15 Minute Vegetarian Fajitas
When my husband and I get home from work, we are exhausted and often turn to fast food because we are too tired to cook. Since we are working on weight loss and watching what we eat (as well as what we spend) we need meals that are easy, cheap, healthy, and quick. These vegetarian fajitas meet all of our criteria. When we walked through the door we realized we hadn’t defrosted a thing for dinner, but thankfully we had everything on hand to make a quick meal.
What you will need:
- 2 TBSP oil
- 1 bag Beyond Meat “chicken” strips (couponed a few months ago and got these babies for $2)
- 1 cup chopped frozen onion (always on sale for $1 and is always a time saver!)
- 1 cup frozen pepper mix (same as the onions above)
- ¼ packet of taco seasoning (we never use the full packet, its just too much sodium)
- 2 tsp pre-chopped garlic (we just found out the Dollar Store sells pre-chopped garlic in a jar too!)
- 8 fajita size whole wheat tortillas (whole wheat and flour tortillas were both on sale for $1 so we made a healthier choice and got wheat)
Optional toppings you can add to taste:
- Sour cream
- Shredded Cheese (we use 2% cheddar, watch your portion as this will bump up the calories)
- Shredded Lettuce (take just a minute to chop this while the mixture sautees if you don’t have preshredded lettuce)
- Black beans (you can toss these in during step 2 to warm the beans). It adds protein and fiber to your meal
What to do:
- Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add in “chicken” strips, frozen onion, frozen pepper, taco seasoning, and garlic and sautee until strips are warmed all the way through. (Approximately 10 minutes over medium-high) heat. If you’re using the beans, add them in during this step and stir so that they are warmed thoroughly with the mixture and spices
- Assemble each tortilla with the desired amount of “chicken” mixture and top as you please.
Why Beyond Meat?
This isn’t a sponsored post. I work with primary vegetarians so the Beyond Meat was recommended to me by one of my coworkers, when they went on sale I had to try them out. My husband eats so much meat (his poor colon!) and every other month we try to venture into vegetarianism and fail. Being in the health field, I’ve learned so much about the studies conducted about meat reduction and the results are just astounding!
That being said, most of us when we think of going “meat free” we think of salads. No thank you.
Now if I had a salad bar at all times, sure, but who has the time to turn their kitchen into a salad bar – chop the eggs, purchase the assortment of cheeses, set up the sneeze guards…it’s too much!
While ideally, I would not like to rely on meat replacements, these do make it easier for the transition! We tried these and my husband absolutely loves them. They are a bit on the pricey side (around $5 for a bag) so see if you can find some coupons and wait until they go on sale to use the coupons so you can get a better deal and stock up. You can also write the company through their website and see if they will send you coupons as well. Just let them know you’re interested in trying their product. I haven’t tried this yet, but seeing how much my husband loved the strips – I’m definitely going to hit up their inbox soon.
So give it a try. I promise it won’t take too much time and at the end of it all, you’ll have a healthy vegetarian meal that will satisfy carnivores and herbivores.
What are some of your quick go-to meals after a long day at work?