Friday, June 25, 2010

Beef Fajitas anyone?

One of my most favorite parts of being a homemaker is food prep! I love cooking and baking and creating in my kitchen - and I waited my whole life to do it, so, the pay off now is just beautiful! However, I think I grew up with lofty ideals of what this would look like. I imagined that no matter what I made everyone would love it & sing my praises! And, well... reality is... while my hubs is amazing and my toddler is a GREAT eater, they were both created with opinions on food. Hmph! Opinions different from mine.

I am a fruit and veggie LOVER. I love different textures and flavors. I'm VERY experiemental in what I like to try. I adore seafood and more specifically sushi and raw stuff like that... (yum!) and I like my steak just a little over rare. Hey, no judging! So my question after being married was - "how on earth did I marry a guy who doesn't like ANY of the above mentioned things?" and now how does this toddler girl already have such strong biased opinions on food?! She loved every veggie and fruit and meat I put in front of her until lately.

Anyway, that's something I think I'll continually work through as I continue on in this lifetime. And, it's really NOT that big of deal - and I'm learning techniques to {gasp} hide foods inside of foods with purees or just different ways of presentation. Creativity is key, my friends! For example... lastnight I made Beef Fajitas. Brad LOVES this kind of stuff - steak and peppers, one of the few veggies he does like. Throw in some sauteed onions and I've won his heart :) (yes!!!) Ava loves meat - but would gladly just eat the steak and shredded cheese, and not lay a teeny tiny pinky finger on the veggies. So I waved my magical mom wand and chopped up some steak, a few red and green peppers, added in some chopped up onions and then sprinkled shredded cheese on top. I then set the little bowl of food down in front of her, used some choice words of encouragement, then handed her a tortilla wrap to chew on. A few minutes later I looked over and the bowl was empty and she was signing and asking for "Mo". :) I had given her mostly peppers and onions... but she hadn't noticed and loved them! Just a small victory in the Pausley home :) I love teaching Ava about healthy foods - and trying new things. She's coming around slowly but surely. And, her daddy even does a great job now, too. He DID try Sushi a few months ago on our date night!!!
Here's a simple and delicious recipe for Beef Fajitas - you can change up so many of the ingreds. to make it even better or more healthy. :) Happy Homemaking!

Beef Fajitas
Juice from 2 limes
3 Tbs. rice-wine vinegar (didn't have used white wine vinegar)
1 1/2 Tbs. ground cumin
4 cloves garlic, crush (use this technique if you can - tastes so different from minced, really!)
2 Tbs. Olive oil
1 lb. flank steak (or blade steak), cut in half lengthwise, thin slice against the grain into strips
1 med. onion, sliced into rings
1 each red and green pepper, sliced
1/2 c. chopped cilantro
flour tortilla wraps (guessing you could use whole grain or something...)

1) Mix lime juice, vinegar, cumin, half the garlic and 1 T. olive oil in large resealable bag. Add beef and turn bag a few times to coat. Chill to marinate while prepping the veggies.
2) Heat 1 1/2t. oil in large skillet. Add onion and saute 5 minutes or until translucent. Add peppers and remaining garlic; saute 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from pan.
3) Remove beef from marinade; discard bag of marinade. Heat remaining oil in skillet if needed - add beef and brown it. Return onion mix to pan until reheated. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro. Spoon onto tortillas and roll up.


beccarankin said...

Sounds yummy! I'll have to try it.

Kristi Stephens said...

It's absolutely all in the creativity! ;) My kids were like Ava - they ate ANYTHING until they were approaching 1.5/2yo and then they started getting opinionated! I've learned to just keep trying different ways of preparing/ presenting and most of the time I can find a way to fix veggies that most of us love, if not all. ;)

The fajitas sound so yummy!! Have you ever tried Penzey's spices? They have an awesome fajita spice mix that I absolutely love. They are the closest to Texas fajitas I've ever had... and I can make them myself!