Creating food in the kitchen is something that brings me joy. I enjoy baking and also cooking meals for my family.
After years of trying to heavily control my food intake with the goal in mind of being thin for the wrong reasons, I surrendered my idols to God, and He gradually renewed my perspective. Over time, I learned to see food as something that fuels my body to do the work He put me here to do — and it’s also to be enjoyed.
I desire to be a good steward of the life God has given me by living healthy in mind, body, and soul. Someday’s I’m a little off balance, but His mercies are new every morning.
As I’ve thought and prayed about how I can best encourage others, it’s been on my heart to share a little bit more in the area of nourishing our bodies.
Sometimes we think that eating healthy means we can’t enjoy food, and that’s not true. God created us with the sense of taste for a reason. I can think of so many times when people have blessed me by serving me a meal, giving me a homemade loaf of bread, or sharing fresh vegetables from their garden. I can think of so many times of enjoying a meal with people over good conversation. I can think of so many times when a warm bowl of soup has comforted me on a cold winter day, and bowl of fresh berries over ice cream has refreshed me on a hot summer day.
With God’s help, we can learn to make sensible choices with food and enjoy treats in moderation.
With the idea in mind of nourishing our bodies, I’ve decided to invite you into my kitchen by sharing an occasional healthy recipe right here on this blog!
Yes, I’ve almost talked myself out of this
a dozen a few times because this isn’t a food blog, but remember that be uniquely you message I shared a while back?
This is me listening to my own advice and being uniquely me!
I’m starting off with a simple recipe I made for dinner last week, inspired by bell peppers recently being on sale at my local grocery store. The colorful veggies, a little chicken, and a batch of homemade tortillas made some yummy oven baked fajitas.
I started off by slicing some chicken and a ton of colorful veggies. Next I placed everything in a 9×13 baking dish, sprinkled on some seasonings, drizzled a little olive oil on top, and tossed everything together. Then I let it bake at 350° for about 45 minutes.
It came out sizzling and ready for those simple-to-make tortillas.
For the tortillas I used a combination of flour, salt, water, and olive oil. A lot of tortilla recipes call for lard or shortening, but using olive oil as an alternative is healthier and it works really well.
Next, I divided the dough into eight pieces and rolled out each piece to form a circle. Then I cooked them one at time using a skillet coated in cooking spray. Simple, right?
If you’re feeding a large crowd or want leftovers (and you will!), I recommend doubling the recipe below since it only makes about eight tortillas. These tortillas are really yummy plain, but of course we’re talking about fajitas here. So…
The last step is assembling the fajitas by adding some filling to the tortillas. Simple, nutritious, and tasty — my favorite kind of meal. Enjoy!
Oven Fajitas with Homemade Tortillas
Yield: 4-6 Servings
1 lb. chicken breast, cut into strips
2-3 assorted bell peppers, seeded and sliced
½ white onion, sliced
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup hot water
3 tablespoons olive oil
For Fajita Filling:
- In a 9×13 baking dish, toss together the sliced chicken, bell peppers, and onion.
- Combine all seasonings in a small bowl and sprinkle over chicken mixture. Drizzle over olive oil and give everything another good toss.
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
- In a large bowl combine the flour and salt. Stir in the hot water and oil. Place on a floured surface and knead for a minute. Add more flour or water until dough is smooth.
- Divide the dough into eight pieces. Roll each piece into a 7-in. circle on a lightly floured surface.
- Cook tortillas in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, 1 minute per side or until lightly browned.
- Assemble fajitas by filling tortillas with cooked fajita mixture and topping with shredded cheese if desired.