Monday, June 21, 2010

30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals: Day 15 - Alta's Egg, Zucchini, Red Pepper and Spinach Wrap

Welcome to 30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals!

Today's post is written by Alta Mantsch author of the blog, Tasty Eats at Home.

Day 15 - Alta's Egg, Zucchini, Red Pepper and Spinach Wrap

Whenever I have spare time, I love spending it in the kitchen. I love to experiment, create, and bake - it clears my mind, soothes my soul, and improves my mood. It is therapy for me. However, in the real world, we don't have hours to spend in the kitchen every day.

Full-time jobs, school, soccer practices and games, errands, homework, chores, and other tasks fill our days to the limit. These are days when a lot of people reach for the nearest take-out menu, visit the drive-thru, or grab a frozen meal to microwave. But when you must follow a gluten-free diet, or are striving to live a healthier lifestyle, these are not great options. You need great food, fast!

Eggs are a go-to protein for when I am looking to make a quick meal. They're great any time of day, and they cook in a matter of minutes. Add some fresh vegetables, and in no time, you have a balanced, filling, healthy meal.

This wrap recipe is barely a recipe - it was more of a throw-together meal I made the other night in between a hair appointment and a soccer game. You can substitute any vegetables you have on hand, of course. You don't have to even include eggs, if you can't tolerate them - some leftover beans, tofu, or cooked chicken would work well here too. Don't have a tortilla lying around? Steam some brown rice while you saute vegetables, and top the rice with the egg and veggie mixture.

Really, anything goes with this dish - it's all about fast, easy, healthy, and tasty here. Let go of the "must follow the recipe exactly" mindset, and allow yourself to experiment. Sometimes the tastiest meals are born out of creativity!

Alta's Egg, Zucchini, Red Pepper and Spinach Wrap
Serves 2.

1-2 T olive oil
1/2 red onion, sliced
2-3 small zucchini, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1 c spinach leaves
2 eggs, beaten
A few dashes gluten-free soy sauce or Coconut Secret's Liquid Aminos for soy-free (I use San-J wheat-free tamari)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 brown rice tortillas (I use Food For Life tortillas)

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, zucchini and bell pepper and sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add spinach and sauté for an additional 30 seconds or until spinach wilts. Remove from pan and set aside. Add additional oil if necessary to the pan and lower the heat to medium-low. Add the eggs and scramble, stirring, until just set. Add the vegetables back to the eggs and season with soy sauce or liquid aminos, salt and pepper.
Warm tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds or until pliable. Fill with egg and vegetable mixture and wrap.

About Alta:
Alta Mantsch started Tasty Eats At Home simply as a way to share recipes with family and friends. But after dealing with worsening health issues, and understanding the ill effects gluten caused on her other family members (her father, sister, and brother were all gluten-intolerant), in June 2009 she decided to remove gluten from her diet in an effort to find wellness once again. Recently she started eating dairy-free as well. Soon after, she was on the road to healing, and now focuses her efforts at Tasty Eats At Home on sharing nourishing, delicious gluten-free food that will bring your heart joy and that the family will actually EAT!


Stay tuned for Day 16 of 30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals. Tomorrow will feature a recipe from Anna of London Foodie in NY.

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