I have a special treat for you all this week - a new recipe I tried out yesterday that is both healthy, delicious, and best of all EASY! I don't know about all of you, but I often find cooking inspiration on pinterest. "Pinspiration" if you will. I love perusing the site for new recipe ideas and I often stumble across many great cooking blogs in the process. I pinned a recipe called "Easy Oven Fajitas" a while back because the picture looked so appealing. Sunday afternoon I was looking for ideas on what to make for dinner and I went through some of my old pins. I clicked on this one and it lead me to a blog called "Budget Bytes" (love the name!) written by a lovely woman named Beth, which is a website/blog with tons of great recipes that are easy on your wallet. Check out her awesome site and the original recipe by clicking here: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/02/oven-fajitas/
Now, I'm not very good at following recipes ... at all. In fact, I often get in the mood for a particular TYPE of food (example: tacos) and then look up various recipes to get an idea of what I can make with food I already have in the house. I never let a recipe that has ingredients I don't happen to have on hand prevent me from making it. I don't want to blow my own horn or anything, but I'm sort of the queen of substitutions. Don't have eggs? I'll find a way to use flax or chia seed and water. Recipe calls for vanilla but I'm all out? Almond extract it is! It makes for some interesting combinations at times and I'd be lying if I said everything always turned out perfectly, but cooking is supposed to be fun and if I ran to the store every time I didn't have EXACTLY what a recipe called for, I'd never used up the ingredients I already have in my house. Plus I KNOW I would spend way more money on groceries -think about that extra treat or block of cheese that you bought just 'cause it was on sale every time you run in "for just one thing." Needless to say, I make most of my recipes up as I go.
One problem with this is that when something turns out awesome it can be a little difficult to re-create. My husband will occasionally ask for "that thing you made one time - the one with chicken" and I'll try to make it again,, only to come up with a totally different dish. At least it's never boring around here!
Anyway, take a look at the original recipe to see where my idea came from, try it out the way I've described here, or put your own spin on it based on what you have at home already! It's pretty hard to mess this one up!
Step By Step:
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 - 3 bell peppers (fresh or frozen will work)
1/2 large onion
2 stalks celery
1 can no salt added black beans, drained and rinsed
1 package Mrs Dash taco or fajita seasoning (or homemade mixture of your choice)
1 - 2 chicken breasts depending on size
Whole wheat wraps (can also serve over brown rice)
Grated cheese (I used marble, but any would work)
1) Preheat oven to 400 C.
2) Drizzle oil into the bottom of a 9 X 13 pan.
3) Chop up peppers and onions into strips. Finely chop celery. Add to pan.
4) Drain and rinse beans well and add to pan.
5) Slice chicken breast into thin strips and add to veggies.
6) Sprinkle seasoning over entire mixture and stir until well coated.
7) Bake uncovered for ~ 30 min or until chicken is no longer pink.
8) Place mixture in centre of whole wheat wrap and top with a sprinkle of cheese. Can also be served over rice.
NOTE: You can find printable versions of this recipe and all others posted on the WHITTY NUTRITION Blog under the Recipes section .
If this post is up to late for dinner tonight - I urge you to give it a try tomorrow or later this week. A - mazing!
Happy healthy lives don't have to be boring! Enjoy! Comment below which substitutions you had to make ;)