So I wasn’t going to post this recipe initially. However, my cooking class has made it two times already and they love the recipe and so do their families. So, I decided to make it again and re-post it with pictures. I also made a version with steak and cooked them in 2 separate pans. My family liked both versions and they were super easy. The secret ingredient is Penzey’s Fajitas spice mix.
My friends Donna and Colleen have been talking about Penzey’s for a while and I also have read about them on other paleo blogs. I have to admit, if you are willing to spend a little extra money, the spices are definitely worth it in terms of both combinations, hard to find spices and the boldness of the flavors. The double strength vanilla is one of our favorites!
Steak and Turkey Fajitas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 for dinner and 4 leftover lunches (that is what we did!)
Ingredients: (cut this in half if it is too much or just choose one of the meats)
- 1 1/2 pounds +/- of turkey tenderloins, cut into strips
- 1 1/2 pounds of steak, cut into strips
- 3 – 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of penzey’s fajita spice
- 3 diced peppers
- 1 cup chopped onions (I bought pre-chopped)
- 1 large bag of frozen basmati rice (I get this at whole food and at trader joes)
- 2 tbsp. dried cilantro or 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- chicken broth – as needed 1/4 cup at a time if you make this too spicy or if it is dry
- avocado or guacamole (optional)
- Add olive oil to a large skillet on medium high heat.
- Add meat to pan and stir fry until all pink is almost gone.
- Add veggies to pan and stir fry with turkey. Add more oil if needed.
- While you are cooking on the stove, pour the rice into a large microwave safe bowl and cook it through until it is fully thawed but not steaming hot.
- Add the rice to the turkey and veggie mixture and combine well.
- Then add the fajita spice, tasting to make sure it is spicy enough and add more oil if needed.
- Add lime juice and cilantro.
- Serve immediately.
So rice has been a controversial thing in our house for me personally. I have been serving it to the kids and my husband for a while, but I have abstained. However, I am always sneaking a bite here and there. I have noticed recently that bloggers like Michelle Tam (Nom Nom Paleo) and Russ Crandall (The Ancestral Table) are using it. I also spoke with my trainer, Mel, about it and I SO respect her opinion. She said that she is eating rice and includes it in her list of carbs. I actually started eating rice with no digestive side effects and I am feeling much more satisfied and less deprived. Good for me physically and mentally – maybe for you too??