. Instead of using vegetable or canola oil, I prefer to use extra virgin olive oil.

Olive oil contains more monounsaturated fats which help lower cholesterol. It also contains polyphenol from the olives themselves which contains antioxidant properties. Oil olive is a healthier, less processed option. One of the characteristics of oil olive is its distinct flavor. The flavor in my opinion does take a bit to get used to and can be a bit overpowering. So per my preference, I have cut back some of the olive oil in my recipe and substituted melted butter.

Easy Flour Tortillas:

  1. 3 C Flour
  2. 1 tsp Salt
  3. 1 tsp Baking Powder
  4. 3 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  5. 2 T Melted Butter
  6. 1 C Water

1. First you will need to add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

2. Add oil and butter, combine. For this step a fork works well.

3. Add water and mix. Knead dough together with hands once it starts to form a ball.

4. Once smooth, divide into 16 formed balls. For this step, I used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, fallen, and repeat. Β Now take each of 16 pieces of dough and roll into individual balls. Place back into mixing bowl.

5. Cover and set in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes for it to set. Do not leave in fridge for longer than 30 minutes as it will make the dough stiff and hard to work with.

6. Pre-heat flat skillet to high heat.

7. Roll dough on lightly floured counter with rolling pin. Roll out until dough reaches 6 inches in diameter. Tip: once to size I used a pot lid to cut dough into a circle shape.

8. Place on hot pan, no grease needed. They will bubble!! Heat until tortilla starts to become lightly brown in some areas. Flip and cook other side. Repeat with remaining dough. Tip: don’t stack tortillas prior to cooking as they will stick to each other.

Tortillas can be stored in a gallon sized Ziploc bag for up to one week. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds to soften after refrigeration. Not only can these tortillas be used for tacos, they work great for snack wraps or thin crust personal pizzas. So many options to choose from!

Enjoy!!

 

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Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing

If you like oil and vinegar salad dressing I have a clean eating recipe for you!! You just blend all the ingredients together and it’s ready in minutes. Many store bought dressings are full of preservatives and sugar. This is much healthier option. You can you a blender or a whisk for this recipe. I used a Magic Bullet which was super easy to you. The best part is that I can store the salad dressing in the same container that I used to blend in by just throw in a lid on it. Hooray for any recipe that creates less dishes!!

So here it is:
Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing

Add all ingredients into Magic Bullet and blend for 15 second. Enjoy.

 

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Turkey Sausage and Rice SkilletΒ 

Here’s a recipe for a wonderfully easy skillet meal. In my recipe I used turkey sausage and brown rice for a healthier option.

Cook rice as directed. In skillet sautΓ© garlic, onions, and peppers. Add sausage and sprinkle with seasonings. Once sausage is browned, add chicken stock, tomato paste, and rice. Cook until heated through. Enjoy! Optional add-in ideas- carrots, zucchini, or beans.

 

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Veggie FrittersΒ 

If your looking for a low carb recipe for a side dish, her is one for Veggie Fritters. Instead of using potatoes in the traditional recipe, this one uses squash and carrots. For this recipe, it works easiest with a food processor but you can also use a hand grater.

Veggie Fritters:

  • 2 c Carrots
  • 2 c Zucchini
  • 2 clove of Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium Onion
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 T EVOO
  • 2/3 c Flour
  • Salt and Pepper

Uses food processor to shred carrot, zucchini, and onion. Add garlic, flour, eggs, oil, and sprinkle desired amount of salt and pepper. Stir by hand. Form into patties and place on greased frying pan at medium heat. Fry 3-5 minutes or until brown and crispy. Enjoy. Optional: Top with sour cream and dill.

 

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Zoodles with Lentil Bolognese SauceΒ 

When you are craving noodles, there is a healthier alternative. Zucchini noodles, otherwise known as “Zoodles”, are a nice carb free opinion. So bust out your spiralizer and make some Zoodles!! Once made, just sautΓ© them in oil. I like to add garlic in the oil prior to adding the squash.

Today I made a lentil and turkey Bolognese sauce to top my Zoodles with! Compared to the traditional recipe, my version is a little healthier and leaner.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups Lentils
  2. 1 pound Ground Turkey
  3. 1/2 medium Onion, diced
  4. 2 cloves Garlic
  5. 1 T EVOO
  6. 1 stalk Celery
  7. 2 Carrots
  8. 1 can of diced Tomatoes
  9. 1 4oz can of Tomato Paste
  10. 1 T Italian Seasoning
  11. Salt and pepper

First prepare lentils as directed and set aside. Brown turkey in skillet with oil, garlic, onions, carrots, and celery. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir in tomato paste, canned tomatoes, and lentils. Heat throughout. Topped onto your Zoodles. sprinkle with cheese. Enjoy.

 

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Spinach Pancakes

Hi, I’m trying out a new recipe. I have been looking for some yummy ways to add more vegetables into my diet. Unless I have a salad for lunch, most days I tend to only have veggies with my dinner. So here’s a recipe I found to add some at during breakfast!! What a great way to start your day by adding some greens! I found a pancake recipe made with Greek yogurt that is sugar free and free of butter or oil.

Spinach Pancakes:

  1. Β 2 C Greek yogurt (vanilla)
  2. 1/2 C Milk
  3. 2 C Spinach
  4. 2 T Honey
  5. 2 Eggs
  6. 1 1/2 C Flour
  7. 1 tsp Baking powder
  8. 1 tsp Baking soda

Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend. Cook. Top with butter, fruit, or yogurt. Enjoy!! Makes about 16 3 inch vanilla flavored pancakes. Yum!

 

 

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Daily Prompt: Artificial

via Daily Prompt: Artificial

Clean eating is all about eating fresh, whole foods. There are so many Artificial favors, colors, and ingredients in foods of today’s grocery stores. Eating “clean” is avoiding these types of foods. Making recipes from scratch and not from a box is a bit more time consuming but it is definetly worth it in terms of your health. All these artificial ingredient from these processed boxed foods are bad for your health. I love trying and finding new recipes to follow a clean eating life style!