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Friday, May 15, 2015

Simple fajitas

Simple fajitas 

Lets me honest, most of the time we want a meal that will take less than 30 minutes to make, especially during the week.  A lot of the times, that takes us to either making the wrong choices or we eat something that fills us up, but there is no satisfaction of a great meal.  I think it is important to enjoy all our meals, but if we are going to cut the satisfaction and enjoyment factor out, it shouldn't be from dinner.
Having stuff on hand and even prepping ahead (maybe on a Sunday?) makes dinner time so much easier.  A little prep work can make things so easy during the week.
For these fajitas, you could cut all the veggies ahead, make the spice mix, and use your favorite store brand salsa.  It literally took me 15 minutes from start to finish for this meal.

Before starting the main part of this meal, make the spice mix.  It makes one less thing you have to prepare and it lasts a few meals.  The ingredients for the spice mix are:

1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1/2-1 tsp. chipotle powder (depending on how hot you like it)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. garlic Mrs. Dash®
Mix all together, and store in a zip top baggie.  

Now, for the fajitas:

1 medium zucchini, washed, and cut into french fry size sticks (see image)
1 red bell pepper, washed, seeded and sliced into thin slices
1 yellow bell pepper, washed, seeded and sliced into thin slices
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut in half, then sliced into thin slices
1 large portobello mushroom, sliced into thin slices
1 package (10) large corn tortillas
1 tablespoon fajita seasoning (above)
1/2 bunch cilantro, washed, dried and chopped (just the leaves)
Salsa of choice

Place a large, non stick pan over medium high heat.  Let the pan heat up for a minute so its nice and hot.  When the pan is hot, add all the veggies at once.  Seems odd I know, but it works the best.  Stir constantly for 5 minutes, and you will see that the veggies are starting to get soft.  Go for another minute and add your fajita seasoning.  Stir well to distribute.  Now keep stirring for another 2 minutes, then remove from heat, add the cilantro and stir again.  Set to the side, and warm up your tortillas (I use the microwave, but the oven is good too).  And there you have it.  In about 10 minutes (if you prepared your veggies and spices ahead) or 20 minutes if you prepared fresh.  Now eat!  This should serve two, or if you are like me, 1.  ENJOY!!!

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