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But those come in a package…… January 10, 2011

Posted by boaktree in In the Kitchen....

I don’t hugely enjoy cooking.  I wish that healthy, delicious food would appear before my family each meal without any effort from me.  However, I accept the fact that it doesn’t work that way.  So, as the Stay at Home Parent in the family I prepare most of the meals.  I’ve started making meal plans the past while, finding that it is easier for me to get inspired to enter the kitchen if I know ahead of time what it is I’m going to be making.

For this past Saturday night I had planned on making enchilada’s.  For us, these include a filling of basmati rice and lentils (seasoned) topped with homemade salsa and shredded cheese.  Pretty easy.  Or so I thought.

Only we were out of tortilla wraps.  Crap. I was not going to the store for one item.  I had made a pact with myself to cook more from scratch. 

I’ve made homemade bread tons of times before.  But had never considered making wraps.  Those just come in a package don’t they?

(Before The Challenge we were guilty of getting take out quite often on the weekends, but that didn’t fit into The Challenge, our budget or my standards for healthy food.  Sigh.)

So, I looked online for a recipe for homemade tortialla wraps.  Ya know what?  They are surprisingly easy!  And they taste great!  My 6 year old normally doesn’t even like wraps, and she loved these.  They were a hit with the whole family.

This is the recipe I used.  It makes 12 (I doubled it so i could make large ones though)  We’re making more of these today (along with trying out homemade crackers) to eat with our hummus.

1.5 cups of flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

3 tbsp soft butter (I used vegan becel, you could also use shortening etc i believe)

2/3 cup warm water

Combine flour, salt and baking powder in bowl.  Rub in butter.  Make well in center, add water and mix to form a soft dough.  Knead a couple minutes, place in bowl and cover.  Let rise 10 minutes.   Listen to three year old ask you twenty times if it is done rising yet….

Divide dough into twelve equal parts.  Use lots of flour on surface and watch three year old try to roll out each tortilla.  Finish making each one into a thinner circle than the three year old can manage.  Answer him gently about why his just aren’t quite thin enough to cook.  Heat pan with oil, cook each tortilla on med high about 1-2 mins, flip and cook another 30 seconds.  Ta da!  Lovely  tortilla’s!

This took me about 40 mins or so I think.  Though i imagine it could take quite a bit less time if you aren’t working with a three year old apprentice.



1. Marian - January 12, 2011

Definitely want to try this as tortillas are one of those things that can sit on top of your fridge for weeks and be suspiciously mold-free.

Here’s my contribution to your make-it from scratch thing…hot chocolate. I hate making pre-packaged hot chocolate – full of really gross things. I heat up milk and mix my own. For every cup of milk, mix two heaping tsps of cocoa and about 1 1/2 tbsps of agave nectar (or honey or raw sugar). Add some cold milk and mix well so you have a chocolate syrup. Mix it into the hot milk. you can add more sweet if you need to. Destroy the healthy aspect by topping it with a couple of marshmallows (now THOSE are REALLY gross but do I really want to make them from scratch? Not so much).

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