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Savory Scallion Pancakes that Are Low Carb and Gluten Free

This recipe replaces the flour with an unexpected ingredient.

Changing your relationship with food may make you to think you need to throw out half your pantry and say goodbye to your favorite family recipes, but that isn’t always the case. Take a careful look at grandma’s old coffee-stained recipe cards, and you may find that a few clever swaps can transform your childhood faves into dishes that are healthy enough for everyday eats.

That’s what wellness chef Charles Chen accomplished with his flourless spin on scallion pancakes. While capturing the authentic flavors of the dish he ate during his childhood in Taiwan, Chen managed to overhaul the dish into a low-carb, wheat-free recipe.

Chen is a chef, entrepreneur, and vivacious host of the online cooking show Kitchen Hustle, where “hustlers learn how to fuel their passions.” Throughout his childhood, Chen struggled with his health. As a teenager, he was prediabetic and a self-proclaimed couch potato who had no energy or motivation to make healthier choices. After hitting what he calls his “rock bottom moment,” he reclaimed his health, lost more than 100 pounds, and now helps others fuel their “bodies, mind, and spirit starting in the kitchen.”

The secret to these gluten-free scallion pancakes? A corn tortilla. Instead of creating a traditional pancake batter, Chen takes an approach more similar to french toast: a tortilla dipped in a scallion-flavored egg batter. The tortilla also helps the scallion pancake get its telltale crispy exterior without having to use a ton of oil.

The result: a savory scallion pancake with just a fraction of the calories and carbohydrates as the original recipe, so you’ll still have room in your meal for a great veggie-packed spring roll or a hearty soup, like these coconut lime noodles.

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp tamari, liquid aminos, or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 large organic corn soft tortilla
  • 1 dash sea salt
  • 1 bunch green onions

Instructions

Finely chop the green onions. In a bowl add eggs, salt, soy sauce and green onions and whisk. Heat up the coconut oil in a pan. Pour the egg mixture into the hot pan. Top with soft tortilla. Flip when cooked through. Collect any egg spillover on time of the tortilla. Remove from heat and cut into triangles to serve.
Charles Chen

This video features Charles Chen. Charles Chen is a chef, host, and wellness expert based in Los Angeles and New York City.

Duration: 3:33. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, . Review date: Sept. 10, 2017

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 2
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories
189
9% Complete
9%
Fat
12g
18% Complete
18%
Cholesterol
185mg
61% Complete
61%
Sodium
594mg
25% Complete
25%
Carbohydrates
12g
12% Complete
12%
Fiber
2g
8% Complete
8%
Sugar
1g
2% Complete
2%
Protein
9g
17% Complete
17%
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Lower Sugar
Lower Sugar
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
Lower Carbohydrate
Lower Carbohydrate
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