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Spinach tortilla tacos (recipe)

March 23, 2018

Spinach tortilla tacos (recipe)

Tortillas are a versatile vessel for many different meals — perfect for breakfast tacos, lunch wraps and quesadillas.

A traditional corn tortilla is made with three ingredients: masa (cornmeal dough), salt and vegetable oil. This modified version still provides a wrapping for your favorite fillings, but its two main ingredients pack additional nutrients: spinach is a great source of fiber and iron, and almond meal is a good source of vitamin E.

The best part about this recipe is that you can make double the amount and freeze any leftover tortillas. Store in an airtight container with parchment paper in between each tortilla for easy separating. Defrost in less than an hour at room temperature, and reheat in the oven at 300° F for 2 to 3 minutes.

Spinach Tortillas
Yields 6 tortillas

1 tablespoon avocado oil
6 cups fresh spinach leaves
4 eggs
8 tablespoons almond meal
1 cup grated low-fat mozzarella, pepper jack or white cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 390° F.

In a large skillet over medium, heat the avocado oil. Add spinach leaves and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Once spinach has fully wilted, transfer to a paper towel and pat dry to soak up any excess moisture.

Finely chop the cooked spinach and place in a large mixing bowl. In the same bowl, combine the eggs, almond meal, cheese, garlic powder and salt until it forms a well-mixed batter.

Scoop 6 evenly sized balls of batter onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Use your fingers to flatten each scoop of batter into an even flat patty.

Reduce heat to 375° F and place baking sheet in oven. Cook for 15 minutes or until tortillas are golden brown and crispy on both sides, flipping them halfway through. Keep an eye on the color and texture to avoid burning. The tortillas should be fully cooked once the edges are crispy and golden brown.

Let cool for a few minutes before filling with your favorite ingredients. Fresh pico de gallo, lean meat or fish, and a small scoop of guacamole and Greek yogurt make a healthy and filling meal.

Adapted from Sweet As Honey.

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