Chicken Fajitas!

This recipe is a favourite of ours. It comes from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution website. It’s so simple, yet so delicious. I’ve recently started making my own whole-wheat tortillas too, (Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food’s Blog) SO yummy!

These tortilla wraps can be made in advance and either kept in the fridge for a few days, or frozen for later use. Today I made them during dinner.

unfortunately, my dough hooks broke on my electric mixer, but I was able to knead these by hand, no problem. Just mix up the dough, knead a little bit, then roll it out into a log and cut it into 12 pieces. Let stand for 15 minutes.

While you’re letting your dough settle, start the chicken.

All it takes is chicken, red pepper, onion *red onion is best, but we only had yellow, 1 tsp paprika, 1 pinch of cumin, 1 pinch of salt, and a lime. Cut up your red pepper, onion, and chicken into strips (They should all be about the same size), toss into a bowl, add the spices and juice of a lime (I roll the lime around on the cutting board before I slice it, it helps loosen the juice)

Let that sit for 5 minutes or so, and while that’s marinating, go ahead and make your tortillas.

Roll out each ball on a floured surface. Roll ’em out as thin as you can get them, they should be about the size of a dinner plate.

Then, place them in a dry pan on med-high heat, no need for oil, since they already have a lot in them! Let them get slightly brown and bubbly on each side- it only takes a minute or two!

Once those are done, move onto the chicken. Heat your pans with a little oil, onto medium-high heat. (I use two pans for the chicken, so I don’t over crowd the frying pan) And make sure you’ve got nothing else to do for a couple of minutes, because once you put the chicken in the pan, you have to keep it moving or else you’ll set off your smoke alarms…trust me.

Keep the chicken moving until it’s nice and brown, and if you’re like me and you’re paranoid about chicken being cooked all the way through, once the outside is nice and dark, turn your heat way down and let it cook a little with a lid on while you get your toppings ready.

I love my fajitas with some sour cream, salsa, cheese, and avocado

Enjoy!

 

WFD?

I’ve been cooking up a storm lately! Here’s what we had the last two nights:

Homemade fettucine alfredo!

This dish was surprisingly easy, and super delicious! I used the pasta recipe from The Clean Bin Project’s DIY page:

1 cup Semolina Flour, and a little bit of water. Add water a TBSP at a time (mine took about 10-12) and knead dough for a few minutes.

Let sit for 5 minutes (you can boil your water now) Then out dough SUUUUPER thin and cut into strips.

I used a pizza cutter and it worked great. Boil for 5 minutes , toss with some homemade alfredo sauce (recipe I found at 100 Days of Real Food’s ) and enjoy!. I’d say the whole thing took about 15 min. definitely going to make this again!

 

Tonight’s dinner, was a little more time-consuming, but extremely delish!

Grilled Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Recipe also from 100 days of real food. I paired it with Coconut rice (and noodles, cause I didn’t have enough rice. Half and half turned out nice.) and Honey/ginger roasted carrots. We don’t have a grill, so I just seared the pork in a cast iron pan for 5 or 6 minutes, then put the whole thing in the oven on 450 for 20-25 minutes. Everything took about the same amount of time to cook, which I love, so after all the prep was done, it was smooth sailing. The carrots, I just boiled for 5 minutes so they’d roast faster and then tossed them in a bowl with some oil, honey, and grated ginger and baked them for 20 minutes along with the pork. You can even put them in the same pan, which I eventually did to add more flavour.

It was a big hit!

 

Frugal Cleaning Solutions

This may be a little late for ‘Spring’ Cleaning, seeing as summer is almost here, but with this gorgeous weather, it just makes me want to deep clean everything!

So I thought I’d share some of my eco-friendly and very frugal cleaning solutions!

All Purpose Cleaner:

– Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (I like lavender) http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/LS.htm  just pour 2Tbsp of the soap into a spray bottle, and fill with warm water. Shake and use! I use this on EVERYthing!

Messy cook?

Spray some Homemade All Purpose Cleaner on the spot, and depending on how nasty your spill is, either wipe right away or leave it on for a few minutes while you tidy the rest of the kitchen. Seriously, you don’t need all those fancy ‘scrubber’ cleaners. This stuff gets even dried pasta sauce off the stove. And if you DO need scrubbing power, sprinkle some baking soda on the spot too.

TA DA! Clean and sparkly.

Glass Cleaner:

This one I struggled with. Windex? Yuck. I hate the smell and it gets pricey, and who wants the kids to get into that stuff? Everyone says to use a vinegar spray, but I found just vinegar and water left streaks. Well, search no more, because I found the perfect recipe!

  • 1/4cup white vinegar
  • 1Tbsp corn starch
  • water.

Mix the vinegar and corn starch into a spray bottle and then fill with warm water. Shake, use. This will look like its going to be streaky, but I promise, when it dries, it dries streak free.

Diaper Wipe Solution:

After going through an entire pack of wipes in the hospital when my son was born, I realised that wipes will not only be expensive, but wasteful. So I tried this recipe I found in Amanda Blake Soule’s book (Don’t know Soule Mama? I LOVE her blog- check it out www.soulemama.com ) Her books are great, and this one I found in The Handmade Home.

  • 1Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Baby Castile Soap
  • 1Tbsp Almond Oil (I use Olive oil)
  • 1 Drop Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 Drop Lavender Oil
  • Approx 3/4Cup warm water.

I mix these up in an old honey jar (holds about a cup of liquid) I make sure the lid is on tight and just give it a quick shake before I use it. I dip a baby wash cloth in and squeeze out any excess liquid. I have’t had to re-buy any of these ingredients yet and my son is 17 months old! Talk about frugal!

As far as dishes, we don’t have a dishwasher, so we go through a LOT of dish soap. Lately, I’ve been trying to squeeze a bit of soap into a bowl of water and dip my clean scrub brush into that, rather than squeeze a ton of soap on the brush, only to have to reload after a couple of dishes. I find it does the job wonderfully and saves on soap. I also try to buy soap whenever it’s on sale.

Another cheapie trick, for tough jobs, is Baking Soda. I’ve recently switched from coffee to tea, and I found my mugs are harder to get clean.