Over the last few years of dabbling in eliminating gluten from my diet and then eventually having no choice (due to health issues) but to go gluten free, we’ve toyed with lots of substitutes. I’ve gone through phases of no substitutes and just items that are naturally gluten free to the other end of the spectrum. I’ve settled somewhere in the middle with the theory that everything is okay in moderation (except gluten… always say no to gluten). I try to eat other grains as little as possible and try to find only “healthy” substitutes. That being said, corn is one of those items I try not to eat very much of but sometimes it’s just necessary to have a taco night and not have to drive to Whole Foods and pay $10+ for Siete tortillas – which I love just as much as the next gluten free person.
Recently, we added 4 chickens to our family and have been getting a wonderful supply of fresh eggs. There are only so many eggs that two people can consume. Actually, I should speak for myself because my husband would probably eat multiple eggs every day. I, on the other hand, can’t bring myself to eat them every single day and definitely not the same way. How does this relate to corn and gluten free substitutes and tacos you’re probably wondering?
I’m convinced that these are the BEST kind of tacos. Anyone else? Here’s what ours contain: corn tortilla lightly pan fried in avocado oil, avocado spread from Costco, black beans seasoned and heated, soy chorizo from Trader Joe’s, scrambled backyard fresh eggs, and breakfast potatoes.
Top with parmesan cheese or queso fresco. Do not forget the cheese! And salsa if you like that kind of thing with eggs (I don’t).
For the breakfast potatoes: put about 1.5 tablespoons of ghee in a cast iron skillet and let it get hot. Then add a few cups of chopped new or red potatoes. Let them cook for a few minutes, then season. We season with salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, cumin, and a pinch of cayenne.
Nothing in this meal is a substitute which is the beauty of real food. So much of it is already gluten free! Be inspired – mix it up! Cook good food!