Friday, December 11, 2015

Week 11: NY Jets vs Houston Texans

This game happened to be the same weekend as my daughter's first birthday so we had leftovers which was FAJITAS!!! I'm sorry but you just can't go wrong with fajitas for any occasion. Ugh, they are so good. Here are the reicpes:

Homemade Chips & Guacamole

Ingredients:
50 corn tortillas cut into fourths
5 avocados
3 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
cilantro
1/2 lime
vegetable spray
salt and black pepper to taste

Recipe:
1. Arrange the cut corn tortillas on baking sheets, spray with vegetable spray and pop in an oven set to 325. Let the tortillas cook until they are golden brown and crispy. When they come out of the oven, place in a big bowl and lightly salt. Continue until all tortillas are cooked.
2. Add avocados, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro in a bowl and mix together making sure to mash the avocado up to preferred consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Juice 1/2 lime and mix.
SERVE

Homemade Pico de Gallo
Ingredients:
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
cilantro
1/2 lime
salt and pepper to taste

Recipe:
1. Mix everything in a bowl. Add lime juice, salt and pepper for taste. SERVE

Note---You may have noticed there is no mention of jalapenos in either of the above recipes. We have some non-spicy foodies in our household so I omitted spice in everything. I did, however, cut up serranos (wayyyy spicier than jalapenos) and served those on the side for us spiceheads.

Fajitas (Chicken and Beef)
Ingredients:
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped finely
4 chicken breasts, sliced into strips
1 lb beef, sliced into strips
shredded cheese
serranos, sliced
cilantro, chopped
2 limes
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash Southwest Seasoning
2 tablespoons onion powder
vegetable oil for sauteeing veggies and meat
salt and pepper to taste

Recipe:
1. Place chicken and beef in separate bowls. Season with 1 tablespoon each of cumin, onion powder, and Mrs. Dash as well as 1 lime each and garlic. Also add salt and pepper for taste.
2. On a stovetop grillpan on medium high heat, saute onion and bell peppers in about 1 tablespoon of veggie oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and saute until soft. Remove from heat and place on serving dish.
3. Add 1 more tablespoon of veggie oil to pan and saute chicken until browned and cooked through. Remove from heat and place on serving dish.
4. If needed, add another tablespoon of veggie oil and saute beef until browned. Depending on your preference of rareness, cook longer or immediately take out after browned. My family likes their beef medium well so that's what I cooked it to. Remove beef and place on serving dish.
5. When serving this up, add cheese, serranos, and cilantro as well as some lime wedges on the serving platter as well for others to add on. If you have other add ons you like, make sure to include those on your platter.

While this seems like a lot of steps and lots of dishes, you can see that it's really not. It was a very easy going meal to make and everyone enjoyed their food. You'll see that I made sure to separate everything. We have some vegetarians in our household so everything was cooked and plated so that everyone would be able to eat. You can prepare your platter however you want it though. Of course, because we did a birthday and football meal in one, I placed the homemade chips in those cute little 1 snack containers. And while it isn't pictured, I did have flour tortillas for the fajitas (store bought). For those, I just wrapped the bundle in foil and let it heat through in the oven while I fried up everything. This is a nice trick when serving a crowd!

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as my family enjoyed it. We did beat the Jets AND my daughter's party went off without a hitch so I'd say it was a great weekend! Until next week!

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