Low Carb Sopes – Gluten Free and Grain Free

I’ve missed the taco truck since I’ve gone low carb and grain-free.  Asking for a taco salad at a taco truck can cause much confusion. Apparently, those working at my local taco truck have not heard of such a thing. You’ll have better luck asking for a burrito without a tortilla, but frequently that includes rice.

Forming sopes in muffin cups

Forming sopes in muffin cups

So, inspired by the cauliflower pizza crust we make semi-regularly, I decided to attempt sopes. Sopes (not to be confused with sopas, which are soups) are small masa patties that are piled high with Mexican goodness: beans, meat, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, etc. I decided to make some sort of Mexican concoction with this cauliflower crust recipe.

Using muffin tins seemed like it might work, and I cut parchment into strips, thinking that the crusts could easily be lifted out afterward.  They were cut narrow enough so that there wasn’t too much folding required, but they did stick to the tins in areas where there wasn’t parchment.  Cupcake liners might have worked better, but honesty, when I make these again, I will just make small circular crusts on parchment and not worry about the idea of little cups.

Here’s the basic recipe:  (See www.theironyou.com for original recipe)

  • 1 small head cauliflower, riced in a food processor or blender.  Cook in microwave for 7-8 minutes, and squeeze out excess liquid via cheese cloth.
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded (maybe cheddar would have been better?)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • ground black pepper to taste

P1030140After baking the crusts in muffin tins for 10 minutes at 400 (instead of the 15 at 450 that the original recipe calls for), I filled them with shredded chicken cooked with enchilada sauce, and topped with cheese.  These went back into the oven for only another 5 minutes or so, as the chicken was still hot, and all we needed to do was melt the cheese.

These were pretty good, but I’ll need P1030142to adjust.  They weren’t spicy enough for me, but that was my own fault.  Doused with Habanero hot sauce and eaten with a knife and fork, they were good.  Next time, we might top them with fresh jalapeños.

Now, I must say they did not taste like masa, but as a conveyance for Mexican goodness, these will foot the bill.  I think you could pile them high with about anything, and with enough spice, you shouldn’t miss the grains or carbs at all.  I will continue to play with this recipe and hopefully find low carb Mexican food perfection.

A Process of Uncomplicating Life

I’ve been inspired lately.  I guess you could say it’s inspiration born partially from frustration – frustration with life, stuff, concrete, corporations – corporate profits at the sake of human health and well-being.  It’s not entirely because of these things that I want to live a simpler, more meaningful life, but they served as the catalyst that pushed me further into self-discovery.

As I enter what is likely the last 1/2 to 1/3 of my life, I want to live deliberately and joyfully, filling each day with the beauty of life and and the wonder of the earth.  Beauty is in the simplicity and complexity that is our Mother Earth.  I am most happy when I am connected with her, and it is this that has motivated me to find a way to live differently in the closing chapters of my life.

I’m a self-confessed research junkie, and I find myself devouring everything I can on off-grid living, Permaculture, earth bag and cob building.  I want to live sustainably, responsibly, and joyfully.  To do so will require relocation and much planning.  With 5 years until my youngest graduates from high school, I have plenty of time to plan and learn.

I believe there is a movement underway – a movement toward a simpler life.  We have become a society so focused on the material, focused on those things that mean the least in the big picture.  The financial crisis may not be the worst thing to happen to the human soul.  In fact, it may result in a lot of re-births.

So, here’s to the next journey.