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Monday, March 5, 2012

Gluten-free Vegan Tortillas

In light of Food for Life rice tortillas containing gluten, I am scrambling for a replacement for my son's favorite meal, the Mexican Pizza. Well, this is what I've got so far. I also decided to go grain-free in light of the arsenic reported in rice. (We just can't win, can we?) It does bend and can be folded. It is a lot like a crepe in the way it is cooked. I have a cast iron pan that is like a crepe pan. I have 3 actually because I cook so much. I put them in the oven to preheat at least 10 minutes before I start cooking. Be very careful because that cast iron is hot!!

                                Gluten-free Vegan Tortillas 
                                                    AKA crepe

1 cup Garbanzo bean flour
2 TBS ground Chia or Flax
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
2 cups of water 

Mix dry ingredients then add in water slowly and mix until there are no lumps. This batter is very thin! Let sit about 30 minutes and preheat cast iron pan at 425, you can use a skillet if you don't have the pan I described. Once everything is ready, pull the pan out and sit it on top of the stove. Spray a generous amount of oil each time so they don't stick. I used a Misto with refined coconut oil. Pour 1 cup of batter into the pan and cover the whole pan with batter by tilting it around. Return to oven for 10 minutes. Then flip it and return it back into the oven for 5 more minutes. These are bendy and do not crack. They are more like flour tortillas than corn, and not at all like the dry cracking Food for Life tortillas.  

Here is the link to a post I read last night about the rice tortilla.  http://gfalert.blogspot.com/2012/03/food-for-life-tortillas-millet-bread.html

Here is their statement. 

Here is a link about arsenic in rice. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/02/16/146994249/yes-theres-arsenic-in-your-rice-but-is-that-bad

Since December I have been having severe stomach issues and continued eating my regular foods but I was rotating them trying to figure out what the cause was. I cut out the Mexican Pizza and anything with spices 2 weeks ago. My stomach finally stopped hurting about 4 days ago, but I am still babying it. I really am hoping this news was my answer. I'd rather have arsenic than gluten! But I am going to try to avoid both. 

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