I used to buy the spice mix in the packages.
The ones with all the salt.
and artificial colors.
and artificial flavors.
and lots of other stuff I can't pronounce.
I used to just use half a pack and think I was doing good, cutting back on salt. I mean I was MAKING the fajitas at home, how bad could it be right?
If you're interested here are some of the common brands and their ingredient lists:
Did you look?
Eh, I wouldn't either. Who wants to go through the trouble of following links... you're already reading right - shouldn't I be doing the research?
Fine, I will summarize for you lazy peeps.
It's not good.
So. When D said he wanted to have something with "colorful peppers and onions" with dinner I knew I had to start from scratch.
I took out all the spices and here is what I came up with... hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did!
We use organic, fair trade, and or local ingredients
2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Cumin
¼ tsp Chipotle Powder
¼ tsp Cayenne Powder
1 pound of chicken
4 peppers (your choice of color)
2 small red onions (or one large)
Thinly slice all veggies. Coat the bottom of a frying pan with olive oil and fry veggies. I put the carrots in first because they take the longest, then added the rest. Put your spices in when everything starts to soften. When veggies are cooked, remove them from the pan and set aside. Put a little more olive oil in the pan and dice chicken in one inches cubes (or slice it up, however you want it). Fry chicken. When almost finished return everything to the pan and finish cooking.
We served these with these organic corn tortillas (check your wraps – TONS of unnecessary shady ingredients) – if you can find corn tortillas that are organic – they are your best bet. I found they are best prepared by dampening them and then lightly frying in a very small amount of olive oil (barely any- maybe a teaspoon for a whole package) – warm both sides and they will not split. The key is to put them in the pan a little moist.
We also had a variety of yummy toppings. They were a hit all around!
Hop on over to these blogs where - if they are lucky - I'll share this :)