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I have become a big fan of wraps since doing the Weight Watchers diet. To be honest, I had never really tried wraps before and so imagined them to be really bland. However, on the look out for fat-free foods, I came across the Weight Watcher's own wraps, and that is where my love for wraps started. However, a few weeks ago, when I sent out another member of my household to do my food shopping, rather than the Weight Watcher's wraps, they came back with these Discovery ones; to be honest I was a bit annoyed as I thought that these would contain loads of Weight Watchers' points. So how did I get on with them?
The wraps come in packs of 8 and cost between £1.50-£2.00. They are available from most supermarkets. The wraps are round in shape; I have to say each wrap is exactly the same size (all perfect round shapes). They are a light colour; like a creamy white. They are quite thick and remind me a bit like pizza bases, but much thinner than pizza bases. They have a very soft texture - there is something quite 'bouncy' and 'spongey' about them. They are quite dry, but not so dry that I feel as though I need a drink when I am eating them.
So what do they taste like? Well to be honest, they look quite bland (and that's what has put me off wraps in the past). They taste a bit like bread although they are slightly more sweeter than bread. You wouldn't expect them to taste that good from how they look. However, they actually are quite nice on their own; they are full flavoured. They are quite salty; I can definitely taste the salt, although they have a somewhat dough-y taste and texture to them. In fact, I have been known to eat them on their own when I am feeling a bit peckish.
Whilst I expect most people, in fact probably everyone who has these wraps are quite adventurous. Whilst I quite like spicy food and etc when I am out in a restaurant, when in comes to 'cooking' at home, I am fairly straight forward and like the simple things. For example, I like these wraps with just grated cheese and lettuce in them. Or sometimes I roast Mediterranean vegetables such as red peppers, courgettes and aubergines and then just throw them into one of these wraps. To be honest, I find that they go with pretty much anything. I find that they hold the fillings very well - the fillings don't 'spill out' as much as they do with the Weight Watchers' wraps which is good. I find them to be very filling too, so that's obviously an advantage with being on a diet and all that.
One advantage of these wraps is the fact that they make a very quick and easy meal; it's that simple. The wraps have been pre-cook, and you can pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds or fry them before adding your filling. To be honest, when I first tried them, I didn't realise that you were supposed to warm them up (although I think the main reason is so that they hold the fillings better), and so I have always had them straight from the packet.
So how good are they nutritionally? Well, coming from a Weight Watcher's point of view; their wraps contain 3 points each and guess what? So do these wraps, so it's a win win from me. They contain 118 calories each and 2.4g of sugar. There is 2.8g of fat per wrap or which 1.2g is saturated. There is 1.0g of salt per wrap, which is quite a lot, especially as there is 17% of your recommend daily salt intake in one wrap. However, I do find that they are a good food item if you are on a diet, as I tend to fill them with roasted vegetables, or if I have cheese then I had a bit of salad and cucumber. So for me I feel that they contribute towards healthy eating. They are a lovely alternative to sandwiches.
The only disadvantage I have is the packaging. Whilst they are tempting to eat all in one go, I cannot manage 8 wraps (the whole packet) in one go and so I find that the packaging is a bit annoying as it is not resealable and so, once opened the wraps don't last that long which is a shame. On the plus, they are freezable though.
All in all, I would recommend these wraps.
Thanks for reading!
A few years ago we discovered 'Discovery Soft Flour tortillas' and I have always had some in the cupboard ever since. Even if (like me) you don't like Mexican food read on because you can do so much with these things! They are circular shaped bread tortillas that are ready cooked and can be used with a wide variety of fillings. The packet describes them as 'traditional Mexican style bread for fajitas & enchiladas as well as chicken, fish, vegetarian and fruit fillings'.
The tortillas come in a plastic square packet, which has a Mexican style design on the front and has orange and red bands of colours. The back of the packet gives instructions on how to warm and recommended recipes and fillings. Once you open the attractive looking packet you are greeted by a stack of 8 large circular white tortillas.
Now I am a great fan of any bread products and these are delicious! They taste like a slightly sweeter version of your average white bread and as they are flat the flavour is more concentrated than that of white bread. Once warmed in the microwave you can eat them on their own or put any filling you want in them and they make a gorgeous snack or lunch.
The tortillas need to be warmed in a microwave, frying pan, grill or oven before eating them. My preferred way is to either put them on a plate and pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds or a bit longer if I have put some cheese on them. They are pretty versatile and here are just a few fillings that I would recommend:
-Cheese and ham -
This is my favourite filling and the one I use the most, obviously you can either put ham or cheese on its own but I like to put the cheese on the tortilla when I put it in the microwave so that it melts slightly and then I put the ham on top and wrap up the tortilla and it is delicious and quick to make. I have also recently discovered that adding a little BBQ sauce is even more amazing!
-Hunters Chicken Tortilla-
I love the pub classic Hunters Chicken and found that I can create the delicious taste in a tortilla - just add some cooked chicken, some bacon, cheese and bbq sauce...yummy!
- Sandwich fillers -
This is my dad and brothers favourite filling, they buy pots of sandwich fillers and put some in the warmed tortillas. I also like to have them with some of my home made coronation chicken in. If I want to feel healthy, I add a little bit of salad!
- Quick to make - if you use a microwave to warm these they are so quick to make and take literally seconds and are quicker to make than a normal sandwich
- Fun to make - It's fun to wrap them around your favourite foods because by making it you feel creative and can't wait to eat it!
- Encourage healthy eating - When I have tortillas I do not have margarine and I am also more likely to have salad rather than a fatty spread and so these are pretty good to encourage you to eat healthily
- Taste gorgeous - these really are delicious, even on their own!
- Reasonable price at £1.39 for a pack of 8 tortillas. One is quite filling so a pack could last you a week.
- The packet gives lots of good recipes, which are easy to make.
- Versatile - the tortillas can be filled with whatever you want and there isn't really anything they don't taste good with!
- If you don't have a microwave then they can be a bit of a hassle to make
- Each tortilla contains125 calories, however, if you have no margarine and a healthy filling it works out at less calories than a sandwich.
- There is also 2.8g of fat in each tortilla!
- If you don't seal the air out of the packet they go stale quickly. It would be better if they came in a resealable packet.
Definitely!! I love these and they are great to make a quick snack or to have instead of a sandwich. It's great to have something, which tastes so nice on its own that can then be wrapped around your favourite foods. The only thing that bugs me is that the packet is not very well designed and does not allow you to keep them sealed easily.
I grew up in the southern USA and as such I always had very easy access to TexMex and Mexican food. There was a Mexican restaurant on every block near where I grew up and my family went to them regularly for cheap and delicious food. This is one of the only things I miss about the states and so I'm really glad Discovery Flour Tortillas are available now that I live in Britain.
It's true that tortillas can be made from scratch with just a bit of flour and water. However, although I have done this I feel it's more trouble than it's worth and it's difficult to get the right texture with homemade tortillas. That's why I generally have Discovery Flour Tortillas in my pantry all ready to go when my cravings hit.
I use these tortillas several times a week to make meals such as quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos and fajitas. It is so easy to cook Mexican food as the ingredients are pretty basic. I use a lot of beans, cheese, tomatoes, spinach, chilis and tabasco in my mexican food, along with herbs and spices such as fresh and dried coriander, cumin and smoked paprika.
One very, very easy lunch is to grate some cheese between two tortillas and if you like add something else such as chopped tomatoes, some spinach, some fried mushrooms, or just some jalapeno peppers. Cook both sides in a dry frying pan until slightly browned (no need to use oil) and serve with guacamole and/or sour cream and some tabasco sauce. Delicious and ready in 5 minutes!
I find these Discovery tortillas to have a really good texture. They are thick, though, so they might not make the tastiest wrap sandwiches but I do find that because of their thickness they hold together really well when cooking. They get nice and brown but remain pliable for quite a while unless they get overly browned in which case they get quite crispy which is also nice.
Discovery tortillas last really well in the fridge. After I open a packet and take a couple out I then use either packing tape or clothes pins to reseal the packet (it doesn't come in a zipper packet unfortunately). After sealing them this way I feel comfortable using the same packet for about two weeks after which time there are usually none left.
Discovery tortillas are not too pricey at about £1.27 per packet and are often on sale for £1. They also come in Garlic and Coriander flavour and Chilli and Jalapeno flavour but I haven't tried these yet so can't comment.
Since starting college I've started to make pack lunches as it's cheaper and sometimes healthier that way...
One of my favourite lunchtime treats at home is tortillas so it was good to see 'Discovery Plain Flour Tortillas on offer for only a pound at Morrisons last week so we got a pack!
These tortillas are in a bright red plastic wrapper and there are 8 in each pack, the best before date is not until next Feb which is awesome!
Described as 'Soft wheat flour for making fajitas', these have 118 calories and 2.4g of sugar plus 2.8g of fats. There is also 1g of salt which is quite high but needed for flavour.
There are 320g contents and they keep really well while sealed of course but should be used within three days and should be kept in the fridge. They do keep for a bit longer than that as long as you keep them airtight...
These can be eaten cold but are nicer warmed and there are instructions on the back of the wrapper how to do this via a frying pan, microwave or in the oven.
Different serving suggestions are shown as well but I prefer mine cold at lunchtime with meat and salad in them.
Each tortilla is about the size of a dinner plate and a few millimetres thick. They are really dry and floury as you would expect, plus they are very doughy and spongy which makes the texture really moreish.
The texture is also very chewy and each tortilla is really filling and tasty which is why I love them so much!
I also use them warmed up with jam and ice cream on them which makes them really sweet and a dessert like a crepe :)
Discovery make the fluffiest, best tortilla wraps I have ever tastes, the quality is great and they are very tasty, five stars - try them!
These are great if you are having fajitas for dinner.
They are round flat floury doughy things, they are quite wide but when folded can become quite small, although they do fill you up.
Fill with red and yellow peppers fried with onion and some spices. Add some lettuce, cheese and guacamole. If your a meat eater add chicken to this mixture.
The tortillas need to be microwaved for about a minute per four tortillas. They are loads nicer when warm and become softer.
Another use for these tortillas is an alternative to sandwiches. The best ones for these are the garlic and herb flavoured version. Add tuna mayonnaise, lettuce and chopped cucumber and fold into a rectangle. This is so tasty and makes a change to boring slices of bread. My dad used to make these for us for our lunch for school, and they were very nice and I could have done with 2 to eat!
If you dont keep the packet closed these dry up overnight, Its best to keep the packet closed until you need them, as once opened the tortillas can start becoming dry.
These are quite healthy, and make a smaller meal more filling. They also allow you to eat with your hands and a sort of pick and mix feel as you can add anything you want to them really.
These are often on buy one get one free in Morrisons, and they can be frozen so its worth buying when they are on special offer.
On Thursday night I was anticipating visitors and made a big pot of spaghetti bolognese, a last minute emergency meant my visitors didn't come for their tea after all and I was left with all the bolognese. Determined not to waste it I put it straight into the fridge in a container and have been eating it ever since!
Last night I was left with a very small amount which I was going to pop over the fence to my neighbour's greedy Labrador, on my way through the kitchen I noticed the Discovery Soft Flour Tortillas and decided that I'd forgot the dog and have the last of my bolognese in a wrap.
I microwaved my wrap for a few seconds after warming the meaty bolognese through, while it was still hot I spooned the mince mixture down the middle and folded the tortilla from the bottom up. If you're stuck there is an explanation of how to fold the tortilla on the plastic wrapper.
I was very impressed with the tortilla, it's soft and floury with barely a flavour of it's own although it has the taste of the freshest bread. It holds the hot saucy filling well, none leaked through the tortilla itself and only a little came through the seams although this was because of my greed in packing as much of the bolognese in as possible! The wrap doesn't go slimy either, which is excellent news as my previous brand (Old El Paso) would sometimes turn very slimy and slippery indeed when I was using a hot filling such as this.
I also like the fact that these Discovery tortillas have retained some moisture as other brands, from supermarket own to Old El Paso again, can be very dry after they have been warmed through. These have a lovely texture while I'm eating and I like that the tortillas are a uniform thickness as this makes it so much easier and more accurate to heat them in either the microwave or a warm oven.
These tortillas will keep well for a few days in the cupboard once they've been opened, I usually leave them in the packet and wrap the whole thing in tin foil which makes it easy to remove one or two at a time and wrap the rest back up. You soon know if they're going off anyway as the tortillas get a greyish tinge in spots which really makes them look beyond their best.
I usually buy the Supermarkets own brand of tortillas, but Tesco had a special offer on Discovery soft flour tortillas not so long ago, so I decided to give them a try, as they worked out cheaper than Tesco's own. I had heard of the Discovery brand, but never tried anything from them, so wasn't entirely sure what to expect from these, although to be honest, from a product as simple as flour tortillas, I hadn't anticipated too much difference from one brand to the next.
The tortillas come packaged in a clear plastic packet which is red on the front with a picture of what I assume to be a Mexican woman making tortillas, and you will need to use scissors to open the packet.
I used these when making fajitas, but they have so many uses - you can make any sort of wrap, or something more adventurous like quesadillas. In fact, I'd recommend looking at the Discovery website as there are loads of recipe ideas on there.
As soon as I removed these from the packet, I could tell they were better quality than the ones I usually buy just from looking at them. Often the tortillas I get have brown spots or bubbles on them, vary greatly in size and/or can feel quite hard around the edges even when they've just been removed from the packet. These ones had a lovely pale, even colour, were all a uniform size, and felt very soft.
To heat, simply place in a hot, dry frying pan or under a very hot grill for 6 seconds each side, and voila, they're done.
I prefer my tortillas soft, and I'm not too keen when they go crispy, so I was pleased to find that when I kept them under the grill for the recommended 6 seconds each side, they still kept their soft texture, and were easy to wrap.
The taste of these was also noticeably a lot better than the normal shops own brand ones I purchase. It's hard to describe the taste of a tortilla really, as they're just a plain, flat bread, but I'd say these tasted soft, and had that slight, almost chewy-ness to them and not that awful dryness you can sometimes get with cheaper versions.
For those interested in nutritional stuff, each tortilla contains:
These are suitable for vegetarians, and you can also freeze them for use at a later date if you so wish.
You get 8 tortillas in a pack, and although obviously prices will vary depending on where you shop, to give you a rough idea, Sainsbury's charge £1.20 a pack and Tesco charge £1.49 a pack. I bought mine on special offer for around 67p, which I felt was good value, however I don't think I'd be willing to fork out £1.49 on a regular basis, despite these being a better quality than my usual brands, just because I can't really afford to at the moment.
Overall though, I was very pleased with these, and should I see them on special offer again, I will certainly stock up. They are noticeably very good quality in everything from appearance to taste, and you definitely get what you pay for in this instance.
I love tortillas, they are so versatile and i often have a pack in my cupboard. The discovery ones come in packs of 8, and you just pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds and they are ready for filling.
The discovery tortillas are more pricey than say the supermarket own brands, and too be honest there isnt a vast amount of difference.
I use tortilla in loads of dishes, you can use them to make chicken wraps, just buy gougons, pop some mayonnaise in, then some lettuce and drizzle with bbq sauce.
You can always use them like fajitas, just fry up some veg and chicken and place inside the tortilla. Also if we have any bolognaise over we put this inside the tortillas, add a dollop of mayonnaise and enjoy.
Theres loads of other things you can use them, like cheese or even duck and plum sauce.
The one thing i find is once opened they dont last very long, best thing to do is keep in the fridge they'll last a little longer, perhaps a week if you do this. Also they go harder over time, but dont worry if you pop them in the microwave for a few seconds they soon become soft again.
I love tortilla, the discovery range is great but be aware of cheaper alternatives as they taste no different.
Discovery Flour Tortillas!
I love all the discovery products; I tend to buy the kits to make Mexican fajitas and the tacos. I came across these when they were on offer in Morrisons, 66p for a pack! BARGAIN. I quickly stocked up. When I looked all of the discovery products where half price, even the dinner kits!
The flour tortillas come in a plastic wrapper and contain 8 tortillas, they are around 15-18cm in diameter. The tortilla themselves are quite thin and are no where near as thick as bread.
The tortillas come in a variety of flavours, such as garlic and coriander and you can get whole meal ones too. I tend to stick with the white ones. Each tortilla contains 118 calories, 2.4g of sugar, 2.8g of fat, 1.2 of which are saturated, and 1.0g of salt.
You will need to reheat these tortillas before filling them with whatever you wish else they can crumble and your filling may fall out. A simple 5-10 seconds in the microwave per tortilla is more than enough. They will be warm for a few seconds, but you can eat them both warm and cold. I have used these tortillas before to make savory wraps and often I fill them with chocolate spread and heat up.. so tasty!!
You can freeze these wraps even though they have such a long life on them, mine are in date until December! On the back of the packaging there are a number of recipes you can complete by using these tortillas; these include Fajitas, Quesadillas which are a pizza type meal made from these, and Enchiladas.
A great product to have in your house for a quick and simple meal. They normally cost around £1.30 per pack.