Growing up in New England I can honestly say that tortillas were not a staple part of my diet. In fact, I do not think my mother has cooked with tortillas EVER in her entire life. After graduating college and moving down to Houston for 7 years I ate tons of tortillas and loved them! Fajitas, burritos, chimichangas…my eyes were opened to the joys of eating food wrapped up in a tortilla. To this day, my son’s favorite snack is a simple cheese quesadilla. Cheddar cheese melted between 2 tortillas and dipped in salsa. Easy, healthy, and he can make it himself.
Tortillas to the Rescue
When I was sent a copy of Tortillas to the Rescue: Scrumptious Snacks, Mouth-Watering Meals and Delicious Desserts–All Made with the Amazing Tortilla I was thrilled to expand my collection of recipes using tortillas!
Title: Tortillas to the Rescue
Subtitle: 150 Quick-and-Easy Recipes You Stuff, Roll, Fold, Wrap and Stick in Your Mouth
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Author: Jessica Harlan
Publisher: Ulysses Press (August 28, 2012)
Pages/format: paperback 180 pages
My Review: 5 stars out of 5
About Tortillas to the Rescue
Healthy and delicious recipes that take the simple tortilla and build gourmet dishes that are quick, cheap, and easy to make. What can’t the tortilla do? Tortillas to the Rescue Cookbook shows the millions of tortilla lovers how amazingly versatile the tortilla can be–with dynamic dishes that go way beyond the Mexican classics everyone knows. The book includes a wide array of creative, mouth-watering treats including Pulled Pork Wraps, Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Spicy Stir-fry Veggie Enchiladas as well as exotic dessert options like sugar-and-cinnamon baked tortilla chips atop fruit salad and pepper-infused tortilla-chocolate bark. Packed with step-by-step instructions, time-saving tips, and fun illustrations, Tortillas to the Rescue Cookbook demonstrates a beguiling number of ways transform a simple tortilla into a restaurant-worthy meal.
Tortillas to the Rescue Review:
Tortillas to the Rescue is a well but together guide to help you incorporate the tortilla into your family’s meals even if they aren’t fans of traditional Mexican recipes. Ms. Harlan introduces readers to a ton of unique ways to use what seems to be such a plain little bread product. If you aren’t familiar with tortillas, the book has a nice introduction to discuss the background, nutrition and storage of tortillas. The book also has several ideas on how to warm up a tortilla. I always just wrap in foil and throw in the oven but I think I am going to try grilling them next time.
Unique tortilla ideas
The cookbook is divided into meal type so you have basic categories like breakfast, starters, and snacks but there are also a couple of unique chapters I would not have considered. There is a soup section where the author teaches you how to make tortilla strips to put on top of your soup and a whole chapter dedicated to meatless main dishes. Since I am trying to find some unique vegetarian meals this was a big hit with me. The other chapter that I was really drawn to was the desert chapter. I have never considered using tortilla as a desert ingredient but they sound simple and incredibly tasty!
Types of Tortilla Recipes
There is a nice balance of recipes in this cookbook. Some have a traditional Mexican flair to them but others (like the hamburger wraps, yum!) are classic American with a twist. Some have a few more ingredients than others but they are all pretty simple and straightforward. If I could change anything about this cookbook it would be to add pictures. I always prefer cookbooks with pictures so I know what my recipe should look like! Overall, though, I loved this cookbook and will be stocking up on tortillas now that I have been inspired!
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.