Fajita Family Feast (No Not Taco Tuesday!)
Do you find it hard to get the kids to eat healthy meals? My shortly to be six year old is going through a stage where very little gets eaten and there is a lot more interest in what food is, where it comes from and how it is made. ‘If chicken comes from chicken what happens to the chicken…’
Well on the back on the ‘Taco Tuesday’ commercial running through the Lego Movie I have had some success at bringing the kids back to the table. If they ask where the food comes from then it is easy, Mexico.
I have found recently is that it is easier to get my eldest to eat with the introduction of more ‘sharey’ meals. Ones where there is a fun element to the meal and where what goes on the plate is partially at her discretion. Fajitas are perfect for this and provide a healthy protein rich meal in the process. I know this dish isn’t strictly fajitas as the vegetables are raw rather then cooked, but this is how we like them.
Here is the recipe I used for last nights dinner. It serves 4 so with two small children we have leftovers.
For the Steak:
600 grammes of steak
For the dressing:
juice from 2 limes
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
Finely chopped coriander
1 teaspoon salt
For the fajitas:
Salad combinations – tomatoes, cucumber, sliced onions, sliced capsicum, jalapeños, shredded iceberg lettuce, grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, whatever you like.
When making this recipe, I prefer to use Flank steak. It is a lean cut and feels a little more traditional. It is widely used in Mexican cooking. By all means use whatever steak you prefer. If using flank flatten it out a little as this helps with the cooking process and ensures it is tender.
Rattle the dressing off first. Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, garlic and salt to make the dressing. I used to use this as a marinade but have found it easier to add this post cooking so as to keep the kids happy. I now think I prefer it this way as it adds a moisture to each wrap reducing the need to fill it with sour cream. If making just for grown ups try adding chilli and cumin to taste. I love these ingredients but they wont get past the kids taste test.
If you go steady on your tortilla consumption then this is a delicious and protein rich meal. It is affectively a steak salad with around some carbs coming through the tortillas.
Enjoy and please let me know what you think. This recipe has my shortly to be two year old asking for more but then that is largely the extent of her vocabulary at the moment!