A Little About The Recipe: Skillet Flatbread
This skillet flatbread ticks lots of family weeknight dinner boxes. It’s simple, fast and filling, stays within paleo guidelines and is low enough in net carbs for keto and Atkins’ Ongoing and Maintenance.
At the moment, preparing for the evening meal is the equivalent of having already run a marathon, only to find oneself standing at the bottom of Mount Everest fully aware it must be climbed before dinnertime. Meanwhile, two determined midgets circle your position with demands, questions and screaming… A cooped-up-at-home-all-day-somewhat-frazzled-parent, me? Lockdown number two in Malta has begun…
This flatbread has the fewest ingredients possible, all measured with a tablespoon or half of one for speed and easy clean-up. You can throw everything into a bowl in any particular order, which is always a good thing. It’s nicely filling, making you feel like you have actually eaten a good dinner after having it. And, last but not least, it’s super easy to make; if you can make and flip an omelette, you can make and flip this skillet bread. The only downside it has is the unfortunate need to stand at the hob. I did try it in the oven, where it quite nicely welded itself to the baking tin and took three runs through a dishwasher to get the tray clean, so let’s not try that again. However, it only takes ten minutes at the hob, not exactly a disaster, and all you have to do is prod the top to see when it’s firm. Easy as!
The ghee for paleo, or butter for Atkins’ and keto, is absolutely necessary. Coconut flour soaks everything up. I found that ½ tbsp of fat was the exact amount needed to prevent sticking but not be wasteful.
When using this bread, try to think of it as the bread in a basket you might get in a restaurant or as a slice of naan bread. It won’t wrap a burger or hold your jam spread but what it will do is soak up your curry or deliciously bulk up your stew. Those who lived their entire lives having slices of white bread with every meal (naming no names – Dad…) might find this an acceptable alternative for the job.
I purposefully left this quite plain. I always like to give the simplest recipe versions before any embellishments are made. Often, we find it’s best to taste the original and then add your own as everyone’s taste is different. If you wish, add in some thyme and rosemary, or garlic, or even a little bit of cinnamon and honey.
I Recommend This For: Paleo Skillet Flat Bread
I came up with this flatbread primarily as a paleo addition, and it follows paleo rules. It will never fit into whole30. Purely by chance, however, it is also low in net carbs and relatively low in total carbs while being a substantial and tummy-filling bread alternative. This makes it acceptable for keto and Atkins’ Ongoing and Maintenance dieters as well.
Let me start with paleo. As I have previously mentioned curries, I feel I should advocate for a few, so here we go. Tomato and Red Pepper Curry would make a nice spicy lunch, and the flatbread would cool the spices somewhat. Another choice is a personal favourite of mine the not-hot curry, Butternut and Bell Pepper Curry. For more of a stew, the My Baddha Bowl of Beef Cubes for One would be good. Get it going in the morning and fry up the flatbread in your own time whenever you are hungry.
For keto, it would go great with the Creamy Mushrooms over Marinated Lamb Chops and really make use of the creamy sauce for 10.7g net carbs, a hefty amount of fat over protein as well. Another choice slightly hotter is the Cajun Marinated Chicken with Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Mayo Dressing. It also keeps the fat content much higher than protein but for slightly less net carbs, 7.8g. This combination would be a fancy version of spicy chicken with a side of cheese on toast! It’s a little more effort to make, but much of it can be done in advance to make life easier.
And Here It Is: Skillet Flatbread
- 3 tbsp almond flour
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 3 tbsp coconut cream
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 egg
- pinch salt
- 1/2 tbsp ghee
- Mix the almond flour, coconut flour, coconut cream, water and salt in a bowl and let it sit for 5 mins.
- Meanwhile, melt the ghee over a medium heat in a small frying pan on the hob. (I use number 6.)
- Pour in the flatbread mix. Tip the pan about, so the mixture spreads out over the bottom of the pan.
- Leave it to cook for about 5 mins. When the top of the bread is just set, use a fish slice and flip the bread over. Cook for another 5 mins on the other side.
- Serve immediately.
A Little About Us: Alex, Carl, Isla and Taran
We got government notice of lockdown number 2 last week. By coincidence, this lockdown has begun exactly 1 year after the previous one. The last time was about 5 months. This time the government says it is only for one month. Fingers crossed on this one because the casino where I am employed has an online website meaning there is work for me so I am not furloughed. However, we have no childcare, and without childcare, I cannot work, and my plans to teach English online are put on hold. A bit stuck in the middle we are, and my fate seems it be the fate of so many women around the world. So, belts are tightened, budget reduced, and we weather our particular storm. Carl continues as the family’s main breadwinner and, so far, his job seems secure.
Isla has moved her learning online. It’s slow and tedious, and we have had tears every day. With a much smaller group, better internet connection for everybody, an in-attendance parent and no sibling, it might have worked. However, with so many kids, by the time it’s Isla’s turn, she is completely bored and not really paying attention. If she tries to communicate and it fails, we end up with tears. If she falls behind, it tends to go unnoticed. And, with so many kids, she feels ignored. If I sit beside her, she does better, but then Taran gets bored instead. Currently, it feels like we are trying to fit two different classrooms and a work office into one room with limited equipment all at the same time.
With everything seemingly going wrong, I have been a bit down in the dumps and a little short-tempered with my kids. Life is not always sunshine and roses, not even in Malta. I apologised profusely afterwards and explained that Mummy was a bit sad at the moment. I have been getting lots of “I love you, Mummy” since. Awww!!! Yes, I feel really guilty now, but so loved!