One tray steak fajitas

Simple meals don’t have to be boring  

I have been on a mission to make simple and tasty meals. I aim to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight. We all struggle to make healthy and delicious meals while keeping on top of everything else in life. So this recipe is designed to be healthy, delicious and easy to make. You can cook this meal on a single tray in the oven. The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes and is portioned to feed four adults.  

One tray steak fajitas ready to eat
One tray steak fajitas ready to eat

Taking a break from tacos  

This recipe was born from a need to take a little break from tacos. Don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against tacos, I love them, but we have been eating a lot of tacos recently so I thought a little change would do us some good. Still wanting something Mexican and fresh, I thought fajitas would be a good option. The best part of this recipe is eating the rainbow; the mix of peppers always looks fantastic. I’m always happy when I can find a way to get a big portion of veggies with dinner. These steak fajitas are an excellent option for an easy weeknight meal and just as easy to make as tacos.   

One tray steak fajitas video

One tray steak fajitas  

One tray steak fajitas  ingredients
One tray steak fajitas  ingredients

Ingredients   

  • 450g steaks  
  • 2 tsp chilli powder  
  • 1 tsp ground cumin  
  • 1 tsp garlic powder  
  • 1 tsp paprika  
  • 1/2 tsp salt  
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper  
  • 1/4 cup olive oil  
  • 1 tsp minced garlic  
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced   
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced  
  • 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced  
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced  
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
Add the onions to the bowl.
Add the onions to the bowl.
Add the steak to the bowl.
Add the steak to the bowl.
Mix well
Mix well
Ready to spread out on the baking tray
Ready to spread out on the baking tray
Transfer the ingredients to the baking tray.
Transfer the ingredients to the baking tray.
Spread the ingredients out
Spread the ingredients out
Sprinkle over the seasoning and mix well
Sprinkle over the seasoning and mix well
Bake
Bake
One tray steak fajitas ready to eat
One tray steak fajitas ready to eat

One tray steak fajitas

  • Servings: 6
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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This one tray meal a great option for busy week nights or an action packed weekend.



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 450g steaks  
  • 2 tsp chilli powder  
  • 1 tsp ground cumin  
  • 1 tsp garlic powder  
  • 1 tsp paprika  
  • 1/2 tsp salt  
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper  
  • 1/4 cup olive oil  
  • 1 tsp minced garlic  
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced   
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced  
  • 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced  
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced  

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C/ 400 degrees F.   
  2. In a bowl, combine the chilli, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper to make a fajita seasoning.   
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the steak, onions and peppers with the olive oil.   
  4. Sprinkle with the minced garlic and mix again.  
  5. Spread the meat and vegetables out on a baking tray lined with baking paper or a silicone liner.
  6. Sprinkle the fajita seasoning over the meat and vegetables.  
  7. Cover the tray with foil.  
  8. Bake for 20 minutes with the foil on the tray, remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes.  Bake for 20 minutes with the foil on the tray, remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes.  
  9. Remove the tray from the oven and let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing.  
  10. Serve.  

Nutrition

Per Serving: 266 calories; 19 g fat; 7 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein

Equipment  

  • Knife  
  • Chopping board  
  • Baking tray  
  • Baking paper or a silicone liner
  • Aluminium foil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Scales

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


Quick pickle pink onions

Quick pickle pink onions
Quick pickle pink onions

Small addiction

I think I have a problem. No, I am not talking about my addiction to buying workout clothing. I am talking about my addiction to all of the Mexican food.

It could be the spicy and fresh flavour combinations or the colours or the avocados. It is most likely all of the above. 

I adore topping my salads (enchiladas and tacos) with pink pickled onions. Full disclosure I also love to add jalapenos to the top of all of those things (and other things too). I digress. Pink pickled onions are the best, the colour and crunch are amazing. They add a little sharp dimension to a meal.

As with all things, I search for a way to have the things I want without them being bad for me.

Traditionally pickling requires a combination of vinegar, sugar and water. Whenever possible, I try to keep away from sugar, so I set about making a pickle solution that would be sugar-free without comprising on flavour.

Bro science warning

I’m going to attempt to explain what the pickle solution does. 

What is pickling? Pickling is the process of soaking foods in solutions to prevent spoilage.

There are two basic types of pickling. 

Type one using an acidic solution that kills bacteria; this is often a vinegar solution. Often a vinegar solution will use sugar and spices to add more flavour. Some examples of type one pickling are pickled cucumbers and onions. 

Type two using salt or brine (saltwater) to encourage fermentation which means that good bacteria grow and beat out the harmful bacteria that makes food spoil. Some examples of type two pickling are sauerkraut and kimchi.

Bro science completed

So the challenge was to find a replacement for the sugar usually added to a pickling solution without having a negative impact finding a way to preserve the onions the same way that a traditional pickle solution would but replacing the sugar with something else. 

Test 1 coconut sugar

coconut sugar

First attempt was using three tablespoons of coconut sugar as a replacement. I used apple cider vinegar which has it’s own slight sweetness while still acting as a preservative. 

The result onions that were far too sweet for me, the mixture worked well, and the pickles were good to eat for four weeks, but I didn’t enjoy the flavour. 

Test 2 maple syrup

maple syrup
maple syrup

For this test, I decided to use two tablespoons of maple syrup to see if it would give the right flavour I was looking for. I stuck with the apple cider vinegar as I do like the flavour.

The result while this batch was much better than the coconut sugar version I still didn’t really like. 

Test 3 honey

Honey
Honey

For this test, I decided to use two tablespoons of honey to see if it would give the right flavour I was looking for. 

The result we have a winner! The honey gave the onions the perfect amount of sweetness without changing the flavours from the vinegar.

Quick pickle pink onions

Quick pickle pink onions ingredients
Quick pickle pink onions ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 peppercorns
Quick pickle pink onions
Quick pickle pink onions
Quick pickle pink onions
Quick pickle pink onions

Quick pickle pink onions

  • Servings: 10
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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I topping my salads (enchiladas and tacos) with pink pickled onions. Pink pickled onions are the best, the colour and crunch are amazing. They add a little sharp dimension to a meal. As with all things, I search for a way to have the things I want without them being bad for me.


Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 peppercorns

Directions

  1. In a pan combine the vinegar, salt, honey bay leaf and peppercorns over a medium heat.
  2. When the honey and salt has dissolved remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Pour the mix into a sterilised jar.
  4. Add the sliced onions to the jar.
  5. Seal the jar and put in the fridge for at least one hour before using.
  6. The onions will keep in the fridge for four weeks.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 21 calories; 0 g fat; 6 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein.

Equipment 

  • Saucepan 
  • Wooden spoon 
  • Measuring  cup 
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mason jar/ preserve jar 

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


One tray chicken fajitas

Simple meals don’t have to be boring  

I have been on a mission to make simple and tasty meals. I aim to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight. We all struggle to make healthy and delicious meals while keeping on top of everything else in life. So this recipe is designed to be healthy, delicious and easy to make. You can cook this meal on a single tray in the oven. The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes and is portioned to feed four adults. 

Eating the rainbowChicken fajita

When we are in the mood for Mexican food, this is my go-to recipe. Spending hours in the kitchen after work is never ideal; this recipe takes a few minutes to prepare and cooks quickly. For me, the best part is the ability to eat the rainbow; the mix of peppers always looks fantastic. I’m always happy when I can find a way to get a big portion of veggies with dinner.

One tray chicken fajitas recipe

Chicken fajita ingredients
Chicken fajita ingredients

Ingredients

  • 700g chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. fajita seasoning
  • Corn tortillas, warmed

Equipment

  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper or a silicone liner
  • Large bowl
  • Tongs
  • Scales
  • Measuring spoons

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area


Mexican rice

Simple meals don’t have to be boring. 

I have been on a mission this year to make simple but tasty meals. The aim was to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight. 

We all struggle to make healthy and tasty meals while keeping on top of everything else in life. 

This recipe is healthy, delicious and easy to make you can cook quickly and easily. The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes, that is all of the slicing, dicing and mixing. 

Each meal is portioned to feed four adults. 

Mexican rice with cheese and guac

Not quite a one pot meal

This recipe is easy to make and perfect for a busy weeknight, it isn’t quite a one pot meal to cook, but you serve it in one pot, so it counts in my book. Everyone who knows me knows I have Mexican inspired meals so this should be no surprise to anyone. I love the combination of pork and beef with the cayenne and garlic, the coriander and avocado bring a fresh edge to the rich flavours of the meat. Serving it all in one pot means all the flavours party together before they reach the table. 

Mexican rice recipe 

Mexican rice ingredients
Mexican rice ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower, cut into florets 
  • 1/3 cup broth or water 
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder 
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper 
  • fresh coriander, roughly chopped 
  • juice of 1 lime 
  • 250g pork mince 
  • 250g beef mince 
  • 1/2 onion diced 
  • 1 avocado, finely diced 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 
Mexican rice
Mexican rice

Mexican rice 

  • Servings: 6
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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This quick and tasty meal is a great for those busy weeknights



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower, cut into florets 
  • 1/3 cup broth or water 
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder 
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper 
  • fresh coriander, roughly chopped 
  • juice of 1 lime 
  • 250g pork mince 
  • 250g beef mince 
  • 1/2 onion diced 
  • 1 avocado, finely diced 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 

Directions

  1. Use a food processor to rice the cauliflower. 
  2. Place the cauliflower rice and onion in a saucepan over medium heat with the broth. 
  3. Let the cauliflower cook for 10 minutes. 
  4. Stir the cauliflower now and then so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. 
  5. Once the cauliflower is cooked add the garlic powder, cayenne pepper, coriander, lime and salt and pepper. 
  6. In another pan cook the pork and beef mince over a medium to high heat. 
  7. As the meat cooks break it up into small pieces. 
  8. Once the meat is cooked through add it to the pan with the cooked cauliflower. 
  9. Mix everything together and add the diced avocado. 
  10. Serve with salsa, guacamole and cheese. 

Nutrition

Per Serving: 207 calories; 12 g fat; 9 g carbohydrates; 19 g protein

Equipment 

  • Knife 
  • Chopping board 
  • Food Processor 
  • Saucepan with lid 
  • Frying pan 
  • Wooden spoon 
  • Scales
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


Chipotle Chicken Potatoes

Revisiting family favourites

I’ve been revisiting recipes that have been some of my old school recipes and family favourites that were our staples when we got started as clean eaters. I first posted this recipe in 2018; at that time, the kids were fussy, vegetables had to be hidden and disguised, and there was no potential for intense flavours or spice. 

Times (thankfully) have changed, the kids have grown (like man-sized grown), and they now enjoy a wide range of foods. Things like vegetables are enjoyed, spice and chilli are consumed without complaint, and new ingredients are tried without tantrums.

As the kids have grown, they have started to enjoy recipes that they previously turned their noses up at; this is one of those recipes.

Chipotle chicken potatoes
Chipotle chicken potatoes

Post-workout meal

Chipotle + Chicken + Sweet Potato = awesome

After a hard workout, I usually want to eat everything I can get my hands on. When I know I have this post-workout meal, I know I will be very happy and full. It is a perfect meal if you are looking to refuel at the end of the day. Back in the day, I would use less chipotle so that the kids wouldn’t complain about the chicken being too spicy. If you have kids that don’t like spice you can reduce the amount of chipotle or add some sour cream to the top of your potato.

Chipotle chicken sweet potatoes recipe

Chipotle chicken potatoes ingredients
Chipotle chicken potatoes ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken thighs,
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground chipotle pepper
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 sweet potatoes, baked
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1/2 pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
Take the chicken thighs
Take the chicken thighs
Place the chicken tights in a bowl
Place the chicken tights in a bowl.
Pour the avocado oil over the chicken.
Pour the avocado oil over the chicken.
Take the paprika, chipotle, ground cinnamon, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Take the paprika, chipotle, ground cinnamon, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Sprinkle the spice over the chicken.
Sprinkle the spice over the chicken.
Use your hands to mix all of the chicken and seasonings together.
Use your hands to mix all of the chicken and seasonings together. 
Make sure the chicken is thoroughly coated.
Make sure the chicken is thoroughly coated.
Place the chicken on the lined baking tray.
Place the chicken on the lined baking tray.
Grill the chicken for about 4 minutes on each side.
Grill the chicken for about 4 minutes on each side. 
Chop the kale
Chop the kale
Chop the peppers
Chop the peppers
In a bowl mix the kale, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning together.
In a bowl mix the kale, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning together.
Chop the chicken when it has cooled slightly
Chop the chicken when it has cooled slightly
Add the chicken to the kale mixture.
Add the chicken to the kale mixture.
Take the baked potatoes from the oven
Take the baked potatoes from the oven
Split the baked sweet potatoes lengthwise and use a fork to mash the flesh slightly.
Split the baked sweet potatoes lengthwise and use a fork to mash the flesh slightly.
Add the chicken and kale mixture to the inside of the baked sweet potatoes.
Add the chicken and kale mixture to the inside of the baked sweet potatoes.
You can sprinkle with some cheese and grill it to melt the cheese, or sprinkle on some spiced pumpkin seeds before you serve.
You can sprinkle with some cheese and grill it to melt the cheese, or sprinkle on some spiced pumpkin seeds before you serve.

Chipotle chicken sweet potatoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Protein packed baked potatoes with a spicy twist.



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken thighs,
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground chipotle pepper
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 sweet potatoes, baked
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1/2 pepper, chopped
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone liner.
  3. Place the chicken thighs into a bowl, pour the avocado oil over the chicken.
  4. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with the paprika, chipotle, ground cinnamon, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  5. Use your hands to mix all of the chicken and seasonings together.
  6. Make sure the chicken is thoroughly coated.
  7. Place the chicken on the lined baking tray.
  8. Grill the chicken for about 4 minutes on each side.
  9. When the chicken is cooked through remove it from the grill and set it to one side to cool.
  10. In a bowl mix the kale, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning together.
  11. Chop the cooled chicken thighs, add the chicken to the kale mixture.
  12. Split the baked sweet potatoes lengthwise and use a fork to mash the flesh slightly.
  13. Add the chicken and kale mixture to the inside of the baked sweet potatoes.
  14. You can sprinkle with some cheese and grill it to melt the cheese, or sprinkle on some spiced pumpkin seeds before you serve.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 486 calories; 32.4 g fat; 25.3 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper or a silicone liner
  • Mixing bowl x2
  • Fork 

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


Mexican Eggs

Something different for breakfast

When I came up with this recipe, I wanted something different for breakfast but didn’t have anything specific in mind or much in the fridge. I know that huevous rancheros has a spicy tomato sauce, but I don’t always want a breakfast that has a tomato base. Sometimes I want something without sauce.

Mexican eggs from the pan

Raid the fridge recipe

The first time I tried to make Mexican eggs for breakfast, l used some leftover taco mince, salsa, and a leftover pepper. Nothing fancy or too complicated, just doing something fun with our taco leftovers. After some experimentation, l landed on a recipe that delivered everything I wanted. The spicy beef mixed with onions and peppers makes this a quick, easy and tasty option for brunch with friends or an easy weeknight meal. I’ve portioned this recipe for two people; if you want to feed more people, just double the recipe.

Mexican style eggs recipe

Mexican eggs ingredients

Ingredients 

  • 1 onion, chopped 
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped 
  • 150g minced beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 2 eggs
In a pan over a medium heat add the peppers.
In a pan over a medium heat add the peppers.
And the onions to the pan.
And the onions to the pan.
Sauté over a medium heat.
Sauté over a medium heat.
Add the mince and seasoning.
Add the mince and seasoning.
Mix well.
Mix well.
Add the salsa to the pan.
Add the salsa to the pan.
Create two wells in the mixture.
Create two wells in the mixture.
Crack in two eggs to the pan.
Crack in two eggs to the pan.
Cover the pan with a lid and cook for a few minutes.
Cover the pan with a lid and cook for a few minutes.
When the eggs are cooked to your liking they are ready to serve.
When the eggs are cooked to your liking they are ready to serve.
Tasty eggs ready to eat.
Tasty eggs ready to eat.
Serve with a little bit of salsa.
Serve with a little bit of salsa.

Mexican style eggs

  • Servings: 2
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 150g minced beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 2 eggs

Directions

  1. In a frying pan sauté the onion and peppers over a medium heat.
  2. Add the minced beef to the pan and season.
  3. Add the salsa to the beef when the meat is browned.
  4. Make two small wells in the meat, use the back of a spoon, this is where you can crack the eggs.
  5. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for a few minutes.
  6. When the eggs are cooked to your liking, it is ready to serve.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 202 calories; 8.1 g fat; 10.9 g carbohydrates; 21.3 g protein

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Scales
  • Measuring cup
  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tablespoon 

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.