Backaches, Yoga, And Stuffed Spelt-Tortilla With Maple-Mustard-Dressing

I have always been prone to backaches. I seldomly have a headache, or tummy ache (unless you count the few months before I found out about my wheat-allergy). But, my back is usually killing me. And, trust me, I have just about tried everything to get rid of them. I have been to physiotherapy countless times, trying different methods from traditional massages to osteopathy; I have tried acupuncture, weight lifting, special back exercises…all of which worked a little, but never completely, and, most importantly, never long-term. And no, that’s not due to the fact that I just stopped doing my exercises after physiotherapy started.

I have the dawning suspicion that it’s due to two factors: first of all, I spend most of my time sitting hunched over a book at my desk, which is a killer for somebody whose back is already imperfect. And there’s nothing I can really change about that, I simply cannot read highly philosophical texts AND understand them while walking around or standing. The second factor is definitely stress. Over the years, I have realized that my backaches are always worse during the times that I feel under pressure…which brings us back to my feeling under pressure due to my exams. Boy, we haven’t hit that road for a long time – I have been watching my whining about exam-related stress the last few posts (and found other things to bitch about).

One thing that helps a little when my back starts killing me is yoga. Now, yoga in itself has a great calming effect on me, but it also stretches out all those muscles that start cramping together if you only ever sit on a chair, which is a little painful, but helps a lot. Also, I have a power yoga DVD, so it is at least a little proactive toning-wise.

Tonight, after my 45 minutes of yoga. I felt exhilarated; my backache was nearly gone, and I felt very light and relaxed. That’s the awesome thing about yoga – all you do is concentrate on your breathing for 45 minutes, and you feel like a better person after it! I was also feeling hungry, so I started making dinner, wanting to try out the Spelt-Tortilla recipe I found. I was extremely impressed by how easy it was and how yummy-looking it turned out:

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I made half of the recipe mentioned above, which made 3 tortillas. I can’t take credit for the awesome recipe, but I suggest you try it  out, especially if you can’t eat the ones found at standard supermarkets!

As for the final “product”, this is what it looked like:

IMG_0773Isn’t it awesome how the maple-mustard-dressing is oozing out of the stuffed tortilla? (I am using the word “awesome” a lot today – don’t know what that’s about!)

Stuffed Spelt-Tortilla With Maple-Mustard-Dressing

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 20 min.
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients:

for the stuffing:

  • 1 1/2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • a piece of cucumber, diced
  • 3 lettuce leaves (I used romaine lettuce)
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • herbal salt
  • salt & pepper
  • tomato purée

for the maple-mustard-dressing:

  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 3 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. mustard

Procedure:

1. Mix the green onion, tomato, and cucumber together in a bowl, and add a bit of herbal salt.

2. Mix together the maple-mustard dressing by stirring together all the ingredients.

3. Lay one to two lettuce leaves on the tortilla, and add 1/4 of the avocado. Lightly salt and pepper.

4. Spread out half of the tomato-onion-cucumber mixture on top.

5. Add 2-3 tsp. of the maple-mustard-dressing.

6. Add some tomato purée on the sides, which not only adds flavor, but functions as a “glue” for rolling up the tortilla.

7. Roll together and fix with a toothpick. Garnish with a bit of balsamic reduction, if you like.

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(Like the color of my nails? It’s coral! It’s awesome, too, because it reminds me of summer in this autumny weather. 🙂 )

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I would suggest cutting it in half when eating it (at least if you plan on eating it with your hands, and getting the yummy maple-mustard-dressing all over your fingers, forcing you to lick them after devouring two of these…yup, I’m talking about me, myself, and I).

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Of course, the stuffing can be varied with any other veggies, but I promise that this combo, especially with the sweet-savoury dressing, will completely suprise and dazzle you!

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