Healthy Cooking – Excellent Egg Wrap

July 8, 2010

Asalaam ‘Alaikum,

This morning I decided to make breakfast something different. As a homeschool parent – I’m sure you all know how hard it is to manage meals and homeschool (at least that is true for me). I get so excited, masha’Allah, when I find something that is easy to make and delicious. Well, this morning was one of those mornings, alhumdulilah.

Now, I love to cook and bake – but when homeschooling, my time is most important. This is the reason that a lot of cooking that I like to do has to wait for times when I can do it. While homeschooling, I prefer meals that can be cooked faster or with less effort than other meals. So, first of all I have to tell you about a product I found that I think is really awesome. It is quick to make and pretty healthy too. While at Costco a while back, I found a product produced by Tortilla Land – All Natural Uncooked Flour Tortillas. They are made with wheat flour. You can find them in the cooler section of Costco. These are uncooked – all you have to do is cook them and enjoy, masha’Allah!

Essentially, you just need to put them on a pan (I use a cast iron skillet) and cook for a few seconds and they are ready to eat. Now, that was my first experience with this product. Then, our local store started to carry Roti by the same company. These were more wholesome – made with whole wheat and they tasted delicious. Unfortunately, this last time we visited the store they didn’t have the Roti anymore – I hope that’s not a permanent change – we really love that one better and it is more healthy.

So, what do we do with these breads? I thought you’d never ask! First of all, I must say that if you are a kitchen guru and you make your own tortillas or roti – this will work with them as well. However, as I said – time is of the essence and when I can make something delicious in very little time – I am a hero to the kiddos on school day.

If the kids are hungry and we are very busy, I can easily heat up a batch of the bread. Then, I drizzle a bit of honey on the bread and give it to the kids for a treat. Something else that they like is to drizzle a bit of honey on the tortilla, sprinkle a bit of feta cheese on it – fold it and eat. The possibilities with these are endless. The Arab women in our community actually make their sambusa with this bread – just putting the filling inside – folding and then frying (With a good conscience, I cannot recommend this – they do taste delicious but I just don’t eat fried food anymore.) However, I have made sambusa as well – and then brushed a bit of olive oil on the top and baked them in the oven. They tasted just as delicious and were a much healthier alternative.

Quite a few times I have found myself wanting a treat and having nothing in the house. I don’t keep treats in the house – they are a sometimes food – however, sometimes I am also too busy (lazy) to go to all the trouble to make a healthy treat. Masha’Allah – I was hit with inspiration one day. I took the roti/tortilla uncooked and laid it on a cooking pan. I then cut up some apples – added some crushed walnuts and heated that up in a pan until warmed. I also added a bit of unsweetened applesauce (just enough for some sauce) and a sprinkle of cinnamon. If you want it a bit sweeter, you can add a bit of honey and for variety you can also add raisins. I then spooned some of the mixture into the middle of the roti/tortilla and folded the sides over each other in the middle. I baked it until browned and served with a drizzle of honey. It may not be apple pie – but it tastes absolutely delicious and it is so much healthier for you (you can’t even imagine how unhealthy pie is, subhan’Allah!)

Usually on the weekend we have a larger breakfast than normal – since dh is at home enjoying breakfast with us. However, on the weekends we usually go hiking or spending out time outdoors. I love quiche – and my family does as well. However, I struggle to make the crust since the crust is what is so unhealthy. I decided to give it a try – and made my latest quiche with the roti/tortillas. Simply place three of the roti/tortillas on the bottom of a pie pan – making sure there are no gaps for the egg to go through. Then, follow any quiche recipe (will share one with you later, insha’Allah – I usually use egg whites, spinach, and a bit of feta cheese) and place the mixture on top of the “crust.” Bake and eat – it really does taste just as good and you don’t have to feel a bit guilty about eating quiche anymore.

Well, I best get to the recipe of the day – or you’re going to forget why you were reading this blog posting to begin with!

Excellent Egg Wrap
2 roti/tortilla breads
2 eggs (I use egg whites)
1 potato (cut into thinly sliced rounds)
1 tomato
salt and pepper, to taste
basil, to taste
light Italian dressing
Parmesan cheese, to taste
feta cheese

Heat the roti or tortilla breads in a pan until browned on both sides. Scramble the eggs, add salt and pepper to taste. Pour egg into a small frying pan (I use one to make omelets). Sprinkle a bit of basil on top of the egg (only if you like basil – otherwise, leave it out). Cook the egg until done on the bottom, then flip it over and cook the top side.

Thinly slice 1 medium or large potato. Lay the potato slices out on a plate and drizzle with a bit of olive oil (you can skip the oil if you prefer – it still turns out well). Sprinkle on top a bit of salt and pepper, to taste. I also like to sprinkle a bit of Parmesan cheese and garlic – but it depends on your preferences. Put the plate in your microwave and cook for about 7 minutes. When done, taste to see if they are cooked well. If not, you may need to cook it a bit longer.

Slice the tomatoes thinly and set aside.

When the egg is finished, cut it in half and lay one half of it on the edge of the roti or tortilla bread. Place potato slices on top of the egg. Add some sliced tomato on top of the potato slices. Sprinkle a bit of feta cheese on top. I like to slash just a tad of italian dressing on top to give it a nice flavor – but you could actually skip this as well. (I’m still trying to learn how to live without too much cheese in my life – I miss it 🙁 but I’m trying to be healthier.) Fold the other edge of the roti/tortilla over the egg, potatoes and tomato and enjoy!

I was amazed at how easy it was to put together (not without some work – but it didn’t take hours). I feel that breakfast is very important to the success of our day and yet it is one of the meals that I am always rushed to get together. So, this is one answer to our morning rush – a healthy meal that tastes good and keeps you going until your next meal. And, I might add – the kiddos really loved it too!

Asalaam ‘Alaikum,
Sumayyah Umm SAA

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