Healthy And Easy Fajita Recipe
Healthy and easy fajita recipe
Healthy And Easy Fajita Recipe
Fajita is very popular food that comes just from around the border of Mexico and Texas. Fajita makes a relatively healthy meal as it contains a lot of vegetables and has all the macronutrients you need.
The recipe for this meal isn’t that hard either, even non experience cook can make things work here. I tried to make this as simple and as easy to follow as possible. If you have any suggestions to this tasty fajita recipe, don’t forget to share with us in the comments below the blog post!
The Interesting History of Fajita
To be completely honest with you, I wouldn’t normally add this part to a recipe post. However, as I was researching where exactly is the meal from, I found out some pretty interesting stuff.
Fajita is pretty debatable in its origin. Texans claim it as their meal, but history says quite otherwise. Fajita is probably coming from Mexican ranch workers that lived in West Texas. This was along the Rio Grande one the Texas-Mexico border in the 1930s or 1940s.
Then they butchered a steer, these workers were given the cheapest, least desirable meat. This also made a partial payment from their wages. These ranchers then made a good use of the meat known as skirt steak.
Skirt steaks were only type of meat that was used in a fajita. Nowadays it lost its meaning though, as almost everything that is rolled in a tasty, flavorous tortilla is considered a fajita.
So fajita is truly a Tex-Mex blend, you know, a mix of Texas cowboy and Mexican panchero dishes. The word fajita is made from a Spanish ‘faja‘ which translates to belt.
Health Benefits of Fajita
Fajita consists of pepper, onion, chicken breast (or any type of meat you want essentially) and olive oil. And these ingredients are proven to have some health benefits.
Health Benefits of Pepper
All colours of pepper are rich in vitamins A, C and K, but the most are in the red one. Vitamins C and A are antioxidants, which means they are able to prevent cell damage and diseases related to aging (coming from the oxidants naturally forming in your body).
They also support immune system, and can help you to fight off flu. Vitamin K is needed in proper blood clotting, bones structure and also with reducing cell damage due to oxidative stress (same as vitamin A, C).
Peppers are also known for carotenoids lycopene and beta-cryptoxanthin, which are promised to prevent prostate and lung cancer. Pepper also provides a good amount of fiber, that’s great for digestion.
Pepper For Weightloss?
Pepper contains substances that can increase the body’s heat production (and oxygen consumption), which can be linked to burning extra calories for 20 minutes after eating hot or sweet pepper.
Health Benefits of Onion
Onions are incredibly calorie-dense, as they’re low in calories but packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Onions are particularly high in vitamin C, which is as I said before, an antioxidant. Vitamin C also regulates collagen production and iron absorption.
Onions also contain vitamins from the B group such as pyridoxine (B6) and folate (B9) which play a role in metabolism and other important functions of the body.
They also contain potassium, a mineral which many people are lacking in their diet.
Health Benefits of Olive oil
Olive oil is a natural oil extracted from olives. Oleic acid is considered to be almost 72% of olive oil. Oleic acid is said to reduce inflammation and may even have some benefits in regard to cancer.
Summary Of Health Benefits Of Fajita
Pepper, onion and olive oil are all pretty healthy choices from a nutrient point of view. They all consists of substances that are beneficial to human health.
Ingredients for fajita
4 medium sized chicken breast
2 bell peppers – chopped
4 medium sized onions – thinly sliced
4 tortillas (for each serving)
1 tsp of salt
0.5 tsp of papper
1 tsp of paprika
2 pinches of Chilli flakes
2 tsp of oregano
1 tsp of basil
Ingredients for the marinade
2 small limes – juiced
3 tbsp of olive oil
0.5 tsp of salt
How to make the fajita?
Step 1: Make the marinade and prepare the vegetables
Take all the ingredients for the marinade and mix them in a medium or large bowl (lime juice, olive oil and salt).
Prepare the vegetables (bell peppers and onions) by cutting them into small pieces.
step 2: Prepare the chicken breast
Prepare the chicken by cutting off the skin or parts you don’t like such as tendons or fat. Season it with salt and pepper, then add it to the bowl and put it into the marinade.
Put the bowl in the fridge for about 30 minutes – for up to 2 hours.
step 3: Pan-fry the chicken
When you are ready, heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden, and cooked-through.
It should take around 5 minutes while tossing the chicken on a pan.
step 4: Add the veggies in!
Firstly put the onion to the pan and pan-fry it until golden. Then add bell peppers and wait around 5 minutes to soften them up.
Add chicken and toss it around to further mix the spices and flavours.
step 5: Pan-fry the tortillas
Put tortillas on a pan for about a minute from both sides to give them more crunch and a golden look.
You don’t need to use oil, but you can. Serve the food on a large plate with a homemade lemonade.
Screenshot the whole recipe!
Healthy And Tasty Fajita Recipe
The easiest Fajita recipe is here! Learn how to make a delicious meal from scratch!
- total time: 50 mins
- prep time: 30 mins
- cooking time: 20 mins
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 bell peppers
- 4 onions
- 4 tortillas
- 1 tsp of salt
- 0.5 tsp of papper
- 1 tsp of paprika
- 2 pinches of Chilli flakes
- 2 tsp of oregano
- 1 tsp of basil
- 2 small limes
- 3 tbsp of olive oil
- 0.5 tsp of salt
- Make the marinade and cut the vegetables.
- Season the chicken breast.
- Pan-fry the chicken.
- Add the veggies in!
- Pan-fry the tortillas.
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