Recipe: Gluten-Free Charred Corn Tacos (with Homemade Taco Seasoning)

So…I was back from some time away and without my CSA bin for yet another week.  I still had a couple of produce items from the week prior in my fridge.  Nothing that would have gone bad while I was out of town for the weekend…but…you know…just some things I hadn’t gotten to just yet.  One of these items were 2 ears of corn.  I had previously grilled up the other 2 ears of corn that were in the bin…and I really, really wanted to try something different this time around.

So, I went on a little bit of a hunt…and somehow discovered the amazing recipe for Charred Corn Tacos (as well as homemade (so it can be gluten-free) taco seasoning) from Joy the Baker.  I was elated.  Because I love tacos and because it was definitely a different and unique way to consume said corn…and do something different with your average tacos.  The best part?  This recipe was super easy and I just needed to swing by the grocery store for a couple of items that I didn’t have due to not getting my produce bin.

If you love tacos…I highly recommend these.  If you are a carnivore…I swear, you won’t even miss the meat!

Recipe: Gluten-Free Charred Corn Tacos (with Homemade Taco Seasoning)

Gluten-Free Charred Corn Tacos (with homemade Taco Seasoning)
Gluten-Free Charred Corn Tacos (with Homemade Taco Seasoning)

Servings: 2
Time: Prep 25 minutes; Cook 15 minutes

Ingredients for Taco Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

 

Directions for Taco Seasoning:

Toss together.  Store in a jar.  Apply liberally to most everything.

 

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Charred Corn Tacos:

  • 2 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut from the cob
  • a handful of chopped scallions
  • a handful of sliced cherry tomatoes
  • a seeded fresh Serrano pepper, chopped
  • a liberal amount of homemade taco seasoning
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1 ripe sliced avocado
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

 

Directions for Gluten-Free Charred Corn Tacos:

Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the corn and allow to char for several minutes.  Stir infrequently to allow the corn to really char.

Remove from the heat and stir in scallions, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno, and taco seasoning to taste.

Warm up the tortillas.

Spoon the charred corn into the tortillas.  Top with avocado.

DEVOUR!

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My roommate declared this one of her favorite taco dishes that I have ever prepared.  And, a couple years back we did what we called a “Tour de Taco” where I did different flavors and versions of tacos throughout the entire week.  To hear that sort of exclamation really made my day.  The char on the corn really does make all the difference, so be sure you start to get that blackened color on the kernels.  These aren’t too spicy…and the seasoning is perfect.  Honestly, it just brought this wash of flavor to the entire dish.  Top off however you like.  I added kale to mine for a bit of a leafy green.  It was awesome.  My roomie had me whip up some vegan Sriracha sour cream and I topped mine with hot sauce.  However you like it…it’s yours for the making.

Product Review: Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread

Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread
Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread

Product: Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread – $3.99+

It has been a sad, sad time for me.  A long while back, my local Whole Foods stopped carrying the LivWell brand products.  These products not only had amazing English Muffins…but also…the only gluten-free pita bread I have ever seen in my gluten-free life.  So, with that gone, I literally had to make sandwiches.  Like with gluten-free bread…or gluten-free hamburger buns…or well…that’s about all.

And…I learned to live with that.  Sure, there were times I convinced myself that I was going to make some sort of flatbread on my own.  But nothing ever came of that.  Lately, my gluten-free bread baking has been more disastrous than successful, so I honestly think I’m just scared to screw something up again.

But then I took a trip out to Colorado.  And on that journey, my roommate and I drove up to Boulder, Colorado for a day.  It’s tradition.  We always do it.  And while in Boulder, we stopped into a natural food store and just planned on perusing the aisles to kill off some time.  It was Sunday, so we were waiting on some stores to open.  And, with no intention of purchasing anything…we of course spotted something that we had never seen in our area before.

Sandwich Petals.

Thank those Flat-Out Sandwich Wraps out on the market…and make them gluten-free.  That’s basically what these are.  And that was something I had never heard of or seen before.  So…I grabbed one of each type that were on the shelf and purchased them…without hesitation.  Because…it might be the only way I ever get to try these.

Well, after a long journey to Detroit and back, it was World Cup Finals time and I had a few options out for dinner.  My roommate chose the previously blogged about gluten-free and vegan SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel.  I asked her what she wanted those on…either Amy’s Organic Gluten-Free Sandwich Thins or the Sandwich Petals in the pantry.

She chose the Sandwich Petals.  And I asked her which flavor…she went to the pantry and pulled out the Spinach Garlic Sandwich Petals…because they were on top.  HA!  Good way to make a decision, yes?

Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread
Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread

So…there it was.  I cooked up the Organic Falafel on the stovetop, and as it was finishing up the falafel, I pulled out the Sandwich Petals and looked at how to prepare them.  Easy enough…either stove top or microwave.  I went microwave for ease and simplicity.  My top few petals were a bit torn, but they rode back to Louisville, Kentucky, in my carry-on.  So…the fact that they were still in tact for the most part was a miracle.  I wrapped up one of the Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbreads in damp paper towels and gave them a little warming in the microwave for 30 seconds.  I unwrapped each one and topped with some Organic Tahini Sauce from SoL Cuisine and then some greens and finally…the SoL Cuisine Falafel.  I then folded over the Sandwich Petal and dinner was served.

The Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread was the perfect way to serve these up…when gluten-free pita bread is no longer available.  Seriously. While it did get a little messy because stuff would fall out of the edges…they were packed with flavor and really sturdy.  Unfortunately, since my petals were slightly torn to begin with, the mess factor was a little elevated.  But, it didn’t take away from the fact that these flatbreads are made to stand up to fillings of all sorts.  The Spinach Garlic flavor was not overpowering, so it didn’t detract at all from the falafel…but it added a nice bit of flavor to the entirety of the dish.  I hope I can find these around here because I will be sad when I use up all three varieties that are in my pantry.

For the record, the Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Flatbreads come in Spinach Garlic, Red Chili, and Original.

As far as ingredients go, the Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread is made from a gluten-free blend of whole and milled grains (corn, flax, sesame, buckwheat, brown rice, sorghum, millet, quinoa, teff, and amaranth), water, tapioca starch, a flavor base (consisting of spinach, garlic, basil, parsley purees and extracts, salt, canola oil, and spices), raisin juice, organic agave nectar, molasses, short chain frutooligosaccharides, xanthan gum, dicalcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, fumaric acid, sodium propionate, and sorbic acid.  Sandwich Petals are gluten-free, carbohydrate nutritionally deliberate (with less than 24 grams per petal), virtually allergen free (contains no dairy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, soy, or wheat), are low glycemic (diabetic and diet friendly), contain heart healthy omega 3s, are prebiotic (and helps aid in digestive system health), do not need to be refrigerated and…are really convenient.

As for the nutritional aspect of the Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread, a serving is one petal.  This one petal will serve you up 100 calories and 1 gram of fat.  One petal will also provide you with 120 mg sodium and only 3 grams of sugar.  That is really fantastic.  And finally, you will be taking in 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein, so it’s enough to fill you up without making you feel overstuffed.  Love it.

I really hope that my local stores start carrying these Sandwich Petals.  So far, I like what I have tried and I can’t wait to see how else I can use these in recipes and with other foods.  For now, they were just the bread I needed to really enjoy a tasty Mediterranean sandwich without the use of pita bread.  It was the perfect substitute, allowing the filling to shine, but still being quite tasty on its own.  The Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread wins in my book.

Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread with SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel with Organic Tahini Sauce
Sandwich Petals Gluten Free Spinach Garlic Flatbread with SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel with Organic Tahini Sauce

Product Review: SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel with Organic Tahini Sauce

SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel with Organic Tahini Sauce
SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel with Organic Tahini Sauce

Product: SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel with Organic Tahini Sauce – $4.99+

SoL Cuisine has been a surprise to me as far as the products they put out onto the market.  For one thing, they are the only brand that offers gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian items that I can’t get otherwise.  For that, I am forever in my debt to this company.  Because of SoL Cuisine, I can have vegetarian breakfast sausages again.  Because of SoL Cuisine, I have another option for veggie burgers.  Because of SoL Cuisine, I can have vegetarian BBQ Ribs again.  Because of SoL Cuisine…I can indulge in Falafel!

YES!

Falafel.  That little Mediterranean cake made from chickpeas that is so awesomely yummy?  Ever tried it?  If not…you should.  I love falafel.  Always have.  Because I am a huge fan of Mediterranean food as well.  So, when I was grocery shopping and spotted SoL Cuisine’s Organic Falafel with Organic Tahini Sauce on closeout at my local natural food store…it was time to finally give it a try.  I couldn’t argue with the price.

Unfortunately, I never really had anything in the house to use the SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel with.  Normally, it would be served on pita bread…but my local Whole Foods stopped carrying the LivWell brand that had the gluten-free pita bread.  So, that was sad.  But, thanks to my trip to Boulder, Colorado and a stop in at one of their local natural food stores, I picked up these gluten-free sandwich petals (think Flat-Out Wraps).  I picked up one of each kind of petal and brought them home with me.

And after a weekend in Detroit…where I saw Queen in concert…which was awesome.  And…coming home in time to watch the World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina…I needed dinner.  My breakfast was small and my lunch consisted of applesauce and a protein bar.  Yeah…it was only 3:45 but I was ready for dinner for sure.  I had so many options for easy meals to choose from in my pantry and freezer…so I pulled out some options and called in Cathy to help make a decision.  She settled on Falafel (because we had it the longest).  So I asked if I should put it on Amy’s Gluten-Free Sandwich Thins or the Sandwich Petals…and she decided on the Spinach Garlic Pesto Sandwich Petals.  Hey…it was the closest thing we had to a flatbread.  No pita…no problem.

SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel (cooked stove top)
SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel (cooked stove top)

So, I got a pan out and placed a touch of coconut oil in it.  Then, into the pan went six (3 for each of us) of the Sol Cuisine Organic Falafel.  I let them work in the pan while I put the frozen tahini sauce package into hot water to (hopefully) let it thaw before the rest of the meal was ready.  Note to those of you out there about to try this product or thinking about it…thaw the sauce!  Aside from that everything went very well.  I cooked the Organic Falafel in the pan for about 5 minutes on one side…then flipped them over and did the same for the other side.  They turned a gorgeous golden brown on the one side, so it was starting to come together.  I got out the Sandwich Petals and heated up (one at a time) each flatbread, put some of the (thankfully) thawed sauce on each one, topped it with greens, then moved the now golden brown falafel over to the waiting flatbread.  I topped it off with a bit more sauce, folded it over…and dinner…was served.

So, I settled in to finally really start paying attention to the second half of the World Cup final match.  I carefully lifted up my Mediterranean sandwich of sorts and took a bite.  I think I expected a little more of a crunch to the falafel from the stove top cooking, but, it was still quite soft.  In fact, two of them started to meld together when I took another bite.  But, falafel is not crunchy, but a chickpea cake of soft goodness, so this was actually what it should be like.  And, honestly, I liked it.  I liked it a lot.  And the Organic Tahini Sauce that is included in the box is quite tasty as well.  I was impressed.  I found these easy to eat, and really quite delicious.  I never know what it means when my roommate describes a product as “quite tasty” because she never really says anything else, so I can’t really say what her thoughts are truly on it…but she ate her Falafel Flatbread Sammie and that was enough to say that it was at least palatable to her.  As for me…I devoured mine.  The sandwich was a bit awkward, not really having a pocket to tuck everything into, but I made it work and in the end…it was a delicious, and quite healthy dinner.

SoL Cuisine does it again!

Let’s talk ingredients, yes?  The SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel is made from organic chickpeas, organic okra, organic onion powder, organic garlic powder, wheat free tamari sauce, organic tahini, organic expeller pressed sunflower oil, organic tapioca starch, organic sesame seeds, and xanthan gum.  The Organic Tahini Sauce is made from organic tahini, filtered water, organic lemon juice concentrate, sea salt, and organic garlic.  This product is gluten-free, wheat-free, vegan, vegetarian, kosher, and organic.

Nutrition-wise…these aren’t a bad option at all.  The serving size of SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel is three of the patties.  These three patties will serve you up 110 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.  You will be taking in 210 mg sodium and 1 gram of sugar.  These are cholesterol free.  Finally, you will be taking in 7 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.  Filling and delicious.

So far, I have yet to really not enjoy something from SoL Cuisine.  The Organic Falafel with Organic Tahini Sauce is a great and easy meal to prepare.  Serve it up on flatbread or crackers…drizzle with the sauce, and enjoy every bite.  This was a fantastic and unique meal to have while watching the World Cup…but it was a delicious stunner of a meal regardless.

Love!

SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel with Organic Tahini Sauce on a Gluten-Free Spinach Garlic Pesto Sandwich Petal
SoL Cuisine Organic Falafel with Organic Tahini Sauce on a Gluten-Free Spinach Garlic Pesto Sandwich Petal
Chickpeas*, Okara*, Onion* & Garlic* Powder, Spice*, Wheat Free Tamari Sauce*(Water, Soybeans*, Salt), Tahini*, Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil*, Tapioca Starch*, Sesame Seeds*, Xanthan Gum. – See more at: http://solcuisine.com/american-retail/sol-cuisine-falafel-sauce#sthash.k8FUfHIs.dpuf
Chickpeas*, Okara*, Onion* & Garlic* Powder, Spice*, Wheat Free Tamari Sauce*(Water, Soybeans*, Salt), Tahini*, Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil*, Tapioca Starch*, Sesame Seeds*, Xanthan Gum. – See more at: http://solcuisine.com/american-retail/sol-cuisine-falafel-sauce#sthash.k8FUfHIs.dpuf

Restaurant Review: Cap City Fine Diner and Bar, Columbus, Ohio

Cap City Fine Diner and Bar, Columbus, Ohio
Cap City Fine Diner and Bar, Columbus, Ohio

Restaurant: Cap City Fine Diner and Bar, Columbus, Ohio

Twas two days after my friend Jenn’s birthday and I was visiting her.  That was not planned.  Okay…maybe it was.  I mean…birthdays are so much fun and I wanted to go visit Jenn anyway.  The need to get away from life where I am currently living was a necessity more than anything.  And good friends always offer the best times when you need your spirits lifted and your soul cleansed.

After a morning of delicious gluten-free crepes and an afternoon spent out shopping at the used book stores, a treat at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams,  and a stop at the natural food store that literally BROKE my budget (OMG…gluten-free things that I had not even known existed!), Cathy and I were going to take Jenn out to dinner to celebrate her birthday.  I let her know ahead of time and she, even though she didn’t have to, chose a place that features a gluten-free menu.

The place…Cap City Fine Diner and Bar.

And at 5 p.m., we rolled up, parked, and made our way into the restaurant.

First of all, the place was nothing like I expected.  Located on the end of a strip mall, the outside is very unassuming…save for the 50’s style door you walk through to enter the diner.  We were greeted by the hostess after a moment and requested a gluten-free menu for me.  We were shown to a table and settled in when our waitress, Candie, came over to get our drink orders.  Despite the day of celebration, we all just stuck to water.  She went over some specials, and the vegetable soup did spark my interest.  So, after she went to fetch our waters and returned, I asked if it was gluten-free.  She said she thought it was, but she would go double-check.  When she returned, she regretfully informed me that it was not gluten-free.  I had to options in mind for dinner.  They had gluten-free fries offered and that was really tempting.  If I did that, I’d be getting a salad.  And it was pointed out by Jenn and Cathy that I could get a salad anywhere.  True…but I can’t get fries everywhere.  That being said, I made up my mind.

Cap City Fine Diner and Bar's Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls
Cap City Fine Diner and Bar’s Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

Cathy and Jenn ordered what they normally order when we go out to a restaurant that has this on the menu – Fish and Chips ($15.99).  As for me, I went with the Gluten-Free Seasonal Vegetable Plate ($14.99).  Candie asked if I wanted some gluten-free dinner rolls.  I was taken aback.  I wasn’t expecting that.  I eagerly nodded my head and gave her a “Oh…yes please!”  Happiness.

Orders were in, and we fell into conversation about future plans, things happening around us, the waiter with the really awesome mustache, ate dinner rolls (mine gluten-free…theirs regular)…that sort of thing.  The dinner rolls, for the record, were warm, flaky, and delicious!  I kept myself to just one.  And then…our actual food arrived.

My veggie plate looked amazing.  I mean…I read the description, but this was beyond what I expected.  This plate was stunning.  The colors were vibrant.  The presentation was inviting.  I was beyond impressed and totally ready to dive in and try it out.  But, I composed myself enough to take a picture.  Then let my roomie photograph her fish and chips for her own blog (which maybe one day she’ll actually put up on the interwebs).  And then she promptly stole some of my rice…because she said she really wanted to try it.  LOL!  I also let her steal a tortilla chip and some of the hummus.

Oh…I’m getting ahead of myself here.  I haven’t yet described the actual food on the dish yet.  The menu described the Gluten-Free Seasonal Vegetable Plate as being composed of very wild rice, sliced almonds, goat cheese, roasted red pepper hummus, warm roasted vegetables and cured olives.  I asked for my plate to not include the olives because I disdain olives so much.  I don’t even want to have to pick around them.  The plate came with corn tortilla chips on the side.  The rice had the slivered almonds, corn and craisins in it, really amping up the volume as well as the presentation.  The roasted vegetables were a mix of asparagus, broccoli, carrots, red pepper, portobello mushrooms and garlic.  It was topped off by a very liberal sprinkling of goat cheese.  It looked fantastic.

And it was.  Just popping with flavor.  The corn tortilla chips were my least favorite part, actually and ended up being left on the side of the plate.  The vegetables were roasted to perfection, however.  Packed with flavor and cooked just enough to get them to that brilliant bright hue that catches the eye and really whets the appetite.  I was SO ready for bite after bite.  I ended up using dabs of hummus on my vegetables.  The roasted red pepper hummus was good, but I found it to be very oily and a bit bland.  I felt like it needed a little more seasoning or spice to it.  Believe it or not, though, my absolute favorite part of this entire dish…was the very wild rice.  I loved the play on flavors and textures with the perfectly cooked rice, the crunch of the slivered almonds, the sweetness from the corn and the craisins.  It was absolute perfection.  Everything meshed and mingled well on the plate and I was quite content with eating it.

If I had one complaint it was that the entire plate was swimming in oil.  While I love olive oil as much as the next person, I think there is a thing as way too much.  And this definitely got to that point.  But, the flavors were great and I devoured everything but the chips.  Delicious!

Would I dine here again?  I’d be willing to give it a try.  I might do the salad and french fries next time though.  Cathy said she’d be willing to try a burger the next time as her fish was good…and fell solidly in the middle of everywhere she ate up until now.  Not a bad showing…but it didn’t wow her enough to try it again.  But…each of us are willing to give it another try with other food options.

So, a good showing by Cap City Diner.  We had a great time there.  And we did enjoy the food.  It was a great night out with good friends and that was fantastic in and of itself.  Good food and good times.  Just what I needed.

Cap City Fine Diner and Bar's Gluten-Free Seasonal Vegetable Plate
Cap City Fine Diner and Bar’s Gluten-Free Seasonal Vegetable Plate

Glutino puts the gluten-free fun back into dipping with new Tortilla Dippers

Glutino Gluten-Free Tortilla Dippers
Glutino Gluten-Free Tortilla Dippers

Product: Glutino Gluten-Free Tortilla Dippers – $3.99+

Glutino.  Glutino.  Glutino.

Here is what I love about Glutino – I have yet to try one of their products and not like it.  Everything has been impressive and delicious and amazing.  So close to what I used to be able to eat…it’s scary…and amazing…full of gluten-free awesomesauce all at once.  They were the first to bring me gluten-free pretzels.  The first to give me gluten-free toaster pastries.  And now…the first to create the ultimate gluten-free tortilla chip…meant for dipping.

Remember Tostitos Scoops?  You should.  Because they are actually one of Frito-Lay’s gluten-free products.  Yeah.  Well, think Tostitos Scoops…but done in a completely gluten-free facility.  That’s what you get when you purchase Glutino’s Gluten-Free Tortilla Dippers.

Glutino’s Web site declares that these Tortilla Dippers are made for the bold, the brassy and the sassy.  And that may not be far from the truth.  The entire point of a dipper is to get all wild and crazy with what you choose to scoop with them.  Or…the toppings you pile onto them.  The entire point is that they must, I repeat…MUST…hold up to the toppings or the weight of the scoop, be it nacho cheese, salsa, guacamole, or some other amazing dip of your own creation.  If they fall apart or crumble…no good!

I spotted Glutino’s Gluten-Free Tortilla Dippers while at my natural food store on an end cap.  The Glutino products were on sale…so I allowed the splurge.  I knew there would be something I could make with them, regardless.  And I was right.  It just took me about a month to actually get around to using them.  But, my roommate had her last wisdom tooth removed this past week, and after being stuck on mushy food for the entire week, yesterday she had one request…

NACHOS FOR DINNER!

So, I complied.  After all, I had some Trader Joe’s queso (gluten-free) in the pantry that was begging for some action.  In addition, some black beans that would add some delicious protein.  Oh…and avocado.  Because if there is a reason to add avocado to something I am going to.  Heck, I’ll just eat the avocado.  But I digress…

Since she was ready for crunchy food again, I agreed to make some nachos per her request.  And I already had everything at home to make it happen.  BONUS!

I pulled out the beans and got them heating on the stove.  While that was happening, I went ahead and chopped up some fresh tomatoes and got the avocado sliced, pitted, and chopped.  Then…the queso was warmed in the microwave.  Soon…dinner would be ready.  All I needed now was the chips.

So I pulled the Gluten-Free Tortilla Dippers out of the pantry and doled out a serving for each of us.  Then the beans were tossed on top…followed by the tomatoes, the avocado, then the queso.  Dinner took almost no time at all…and was now ready to be served.  I added a bit of vegan Sriracha sour cream to the top, and for me a few jalapeno peppers.

Time to dig in and see how the Tortilla Dippers handled my toppings.

The fact was, Glutino did it’s job well.  Not only do these chips have an amazing texture and crunch to them, you can really taste the sweetness of the corn.  It adds a beautiful balance to the dish you are using them with, honestly.  I had to try a chip on its own, and I felt that they tasted even better than Tostitos Scoops.  And I used to heat the hell out of those.  They didn’t get mushy, nor did they crack and crumble when the toppings were piled on top.  I asked Cathy what she thought and she raved about them.  This is always a good thing, because she can be rather finicky at times about things that are close to a favorite product…and she really has always loved to the Tostitos Scoops.

So, let’s talk about nutrition.  For a chip, these are identical in comparison with Tostitos Scoops.  Honestly.  A serving is 28 grams, or about 12 chips.  This serving sets you back 140 calories and 7 grams of fat.  Not bad for a corn chip.  A serving also only dishes up 120 mg of sodium, 2 grams of fiber (one more gram than Scoops), and 1 gram of protein.  Everything else is identical.  This has one gram less in carbohydrates.  Aside from that…nothing too different.  But when I can get something that is certified gluten-free…that’s what I am going to purchase.  So, Glutino…you win!

As far as ingredients go, Glutino’s Tortilla Dippers are made from ground whole white corn, vegetable oil, toasted corn germ, and salt.  Four ingredients.  Simply made.  Simply delicious.  Simply good.

Don’t take my word for it though.  These are definitely a bit pricier than Tostitos, but I’d pay the extra few dollars again.  Without batting an eyelash.  And we all know I live on a strict budget…so that’s saying something.

Next time you’re feeling the need to make a salsa, queso, guacamole, or other dip…give Glutino’s Gluten-Free Tortilla Dippers a try.  I promise…you’ll love them!

Nachos made with Glutino's Gluten-Free Tortilla Dippers
Nachos made with Glutino’s Gluten-Free Tortilla Dippers

Udi’s wins on size and flavor, but falls short on texture with new Gluten-Free Plain Tortillas

Special Delivery of Udi’s Gluten-Free Goodies – including brand new products!
Special Delivery of Udi’s Gluten-Free Goodies – including brand new products!

Product: Udi’s Gluten-Free Plain Tortillas (large) – $5.20+

Mmmm…food in taco form is always a good thing.  I love tacos.  I love burritos.  I love breakfast wraps.  I love just about anything you could possibly think about wrapping up in a tortilla.  Seriously.  As long as it fits into my diet, I’m all about it.  And I definitely love Mexican-inspired dishes.  The problem with that is that sometimes it’s hard to find full-size tortillas to work with the dish you have in mind.

Well, awhile back, I received a nice box of goodies from Udi’s Gluten-Free Foods, containing a mix of some of their new and some of their classic products.  I was overjoyed to see quite a few of the items in that box and have definitely fallen in love with them…or fallen back in love with some of the classics I had ages ago and haven’t yet worked my way back around to purchasing again.  Let’s face it…when it comes to taste and texture, Udi’s is constantly one of the front runners in the market.

Udi's Gluten-Free Plain Tortillas (Large)
Udi’s Gluten-Free Plain Tortillas (Large)

One of the new products that was included in this box of Udi’s goodness were the new Gluten-Free Plain Tortillas.  Udi’s recently came out with these tortillas that look and feel like regular flour tortillas.  Honestly.  I was simply amazed when I went to use these in a recipe.  I mean…wow.  It was just like those days when I didn’t have to worry about eating a flour tortilla.  I was so excited about putting my vegan shrimp taco fixings on this tortilla too.

I was sent the package of the larger varieties of these tortillas.  Awesome.  They also come in smaller, taco-sized tortillas as well.  So you get your pick.  I was ready to have a soft-shelled taco again in my life.  And these were such a different feel than the ones I’ve had from Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery, so I was definitely looking forward to seeing how they worked with my fillings of choice.

I’ve cooked these tortillas up two different ways, and I have to say…while I do enjoy the flavor and the taste of these…I’m having a hard time with the tortillas themselves.  They are definitely delicious…but the texture is off.

Udi's Gluten-Free Plain Tortilla (Large)
Udi’s Gluten-Free Plain Tortilla (Large)

The first time I made up my vegan shrimp tacos, I prepared the tortillas using the microwave method.  This means I wrapped the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwaved them for the recommended time.  Then, these tortillas were piled on with the fillings, lettuce, onion, vegan shrimp, avocado, and some vegan Sriracha sour cream (my invention).  I carried a plate of one tortilla stuffed with taco goodness over to my roommate…and sadly…the tortilla crumbled.  It just…fell apart.  Mine was the same way.  So, I ended up grabbing for a fork and we finished off our meal that way.

Last night, I decided to do the warm in a dry skillet technique, hoping for better results.  Crossing my fingers, I heated up my large skillet on the stove and placed a tortilla on it to warm before flipping it over and doing the same on the other side.  I repeated with the second tortilla.  I once again loaded up all the delicious fillings form my Vegan Shrimp Tacos and carried one plate over to my roommate and enjoyed the other for myself.  This time, I found that I could pick up the tortilla, however the texture was a bit gummy.  So, while my first attempt had the perfect texture, it crumbled…and my second attempt had held up to the toppings, but the texture was off.

I’m at a loss.

I have two more of the 6 toritllas that are included in the pack to go through.  I think it will be interesting to see how my third attempt making something with these tortillas turns out.  I think I might go classic quesadilla this time and see if that works out in the end.  Maybe I’m doing something wrong, because I haven’t read about anyone else having such issues with these tortillas.

I will say this…if you want the feel and the flavor of a flour tortilla…probably something you’ve been missing, this is the tortilla that will fulfill that craving.  It is spot on!!  However, so far…my attempts at utilizing them for eating has been an epic fail.  I love Udi’s…but when I want to eat a taco…I want to pick it up and eat it like a taco.

Yeah…I think the quesadilla thing is next.  Hopefully it will have a better result.

Nutritionally speaking, Udi’s Gluten-Free Plain Tortillas aren’t don’t fare too bad.  Not really.  One tortilla serves up 170 calories and 4 grams of fat.  In addition to that, you get served 5 filling grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.  They are relatively low in sodium for a processed food (330 mg) and they are cholesterol free.  NICE!  You can fill them, stuff them, fold them, and do whatever you like to bring them to life and (hopefully) have good results.  My attempts have been an epic fail thus far, but I’m not giving up.  Not yet.

I have faith in Udi’s and stand behind their products a lot.  However…checking the ingredients…not sure how I feel about modified potato starch being on that ingredient list.  Gluten-free foods…should be healthy and not laden with excessive calories or fat.  For the most part, Udi’s follows this.  But…modified foods, I do have a problem with.  So, hopefully they will begin working that out of the ingredients in the future.

So, as far as tortilla love goes…I love certain aspects of this product…but other parts of it don’t work for me.  You will feel like you’re eating a real flour tortilla…and that is something no gluten-free tortilla that has come before it has managed.  If I can just figure out that perfect cooking procedure and get the product to either not crumble or have a gummy texture…we’ll be in business.

I’ll let you know how those quesadillas turn out.

For now…on the fence with these.  It’s not love/hate…but it’s love/like/dislike at the moment.  So, there is room for improvement.  And hopefully…improvement will happen.

Udi's Gluten-Free Plain Tortilla topped with Sophie's Kitchen Gluten-Free Vegan Breaded Shrimp, red onion, avocado, and vegan Sriracha sour cream
Udi’s Gluten-Free Plain Tortilla topped with Sophie’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Vegan Breaded Shrimp, red onion, avocado, and vegan Sriracha sour cream