Easy Oven Fajitas

Because I love you all very much, I need for you to know about this recipe I found on Pinterest. It comes from the website: http://www.budgetbytes.com. It is ridiculously tasty and easy to make. It’s simply called “Oven Fajitas”.

I am not a fajitas fan at restaurants, but my husband loves them. I wanted to switch things up in the Mexican food department at my house but it had to be super easy. This sooooo is. It even comes with a recipe to make your own seasoning, which is much more fun to do than buying the seasoning packets at the store.

After all of this blabbing about how good it is, here is the recipe for “Oven Fajitas”:

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Ingredients

Seasoning:
* 1 TBSP chili powder
* 1/2 TBSP paprika
* 1/2 TSP onion powder
*1/4 TSP garlic powder
*1/4 TSP cumin
*1/8 TSP cayenne pepper
*1 TSP sugar
*1/2 TSP salt
*1/2 TBSP corn starch

Fajitas:
*2 small onions
*2 medium green bell peppers
*1 medium red bell peppers
*1 lb. chicken breast (I used chicken tenders)
*2 TBSP Vegetable Oil (I used olive oil because I use olive oil for almost everything)
*1 Medium Lime (I didn’t use this because I didn’t have a lime)
*8 (6-inch) tortillas (or whatever size tortillas you have on hand because that is what I did).
*1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
*1/4 bunch cilantro (optional)

Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients for the fajita seasoning in a small bowel and set aside.
2. Cut the onion & bell peppers into 1/4 or 1/2 inch wide strips. Place them in a large 9×13 casserole dish. I cut my chicken tenders in half and made them slightly thinner. Add them to the veggies.
3. Sprinkle the seasoning over the meat and vegetables. Drizzle the vegetable (or olive) oil over everything and then use your hands to toss the ingredients until everything is completely coated. Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring once half way through (oops… forgot that part… turned out fine). Squeeze the juice from half of the lime over top of the meat & veggies after it comes out of oven.
4. Make your fajita and top the meat with what you would like.

If you want the original recipe with the budget information & exact details without my two cents, please visit the Budget Bytes website: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/02/oven-fajitas/

You will love this recipe. It really is that good. Enjoy!

Spinach-Mushroom Lasagna Roll Ups

Tonight I lived up to my last name and cooked us up a mean meal for dinner.  I found a recipe on Pinterest and the picture looked really good so I reviewed the recipe.  I didn’t like a lot of the ingredients so I eliminated quite a few and made up my own because that’s how I roll.  I came up with a Spinach-Mushroom Lasagna Roll Up.  It was so good!

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(Photo from http://www.closetcooking.com)

Slightly diff ingredients, looks the same though.

Here is my recipe:

Ingredients:
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 8 ounces portabella mushrooms, sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
    • 1/4 cup white wine
    • 1 pre-washed bag of spinach
    • Jar of Spaghetti Sauce of choice (I went with Classico’s tomato basil)
    • 8 lasagne noodles, cooked
    • 15 oz ricotta cheese
    • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
    • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
How to make it…..
For the spinach-mushroom mixture:
    1. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the onions and mushrooms and cook until for about 15 minutes
    2. Add the garlic and thyme to the mushrooms and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
    3. Add the wine and let it cook for about 1 minute.
    4. Add the spinach and cook until tender, about 10 minutes
For the lasagne roll ups:
  1. Cook the lasagne noodles per package instructions.
  2. Lay the lasagne noodles out, spread a thin layer of the ricotta mixed with the Parmesan onto each lasagna noodle, top with the spinach-mushroom mixture and a tablespoon of the spaghetti sauce and roll up the noodles.
  3. Spread 1/2 cup of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the pan, place the lasagne roll-ups in, top with a drop of ricotta cheese mixture, the mozzarella cheese, and remaining spaghetti sauce.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until golden brown on top and bubbling on the sides, about 25-30 minutes.

It’s been a while for me to come up with a meal that I got to make how I like it.  Cooking has always made me happy because it is something that we can all enjoy immediately and there is immediate satisfaction with it.  It’s fun.  Tonight was a fun and yummy evening in our home.  I hope you like this recipe… if not, you can totally do what I did and make it to your own taste buds!

In peace, love, and health!

The breakfast battle

I love breakfast.  I hate processed breakfast foods.  Processed breakfast foods never fill me up.  Fresh breakfast foods take too long to make.  Do you know what I do?  I end up skipping the most important meal of the day.  How wrong is that?!  Do you know what is even more wrong than skipping it?  I make sure my kids eat breakfast every morning, but I don’t stop to dine with them.  STUPID! 

My husband and I had this awesome discussion about why we do not include breakfast as part of our day.  Ready for this? It’s because we wake up too late.  Why do we wake up too late?  It’s because we stay up too late.  Why do we stay up too late?  It’s so we can catch up on work, fold clothes, clean up dishes, watch a TV show, talk, and whatever else has to be done.  We are always on the go.  Does any of this sound familiar to you?  So, what do we do about it?  As we talked about how we can make positive changes in our life we both came back to breakfast.  Everything starts with breakfast. 

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So, we have made a decision that we are going to take another step towards a more simple life.  We are going to eat breakfast. We know this will help our energy in the morning and our metabolism.  By eating breakfast, we are purposely moving towards a healthier lifestyle which will then lead us to be sure we eat lunch.  I know some of you may think this is nuts that we tend to “forget” to eat or that we don’t make time for it during the day.  Part of it is because we are so sick and tired of eating “fast food” and since we are always on the go… that’s what we usually eat.  No more!  We are taking our metabolism back, we are taking our health back, we are taking our time back and we are doing this by just eating breakfast. 

This is a battle that we are going to win!  Now… what are we going to eat?  It needs to be quick, simple, and healthy.  If you have any easy breezy recipes, I would love to hear them.  Send them my way!  If you are in the same rut as we are and ready to make a simple change, I challenge you to join in!  I have a feeling that this isn’t going to be as easy as I think it’s going to be but it is really quite simple.  First thing I have to do is get to the grocery store!  On my way now!

Balsamic Chicken and Asparagus

This recipe is my new favorite… that’s why it is the first one I am going to share with you.  It was so easy to make and even easier to eat.

Balsamic Chicken and Asparagus

I found this off of Pinterest… the picture was pretty, then I read the recipe…. so easy!  The website is from “Maggie’s Bites” (You can click her name to go to her website).  This is the only recipe I have done so far but am willing to try more!

Check the ingredients… there aren’t many.

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 oz each)
1 bunch asparagus
1 pint grape tomatoes
4 oz mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup plus 2 Tb balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup plus 1 t olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions are just as easy…

1. Combine 1/2 balsamic, 1/4 olive oil, garlic powder and pepper into a ziploc bag. Add in raw chicken breasts and marinate from 30 minutes to overnight. After marinating, grill chicken. (I got crazy and added a little lime juice to it… was a nice add).

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the end of asparagus (bend asparagus until it breaks, this is where you should be cutting off the ends). Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil. Line asparagus on the cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt (I used Sea Salt). Place on top rack of oven for 8-10 minutes until tender (until you can easily pierce with a fork).

3. In a frying pan, place sliced grape tomatoes in 1 teaspoon olive oil and 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar. Cook for a few minutes until tomatoes start to get soft (where you can squish them with a fork).

4. Place chicken and asparagus on a serving dish, top with tomatoes and mozzarella. Drizzle with extra balsamic mixture from tomatoes.

The kicker.. this is only 335 Calories!  WOOHOO  Delicious, easy, and healthy!

Bon Appetit!

 

 

Recipes to Come…

I love to cook, but like you, I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to it.  I have found some simple recipes that are healthy (I know, crazy right) and DELICIOUS!

I get my recipes from my cookbooks, a few websites, and a very talented Mom (Thanks Mom)!  Now recipes to me are NOT set in stone.  Recipes are simply a guideline to be played with.  What does this even mean?  It means that if I don’t have something in the recipe I make it up.  🙂  That’s how I roll… 98% of the time it turns out great!

For you, I will be posting some of my favorite simple recipes to make and how I serve them up.  Sometimes I will even post the “I refuse to cook but don’t want to go out” dinners for you.  Those are quite delicious (no, they are not but they are edible).

I hope you enjoy them!

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