I crave Mexican food approximately ten times a day, so when carbs and cheese are off the menu, I still need to make sure we have an option for that satisfies the craving and doesn’t break the rules. Que, these Spicy Low Carb Fajitas.
This recipe works with any meat/fish and veggies you like. I normally go with chicken as it’s lean (healthy) and quick to cook, but steak would work beautifully too, and then with the veggies, it’s whatever is in the fridge / leftover from other meals. The ingredients list below is just what we had to hand, but you can mix and match as much as you like!
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
1 onion, sliced
2 chicken breasts, sliced into long strips
1 can chopped tomatos
1 ½ peppers, various colours
Handful cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 leek, thinly sliced lengthways
1 courgette, thinly sliced lengthways
1 pack green beans
1 bunch asparagus
For the Spice Mix:
1tsp chili powder
1tsp cayenne pepper
1tsp garlic powder
Salt & pepper to season
Low fat sour cream
- Add thinly sliced onions to a large frying pan with a couple of spray of FryLite to stop it sticking. Fry off until the onions soften, then add the garlic and the sliced chicken
- Whilst the chicken cooks, combine the spice mix ingredients and slice up all the veggies into thin, bite sized strips
- Once the chicken is browned, shake over the spice mix and ensure all the chicken is covered
- To the pan, add the can of chopped tomatoes and all the thinly sliced veggies. Mix everything up to ensure it’s well covered in sauce and then lower the heat and leave to bubble and reduce for around 5-10 minutes until the veggies have a good texture and the sauce has reduced slightly
- Whilst the veggies cook, spend some time slicing avocado into strips and unpeel all the leaves of the lettuce. The lettuce cups will be used as a shell for the filling (the low-carb alternative to classic tortilla wraps) and the avocado and sour cream is just to be added to taste
- Once everything is cooked you can either spend time filling the lettuce leaves with the veggie and chicken mixture, making little hand rolls of goodness or you can put everything out in bowls and enjoy the messy business of rolling your own, just the way you like them!
- It’s not pretty, but who cares? Maybe not one for date night, but great for pretty much any other day of the week!
Not only will you be full to the top, your diet will still be intact and your fridge will be cleared out of left over single vegetables.