Smoky Vegetarian Fajitas

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on April 9, 2015

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There is nothing better than the sound of a sizzling fajita platter coming to your table at a Mexican restaurant. Served with warm corn tortillas, shredded cheese, salsa, and avocado – this dish just screams deliciousness.

I’m a creature of habit – every time the husband and I go to a Mexican restaurant, I’ll usually order fajitas. I love them not only because they are tasty, spicy and served right off the grill, but also because it allows me to customize my own tacos/burritos from the platter: I can add more veggies and less cheese, just a tiny smidgen of sour cream and guacamole, and tons of salsa to keep it healthy but still super flavorful.

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A lot of times, I’ll take some of the veggies/toppings home from the restaurant to use for my lunch the next day. Now that we have Layla and eating out doesn’t happen quite as often, I was determined to recreate the restaurant experience of fajitas at home.

I came across this recipe from CookingLight, and I knew I could customize it to make it veggie-friendly and healthier than the original!

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And my smoky vegetarian fajita recipe was born. A super fun and fast dish to make that the whole family will love!

The Ingredients

Inspired by CookingLight

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 2 orange bell peppers, cut into thin slices
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin slices
  • 3 carrots, cut on the diagonal into thin slices
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Mexican shredded cheese (about 2 tbsp per fajita)
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Fresh cilantro – chopped
The Directions
Step 1: Heat a pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil. Add onion, peppers, and carrots, saute for 3-5 minutes.
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Step 2: Add all of the spices – paprika through cayenne pepper – to the veggie mixture. Saute another 10 minutes until the vegetables caramelize. Add black beans and cook another 5-10 minutes until heated through.
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Step 3: Divide black bean/bell pepper mixture evenly among the tortillas. Top with 2 tbsp shredded cheese and 1 tbsp cilantro. (Add salsa or guacamole/avocado, or other toppings as desired).
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And there you have it. Healthy, spicy, satisfying fajitas for under 400 calories for your whole dinner!
 
Smoky Vegetarian Fajitas

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 fajitas

Calories per serving: 346.5

Fat per serving: 7.1g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 346.5 Calories, 7.1g Fat (2.5g Saturated), 329.6mg Sodium, 57.6g Carbs, 13.5g Fiber, 2.9g Sugar, 16g Protein

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 2 orange bell peppers, cut into thin slices
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin slices
  • 3 carrots, cut on the diagonal into thin slices
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Mexican shredded cheese (about 2 tbsp per fajita)
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Fresh cilantro - chopped

Directions

  1. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil. Add onion, peppers, and carrots, saute for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add all of the spices - paprika through cayenne pepper - to the veggie mixture. Saute another 10 minutes until the vegetables caramelize. Add black beans and cook another 5-10 minutes until heated through.
  3. Divide black bean/bell pepper mixture evenly among the tortillas. Top with 2 tbsp shredded cheese and 1 tbsp cilantro. (Add salsa or guacamole/avocado, or other toppings as desired).

Notes

Adapted from CookingLight

http://pickyeaterblog.com/smoky-vegetarian-fajitas/

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A Healthy Snack Giveaway from Tosi Superbites!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on March 17, 2015

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Hi Everyone! This month’s giveaway is brought to you by Tosi Superbites — the makers of a vegan, gluten-free, low glycemic, high-fiber, organic, non-GMO snack!

These crunchy and delicious superfood snacks are available in two flavors – Cashew and Almond. They feel like a cross between a crunchy granola bar and a nut-cluster. They are filling and taste absolutely amazing.

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Each (HUGE) bar has 240 calories, 8g fiber, 4g sugar, and 10g protein. I usually eat about half the bar for a snack and feel totally satisfied. And now, one lucky reader will win a prize pack of Super Bites: with 6 almond bars and 6 cashew bars included!

To Enter: You can enter in one of five ways (each option below counts as a separate entry):

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This giveaway will be open until Sunday, March 29th at 11:59pm PST. I’ll be selecting the winner at random (via random.org) and will contact them via email. I’ll be announcing the winner in the comments of this post on Monday, March 30th.

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