With the roller coaster weather, there are a lot of nasty colds and flu going around. Quite a few of us have felt like we’re coming down with something, but we haven’t gotten full blown sick. You know the feeling?
As I was making dinner to take to my sister’s house the other day, I realized just how powerful this meal I was preparing was. I don’t think any germs could survive this dinner!
The meal is Chicken Fajitas. Its a fun and delicious meal.
Here’s what makes it so powerful –
Green Peppers –
Green peppers are high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids. They also contain carotenoids, folate, potassium vitamin A, and small amounts of thiamine (B6), calcium, protein, and phosphorous. They contain powerful antioxidants to protect against cancer and heart disease helping to prevent blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
Onions have been used for centuries for healing wounds (used as a poultice) and sickness.
Onions help with respiratory and sinus problems by opening airways. Onion has antiseptic qualities, meaning it kills germs.
Onions are a real powerhouse. They reduce bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol, help to reduce blood clotting, reduce risk of diabetes, kill bacteria, and reduces the risk of some cancers.
Garlic is a little powerhouse. It lowers cholesterol and blood pressure by dilating the blood vessels. Also thought to actually destroy cancer cells, kill viruses and bacteria, and of course, keep vampires away. It has been called a natural antibiotic.
Garlic is also said to bind toxic minerals such as lead, and carry them out of the body.
Olive Oil –
Saturated fats can actually change your cellular structure allowing for cancer to spread. The oleic acid in olive oil on the other hand will stop a host cell from turning into a cancer cell, and help protect cells from carcinogens.
Adding olive oil to an already low fat diet helps prevent heart disease, and helps diabetics control blood sugar levels and triglycerides.
Olive oil helps the body produce anti-inflammatory chemicals which helps those with inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and asthma.
Chicken is a good source of protein, and niacin. A niacin deficiency has been linked to Alzheimer’s and heart disease
Poultry also contains L-Arginine which helps reduce blood clotting that causes clogged arteries, helps your body repair tissue, and supports your immune system.
To make the fajitas –
The hardest part of this dish is getting everything cut up
and in the marinade. When you’re ready to eat, cooking
takes only minutes.
1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus a few drops for
sprinkling on the avocado
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced lengthwise
2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced lengthwise
2 medium onions, peeled and cut into wedges
8 flour tortillas
1 large ripe tomato, seeded and finely chopped
Ripe avocado, thinly sliced and sprinkled with a few
drops of lime juice to prevent browning
1-1/2 cups Salsa Fresca (that means fresh)
Wash and dry the chicken breasts and trim off any fat. Cut the chicken breasts across the grain into 1/4-inch slices. In a non-metal mixing bowl combine the lime juice, garlic, chili powder, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste and stir to mix. Stir in the chicken and vegetables (except avocado) and marinate for at least 1 hour.
Grill the chicken and vegetables on a grill pan, or stir fry in a skillet over medium high heat until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are crisp-tender (not mushy).
Just before serving, warm the tortillas until soft and pliable and place them in a napkin-lined bread basket. Just heat them for a few seconds on each side on a hot griddle.
Place the tomato, avocado, cheese and salsa in serving bowls so everyone can add their own.
To serve the fajitas, have each guest place a heaping spoonful of grilled chicken and vegetables on a tortilla. Spoon the tomato, avocado, cheese and salsa on top and roll or fold the tortilla into a neat bundle for eating.
Suggested side dishes –