Hello SP community! It's been a while since we've chatted. The last time I wrote something on the blog, we had just begun lockdown in NYC. We all thought we were just getting a short vacation from the office, but, boy, were we wrong! Since the pandemic entered my life, I knew I had to cultivate new grounding rituals to keep myself entertained at home, & one of those turned into spending more time in my kitchen.
Last April, I lived the Brooklyn life with 6 other humans, but today I write to you from Charlotte, NC - now just with my partner and puppy by my side. It's been a ride of a year, and many changes had to be made. Old rituals had to be replaced by new ones. For me, one of the habits I picked up this year was learning to cook from home. You wouldn't believe it, but before COVID, I was usually on salad duty or made a pasta version over greens repeatedly. Sometimes I just wouldn't eat because I didn't know what to cook. Not a good option.
A few weeks ago, I had the idea of combining one of my favorite superfoods, Chlorella, with a classic Mexican tortilla that I so often remember eating in my grandma's kitchen. Why tortillas, you ask? I've always loved their versatility. They are great to cook with because they're cheap, tasty, & can be used in so many ways. One of my earliest memories is with my grandma in the kitchen. She is rolling up a corn tortilla she has just purchased in her barrio (the district) in Mexico City. Sprinkled with salt, she rolls it & places it into my little hand. With this tortilla, she would make all the classic Mexican dishes like quesadillas, flautas, tacos, but I never knew how to make them myself.
Years later, countless failed recipes, burned kitchenware, and eventually some delicious food, I can confidently say I am getting better at cooking. As a manifesting generator in human design, one thing that fills me up is knowledge & expansion. I follow many notable chefs on Instagram in the wellness space that I love to learn from (hello @sophiaroe @darkhorseorganic @feelsoft & @amychamplin.). If it wasn't for their content, support & unique online classes, I wouldn't have the confidence to teach you the recipe I am sharing with you today.
I used my tortillas to make some Shiitake Mushroom Tacos with Thyme, Garlic, Green Onions, Red Pepper Flakes, Lemon juice & Ghee. But if you're craving something gooey & easy to make, you can always go for a quesadilla. Just add cheese. Extra brownie points if you top it off with Chlorella infused guacamole. The greener the meal, the better for your health. Am I right?
We already know Mushrooms are extremely medicinal & healing for the body, but here are some benefits of the Shiitake Mushroom for those who are curious:
Benefits of Shiitake Mushroom
High in vitamins & minerals
Assist in boosting the immune system
Benefits of Chlorella
Aids in the detoxification of the bloodstream
Acts as an anti-oxidant
Works as a protein booster to any dish
Helps maintain good cholesterol
Benefits of eating food that makes you smile
Unexpected bursts of joy throughout your day
Random dance parties around the house
A beautiful aura around your physical self
Below is my Chlorella Tortilla recipe. Please take note that I did not invent this; humans have been infusing food for centuries! I hope this becomes a good intro into kitchen basics & a recipe that you'll hold near & dear forever.
1 cup Masa Harina (Maize Flour)
1 cup hot water
1 tsp. Sun Potion Chlorella
½ tsp. of salt
A pinch of love
In a bowl, mix the Chlorella & flour. As you stir, slowly begin to add the water to your mixture.
Once everything is combined, your dough's consistency should be firm & kind of bouncy, not dry or sticky.
Wrap your dough in a damp, clean towel for an hour.
When time is up, roll your dough into two-inch balls. If you have a tortilla maker, you will place the dough balls in between two sheets of parchment paper & then in between the tortilla maker's plates.
Squeeze hard, et voila! You have a raw tortilla. If you don't have a tortilla maker, don't worry. Use two heavy books & parchment paper instead. It will create the same flattening effect.
Peel your tortilla off the parchment paper & place it on a griddle or pan to cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. The rest is up to you!
Try another of Melissa's recipes ~ Open Heart Morning Ritual with Anandamide Coffee and Magic Matcha