Monday, February 15, 2021

Week 6 - Vegetarian Tortillas

The Recipe
8 tortillas
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1 squash
2 carrots
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can tomatoes
50g tomato paste / tomato sauce (tomatpure)
150g corn
Olive oil
Salt, pepper
Garnishes: Avocado, Lime, Salsa, shredded cheese

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees (fan-assisted). Brush the tortillas with olive oil on both sides, and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for ~6 minutes or until golden brown, turning over half way through.

Grate/chop onion, garlic, squash and carrots.

Warm a bit of oil in a pot and cook onion and garlic until translucent and fragrant. Add next 9 ingredients (squash through tomato paste), bring to a boil and let it simmer for ~15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a bit of butter in a pan and roast the corn at high heat for a few minutes to get them a bit crispy. Add to the veggie sauce and season with salt and pepper according to taste.

Plate the meal by putting a tortillas on a plate, adding vegetables, avocado, salsa and cheese and some freshly squeezed lime-juice and placing another tortillas on top.

The Verdict
It sounds like a lot of work, but it's actually not too bad. And it's worth it, because it ended up being really good! It definitely needed the salsa to add the final je ne sais que, but with that added I didn't miss the meat at all! The flavours mixed well and were well-rounded. Definitely something I could see myself making again!

Friday, February 5, 2021

Week 5: Fajita Casserole

The Recipe
500g chicken breast or pork chops
2 bell peppers, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
2-3 tsp taco seasoning
1 cup of shredded cheese
Toppings: Avocado, Tomato, salsa, more cheese etc.

Preheat the oven to 180C.
Place the meat in a large ovenproof dish and season with the taco seasoning. Put sliced bell pepper and onion on top and cover everything with cheese.
Bake for ~30 minutes until the meat is cooked through. Remove from pan and slice thinly, before returning.

Serve with tortillas and your choice of toppings.

The Verdict
Quick, easy and good. Nothing special, but it's a "nothing special" dish that took all of 10 minutes to prepare. I'll take it!