Fajitas

Healthier Eating — Oven Fajitas

As I have been on this journey towards greater health I have had to take a look at my diet and the foods that I choose to consume. I always thought that I ate relatively healthy, however if I am honest I have to confess that once I got married I wasn’t as mindful as I was when I was single. You see, I married a junk food addict. When I tell people about my husbands diet before we got married they look at me astonished and even question the truth — thinking I have exaggerated. If only that was the truth. Vegetables were a swear word to him and to not consume sugar in a day was unheard of. Breakfast was rarely eaten if ever, other than a cup of coffee. His typical lunch consisted of two Reese Peantbutter chocolate bars and a can of Coke. For dinner he was partial to hashbrowns and possibly a hotdog.

Getting us to eat healthier has been a challenge as I didn’t want to always make two different meals and there were times that I felt guilty for preparing the healthier meals that I wanted to eat and in essence making him either eat it (knowing that he was not enjoying what I had prepared)or he could just make his own (feeling guilty if this happened).

One of the ways that we have been using to change our menu into a healthier one is by trying a new recipe once a week. We both get to rate them and based on the rating they get, they either become keepers that we put on our menu or they go to the graveyard of yuck!

Today I am going to share with you one that we both rated a 10/10.

OVEN FAJITAS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the following in a small bowl:

1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp sugar (I use Splenda)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp cornstarch

Set aside.

1 medium onion, cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips
2 medium green peppers, cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips
1 medium red pepper, cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips
3 chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium lime

Put the cut onions,peppers and chicken in large bowl. Sprinkle the prepared seasoning over the vegetables and meat. Drizzle the oil over everything and toss until everything is well coated in the oil and seasoning. Transfer to a 9X13 inch casserole dish. Bake in preheated oven (400 degrees) for 35-40 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Squeeze the juice from the lime over top of the meat and vegetables after it comes out of the oven.

Optional Ingredients:

  • 8 (6 inch) tortillas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Scoop a small amount of meat and vegetables into the center of each tortilla. Top with a few sprigs of cilantro, a dollap of sour cream, spoonful of salsa ย and cheese if desired.

My husband likes his on the tortillas. ย In order to lessen the carbs I eat mine without the tortilla. I know that traditionally fajitas do not have cheese, however my husband is a huge fan of cheese. If adding a bit of cheese to this dish helps my hubby love it — then a little cheese it is.

We either pair this up with brown rice or quinoa.

Serves 4

Per serving: 437 calories, 22.9g fat, 28.7g carbs,4.8 g fiber, 17.9g sugar,29.6g protein — eaten without tortilla 8.7 g carbs, 2.8 g fiber, 17.9 g sugar

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Nutritional Disclaimer
Please note that I am not a nutritional or medical professional. I am sharing my own experiences and not advising. Nothing that I express should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with a medical professional before starting any diet or exercise plan. I am providing some of the nutritional information as a courtesy. I use MyFitnessPal to calculate and I usually will remove sugar substitutes (erythritol, Splenda, swerve etc..) from the final carb count and net carb count, as it doesnโ€™t affect my own blood glucose levels. I do my best to be as accurate as possible but you should independently calculate nutritional information on your own before relying on them. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

 

 

 

 

53 thoughts on “Healthier Eating — Oven Fajitas”

  1. Yum! I love fajitas!! I also married a junk attack- and unlike him I gain weight sooooo easy off that stuff! It has also been a struggle to switch.

  2. This looks simply amazing. I admit I’m not a big fan of cumin so I might have to skip that one, but the rest sounds delicious.

  3. I just love fajitas! I’ll have to make this for dinner soon. I don’t think I’ve ever made them at home. I generally get them at restaurants.

    1. Hope you try them at home. Because they are done in the oven it’s not a lot of work. I sometimes do my prep the night before so it takes me about 5 min to toss it all together and toss it in the oven.

  4. Hearing about your husband’s former diet made me cringe. I’m a calorie counter so in my head I’m counting how many empty calories those Reese’s bars are. I’m glad you got him to eat healthy. Those fajitas look really delicious too.

  5. You are right. When you cook something you need to focus not only on your taste buds but also on its nutritious value. Fajtas seem to be combining both. Loved to know about it.

  6. Yummm! I would love to try this recipe next weekend. I have got most ingredients from a recent Malaysian curry I made, I would just need to pick up cilantro, tortillas, and etc to recreate this. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  7. This is one of my favorite recipes. Its very easy, healthy and delicious. I always hated how mushy peppers get in a frying pan. Now I can throw it under the oven like you did. Saving this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This looks really amazing! I love something that we can change a bit add make it all nutritious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Bravo to you and your efforts in a healthier lifestyle. These fajitas look scrumptious and ready for the restaurant! Thanks for the inspiration eat healthy and a recipe to support. ๐Ÿ’•Xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence.com ๐Ÿฆ‹

  10. Mm mm mm, don’t those look good?! I love eating healthy especially when it results in dishes like this!

  11. Mmmm scrummy! I actually had mexican food last night but from the packet – thanks for this recipe and idea!

  12. I saw your post earlier and swore I commented…my apologizes if it didn’t go through. I was coming back to say that we actually had this for dinner tonight and it came out so good, Thank you!! Thought we would have leftovers but it was all gone. We used beef so next time I am going to try chicken.

  13. Oh wow these fajitas look so good! I’ve never thought of making them on the oven, as i usually just do it in the pan. Definitely going to be trying this way.

  14. Yum! I will try this delicious recipe. I like that it is easy to make and the ingredients are all easy to get.

  15. OMG!! This recipe looks really delicious and interesting to try. My hubby would love this fajitas recipe. yummy!!!

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