This morning is my monthly diabetic cooking class. I actually renamed the “class” to “Diabetic Cooking Club”. I want people to know that they should come back…and back…and back again. Luckily, people have done so and my group is growing each month. It’s fun and rewarding to see.
This month, the group chose to make something sweet for Valentine’s Day so I opted for a Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting. We’re also making Protein Pancakes…since it’s breakfast time and all.
I hope the class is the biggest one yet!
Yesterday, when I was grocery shopping for the ingredients, I was also picking up some giardiniera for the cafeteria (we’re serving the ever-popular Chicago-Style Italian Beef for lunch today). Anyways, I was standing in the jalapeno, olive, and relish area scouring the shelves for the giardiniera. I was looking so hard for the product that I hardly realized there was a gentleman standing right next to me who was also scouring the shelves.
“Man, I guess they don’t have those cherry peppers,” he said.
Clearly, he was talking loud enough for me to hear and being the only one around, I thought he might want a response.
“I’ve never seen those jarred before,” I said.
“Anne Burrell had them on her show the other day.” he replied.
Needless to say, we got to talking. The conversation continued with me asking a seemingly obvious question about whether or not he enjoyed cooking. The conversation moved to a debate on who the best Food Network star is…and then which Iron Chef we liked best and why. It was so nice to run into someone to talk food with…in Walmart of all places.
Our conversation digressed to what I was shopping for, how I am a dietitian, and when I teach monthly diabetes cooking classes. The man shared that he is pre-diabetic and quickly pleaded I not look in his cart…at the dozen donuts. Ha! Needless to say, I handed him my business card, he insisted I have his name, address, number…and email. He may even show up this morning – I’ll keep my fingers crossed! It was a great encounter…even if we both left the aisle without the ingredients we were in search of.
This recipe, there’s no concerns about whether or not you’ll find the ingredients. Everything about this recipe is basic….except the concept. To make a “crepe” out of a tortilla is absolutely brilliant. I am in love with this one, folks!
Fruit-Filled French Toast Wraps very slightly adapted from Taste of Home
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
4 whole wheat tortillas (8 inches)
2 tsp unsalted butter
8 strawberries, roughly chopped
2/3 cup fresh blueberries
1 small banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup (8 oz) nonfat vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup granola, divided
In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dip both sides of tortillas in egg mixture and allow to absorb the mixture while skillet heats.
Heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 1/2 teaspoon butter for each tortilla being cooked. Cook tortillas for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
In a small bowl, combine the berries, banana, and yogurt. Spoon down the center of tortillas and to each with 1 tablespoon granola. Roll up and serve immediately.
Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition Information (per wrap): 291 calories; 9.5 g. fat; 55 mg. cholesterol; 353 mg. sodium; 48.8 g. carbohydrate; 6.3 g. fiber; 9.8 g. protein
Result: A breakfast Mr. Prevention loves? A breakfast that’s so easy to make it almost seems wrong? Love this. Kids would love this. There’s nothing NOT to love about this. Such a creative concept to use a tortilla as a “quick crepe” – absolutely brilliant![/print_this]
It has been awhile since my last Lily picture 😉 The dog loves mango…but strawberries, no thanks!
Love the idea of rolled French Toast! It looks so good.
Love the idea of French toast wraps, and these are gorgeous. So is your dog! 🙂
I made something similar years ago…how could I have forgotten about it!?!?! Scandalous! I think I know what my dessert for Vday is tomorrow! YUM!
What a great encounter at the store, I hope he shows up today!
1. This breakfast looks SO GOOD.
2. That picture of Lily is hilarious. She looks so sad!
3. I think you’re looking for “giardiniera.” Gardenia is a flower! 😉
4. I would be interested to know who your fave Food Network star and Iron Chef are and why! Maybe you can you answer that in your next Q&A?
5. Speaking of Food Network, I made this soup last night. I think you would like it! … http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/apple-cheddar-soup-with-bacon-recipe/index.html
1. It totally is.
2. I agree. Her picky eating is always a good hoot!
3. Yes, yes I am. I can’t spell that ingredient and auto correct is no help 😛
4. You got it – love that question!
5. YUM! THANK YOU!!! 🙂
Looks yummy! That picture of Lily melts my heart!
What a fun way to use tortillas! As for your grocery encounter, it’s definitely a rare day to find someone as crazy about food while shopping. Most people look at my like I am a lunatic.
What a cute idea! And one thing I really miss about living in Chicago is the giardiniera — they even had it at Subway out there!
BTW, I like your new profile pic!
Ok, these sound amazing. I don’t even know what else to say.
And Lily is adorable. Its so weird the things they will and won’t eat. Lexie loves bananas, but only if they’re the right level of ripeness (or if it was my banana first, then apparently it’s ok).
Wow these look fabulous! Such a great idea. Your dog is too cute. My dog Pippa eats pretty much everything except for lettuce – she’s a right little greedy guts, must be the lab in her 🙂
I absolutely LOVE your dog, not to mention your recipes. I just made the half time Chili (our fav, but I reduce the meat and add a little pasta). I’m currently on weight watchers and have lost 30 lbs. with another 10 to 20 to go. I would love to see some more WW friendly recipes, but totally appreciate your healthy recipe ideas!
Breakfast is always my favorite meal of the day, and I can’t wait to try these! It’s not always easy making breakfast both tasty and healthy but it looks like you have a winner here. I also had a conversation in Walmart recently with an elderly man over apples. We both left with a smile.
If I lived close I would be at your class! Those wraps look delicious, but I am most happy to see the picture of Lily. I miss our dog so much. 🙁 Give her a hug from me!
These sound amazing. Have you ever tried the Carb Balance Whole Wheat Tortillas by Mission. The are delicious AND each burrito sized tortilla has 32 g carbs, BUT 26 g fiber and 9 G protein. Ever since my 15 yo daughter was diagnosed with PCOS these are all we use. We back them for taco salads and used them for all Mexican dished and they are delicious (and I don’t like while wheat).
I can barely believe that such a beautiful and delicious-recipe contains ingredients that I routinely have on hand! I almost always have to make a trip to the grocery to get some ingredient I either never have or, worse, have never heard of, when I see a new recipe I want to try. I’ve actually thought of using tortillas for crepes, but it never occurred to me how to actually make that work and have them seem more like real crepes. My grandson is going to get these for dessert next week, and I’m sure I can even get my picky-eater husband to like these. Thank you for this.
I tried these yesterday with a group of kids for a cooking class and they were a hit! 🙂
Such a fab idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I made a peanut butter-banana version of this recipe and posted it on my blog. I love that it’s essentially a quicker version of crepes.