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Low Carb Tortillas for Dinner.
Love tortillas? Try this version of Low Carb Tortillas-gluten and dairy free!
Here's a great recipe for some soft tortillas that's also easy and versatile.
My Poor Son
He is 18 now and has been gluten free for several years; although he's not as careful as he probably should be. One time when he was younger he begged me to let him eat like a "normal" kid.
Then he went on to specify that "normal" meant pop tarts and Doritos. Oh boy! That was kind of heart breaking and also funny. I realize that nobody can force him to eat a certain way-not even me.
But, he will come to notice how different things make him feel. That's the real indicator and motivator, after all right?
We posted a comprehensive article on food sensitivities and how to handle them. You may want to also check that post out if your family also has some varying food issues like ours does.
He was having the worst stomach cramps and would be rolling on the floor in pain until we discovered gluten was the culprit for him.
Anyway, he is still gluten free. However, he is not following a low carb eating plan by any means. He's not a big fan of always having just meat and vegetables for dinner. He wants more!
This boy loves tacos and tortillas, though. So I decided to try making some low carb ones that he could actually enjoy.
This was partly because I didn't have any corn shells from the store which is what I have done in the past for him. We would eat taco salad and he would get them in a shell.
Those Multi-Meal Nights
Surely you've had those days where you had to prepare different meals for different people in the house. It's a royal pain in the neck.
Finding low carb family meals that are satisfying and that everyone likes is hard sometimes.
On to Making the Tortillas
Basically the hardest part was locating an appropriate low carb flour mix. We chose to use Bob's Red Mill Almond flour. This low carb flour has 6 net carbs for each serving.
Coconut flour can be a little grainy and really seems to absorb a lot of moisture, so we did not use that for this recipe.
This dough was actually really great to work with. With a little active dry yeast, an egg and some kneading, you will soon see a wonderful dough that is a lot like what you're used to seeing with regular breads.
Who knew you could use yeast with low carb flours? I did not but I saw that others had done so successfully so decided to give it a go.
Once you mix all the ingredients and roll it up into a ball, just slice it into 8 equal pieces.
Each piece is then rolled into it's own ball and with a rolling pin, rolled flat into a circular tortilla.
Fun Recipe to Make
This is a fun recipe to make as a family because everyone can have a job or two. There is of course the ingredients gathering and measuring. Of course, most kids love kneading and rolling dough too.
Plus, since you can choose your filling-everyone can pick an ingredient to add. The tomatoes and olives on top in this recipe were not my idea.
I am not a huge tomato fan or olives for that matter. So I just left those off my tortilla. Parsley is pictured here but I prefer cilantro and I used that on mine as well.
In addition to that, I shredded up some lettuce for my own tortilla. Well, now I realize I probably should've taken photos of my customized ones as well. Anyway, you get the idea.
You know those build your own sundae parties? You could so easily make these into a build-your-own tortilla party if you wanted with your low carb friends for lunch one day.
We chose to use some of our favorite things to fill them for this recipe. You know, the typical ground beef, onions, and peppers and such.
However, these low carb tortillas can literally be filled with anything you want.
Low Carb Tortillas are Messy
These can be a little messy so be forewarned. You can go lighter on the fillings to avoid the mess but you definitely want a napkin handy and a fork to finish off any of the spillings. 🙂
- Combine the low carb flour, dry yeast, salt, egg, and water in a bowl.
- Stir until the mixture becomes dough-like.
- Then hand knead the dough until it has the texture of a typical bread dough.
- Roll the entire mix into a ball.
- Cut the ball of dough into 8 equal pie-shaped slices.
- Take each wedge and roll them out into a flat circle.
- Pan-fry each tortilla until slightly browned on each side and fully cooked.
- Use a little oil and heat the ground beef with the onions and peppers and spices in a fry pan.
- Stir until ground beef is fully cooked.
- Optional Toppings:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cilantro or Parsley leaves