Soy-Free Taco Night!

April 25, 2011 § 8 Comments

So, on Easter Sunday, Robert and I made from scratch flour tortillas, and tonight we had our first Taco Night in a very long time. Since we discovered that soy is everywhere (including taco shells, most tortillas, and taco seasoning packets), we hadn’t had a Taco Night.

And then I found this recipe in 5 Ingredients or Less!
Homemade flour tortillas
6 c. all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 c. shortening (if you’re going soy-free, try Spectrum shortening–they use palm oil instead of vegetable oil)
2 c. hot water

Combine ingredients together until small crumbs form; gradually add 2 c. hot water. Knead until well blended; divide dough into 1- to 2-inch balls. Roll out into thin circles; heat until golden in a very hot, dry skillet. Flip and heat other side; repeat with remaining dough balls. Makes about 2 dozen. (And it really does!)

I ended up using so much flour! The dough is extremely sticky, so I sprinkled flour on my tea towel, and then sprinkled a little additional flour on the dough ball before rolling it out with with the rolling pin. (A little tip: “smush” out the dough ball before going at it with the rolling pin. And don’t ever roll backwards–just do it the way Alton Brown does it; from the center and out until you attain your desired thickness.)

These tortillas are delicious! I’m excited to try additional versions of these tortillas–baked tortilla chips…baked tortilla salad bowls…yum!

But tonight, we had soft tacos that ended up looking more like burritos. For the seasoning, we used Lawry’s taco seasoning (also, Ortega is soy-free, but we haven’t tried that one yet). It was amazing.

This is Robert’s delicious dinner plate:

Yum! Ground beef, shredded cheese, a dollop of Rotel dip, and Pace Picante sauce.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: what on earth does soy even add to food? Because I certainly don’t taste a difference when we eat soy-free!

Yesterday afternoon, I left my flour-y tea towel in a laundry basket. And then Annie nosed it out. And then we found Annie.

I think she looks like an adorable culprit. Robert thinks she looks like she has an expensive habit.

She guzzled a ton of water after I took the towel away from her. I guess the flour dried out her tongue! Haha.

So, there you have it. Soy-free Taco Night. Culprit Puppy. All-in-all, an awesome 48 hours!

A Soy-Free New Year’s Day

January 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

First off, Happy 2011, everyone! How exciting that this is not only my first official post of the New Year, but also my first official post for the Post a Day Challenge. I feel so accomplished already! 😉

Today I thought I would ring in the New Year with three of my (new) favorite traditional holiday fare. Now, with the soy allergy ever present in our day-to-day diets, we occasionally have either to make sacrifices or figure out something else entirely. In my family there are a few things that are sort of always a given on the holiday table: sausage cheese balls, French toast casserole, and cheese dip being among my personal favorites. I’ve started a few of my own traditions, one of which is hosting a New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day party with our friends. Last year we had all of our favorite holiday items present, including pigs in a blanket. Unfortunately for Robert, this time last year I was still fairly uneducated about what contained soy and what would cause him discomfort. This year, however, I’m much better.

Sausage cheese balls: Bisquick has soy in it. Boo…this is one of our very favorites.
French toast casserole: French bread often has soy in it, too. It’s not even fair to imagine a world without French toast casserole.
Pigs in a blanket: Refrigerated croissants have soy. I don’t even want to talk about it.

But here’s what the wife figured out: Heart Smart Bisquick is made with canola oil–no soy!! French bread may have soy in it, but not all bread does! Those little smokies don’t have to be wrapped with refrigerated croissants, after all.

Here are a few pictures of my new soy-free holiday favorite dishes. (Recipes behind the cut below the pictures.)

Okay, so they're not pigs in a blanket in the technical sense of the word, but breaded tubes of meat are always delicious finger foods!

While watching The Today Show earlier this week, I came upon this recipe, and I had a great idea to replace our soy-laden pigs in a blanket from last year’s party. Why not make miniature corn dogs instead? They were a big hit!

Two packages of little smokies all battered and ready to go!

Serving suggestion: these taste great with whatever condiments you love on your hotdogs/corn dogs.

I was only mildly concerned that people would not feel excited about the miniature corn dogs…because…well…they don’t exactly scream, “classy party.” But apparently if you miniature-ize any food, you exponentially increase its inherent classiness!

This morning, for the breakfast portion of our two-day party (it spilled over to New Year’s Day because we invited people over for brunch and bowl games), I made a French toast casserole and sausage cheese balls.

Mmm...French toast casserole....

Instead of a loaf of French bread, I bought a fresh baked loaf of white bread from Earth Fare that was made with olive oil and canola oil instead of vegetable oil. It was a little bit puffier than French bread once it baked, but it was still amazingly yummy.

Carbo-loaded combat the obligatory New Year's hangover!

The sausage cheese balls are in the top right corner of the plate. I think my oven cooks them a bit badly because they’ve consistently come out looking dark brown instead of a pretty gold like the way my mom makes them. I’ll figure out this old oven, though!

So, who wants recipes?
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