food has been the focal point in my life recently. our lives recently. for obvious reasons. for the first week it consumed our lives. all we could think about was food.  we were constantly hungry. that’s not right.  we were starving. all. the. time. coupled with being lethargic throughout the day does not make a person want to do much other than curl into a ball and sleep.

we figured out that we weren’t getting enough nutrients and calories into our diet. so we’ve replaced a lot of the fruit with veggies and protein packed lunches.  we’re doing significantly better these days.  but, honestly it has been a challenge for us since we’ve recognized that we can’t use a lot (like 99%) of the condiments we have in our kitchen.  more or less, there is just one, measly, ingredient in it and thus have to put it in the ‘do not touch’ section in our pantry.  so we’ve spent the weekend experimenting.  we’ve been quite pleased with our outcomes so far.  here’s a great recipe that we’re addicted to. also, i’m quite pleased to say i’ve done a good job of replicating chipotle’s lime/cilantro rice.  and considering i can’t go to my favorite local mexican restaurant, senor taco, this will have to do for the next 2 weeks.

New lunch Fav: Warmed Chicken or Turkey Fajita Salad w/ homemade salsa & lime-cilantro rice
servings: 6 meals

– 1 1/2 lb ground turkey or chicken sliced thinly into strips (1/2 x 1 1/2 -2in long)
– half of a large red onion, sliced (should be same length as chicken and bell peppers)
– 2 thinly sliced bell beppers (should be same length as chicken and red onions)

home-made taco seasoning: we’ve played around with the measurements.  this is the mild version we like…we also have a really spicy one we love.  play around with the measurements and see what works best for you.
– 1/2 tsp paprika
– 4 tsp chili powder
-1 tsp cumin
-1/2 tsp oregano
– 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
– pinch of salt

Heat wok or large pan.  Add in meat and brown until meat is cooked. drain excess oil.
Add in veggies and all seasonings noted above
saute until spices are well mixed but careful not do overcook meat or veggies

– 3 cups rice
– 1/2 cup-1 cup fresh cilantro (depending on our taste)
– 1 lime

Cook rice until done.  Add to large mixing bowl. Add in cilantro and lime.  Mix well.  Be careful not to stir too much as to mush the rice.

garlic salsa:
– 7-8 small to medium tomatoes, chopped fine
– a tad bit less than half a red onion, chopped fine
– about half a bell pepper (add more colors if you want), chopped fine
– handful of fresh chopped fresh cilantro (more, depending on taste)
– 1 large jalapeno, diced (more if you want it spicy)
– 1 fresh lime
– 2-4cloves garlic, minced (depending on your taste)

add all ingredients into a bowl and gently fold together.  squeeze fresh lime juice over everything and give one final stir.

just tear up fresh lettuce leaves from your garden or farmers market to make your salad, add your meat and sautéed veggies, fresh salsa and rice to your dish and you’re voila. you’re done!

there’s no sugar, soy, gluten, wheat, dairy, corn, or anything ‘bad’ in this recipe and it’s delicious! we hope you enjoy this as much as we do.