Photo Credit: Juan Carlo
Southwest Cookery is a zesty blend of Native American, Mexican and Spanish culinary styles with complex flavors that have been evolving for centuries. Often referred to as “Tex Mex” this home-style cuisine is evolving still to accommodate a more health conscious eater.
Fajitas originated on the Texas trails as a cowboy snack of grilled meat and vegetables wrapped in a flour tortilla.
Fajitas are a popular innovation for what is essentially a “make it yourself burrito” and our Fajitas have been enlightened for the health conscious cook.
These Zesty Fajitas are made hearty and healthy with chunks of seitan and potatoes Portobello mushrooms and fresh vegetables.
If you have a wheat or gluten allergy, you may substitute cubed or crumbled steamed tempeh for the seitan. The quick sauté is followed by a splash of tequila, however you may use vegetable broth for the braising effect, here.
For a really authentic presentation, you can bring the sizzling entree to the table in a cast iron fajita Pan. However, it isn’t really necessary as any cast iron pan or an electric skillet pan will do a fine job of distributing even heat.
A clay tortilla warmer is really useful for keeping tortillas steaming hot. Choose whole grain tortillas and only those that do not contain hydrogenated fat.
Fajitas are great for entertaining and guests can enjoy creating their own delicious combinations from a colorful fajita buffet. To assemble a proper fajita you will need warm flour tortillas, fresh guacamole, your favorite salsas, sliced tomatoes, refried beans and rice.
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red onion, halved crosswise and cut into 1/8” wedges
3/4 cup red bell peppers, sliced into 2” strips
1 (6-ounce pkg)Veggie Canadian Bacon, diced
4 cups unpeeled russet potatoes, cut into 1/4 “ wedges
1 medium zucchini, sliced
8 ounces portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 (18 ounce package) seitan, reserve broth
1/2 cup Tequilla
1 1/2 cups reserved broth
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tablespoon tamari
8 whole wheat tortillas
Heat oil and crushed pepper in the pan for 2 minutes, over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion, bell pepper and bacon. Sauté 3 minutes, add potatoes and cook mixture 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add zucchini and mushrooms and cook 3 minutes. Add seitan, tequila, broth, cilantro and tamari. Cook mixture 3 minutes, then reduce heat to low and simmer mixture 5 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through, stirring occasionally.
Preheat oven 200° to warm tortillas or warm in microwave
Nutrition Analysis per Fajita
Protein 20g Carbohydrate 49g, Fiber 10g, Fat 2g,
Cholesterol 0 mg, Calcium: 58mg, Sodium: 601mg.
Notes on Ingredients
- Seitan: Sometimes called wheat gluten, seitan is a credible meat alterative that adds flavor, texture and variety to healthy eating. Available in the refrigerated case at health food stores.
- Tamari: A natural, wheat-free soy sauce with a rich mellow flavor. Available at health food stores, supermarkets and Asian groceries.
- Yves Veggie Canadian Bacon: Wholesome and delicious meat alternative that imparts credible flavor, texture and aroma to cooked dishes.
Marie Oser is a best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV, Follow Marie on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vegtv
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