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02-17-2009, 10:21 AM
Is there such a thing has a healthy and ic friendly taco? I have such a craving............... any help?
02-17-2009, 10:57 AM
Don't know if you like corn tortillas or flour? I can handle both but I am lucky to have a tortilleria nearby where I can buy them fresh:) Packaged corn tortillas (and even most fresh tortillas) will say that they contain lime...but this is not lime the citrus fruit, it is what is commonly called Cal and it is used for soaking the corn in before grinding and it is not acidic, actually it is highly basic/alkaline. If you want to fry them then canela oil I think is well tolerated...I rarely fry mine but when I do it is just a light fry, so they are stil soft, but you can fry them more til crispy. I you do not fry just heat in skillet, iron is best, on both sides...butter and oil not necessary if pan is pre-heated at med-med hi heat.
If you use flour tortillas, even if they are from package...check labels and you should be able to find one that has few or no preservatives and many stores seem to sell higher quality fewer preservative flour tortillas than they do corn. For flour tortilla tacos I just put them in pre-heated iron skillet, no oil or butter necessary, and just toast them til a bit crispy or til brown spots appear and tortilla fluffs up on one side and lightly warm the other side. The toasted side should be the outside of the taco, the softer side the inside of the taco.
Also if you have a gas range, you can heat flour or corn tortillas directly over the fire, no pan needed.
Ground beef can be used with no seasonings, maybe just a bit of salt, or any seasonings you can tolerate. I would be wary of taco spice blends....better just to use a little salt and any individual seasonings that you know YOU can tolerate. WHen I make ground beef tacos I do not use anything but salt and maybe a bit of black pepper.
Also pan seared fajitas seasoned with just salt and black pepper (if you can tolerate it) and marinated in a small bit of oil and cilantro, parsley or whatever herbs fresh or dried or seasonsing you can tolerate are even more tasty for tacos. Possibly even a bit of pear juice thrown in the marinade would help to tenderize the fajitas. If you have a butcher who will butterfly the fajitas and remove most of the fat that is always good. After marinating, sear on both sides on hot skillet (iron is best) and dice into small pieces for tacos. I like to have the butcher butterfly the fajitas for me so that the cooking is faster:) Also you can use chicken breasts marinated and cooked the same way. I like to buy the chicken breasts on the bone and debone them myself and cut in strips before marinating...they are cheaper and seem to have much more flavor than the boneless chicken breasts.
Add lettuce, cheese that you can tolerate (mild cheese like mont jack, muenster or mozzarella seem to bladder friendly), avocado is a maybe for an IC bladder but I can tolerate it just fine. I CAN eat fresh tomatoes (but I CAN"T eat jarred or canned tomato products) so I can put those on tacos...but if you can't, just with the lettuce, avocado, and cheese they are still tasty.
Raw onions are a problem for many, but if sauteed til translucent or even better til carmelized, many can tolerate them that way if not raw. Carmelized onions go great with fajita tacos! in either flour or corn tortillas!! YUM...you can use real butter, canela, or olive oil for the sauteeing.
Also if you can tolerate beans...there are many high quality low/ no fat refried canned beans that are a good substitute for meat in a taco. Sometimes all I want is a tortilla with just beans and cheese. Sometimes just avocado and lettuce and cheese.
Hope this helps!
02-17-2009, 11:18 AM
You might try making your own; just omit the tomatoes and salsa.
02-17-2009, 11:47 AM
I make my own tacos. I use store-bought soft tortilla's.
I brown my ground beef without anything. It's actually better for me this way. The spices in those taco packets always takes a toll on the IBS.
So, my way is bland but it does help with the cravings!
I also make my own tacos. I use lentils (slightly mashed with spices) instead of ground beef, but the meat would be fine too. I use my own spice mix, usually cumin with a little oregano, garlic, thyme, salt & pepper.
corn tortillas warmed on my gas stove, with shredded mozzerella or whatever and sliced avocado (add or subtract things depending on your food triggers of course). yum. I just made some of these over the weekend in fact.
02-18-2009, 03:23 AM
What I do is just make an unseasoned one for me, when the ground beef is done cooking, I just take a portion out for muah..and then season the rest for my family. I usually use flour tortillas and some cheese and lettuce. YUM I'm craving a taco now. lol
Being from Texas, I love mexican food and I can eat refried beans, homemade are better, but I can do okay with the can. I do eat bean burritos and nachos too. It is impossible to eat mexican food at a Mexican restaraunt, but my version is just as great, I think :D I don't really miss the cumin and chili that much at all
02-18-2009, 10:38 AM
Thanks all.. I will try some of these...
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