Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Spinach Tortillas

I've seen a few recipes online for spinach tortillas and combined them using what I had on hand since we needed to use up a bag of spinach. They turned out well and I was glad the kids enjoyed them....it's always nice when kids will eat their veggies, in one form or another.

Zesty Spinach Tortillas
9 oz. bag fresh spinach
1/4 of an orange bell pepper (or red, yellow or green)
2 T. water
1/4 C. oil
1 T. fresh minced garlic
1/2 t. sea salt
1/2 t. black pepper, more or less
2 1/2 C. flour (at least)

Preparation:
- In large covered skillet over medium heat wilt spinach in water, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. When spinach is almost fully wilted, add chunks of bell pepper.
- Transfer contents of skillet to blender and pulse for up to 30 seconds, until no large chunks of spinach or pepper remain.
- To blender add oil, garlic, sea salt and pepper and blend until smooth.
- Transfer to mixing bowl and add flour, adding more flour as needed to form a ball.
- Turn onto floured surface and knead for 3 minutes until soft and smooth.
- Divide into 10 relatively even balls.
- Roll out each ball into a 9-10 inch round.
- Cook each tortilla in skillet on medium heat for 3-4 minutes for first side and 2-3 minutes on second side, so a few brown spots appear. You may need some oil, depending on the pan you use.

Enjoy fresh and warm! Makes 10 medium tortillas.

We had these last night as part of deli wraps we made and also enjoyed them in the form of quesadillas today for lunch. Making these was a first for me so I've learned a few things. Next time here are some changes I'll make.
- I'll use a two burner griddle to cook them instead of dirtying 2 skillets.
- I'll roll them as thin a possible. Even though I thought they were pretty thin, when they cooked they got quite a bit thicker.
- I'll double the recipe so we have more leftovers.
- I'll use half whole wheat flour and half white flour.
- I may make some larger rounds to use as crispy pizza crusts.

Here's a cost breakdown.
spinach - $1
bell pepper - $.25
oil - $.10 - (I'm guessing on costs from here on out)
garlic - $.10
sea salt and black pepper - negligible
flour - $.25

So, for under $2.00 you have some healthy, tasty tortillas without preservatives to eat plain or with your favorite fillings.

1 comment:

Tere said...

Rachel...you are amazing, such an inspiration to me! I have gotten bitten by the vegetable gardening bug and am excited to tell you more about it.