Thursday, January 29, 2015

Whole Wheat Tortillas

I mentioned in my previous post about us changing our way of eating.  Well today we started putting those changes in motion this week. 

I know there are a ton of bloggers who have made their own tortillas.  I had tried a few times to make different ones with no luck.  They were dry, flavorless, and just plain hard to swallow.  We purchased the book 100 Days of Real Food.  So today I decided to try her recipe.  I added a few of my own ingredients for added flavor. 

These were so easy to make I was very surprised!!  It even got my son out in the kitchen with me!  He was the one who pressed them all.  The press we purchased was from Amazon.  Next time I make them I will have less dough so they are thinner.  These were great though!

We wrapped the press with plastic wrap to prevent the dough from sticking.  It also gave us easy clean-up.

Fresh from the press.  I liked the small size because it really helps with the portion control.  Next we added the tortilla to the frying pan.

Whole Wheat Tortillas
(Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food)

3 Cups of whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
5 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup warm water

The dough came together very quickly using my stand mixer.  I added the dry ingredients, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and my added ingredient, onion powder.  Then while the mixer is on low with the whisk attachment add coconut oil (pure).  Mix until it looks like a crumble mixture.  I changed the mixer attachment to the dough hook.  With the mixer on low slowly add the cup of warm water.  Mix until the dough comes together.  Turn the dough out onto a cutting board lightly dusted with whole wheat flour.  Knead a few times until it is all smooth.  I then cut the dough into equal pieces.  I was able to get 20 tortillas from this recipe.

With a tortilla press or your rolling pin flatten the dough out.  Make sure they are uniform in size.  The shape will be off, but that gives them character. 

Cook each tortilla in a very hot pan until they are lightly brown on each side.  I found I didn't need any additional oil in the pan.  Cooking in the pan took about a minute for each side.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Come in and visit for a minute...

Goodness it seems like ages since I updated my blog.  It has been a whirlwind since the beginning of the year.  I have been sick on and off since Christmas.  This last round of sickness landed me in the hospital.  Let me back up to the week of New Years Eve.  I started having a lot of pain in my kidney area.  So because it was New Years I thought it would be a good idea to go get checked out.  My husband took me to Urgent Care in a lot of pain.  We waited for FOUR hours before being seen by a doctor.  My name was finally called.  We went back the woman didn't even examine me!  She just said I had an UTI.  She put me on some antibiotics and sent us on our merry way.  I took the antibiotics and felt a lot better....until I finished them.  Almost the day I finished I was in so much pain!  The worst pain I have ever felt in my life.  I have had kidney stones once in the past so I was sure that is what I had.  My husband was battling a very bad cold and had taken some PM cold medicine.  I paced the floor for 7 hours, counting each minute so I knew when he would be ok to drive me to the ER.  We arrived around 4 am, I was in such pain.  Thankfully, the ER was empty when we got there.  So they took me right back and got to work.  I did indeed have a kidney stone.  I knew I had one way back when I went to the Urgent Care.  Everything is much better now!  My doctor is sending me through all kinds of testing, but that is typical of her.  One thing is for is time to get serious about the way we eat.

My friend Kiley was talking on Facebook about a new cookbook she had just bought, 100 Days of Real Food.  Of course I went and checked it out.  The authors website is amazing!! If you are the least bit interested in eating better you need to head on over to her website.  She offers free meal plans!  I don't know about you but I love having someone give me a meal plan.  Especially when we are trying to eat better.  Along with the menu she gives you a grocery list.  So we ordered the cookbook and are awaiting its arrival. 

So this weekend I got to work using "real food" ingredients to make some things while we wait on the book.  My granola is honey, oats, peanut butter (we bought natural peanut butter), and flax.  I will have this over some organic yogurt.

Yesterday I made split pea soup from the 100 Days of Real Food website.  I used a ham we bought from a farmer we know.  SO good and healthy.  After I pureed the soup you could not even tell there was no cream in it.  It was so thick and creamy.

Getting away from processed food is no easy task.  But it is not as hard as you think!  We just need to be more aware of what is in our food and where it comes from.  We are now watching the labels of our food very carefully!  We are going to phase out white sugar and replace it with honey.  We get our honey from a local bee keeper.  So over the next few weeks we will be switching over completely.  We also ordered a tortilla press to make our own tortillas.  I know you can roll them out with a rolling pin but we prefer a press.  It gives us a more uniform tortilla.  I am excited about this journey we are on.  The garbage that is put into our food is slowly killing us. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside!

We are currently in a deep freeze! No warm-up in sight.  We are doing our best to stay warm.  It is time like these I really wish we had our woodstove going.  I believe I said this last year at this time.  We are thick skinned here in NY.  I would much rather have cold temperatures than hot.  Right now the only parts of my body that are cold are my feet and my nose.  HAHA!  My feet are always cold, that comes with the nerve damage.

So when colder temperatures come our way I find the need to be in the kitchen.  Today we are having roasted chicken...

It smells delicious!  I cannot wait to eat this.  Along with this we are going to have 4 cheese mashed potatoes and green beans.  Total comfort food right there. 

Temperatures are supposed to dip below 0 degrees tonight.  So we are bringing out the extra blankets and space heaters.  I will be getting out my flannel jammies and leggings.  See piece of cake!

Tomorrow I will make some Chicken and Biscuits with the left over chicken.  Then with the left over bones I will make some chicken stock to can.  I will keep this house warm one way or another.  I have had a craving for some cheese bread also.

Later this week I will be pulling everything out of my closet to organize it.  That should keep me warm as well right?!  Well there is a method to my madness with that... in the back of my closet is the suitcase my grandmother gave me.  Inside of that is her knitting needles.  I cannot wait to pull it out again and look through it. 

How are you keeping warm in the cold?