I don’t know about you but I am one of those people obsessed with Mexican food! I think we eat a full Mexican feast in our home at least once a week! Usually a Mexican feast consisting of tacos, enchiladas, fajitas…..can really throw away your new clean and healthy eating habits! I know it did for me when I moved here and I was probably consuming a 2000 calorie meal filled with zero nutrition and not even realizing it!
After a month long holiday of going crazy and not sticking to my new lifestyle, I woke up this week with a new agenda to healthy-fy all my favorite foods so I don’t derail again.
Firstly, I made batches of this Mexican seasoning that you can use however you want! Just a tablespoon of this as a dry rub and you can grill or stir fry any protein you like.
Mexican flavors galore
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Mix together in a bowl, this should yield about 2 tablespoons but I made like a cup full and stored it in an airtight jar.
Having made this, I wanted to try and see if I could create Fajitas at home and boy did it work! yay!
With any fajitas there are a couple of components; chicken strips (or any other protein of your choice), guacamole, tortilla, pepper/onion stir fry, grated cheese and salsa.
For the chicken strips:
3 chicken breasts cut in thin strips
2 tbsp seasoning mix (from above)
Handful of chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
Mix together the strips, seasoning and cilantro and set aside for 15 minutes.
In a non stick pan or grill cook the trips about a minute to minute and a half on each side giving a squeeze of lime all over each time. Set aside covered with foil.
For the guacamole:
1 avocado; mashed
1 tsp chopped onions
1 tbsp lime
1/2 tsp of cumin (add more to your liking)
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of chopped cilantro
Mix together and serve. You can of course adjust the above to your liking!
For the tortilla:
You can buy flour tortillas from the store but I just used regular durum wheat ‘atta roti.’ Its a lighter and much healthier option.
Since I made this dinner completely unplanned, I used a store bought salsa but you can definitely make your own!
12 small-medium tomatoes chopped
1/2 large white onion chopped
1 clove of garlic
1-2 green chillies chopped and deseeded
1 handful cilantro
1 tbsp lime juice
dash of sweetener either stevia or brown sugar
salt to taste
In a food processor, pulse all the above together to desired smoothness. I kept mine chunky and of course you can adjust each ingredient to your liking. Adding some roasted red chili is also delicious!
Lastly, I cut some onions and yellow pepper lengthwise and grilled till soft and fragrant! I also served some grated cheddar cheese on the side!
Serve each item separately and allow everyone to make their own fajitas or have some hard shell tacos if you are treating yourself! Another great way to enjoy this is to create a fajita on a bed of lettuce! That’s what I’m taking for lunch tomorrow with the leftovers!