WOW! There are no words to describe how thankful I am for all of your positive comments so far! I had no idea the blog would be so well read in just a few short days! Your words of encouragement are inspiring me to keep on writing and sharing! 2014 is going to be an exciting year and I look forward to seeing what God has in store! It is hard to believe 2013 is coming to an end.
We just finished our last Christmas celebration with family this past weekend. My husband’s children were here and we had a great time. And of course with holiday celebrations come lots of delicious food. For the last three or so years, we always made Sesame Pork Loin when they are here and mashed potatoes. At Thanksgiving this year my husband had the idea to change up the menu and do a Feliz Navidad meal. I loved the idea (I am a huge fan of Mexican cuisine) and traditional Mexican food has plenty of gluten free options so that always makes me happy! The kids loved the idea also and so that is what we did. We prepared a meal of fresh guacamole and homemade fajitas. I vowed about three weeks ago when I made beef stew with a homemade seasoning (blog post on this coming soon)—not to buy any more store bought seasoning packets. The seasoning packets are loaded with extra fillers and preservatives and many contain MSG. It is so easy to mix up a seasoning mix; I can’t believe I just figured this out. I have used store bought seasoning mixes my whole life and never thought twice about it but on this journey of a healthier lifestyle I know it is much healthier to make from scratch and it is cheaper!
So here it is—my fajita seasoning mix that was a hit! The mix was my contribution to the meal. My husband prepared the meat and vegetables. For our fiesta, I quadrupled the seasoning recipe. You can also make up seasoning mix ahead and store in a glass container so it is ready to go when you need it.
Fajita Seasoning Mix 1 tbsp. corn starch (can use arrowroot or tapioca flour) 2 tsps. chili powder 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. paprika ½ tsp. onion powder ½ tsp. garlic powder ¼ tsp. cayenne (more or less depending on preference) ½ tsp. ground cumin
Stir ingredients together and then add juice of one half lime
Three Meat Fajitas
4 chicken breasts (sliced or cubed) 1 bag frozen shrimp, tails removed 1¼ lbs. steak of your choice 6-8 peppers sliced (red, green, yellow or any combination you like) 2-3 onions Avocado or olive oil Seasoning mix (see recipe above)
Sauté vegetables in a pan with oil. When almost done, add 1 tbsp. seasoning and stir. When done remove from pan. Then cook meat. For this recipe you can mix all meat together or cook each meat separately. If you cook all meat together add the shrimp later (be sure not to overcook shrimp and steak). Add the seasoning mix when meat is almost done. Simmer for several minutes and then serve. Serve meat and vegetables on tortilla shells or for a healthier alternative skip the shell altogether and enjoy the flavors of the meat and vegetables. Top with fresh guacamole, cilantro, cheese, and/or jalapeno slices.
Happy New Year to each of you!