Nachos, Taco (Salad), Pizza and so much more

This is more of a technique than a recipe, but one worth sharing nonetheless. I got the idea from an Indian snack called “papard,” which is basically a wafer thin piece of dough (I think) that you microwave on top of a paper towel to make crispy. At least, I think you microwave it…that’s what my mom does anyway. Apparently, the same thing works with most tortillas (although sometimes you need to microwave them for a little while, not to mention using a few paper towels in the process).

So, take a tortilla/wrap (preferably low calorie and/or low carb), put a paper towel underneath it and stick it in the microwave for…about a minute and a half. Make sure you check it every 15-20 seconds though because these things burn fast!!

A cool trick that I figured out with this technique is a taco salad bowl. Instead of putting the wrap on a paper towel flat in the microwave, you take a bowl, flip it upside down, put the paper towel over the bottom of the bowl and then put the wrap/tortilla on top. You might want to press the edges down to give it more of that taco salad bowl shape. A little while in the microwave and you’ve got a great base for a healthy taco salad.

Then of course there’s nachos, which are a lot easier or pizza which can get a little tricky. The thing with pizza that I find is, after you put the sauce on, microwaving again isn’t a good idea because the wrap goes soggy. The best way to make pizza is to microwave the wrap, put the stuff on and stick it in the (toaster) over for a little while. Sometimes, depending on the water content of the sauce you’re using, you might be able to make it work in the microwave, but is it really worth the risk?

I know I said this wasn’t a recipe, but here’s one anyway that I came up with using this technique…

Goat Cheese Pizza
1. 1 wrap/tortilla
2. paper towel(s)
3. an ounce or so of crumbled goat cheese
4. white mushrooms
5. onions
6. 1T balsamic vinegar
7. rosemary (if desired)
8. red bell peppers (about 1/4-1/2 of one)

→Prepare tortilla using microwave method. Crumble goat cheese over “crust”. Dot the surface of the tortilla with mushrooms, red peppers and onions, dispersed evenly (if you have the time, it’s probably a good idea to saute them in pam beforehand). Drizzle with vinegar. Bake in the (toaster) oven at 350 until edges are browned (usually about 10 minutes).


4 responses to “Nachos, Taco (Salad), Pizza and so much more

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