Monday, April 14, 2008

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran, and Whole Wheat Pitas and Tortillas

Joseph's Whole Wheat and Flax Pita and Tortillas(Edit December 2011:  I was excited when I could order the Joseph's products online.)  In August of 2005 I visited Rhode Island, and while I was there I discovered a low-carb pita bread that was so full of healthy ingredients and delicious that I wrote on my relatively-new food blog about Joseph's Oat Bran and Whole Wheat Flour Pita Bread. I brought some of the pita bread and tortillas home with me from that trip, but I never could find them anywhere in Utah. I might have forgotten about it completely, except that fans of the pita bread kept leaving comments on that post asking where they could get the Joseph's Bakery products. I checked regularly, but for years there was nowhere to order them online. But obviously that's not the end of the story, or I wouldn't be writing about it again now.

Flash forward 2+ years and a lot of food blogging later and one of my best food blogging friends is the lovely Lydia from The Perfect Pantry. Lydia happens to live in Rhode Island, and just happened to write about Tortillas, mentioning how much she enjoyed the Joseph's brand wheat-oat bran-flax tortillas. I left a comment telling her how much I'd liked them when I was in Rhode Island, and she generously offered to send me some. Sure enough, a few days later, a big package arrived from Lydia, packed with tortillas and pita bread, (now with flax, so they're even more healthful than when I first tried them.) Thanks Lydia, for being so generous!

Meanwhile, someone left a comment on my original post about the Joseph's Bakery pita bread, letting me know the Joseph's Bakery products are soon going to be available online. When I heard that (and after Lydia helped me remember how great they were) I decided it was time to make the Joseph's Bakery tortillas and pita bread an official Kalyn's Kitchen Pick.

Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran, and Whole Wheat Flour tortillas and Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran, and Whole Wheat Flour Pita bread are delicious, nutritious, high in protein and fiber, low in fat, and low in carbs. They're perfect for South Beach Dieters, or anyone following a low-carb or low-glycemic eating plan. They're made in Massachusetts, but if you live in the Eastern U.S. you may even be able to find them in one of your local stores. If you can't find them where you live, these are definitely worth ordering online.

What to Eat with Whole Wheat Tortillas:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Pizza Made on a Tortilla Crust
Chicken Fajitas in the Crockpot
Egg Burritos to Die For
Egg Salad and Cheese Quesadillas
White Bean and Artichoke Dip with Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips
Avocado Salsa with Avocado, Red Onion, Cilantro, and Lime
Shrimp Quesadillas from Simply Recipes
Whole Wheat Mini Pizza from Cooking with Amy
Chipotle Chicken Burritos from The Kitchen Sink
The Best Veggie Fajitas from Cooking From A to Z

What to Eat with Whole Wheat Pita Bread:
Spicy Avocado in Pita
Cilantro Salsa Dip Recipe with Pita
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto or Spread
Tuna Mousse or Spuma di Tonno
Slow Roasted Tomato Hummus
Lamb Shish Kabob with Wheat Pitas
Easy Black Bean Dip with Whole Wheat Pita Bread from Pinch My Salt
Egg Salad in Whole Wheat Pitas from Figs with Bri
Falafel with Hummus and Pita Bread from Monsoon Spice
Dal Bhaji in Whole Wheat Pita from Fat Free Vegan Kitchencounter customizable free hit

18 comments:

  1. So happy to send you goodies from the East (Coast!) -- hooray for products that reduce our carb intake without sacrificing flavor.

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  2. You should try the Josephs Lavash bread they have. It is so soft and delicious and has all the goodness too. Great for wraps.

    http://www25.netrition.com/josephs_bakery_lavash_bread.html

    I get it all the time and my 3 year old eats it too. Put some hummus and veggies. Yum

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  3. I love these pitas! I found them at our local Wally's a couple of years ago now--perfect for pizzas and with hummus.

    Though I must admit, Kalyn, I love their lavash even more.

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  4. Lydia, you are just the best!

    Sounds like I should try the lavash too. But first I need to eat my tortillas and pita bread (most of which are in the freezer.)

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  5. hmm lemme see if i could get these from some upscale supermarkets here in hong kong ^^ i wanna try your pita recipes

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  6. Joseph's Lavash bread are even better, in my opinion. I think the pita have a funny taste to them. When tomatoes are in season I toast (under broiler) lightly the lavash, spread a Laughing cow cheese, sliced tomato & salt for a great snack. Glad you discovered them!

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  7. I have only tried the Lavash and Pita Breads. The pita bread make excellent pizzas, while the Lavash Bread are great in making crackers.

    With the pita bread, I spray the bottom with no-stick spray and garlic powder. On the other side, I place the sauce, cheese and toppings. Preheat the oven to 390 and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, I up the temperature to 415 for another 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, I have an excellent thin and crispy crust pizza.

    The crackers are great whenever I want something salty and crunchy.

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  8. Good to know; can't make a quick snack without fajitas involved somewhere!

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  9. Thanks for this post Kalyn! You totally influenced my buying last night. I had to do some shopping and read this post shortly before I left work. I hadn't bought bread from the grocery store since December, because of my Homemade Bread Pledge.

    I was thinking that I wanted to buy something healthy and kind of different. I bought the flax, oat bran, and wheat pitas. I haven't tried them yet, but I'm going to make a sandwich.

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  10. Anali, I do hope you like them after that! And now I really want to try the lavash.

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  11. This is going to sound funny but it is great. I take these pitas grill up chicken with taco seasoning and make awesome low carb, low calorie and high protein delicious soft shell tacos.

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  12. Daniel, great idea. Sounds delicious to me!

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  13. My Missouri Wal-Marts have stopped carrying the Joseph's Middle Eastern Bakery Lavash and Tortillas (loved the tortillas, too). I sent a query to Wal-Mart as to why -- no response. I see that the web site for Joseph's is out of commission (and for sale). Is this bakery still in business??? Love, love, love these products!

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  14. Anonymous, I don't know but I can ask my friend Lydia if she still sees them where she shops. I hope they're still making them, they are really good.

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  15. Anonymous, just checked a link and see they are still for sale at Netrition.

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  16. Kalyn...so funny that I just came across this, I found those pitas once randomly at our Walmart and I loved them! I brought them home b/c of the ingredient list. I haven't seen them in my regular grocery store, so I am going to make it a point to go back and pick some up at Walmart soon. I didn't realize they made tortillas too!

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  17. Aggie, how I wish I could find them here!

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  18. Aggie, just checked and their products are now available online from Josephsbakery.com. Just ordered some pita bread and lavash. (The minimum is a small box of five and the shipping is a little steep, but I will freeze them!

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