Paleo Tortillas (AIP)

 

paleo tortillas

 

There’s nothing that quite gets the Paleo community hot & bothered like a good tortilla. We all just like to roll, stuff, and crunch our way into meat & veggies. Nothing wrong with that, my friends.

 

I used to buy Siete Cassava & Coconut Flour Tortillas but I haven’t been able to find them in my neighborhood! They’re pretty yummy – thin, flexible and taste close to a flour tortilla! When cooked they are soft and crispy-fried. I just can’t afford to buy them regularly, so I wanted to make my own AIP-friendly tortilla at home more affordably!

My Plantain Wraps in The Healing Kitchen are another option.  They’re quite popular among the THK Ride or Dies – pliable, soft and fluffy! They make excellent wraps too, but they aren’t super thin like a traditional tortilla and don’t have the taste of a flour or corn tortilla. But if you are looking for a plantain-based option – there you go!

 

paleo aip tacos

Fill your tacos with your favorite protein, avocados & toppings! I chose ground chicken, avocado, onion and cilantro and then sausage and kale!

 

 

These Paleo Tortillas are made with just a few simple ingredients: arrowroot and coconut flours, olive oil, baking soda and sea salt. Instead of cooking them on a stovetop, which can be really tricky, I bake these in the oven. I actually based the recipe on my Pizza Crust because so many of you were telling me you would use the pizza crust recipe as a wrap! I changed up the ratios and technique though – once baked into 6-inch tortillas they are lightly pan-fried in beef tallow so you can eat them as “soft” or “hard” tortillas.

 

 

A note on substitutions: Tapioca starch is generally replaceable for arrowroot starch, but I have not tried it myself in this recipe. You can replace the olive oil with avocado oil, but I prefer the taste of olive oil in tortillas. I link to the baking soda and cream of tartar I use. If you cannot find cream of tartar, you can use the same amount of apple cider vinegar, but your tortillas won’t be quite as soft. It’ll still work though! Okay I think I covered all the inevitable substitution questions!

 

 

aip taco shells

 

If Taco Tuesday isn’t already your thing, it’s about to be!

 

 

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Paleo Tortillas

Preparation 00:15 2017-06-29T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 00:10 2017-06-29T00:10:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings
paleo tortillas

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside a separate 8 square inch piece of parchment paper for step 3.
  2. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except the warm water until well combined. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in the warm water and process for 45 to 60 seconds until a wet, fluffy "dough" forms. This will not look like regular dough - it is drier and more crumbly but sticks together when pressed.
  3. You are going to make 6 tortillas with 3 on each baking sheet. Form 3 balls of dough, 1/4 cup each in size, on each baking sheet. Using the extra piece of parchment paper from step 1, use your hands to roll out each ball into a 1/8-inch thin, 6-inch diameter tortilla. Make sure to adequately space out your tortillas so they don't touch. Please take your time when smoothing out the dough to ensure it is even and the edges are smooth! This is important for your tortilla-enjoying experience.
  4. Bake tortillas for 6 minutes in preheated oven. The tortillas should be a pale off-white color and not too brown around the edges. Transfer parchment paper to countertop to allow tortillas to slightly cool. These are your soft shells.
  5. For hard shells: Heat small stainless steel pan over medium heat. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons beef tallow to coat bottom of pan. Use your hands to fold tortillas into the shape of a hard shell and press bottom side of shell into pan for 30 seconds until crispy. Place tortilla on side, maintaining the hard shell shape, and fry each side for 30 seconds. Let cool on paper towel lined plate before filling with your favorite taco night ingredients!

 

 

paleo aip taco tortilla

 

 

 

Nightshade-Free Taco Beef Spaghetti Squash Boats (Paleo/Whole30/AIP-Adaptable)

taco spaghetti squash boats

 

Who doesn’t love a good boat? I personally love boats in all forms, food-stuffed, motor yacht-y, ones that pull up to island bars. We have a cabin cruiser on Lake Travis here in Austin that my father-in-law is letting us use. It has been pure glory. The lake is huge even to feel all your own, especially on football Sundays when everyone in Texas is indoors watching the television. When they’re doing that, I’m at Whole Foods enjoying the hot bar all to myself and not waiting for someone to decide for several minutes whether they want to add shredded carrots to their salad.

 

 Last night we took an evening cruise with Grace and Rafael, relaxing music playing the whole time, engine off, and turn-taking long lake swims. I’ll really miss that aspect of our time here in Austin. It’ll be hard to leave here, especially since I grew my baby while in its perimeter. Even more reason to live it up while we’re still here. This morning when I woke up at 7, I checked the weather and it said 72 degrees! So I fed Grace, grabbed a Thunderbird Coffee bar (my newest obsession) and off we went to walk around downtown and the lake before my noon gym class. I just LOVE getting out early in the morning for our walks. It keeps my sanity for the rest of the afternoon that we mostly spend at home playing.

 

I’m cognizant to not overwhelm her with errands every day, and while I’ve definitely “fit her” into my lifestyle, it’s also incredibly important for me to have a lot of time every day at home where she’s not stuck in a stroller or car seat. In fact, I saw her first pincer grasp today which is about 4 months earlier than typical, so maybe it was an accident, but it was so much fun to watch! [OT Mommy here, can’t help myself]

 

After our walk, I needed a quick hit of protein before my ass-kicking class (it did end up kicking my ass but I survived). When I think “quick”, I think INSTANT POT. You will never, ever, EVER turn your oven on again for almost an hour to get tender, shreddable spaghetti squash. SIX minutes. Six minutes, people. That’s about as long as it takes to read this blog post!

 

And you’re not even doing anything during those six minutes except watching the timer tick down, if that gives you the thrills like it does me. Since you already have your instant pot out, you’ll also use it to quickly cook the creamy ground beef mixture that is seasoned with nightshade-free spices reminiscent of taco beef. Now without nightshades, it won’t be exactly like taco beef, but an AI girl can dream. It’ll still be damn delicious, especially if you top it with avocado cream, cilantro, green onions, olives and nutritional yeast if your little heart desires so. I didn’t use nutritional yeast, but it does add a zesty cheese-y flavor for the dairy-free crowd. 

 

HOW TO MAKE IT AIP

  • Replace the mayo with an equal amount of coconut cream or Avocado Mayo from The Healing Kitchen OR another AIP-friendly mayo. 
  • Make 3 tablespoons worth of Taco Seasoning from The Healing Kitchen  which is seed-based spice free as well (no cumin but has some extras in it that this recipe doesn’t like ginger)
  • Have you considered introducing seed spices like cumin, fennel and mustard? They tend to be successful reintroductions for many people with autoimmune disease, especially because the quantity in which you consume them is so low, compared to say sunflower seed butter. If you’re wondering the best way to reintroduce foods, I suggest Eileen’s guide called Reintroducing Foods on the AIP

 

 

 

Tonight’s taco night is ALL about the veggies!

 

 

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Nightshade-Free Taco Boats

Preparation 00:15 2017-06-29T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 00:15 2017-06-29T00:15:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Spaghetti Squash

  • 2 1/2 to 3 pound spaghetti squash, halved or quartered
  • 1 cup water

Taco Beef

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons mayo (for AIP, use coconut cream or mayo substitute)
  • for serving: chopped cilantro, white parts of the sliced green onion above, sliced black olives, nutritional yeast, avocado cream

Instructions

For the Spaghetti Squash

  1. Half the spaghetti squash widthwise. Check to see if both halves will fit inside your Instant Pot insert. If not, then half again into quarters. I was able to fit 3 quarters of my squash in my 6-quart Instant Pot insert, which is plenty for this recipe.
  2. Add the water to the insert and seal the lid.
  3. Set the Manual timer to 6 minutes and release the pressure once the timer goes off.
  4. Use tongs to remove the squash to a cutting board and dump the water out.
  5. While you cook the ground beef, use a fork to remove the squash from its skin. Keep the skins if you want to serve the taco beef mixture in them.

For the Taco Beef

  1. Turn the Saute function on and heat the olive oil. Add the green parts only of the green onion and the diced yellow onion to the insert. Saute for 5 minutes until fragrant and softened.
  2. Crumble the ground beef into the insert and cook with the onions until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add all of the remaining seasonings except ½ teaspoon of sea salt to the pot and stir to coat the ground beef.
  3. Stir in the mayo and the 6 cups of cooked squash. Continue to cook for a couple minutes until everything is well combined.
  4. Remove insert from heat and stir in remaining ½ teaspoon sea salt.
  5. To serve, spoon Taco Beef mixture into spaghetti squash skins or in individual serving bowls, taco shells, or lettuce cups. Top with chopped cilantro, sliced green onion, black olives, nutritional yeast, and avocado cream.