Sunday, April 19, 2015

Quick Steak Fajitas For College Living

Visiting Jon this weekend for his 21st birthday included a trip to the grocery store! He has astutely realized that meat proteins easily throw any college food budget off kilter! (Nonetheless, with family picking up the tab, he decided at least one pork tenderloin was deserved in celebration of this monumental life milestone!) 

Additionally, high protein consumption, red meat especially, can wreak havoc on your health and waistline as well as contribute to excessive carbon foot printing in terms meat industry costs, raising animals, transportation / fuel and emission costs, et cetera, et cetera! 

Be mindful not only of how much meat you consume, but also, from where you purchase your foods whether meats, veggies, fruits! Buying local does so much more for you, the producer and the environment. Simple things make such a difference!

Finding simple ways to make meat a part of the meal, but not the main attraction, will keep your tastebuds, wallet, waistline and environment happy!

It's a win-win! Shop smart. Cook smart. Eat smart. 

Quick Steak Fajitas For College Living

1 large skillets (2 skillets, ideally--dinner is done quicker that way)
Mixing bowl
Food tongs (optional)

1-2 lbs Beef Top Round (cheaper cut of beef), thinly sliced against grain will help tenderize the meat
2-3 peppers, sliced
1-2 large onions
1 jalapeno, diced
1 serrano, finely minced (if you really don't like spicy hot...skip this addition)
Garlic Powder 
Onion Powder
Splash of lemon or lime
Salt & Pepper

The Add-Ins
ChiHuaHua cheese, crumbled or grated
Sour cream
Flour or corn Tortillas

1. Wash your hands.
2. Prep veggies and set aside.

3. Thinly slice meat. 

4. Season generously with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. 
(It should almost look white). 

5. Let me sit at room temperature x 30 minutes and allow flavors to soak in. Have all ingredients ready to go before you begin cooking the meat / veggies. 

6. Sear your veggies in 1Tbls olive oil first if using one pan; or, simultaneously with the meat if using two skillets.

7. Heat 1 Tbls olive oil over MED-HIGH heat and add the meat to the skillet until brown and seared.

8. Warm your tortillas in a toaster oven at 250F degrees for a few minutes.

This meal is ready to go! Start stacking everything together.

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