One of the few types of restaurants I can go to is mexican. I have to ask to have no cheese or sour cream and I’m usually okay. Although it seems chefs just can’t seem to stop themselves from sprinkling cojita on the side of beans (but they are always willing to correct that). One dish that I usually get is fajitas, but it seems like the veggies are often swimming in oil.
So I decided to try my hand at them. It’s slightly adapted from this fajita recipe. I changed the red wine vinegar to lime juice, eliminated the green peppers (never been a big fan), added more red peppers and onions (which I love), and changed the spices a little bit. The result is a super flavorful, healthy dish where you don’t miss the fat or meat. This is one my favorite recipes, and I love that it can be made ahead of time.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/2 t. ground cumin
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 t. garlic powder
- 1 t. salt
- 1/4 t. fresh ground black pepper
- 2 small zucchini, cut into 1/4" strips
- 2 medium small yellow squash, cut into 1/4" strips
- 3 medium onions, sliced into 1/4" slices
- 2 red bell pepper, yes, you guessed it, cut into 1/4" strips
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1-1/2 c frozen corn kernels
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
- 1/2 bunch cilanto, chopped
- Limes, sliced into wedges (for squeezing over fajitas)
- Tortillas (corn or flour)
- Spanish rice (optional)
- In a large bowl combine olive oil, lime juice, oregano, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. To the marinade add the zucchini, yellow squash, onion, red pepper and corn. Marinate vegetables in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but not more than 24 hours (we don't want to pickle the veggies here).
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the vegetables slightly and saute until veggies brown and get tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in beans; increase the heat to high for 5 minutes, to brown vegetables.
I also entered this recipe in a cooking contest. It’s a winner for us.