Working 12 hours a day does have its drawbacks, especially when it means working until 6 or 7 at night. The constant battle is always finding things to make that are quick but good for you. In my home pre-made meals, frozen meals, etc… are definitely taboo. Without getting into a debate of what’s good and what’s not I’ve always felt the less chemistry (dyes, preservatives, flavor enhancers) and sodium in our dinner the better. This has lead me to the issue that a lot of people have. I hit the end of the day with little to no energy but I still want to make sure I make a healthy dinner but not end up eating at eight. For the next couple of posts I am going to lead you through a couple of quick and easy meals that are a hit at my house and can be made in under an hour (probably less but I’m a little slow when I come home).

First up let’s talk Fajitas. This one is super fast and easy but will be a hit. Here’s what you need
2 strip steaks (not ny strip just the thin strip steaks)
1 green pepper (red, yellow, mix whatever you like) sliced into strips
1 yellow onion sliced into strips
1 diced tomato (optional)
Lettuce, sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, salsa etc… (optional)
chili powder (a blended would be best)
Smoked Paprika
Cayenne pepper
Cumin
Salt
Cracked pepper
Garlic powder
Cilantro (fresh if possible)
Olive oil
Teaspoon of butter (optional)
Flour tortillas (wrap in damp paper towel and microwave 20-30 seconds to warm them)

Peppers, onions, cilantro, a little butter

Peppers, onions, cilantro, a little butter

Mix the chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large zip lock bag, amounts are to taste. For me I keep it mild and hold back on a lot of the chili powder, cayenne and paprika but step up the garlic. Since there is no acid component in this dry marinade you can do this the night before or in the morning before you leave for work. At least try to give it eight hours to marinate. Next is to throw the peppers and onions into a pan with the olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and start to sauté over medium heat until they are browned but still have a snap to them just before they are done toss in cilantro to taste and the butter to add a nice sheen and a little richness. Now you need to grab yourself a pan, grill pan if possible, add a little olive oil and turn the heat on high. When the oil is hot add the steaks. You should hear a nice sizzle when they hit the pan, 2-3 minutes per side depending on thickness. You should have a nice sear on each side and it shouldn’t be overdone in the middle. Remove from the pan, let rest a couple minutes and slice into strips. Now all you need to do is assemble with whatever you may like in your fajitas. For me just the peppers, onions, steak, sour cream and some red pepper sauce is all I need.

Steak nirvana

Steak nirvana

Total time to make this you are looking at roughly an hour including cutting up the veggies. This is easy, healthy, and makes for great leftovers the next day for lunch. In the next few posts I am going to go over a few more options including stir fry and a nice steak with baked potato.