Monday, July 29, 2013
I do believe I have found another family favorite to add to my menu rotation. I was looking around the web looking for something new to make and came up with Veggie Fajitas after seeing several recipes for it. I got to thinking about how my favorite Mexican restaurant makes them and kind of came up with something that worked for my family. So, this is not an original of course but it is how I adapted a few recipes and ideal.
The first thing I did was to slice up the veggies that I see on the skillet at Casa Mexicana: mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and peppers. Casa only uses green peppers in their fajitas but I used the 3 pack of colored peppers from Aldi: red, yellow and orange. I piled all the recipes in a bowl and set aside.
Then I went online and looked for a fajita seasoning mix. I found a recipe on allrecipes.com that would work (meaning I had all the spices) and mixed it up pretty quickly. I set that aside too.
The next thing I did was get the flour tortillas ready. I wrapped 2-3 of them at a time in foil packets and put them in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. I usually don't have the best results with warming up tortillas so I was hoping that would work. The first one out of my packet was a little crisp around the edges but the 2nd one was soft and slightly moist, so I guess you would say it was a success.
Doing all the prep work was necessary because once your veggies are ready, you need to sit down and eat them, not get the tortillas ready, serve up the guac, etc.
I heated a non-stick skillet and got it nice and hot and added my veggies. I didn't add oil or water to the skillet as the veggies had enough moisture in them to steam up quite nicely. After they had cooked for a few minutes, I added the seasoning mix and stirred it well so that everything would be evenly combined. After about 10 minutes total the veggies were ready and transferred them to my oval platter.
I served the fajitas with Spanish Rice (brown rice + tomato sauce + garlic salt and cumin) and guacamole. Depending on your diet (we're dairy free) you could also serve them with sour cream, refried beans, chopped lettuce and salsa. Next time I'll make the faux cheese sauce that we like so well.