Quinoa Tortillas

All of the tortilla recipes we have tried have produced tortillas that do not fold well… until now.  My daughter developed this recipe which only requires 2 ingredients and a little time.  Although it works very well to wrap around chicken strips and veggies, my favorite way to eat it is toasted with almond butter melting on it.  I’ve missed my nut butter toast, but now I can enjoy this treat again.

As an added bonus, these tortillas freeze and thaw well!

Quinoa Tortillas

1 c. quinoa cooked in 2 c. water
4 eggs

  1. Allow quinoa to cool.
  2. Roughly divide cooked quinoa into 4 portions.
  3. Add 1 portion and 1 egg to a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  4. Spread on parchment-lined cookie sheet to create a large rectangle.
  5. Bake for 17 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. Flip the tortilla and parchment over onto the same cookie sheet and attempt to peel off the parchment. If the parchment will not release, flip back over and bake for another 2 to 4 minutes.  Once it peels off easily, turn the tortilla over, score it down the center, and bake it for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from the pan and allow to cool on a rack.
  8. Repeat for the remaining 3 portions.
  9. Complete the cut down the middle of each tortilla to create 2 tortillas per rectangle.

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Fudge

Among the many foods I have had to eliminate from my diet is chocolate.  I actually stopped eating it after I had a really bizarre reaction to it many years ago.  In the past couple of years, I discovered that it was good that I had stopped eating it, because it can trigger migraines.  I’ve grown used to not eating it, but I really enjoyed it when I was still able to.

Recently, my daughter was developing a new recipe in the kitchen, and I smelled chocolate.  I was surprised to find out that she was not using chocolate though.  Rather, several ingredients mixed together just smelled like chocolate to me (and they tasted really good on my fingertips as well).  Her ingredients were only parts of a more involved recipe, but we decided to mix them together later to see if we could make candy.

This fudge doesn’t taste exactly like chocolate, but it has an awesome flavor on its own.. I mean really good…  Like I can’t stop eating it good.  Here’s the recipe:

Fudge


1/4 cup smooth almond butter
2 2/3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp. vanilla

  1. Mix all ingredients in a microwavable cup.
  2. Microwave for 25 seconds and stir until smooth.
  3. In parchment lined freezer container, spread mixture and freeze for 6 hours, or until hard.
  4. Cut and enjoy.

Cake and Biscuits

While we’ve been able to modify or develop recipes to meet many of our needs, there have been gaps that we haven’t been able to fill.  Two of those gaps are now filled with yummy recipes we found online.  I take no credit for these, but refer you to the original sources as applicable.

Until now, it has been a mystery to determine how to make a birthday cake that works for the different dietary needs of the people in our house: peanut and tree nut free, migraine free, and Low FODMAP.  While not a traditional “cake”, this pumpkin bar recipe is definitely meeting our expectations for a birthday cake as well as an everyday snack option.  Here are a few details that I think are necessary to remember when making this recipe:

  1. I found that the use of PAM to grease my baking dish resulted in a bitter flavor on the edges of these bars.  I now spread coconut oil in the pan with my fingers instead.
  2. We bake, puree, and freeze pumpkin in the fall to use rather than canned pumpkin to avoid the amount of tyramine that builds up in canned goods.
  3. We chose the maple syrup option.  We never tried honey in this recipe, because the maple syrup worked so well.
  4. We use King Arthur brand almond flour, because we feel comfortable with the way this flour is handled with respect to our food allergies.
  5. Since chocolate is off the list for a migraine diet, we do not add this optional ingredient.  However, this recipe is so good that we can’t even imagine adding chocolate to it!

The second gap that is now filled is a much-loved recipe for biscuits.  This recipe also uses almond flour, but we have been using honey for the sweetener.  Although honey is not ok on the Low FODMAP diet, our family members on this diet have not had problems with the very small amount of honey actually present in each biscuit.  These biscuits are so good that they don’t need any toppings like jam, butter, or gravy.  We eat them alone as snacks or on the side with a meal.  Here are the details I keep in mind for this recipe:

  1. We use coconut oil instead of butter.
  2. We use white distilled vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.

We have found both of these recipes to freeze well, making them easy snacks to warm for a few seconds in the microwave when the need arises.  One person in the family even loves them frozen!

 

 

Stir-Fried Chicken and Vegetables

I used to love ordering a stir-fried dish at restaurants.  However, this is impossible now that I know MSG and soy cause migraines for me.  Once we had success with a recipe for “Soy Sauce” that didn’t contain these ingredients, I knew we had to keep going and create another stir-fry recipe.  This is now one of my favorites.

Soy Sauce


1 cup broth
2 tsp. molasses
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
dash black pepper

Stir all ingredients together and heat in a saucepan.

Stir Fried Chicken and Vegetables

2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
8 carrots
3 c. broccoli florets
3 c. cauliflower florets
1 c. chopped fresh spinach
1 c. wild rice
2 c. broth
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. garam masala
1/8 tp. cayenne pepper
4 tsp. coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1 tsp. olive oil
1 cup “Soy Sauce” from above

  1. Heat broth in a saucepan and add rice.  Cook covered for 45 minutes or until done.
  2. Blend spices and olive oil in a small bowl.
  3. Place chicken in a greased skillet and sprinkle with spice blend.
  4. Fry chicken until 165 degrees and remove from skillet.
  5. Place carrots in skillet with 1/2 of the “Soy Sauce”.  Cover and simmer until carrots are just starting to soften.
  6. Add broccoli and cauliflower and fry until soft (about 10 minutes).  Add “Soy Sauce” as needed.
  7. Add spinach, remaining “Soy Sauce”, and chicken and cook until spinach has wilted.
  8. Serve over rice.

Maple Granola

Quinoa Granola

 

Although Pumpkin Granola is the one we go through the fastest, here is another great one that doesn’t have migraine triggers.  We used to add Cranraisins to this recipe, but discovered that these are major migraine triggers for us; the granola is a great snack without them though.

Maple Granola

Quinoa Granola
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla

  1. Optional step:  The quinoa can be rinsed and toasted in a skillet to give it a “nuttier” flavor.  However, this is time consuming and not necessary in my opinion.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Place granola on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees in 10 minute increments until dry (approximately 30 minutes depending on your oven).  After each 10 minute increment, stir the granola to keep the edges from burning.  Once the granola is almost dry, turn the oven off, prop the door slightly open, and allow the warmth to complete the drying process.
  5. Although we have never added hemp hearts to this recipe, we are experimenting with them and plan to try this at some point.

Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa Rice

Roasted Vegetables and Quinoa Rice pic

This is one that my kids ask for every week!  I had a hard time getting a picture that does this dish justice, but it is definitely a “go-to” recipe for migraine avoidance in our family.  We love it served by itself or as a side to steak.

Note: I freeze zucchini and yellow squash cubes during the summer when it is plentiful to use through the winter for this dish.  Squash will be soft after freezing, but it works well in this dish.  Our favorite is the yellow squash, but the zucchini just keeps on coming all summer long, so we end up using it more often.

Roasted Vegetables and Quinoa Rice

Roasted Vegetables and Quinoa Rice pic

2 sweet potatoes
3 small gold or white potatoes
4 large carrots
1 small to medium zucchini or yellow squash
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed
olive oil
garlic cloves or powder
basil
sea salt
1/2 cup wild rice
1/2 cup quinoa
2 cups broth

  1. Cut all vegetables into 1/2 inch cubes and place in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  2. Drizzle olive oil lightly over the vegetables and toss.
  3. Sprinkle with garlic powder, basil, and sea salt.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until tender.  Sometimes, we remove the aluminum foil halfway through the baking cycle if we desire the vegetables to brown.  Check for tenderness with a fork.
  5. Once the vegetables are in the oven, cook the rice and quinoa in the broth in a medium saucepan.  Leave the lid on after it finishes cooking until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Serve vegetables on top of the quinoa rice.

 

 

Barbecue Sauce for Chicken

barbecue-sauce

I always thought tomato sauce and onions were essential in any recipe for barbecue sauce, but here is a recipe that we have worked out without these migraine triggers.  We enjoy it with this potato recipe.

Barbecue Sauce

Makes 1 cup sauce, just right for shredded chicken from 2 breasts

barbecue-sauce

1/2 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup molases
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 cup distilled white vinegar
1/6 cup honey
1/8 tsp. oregano
1/8 tsp. thyme
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

  1. Blend all ingredients together and pour over shredded chicken from 2 breasts.
  2. Stir to evenly coat and serve warm.