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Day 2: Baked Chicken Fajitas

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For day 2 of the Pinterest Project, I made Baked Chicken Fajitas. Apart from the Fajitas, I also made homemade guacamole and spanish style black beans.

Baked Chicken Fajitas – This recipe was originally posted on ‘Eat it on the cheap blog’ and was adapted from a recipe in the magazine Taste of Home. Like most recipes I make, I didn’t follow it exactly, but it was pretty close.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 large bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 2 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 12 flour tortillas, warmed to serve

As you can see, the ingredients that I used a bit different that those in the original recipe. I omitted the chili powder and opted for cayenne pepper instead. Also, I used some Adobo as a little extra seasoning in my fajitas. Also, the original recipe used green peppers, but I used red to make the fajitas a bit sweeter. Unless I’m baking, I typically don’t measure out my spices, I think I have seen enough cooking shows to know what the difference between a tsp and TB looks like in the palm of my hand – plus I also like to improvise by adding extra things in my dishes!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degree. Grease a baking dish (preferably one that is 13 x 9, otherwise you’ll have to use two smaller glass dishes like I did). Mix together chicken, chilis, onions, peppers and tomatoes in the dish. In a small bowl, combine the oil and spices. Pour the mixture over the chicken and vegetables and toss to coat. Since I had to use two baking dishes, I combined all the ingredients into one large bowl to make sure the chicken and vegetables were coated evenly. I then divided the fajita mixture into the two dishes.

Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are soft. Serve on warm tortillas (either corn or flour) and with other additional garnishes (cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc) as desired.  I personally like cheese and guacamole on my fajitas!

Fajitas on corn tortillas

Fajitas on flour tortillas

The fajitas were really good, especially with a Corona and lime to wash it down! It definitely felt like I was back in Texas eating homemade Tex Mex!  The recipe for the Spanish Style beans was straight off of the back of a can of GOYA Black Beans, but I did add GOYA Sofrito (seasoning) to it as well. Below is the recipe for the guacamole I made.

Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • salt to taste

Peel the avocados and place them in a bowl. I typically cut them into smaller pieces so that it is easier to mash them up. Using a fork, mash the avocados until there are no large pieces left. Add the onions and tomatoes and mix throughly. I typically also add a tablespoon or two of sour cream to make it creamier, but I was out. Add salt to taste. Also, if you want spicier guacamole, then add some diced jalapeno. Serve with tortilla chips and dig in!

Tonight’s meal was a good Friday night meal. It was filling and perfect when washed down with a cold beer. I do have to admit though that I had a Julia Childs moment in the kitchen. When I was peeling the onion for the fajitas, I accidentally dropped the onion in the trash can! Luckily the onion fell on the onion peel, so I just picked it up, cut it up and tossed it in the bowl! I figure if anything got on it, it was cooked off, right?? When that happened, it reminded me exactly of that Julia Child clip where she is flipping an omelette and drops half of it on the counter. She picked it up, put it back in the pan and said that you’re alone in the kitchen and no one had to see what you did… That is exactly how I felt!

On that note, Bon Appetit!

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Day 1: Ranch Turkey Burgers and Oven Baked Parmesan Seasoned Fries

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Today is officially day 1 of the Pinterest Project! For my first official project, I am making Ranch Turkey Burgers with Oven Baked Parmesan Seasoned Fries courtesy of the blogs ‘laaloosh’ and ‘playing with sugar.’  I’ve got my girl, Adele, playing on my itunes in the background, so let the cooking begin.

Ranch Turkey Burgers – For all you healthy eaters or weight watcher participants, this buger is only 3 points.  If you add a bun, then obviously you add more points. Although I’m not a point counter myself, 3 points doesn’t seem that bad, right? Below is the original recipe.

Ingredients:

As you can see, everything I used I got from Trader Joes except for the Hidden Valley Ranch Mix. TJ’s is the best store on the face of the earth – the prices there are ridiculously cheap and everything is fresh and amazing.

 Once you have all your ingredients, combine everything into a bowl. The only thing I did differently is I used a garlic press and pressed the garlic as opposed to mincing it. I LOVE garlic and wanted to have a stronger garlic taste in my burgers.

Directions:

Once the ingredients are mixed, form four patties. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray or use olive oil to coat the pan. Cook the patties until they are completely done. It took about 20 minutes total to cook the patties. I had the burner on low as I did not want to burn the patties.

Oven Baked Parmesan Seasoned Fries – Since you typically eat fries or onion ring with burgers, I figured I would try these baked fries. They were really simple and easy to prepare, but they took a little while to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of medium russet potatoes (approx 3 medium potatoes)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/8 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 TBSP of Kraft Parmesan Style Grated Cheese

I changed up this recipe a little bit. First off, I did not have Rosemary and honestly I don’t really like it in food unless I’m eating italian, so I omitted it completely. Instead of Old Bay Seasoning I used Don’s speciality meats seasoning from Louisianna! My good friend, Amy introduced me to this. For those of you from the south, Don’s is a cajun seasoning, kind of like Tony Chachere’s, but better! I also used 4 potatoes, instead of 3. I don’t have a peeler, so I cut the skin off the potatoes and added an extra potato since I knew I would be wasting some of it. Also, I tried to find potatos that were relatively flat and rectangular like to make it easier to cut the skin off.

Directions:
Preheat the oven 425 degrees. Wash, peel and cut the potatoes into 1/8ths and place them on a cookie sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil. Mix all the spices and parmesan cheese together in a bowl. Take a large, freezer size ziploc bag and put all the potatoes in it. Add the spices mix and the oil to the bag. Seal the bag tightly and shake all the ingredients up, making sure that everything is distributed evenly. Dump the potatoes onto the cookie sheet and spread them out in a single layer. Bake for 30-45 minutes. I baked them for 20 minutes and then flipped them and baked them for 20 more minutes. I did not have aluminum foil, so I coated the cookie sheet with cooking spray and my fries turned out a little darker because of that, but they were still really good. Also, after they were done, I sprinkled a little more Don’s on top of them.
For the burger I used Martin’s potato bread buns and I topped my burger with avocado slices, grilled onions and bar-b-que sauce! Being from Texas, I can’t have a burger without some good old fashioned bar-b-que sauce.
The burger and fries were amazing – especially the burger. That recipe will definitely become a staple in my recipe book. Day was a success! Stay tuned for what tomorrow brings…