It almost seems like deja vu all over again* sometimes, doesn’t it? I mean, these tortillas often look the same, but if anyone is really paying attention, they will know they are all different. I swear, they are!
So without further ado, here is today’s tasty tortilla:
Whole wheat tortilla, homemade garlic sweet potato hummus, onion, romaine lettuce, cucumber, avocado, carrot, raw sunflower seed, black pepper, hot sauce and the (if it’s not famous yet, soon to be famous) Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon. Hungry yet? You should be! I better be too because this tortilla is huge. Oops!
Healthy Hypocrite Tip: Did you know that onions fare better (that means, last longer and taste better) if you do not refrigerate them? That is, while they are still whole. I do refrigerate them when I have a half left over, but not for very long. I usually buy smaller sized onions if I know I won’t be using the whole onion in a recipe so I don’t have to refrigerate.
* I must credit the great Yogi Berra for this quote. He also claims, “I didn’t really say everything I said.”
I couldn’t come back with a wimpy tortilla after all this time away. So there!
We start with a Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortilla (toaster oven crisped so it’s like a tostada only bigger) and then just keep adding on: homemade jalapeno garlic hummus (I’ve been making lots of tasty hummus-so easy and saves $$ over store bought), onion, fancy salad mix (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, chicory), plus more broccoli, carrots, avocado, sugar plum tomatoes, homemade crispy seitan (see the brown cubes? Click here for the recipe I used-baked version using veggie broth instead of water), spicy toasted butternut squash seeds (I made these the other day–never waste any part of the vegetable!), nutritional yeast (just a tiny sprinkle) and a few dashes of Tabasco sauce (not my usual, I know!).
What’s in your refrigerator or pantry that you can put on/in a tortilla?
Healthy Hypocrite Tip: Did you know that 1 pound of dry garbanzo beans (aka: chick peas) is equal to 3, 15 oz. cans? I purchased 1 pound of dried garbanzos for $1. Typically, a 15 oz. can runs $1 or more. Making the beans is very easy. All you need to do is sort through them to remove any stones or discolored beans, rinse and then soak them overnight (8 hours). I usually just put them into my slow cooker pot to soak and then rinse after 8 hours, add fresh water and then slow cook for a few hours or until done. You can add a little salt if you’d like. Oh, and one serving (1/4 cup dry) has 10 grams of (awesome plant) protein, no fat, 9 grams of fiber and 15% (DV) of iron. Not too shabby!
I’ve got to stop multi-tasking when my tortilla is in the crusty old toaster oven that doesn’t automatically shut off! Almost burned my tortilla (these chia seed ones burn quickly) and that would’ve made me sad. I don’t like to waste food. Not that any of you like to waste food either. It does happen sometimes which is unfortunate. Not today though. Whew! Now I can share my lunch with you without shame.
Trader Joe’s Chia Seed Tortilla, hummus, onion, yellow beet, fresh parsley, cucumber, tomato, avocado, ground flax, sesame seed (I told you I’d start adding this more!) and Trader Joe’s Jalapeño Hot Sauce.
Go make something healthy for yourself!
Healthy Hypocrite Tip: Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C, B 12, K and A, So don’t be afraid to use it for more than just a pretty garnish to other dishes. Use more in salads, fresh juices and your own tortilla creations. If you find that a bunch is more than you can use before it goes bad, put it in the freezer with your other vegetable scraps and make vegetable broth later.
Yesterday. That’s right. I’ve been deceiving you and scheduling these posts into the future. I’ve got so many of them it’s not even funny.
So if I’m writing this today and posting this tomorrow, do I say this is today’s tortilla? Hah! Does anyone really give a d*mn anyway? Doubtful. Then here it is:
Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortilla, Trader Joe’s Cilantro & Jalapeno Hummus, black rice (don’t know if this is the “forbidden” black rice, but it’s good), Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds, broccoli, cucumber, red bell pepper, tomato, avocado, Trader Joe’s Tomatillo & Roasted Yellow Pepper Salsa and my secret no-salt seasoning.
Healthy Hypocrite Tip: Here’s a link to information about black rice for the curious minded.