Prep Time: 10 mins. + marinating time 1 hr.
Cook Time: 10 mins.
This is a great meal that takes less than probably 20 minutes to prepare and cook. Mushrooms are thick and “meatier than meat”. Their texture fits perfectly with fajitas.
I love to cook with real ingredients and shy away from processed foods (fake meats, bacon, jerkies, sausages, patties, cheese, etc.). It’s great to come up with familiar results that replace meat using natural ingredients from my own kitchen.
Nutritionally, mushrooms are a powerhouse; they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more; they are loaded with antioxidants and help strengthen the immune system. Mushrooms are also low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. Sautéed with onions and peppers, mushrooms make great meat-like additions to Mexican burritos, tacos, or fajitas
- 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
- 2 cups mushrooms, washed well, patted dry and sliced
- 1 sweet onion, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, destemmed, deseeded, and sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, destemmed, deseeded, and sliced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, destemmed, deseeded, and sliced
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 cup refried beans *optional
- 1 cup guacamole *optional
- 4 - 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
1. In a large bowl, place the vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin and whisk well to combine.
2. Add all of the vegetables and toss well to thoroughly coat the vegetables with the marinade. Set the vegetables aside and allow them to marinate for 1 hour.
3. Place the vegetables on a skillet, add all of your veggies at once and cook over high heat for 3-5 minutes per side or until tender.
4. Warm the tortillas and transfer the vegetables to a platter for service.
5. Let everyone build their own fajitas by filling tortillas with the grilled vegetables.
Tip: Serve with guacamole and re-fried beans on the side. Or you can spread both, a layer of re-fried beans and a layer of guacamole on the tortillas and top with the veggies.
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