Thursday, February 2, 2012

Chicken Fajitas

My husband's birthday is coming up. I've been searching everywhere for the present I want to get him, and I can't find it. And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. So finally I started going to Goodwill. Well, actually, I went to all the Goodwills in town. For my husband. But first I did what you absolutely must do every time you go to Goodwill and that is look in the baby bin and the toy section. I didn't find what I was looking for for Jeremy, but Malachi is now the proud owner of a puppy hoodie, a striped bodysuit, a hat and mitten set, a onesie, a xylophone, a Stand and Learn table, a set of plastic balls, a toy that I don't know what it is, and about 15 new books. Um, yeah. I bought it all with my personal spending money, because I'm pretty sure Jeremy didn't want me to buy him new toys for his birthday. Yes, I went a little crazy, but the truth is I don't do it often, and I do it at second-hand stores where it costs next to nothing.

I was thinking about that though. When he's older, I don't want him to think he can get whatever he wants as long as it's cheap. And I know I need to set good habits now. I've always thought it was horrible when people spoiled their kids and swore I wouldn't do it, but it can be hard sometimes. I guess it's a good thing I don't go to Goodwill every week.

I do like getting things for cheap. I hate overpaying for fresh foods that aren't even in season, just because they aren't in season. This week colored bell peppers were on sale, so I snatched them up to make one of our favorite meals. You can be frugal, healthy, and make a good meal at the same time!

Easy Weeknight Fajitas

~Half a yellow pepper
~Half a red pepper
~Half an orange pepper
~Half a green pepper
~Half a medium onion
~1 can tomatoes with green chilis
~2 medium chicken breasts
~2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
~1 tablespoon hot sauce
~1-2 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning
~3 cloves chopped garlic
~1/2 bunch chopped fresh cilantro**
~1 tablespoon lime juice
~Tortillas of your choice
~Toppings (cheese, sour cream lettuce, taco sauce, black beans, lettuce)

Chop the peppers and onions into medium chunks. Heat the oil in a pan and add the peppers and about a tablespoon of water. Leave the lid on and stir the peppers occasionally until they begin to soften. Meanwhile, cut the chicken into one-inch pieces. Add the chicken and onions to the mix and remove the lid. Add the hot sauce, garlic, and spices and continue cooking until chicken is no longer pink. Add the tomatoes and cook until heated through. Stir in the lime juice just before serving. Serve on warm tortillas with whatever toppings you like.

*If you don't have this seasoning, here's a list of ingredients so you can try to make your own.
You can use dried cilantro, but fresh has a much stronger flavor and you can use the leftovers as a topping.

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