Adventures of Eating with dReJ: healthy, cheap, delicious

Sizzling & delicious!

So for anyone who knows me, I heart Mexican food. Fajitas, burritos, taco salad with crispy shell…oh my! The unfortunate thing about mexican food is that when you eat Mexican OUT, it’s usually pretty terrible for you even when you try hard to pick something healthier. Because, let’s be serious, who can pass up on chips and salsa?

I bought RJ this series of books from Eat This Not That for his birthday. And no, it wasn’t really me trying to encourage him to eat healthier – he just thought they had fun interesting facts and asked for them. I am not a mean wife! 🙂

So anyway – these books have some great recipe trades so you can make a healthier version of your favorite “eat out” meals at some typical restaurants. One of my fav things to get at a Mexican restaurant is the chicken fajitas.  The book had a recipe swap for the Chili’s chicken fajitas so I was immediately on board (even though I don’t really eat at Chili’s that often I felt good about my choice!).

All wrapped up and ready to go!

Homemade Guacamole - YUM!

I made some tasty homemade guacamole (never made it before) and it was delicious. To the right you’ll see our healthy fajita ready to be eaten!




So here’s the recipe for all those out there who just can’t live without mexican food in their lives: 

You’ll Need:

1/2 cup orange juice

2 tbsp chopped chipotle pepper
Juice of 1 lime (we just used the little squeeze juice bottles)
1 tsp ground cumin
Salt & pepper (to taste)
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 tbsp canola or olive oil
1 Red bell pepper, sliced (we ended up just using 2 green peppers because it was cheaper)
1 Green bell pepper, sliced
2 onions, sliced
8 small (6″) flour tortillas, warmed. (We had some small corn tortillas from a previous taco night, so we subbed these – good calorie saver!)

Guacamole (recipe is on the bottom – super easy)
Salsa (your pick!)
1 cup shredded jack or cheddar cheese

How to make it:

So first you make the marinade for the chicken: Combine OJ, chipotle, lime juice, cumin, 1 tsp salt and 1 teaspoon pepper in a sealable plastic bag. Add the chicken (don’t chop it yet – just put the whole breast in there). Let it marinate in the fridge for an hour. (I have to admit that i didn’t let it marinade for the whole hour. Rj says to throw it in the freezer for it to marinade faster!).

Preheat a grill or stove top grill pan (mmm, i just used our cast iron pan, but you could also do this in a regular old pan). Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard what’s left. Grill/Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, until lightly charred and cooked all the way through (we actually put the marinade and the chicken into the pan and let it cook – it was delicious. Just be warned that the sugar/sauce will really stick to the pan, so make sure you wash your pan immediately!)

Let the chicken sit for a few minutes before you try and slice it.

While the chicken is cooking up, heat oil up (it calls for cast iron pan – but whatever you have) in a pan and cook the peppers and onion until charred and carmelized on the outside. This happens in about 10 minutes. But really, just cook them until they look like they’d be delicious to you. 🙂 Season them with some salt & pepper.

Slice the chicken into thin pieces. Warm up your tortillas (we popped them in the oven for just a few minutes on 350degrees) and enjoy your fajitas!

This should make 4 servings and the Eat This Not That book even broke it down into cost per serving ($4.13) which despite not being very good at math – that is a heck of a lot cheaper than going OUT for fajitas.

Calories: This rings in at about 490 calories, 19g fat (3.5 saturated), and 900 mg sodium.. Obviously if you make changes be sure to account for those!

And just FYI – at Chili’s – their Classic Combo Fajitas with 3 tortillas and condiments goes for 1030 calories and 56 grams of fat (16 saturated) and 3,620 mg of sodium. Chili’s also cost $11.49.

Guacamole Recipe:

Basic ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, peeled (we use minced garlic in large quantities!)
Salt to taste
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 tbsp minced jalapeno (this makes it hotter – so hold back or go nuts here)
2 ripe avocados, pitted & peeled.
Juice of 1 lemon or lime (buy the squeezie juice things – they are so much easier)
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional).

The instructions are really lengthy for some reason – but honestly – all you do is dump all these ingredients into a bowl and mash them up. You can add other ingredients like salsa or chopped tomato if you like – its really not hard. Just mix it up really good and be ready for deliciousness!

Alright – that’s it. dReJ OUT!



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