This recipe may come as a shock to you, but today I’m going to show you how to make tortillas out of cauliflower… yes > CAULIFLOWER TORTILLAS
Don’t be scared. They sound strange, I know. The funny thing is that they are both strange and wonderful. They won’t taste like your typical corn or flour tortilla at all. They’re a simple substitute for using grains, and they totally work.
The recipe (with a couple of small changes) comes from Joshua Weissman’s new book: The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook. I’m not on the Paleo diet, and if you’re reading my blog, you’re probably not either, but you don’t have to be eating Paleo to enjoy this recipe or indulge in reading this cookbook. There is a lot to this cookbook that cookbook lovers will embrace. First of all, it was written by a (then) 17-year old who was in the midst of making healthy changes to his life (see photos below). Joshua decided to take charge and incorporate real food into his life (no grain, gluten or refined sugar), and in the process of doing that, he lost 100 pounds and wrote a cookbook. I don’t “treasure” cookbooks all that often, but I am truly in love with this one. I’ve been reading it like a novel, and it’s so impressive and inspiring to know that it was written by such a young person who is intelligent beyond his years. The book contains recipes for all meals of the day. Those recipes on my list to try very soon are: Bacon and Caramelized Shallot Quiche, Grilled Coconut- Basil Chicken, Sweet Rosemary Meatballs, Sea Bass with Fennel and Tomato, Egg Drop Soup, Indian Cauliflower Couscous, Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Mushrooms, Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge, Pumpkin Blondies, and Strawberry- Toasted Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. YUM, right?? There is a big, beautiful photograph for every single recipe- and all of the photographs were taken by the talented Mr. Weissman.
Here’s Joshua- before and after beginning his journey into eating a Paleo-based diet. I had a few questions for the author:
Losing all of that weight as a teenager is really impressive. How did you manage to get through it all with the temptations that a teenager is exposed to?
- It was an incredible challenge at first but eventually none of it was as appealing to me as reaching my goal.
What are your top 5 favorite recipes in the book?
- The pork chops with lemon and sage, lamb vindaloo, braised morrocan chicken, seared brussels sprouts, and the halibut with creamed leeks.
I’ve often thought that a Paleo diet is something I could really follow and embrace… until I start thinking about bread and desserts and cheese and wine. Don’t you miss all of those things (except for wine, of course)? Do you ever take a day off and indulge on chips and candy?
- Well here’s the thing. I believe that Paleo is more of a template for finding what works for YOU! I actually downplay Paleo quite a bit in the book because of that belief. It works wonders as a basis for people to start at for a while and then slowly reincorporate certain real foods like dairy, white rice, etc. and see how they feel. I personally eat white rice, white potatoes, and dairy because it works for me. Paleo really has evolved (no pun intended) since it’s earlier years. As for your specific question about chips and candy I simply choose whole natural food sources of these things when the hankering strikes. I prefer to make these treats myself which in turn causes me to eat them far less because of all the work that goes into making them (that’s how it used to be!). Not to mention I just found a potato chip company that makes organic potato chips with nothing but organic potatoes, organic coconut oil, and sea salt. That definitely fits the bill to me, although even those I would limit, but I’m fairly sure anyone that has any sort of consciousness of healthful eating would limit an intake of this. Really it’s not all as crazy as you think. Lastly, no, I do not miss bread at all. If I get the hankering for bread which still hasn’t happened lately then I will eat a gluten free bread, but until that happens I think I will be just fine. It’s about eating for happiness and maximum healthfulness not living in constant depression because of all the things you “can’t” eat. This means finding what works for you, as mentioned before.
You have such a bright future ahead of you! What will you do next? College? A career in food?
- I do plan on going to college although once I graduate high school I plan on taking a year off and going to college the year after. During this year I will be going to Europe and will essentially be living in Europe with a Euro Rail pass, back packing my way around and learning about life, foreign cuisines, etc, for 3-6 months. I believe this will shed more light on what I want to do than going to college.
Now that you know a little more about the author, I think you’ll appreciate this recipe even more. It begins with cauliflower that has been obliterated into cous-cous-like granules in the food processor. Once it’s in this state, a short stint in the microwave softens it up.
When cauliflower is cooked, the moisture comes out in full force. Wrapped in cheesecloth or a thin dishtowel, you can gently squeeze out the moisture.
Cauliflower is mixed with egg, salt and pepper (I added fresh cilantro and lime juice).
This mixture is shaped into “tortillas” and baked- first on one side and then on the other.
Then they’re placed on a rack for a bit of cooling.
The final quick step in the recipe is tossing them in a heating skillet for a little browning and crisping on each side.
That’s it! I enjoyed these straight out of the pan for eating. Then I enjoyed them later in the day with a little cheese melted on top like a quesadilla. Then I enjoyed them the next morning with a scrambled egg and eaten like a taco. They are pliable to bend and fill with a small amount of filling for tacos, but they are most certainly perfect to eat all by themselves too. Can you taste the cauliflower? I’d say, yes. If you’ve ever sampled the cauliflower pizza crust, you’ll most likely also be a fan of the “tortillas.” Try them, and let me know what you think. And in the meantime, be sure to check out The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook– this is sure to be one of many for this talented young man. You may also visit Joshua on his blog- SlimPalate.com.
Yield: 6 small tortillas
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 3/4 head cauliflower
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- juice from 1/2 lime (add the zest too if you want more of a lime flavor)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Trim the cauliflower, cut it into small, uniform pieces, and pulse in a food processor in batches until you get a couscous-like consistency. The finely riced cauliflower should make about 2 cups packed.
- Place the cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, then stir and microwave again for another 2 minutes. Place the cauliflower in a fine cheesecloth or thin dishtowel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible, being careful not to burn yourself. Dishwashing gloves are suggested as it is very hot.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add in cauliflower, cilantro, lime, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Use your hands to shape 6 small "tortillas" on the parchment paper.
- Bake for 10 minutes, carefully flip each tortilla, and return to the oven for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until completely set. Place tortillas on a wire rack to cool slightly.
- Heat a medium-sized skillet on medium. Place a baked tortilla in the pan, pressing down slightly, and brown for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
- You can munch these by themselves, make quesadillas with them, or add some taco filling and fold it like a taco.
- Nutritional Information per serving (using 1/8th teaspoon salt and pepper) -Serving size: 1 tortilla- Calories: 42.9, Fat: 1.8g, Saturated Fat: .6g, Sugar: .1g, Sodium: 95.7mg, Fiber: 1.8g, Protein: 3.6g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Carbohydrates: 4.2g
- Weight Watchers POINTS: SmartPoints: 1, Points Plus: 1, Old Points Program: 1
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this cookbook for review. All opinions shared are my own. Amazon affiliate links are included within this post.