BEAN FAJITAS

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We all have our ‘go to’ meals.  The ones where the ingredients are always in the pantry and it’s fairly simple to knock together in a jiffy.  This is one of mine, bean fajitas.  Not only does it taste delicious, not only is it easy to make, it is also healthy.  The beans used in this recipe are kidney beans.  Kidney beans are a good source of cholesterol lowering fibre and as with my discussion about Coriander recently, they are a great source of iron!  And that’s not all!  They are also a good source of folate which promotes heart health amongst other things.  Is there anything this legume can’t do?  Best of all?  This meal is a great alternative to takeaway or fast food, it’s quick, easy and is a hit with the family.

Ingredients:

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2 tablespoons oil (I use an unflavoured coconut oil)

1 onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 red capsicum, chopped

2 teaspoons ground cumin

190g jar sundried tomato pesto (I have yet to make my own but it is on the list!)

2 x 400g cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 x 400g can of diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon coconut sugar

Generous handful fresh chopped coriander

Ingredients to serve with warmed tortillas, home-made guacamole, fresh lettuce, grated cheese, sour cream.

Method:

Heat the oil in a pan,cook the onion until soft.  Add garlic and capsicum and stir for a minute.  Add cumin, pesto, beans, tomato and sugar.  Cook over a low heat for 10 minutes and you’re done!  See!  Easy!  I serve with the above ingredients plus some jalapenos on the side.  You can put a fresh chopped chilli through the mix for a spicier meal but having a 3 year old who loves this as well I leave it out now.  Serve it up in bowls and let everyone wrap their own!  The beans are extra tasty the next day and I often eat the beans as a stand alone meal.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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CORIANDER PESTO

ImageI love my corry and no, I don’t mean the act of designing dance.  I mean Coriander also referred to as Cilantro in some circles.  I love everything about it.  The taste, the smell, the way it looks and the freshness that it automatically adds to a dish.  The citrusy aroma of Coriander automatically transports me back to our time sailing through Thailand, where fresh produce was sourced from local markets and wild coriander grew by the roadside.  But aside from the taste and the memories that Coriander holds for me there are many health benefits associated with eating Coriander.

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My family and I eat a mainly plant based diet, we do however include some poultry and seafood.  But one thing we are prone to is low iron which can lead to anemia.  Coriander is high in iron which makes it a must in our household.  It is used in cooking, for digestive teas and in pastes and poultices for numerous ailments.  Is there anything this super herb can’t do?  Dried and fresh it is a staple in our household and preferrably home grown, there is nothing better than snipping herbs from your own garden.

My 3 year old daughter has recently had some health issues which required blood tests.  The results told us she was slightly low on the iron side of things.  So when she requested pasta for dinner I whipped up a batch of my super easy Coriander Pesto to stir through it.


CORIANDER PESTO

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Ingredients

2 cups fresh coriander leaves

3 garlic cloves

1/4 cup Pinenuts

1/3 cup grated parmesan

1/2 cup olive oil, plus extra

Method

Place the coriander, garlic, pinenuts and parmesan in a food processor and process until finely chopped.  Gradually add the oil until well combined and it becomes a smooth paste.  Transfer to an airtight container and pour over a little extra oil to cover the pesto surface.


I keep mine in the fridge, it’s so much better than a store bought pesto and you can be assured of what has gone into it.  I served 3 heaped tablespoons of pesto with chicken, cherry tomatoes, onion and spinach fettucine from my local health food shop.  It was very well received!

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY I SMILED…

…because I made a decision, hopefully a life changing one.  I decided to give myself a well deserved kick in the backside to make some much needed changes.  To stop making my life about what other people want or expect of me, to start making my life about what I need to nourish my mind, body and soul and to share my passions with like minded people!  The 1st day of June (and of winter), seemed like a good time to start!  No need to rush into anything, I’d only been thinking about it since I turned 40 and that was not quite a year ago!  But the decision to make changes sits well with me.  I feel calm.  I feel ready for where my path will take me, with who I may meet along the way, who may share the journey with me.

This is my journey to find happiness and contentment in the ‘now’, to remove any negative aspects from my life and to take a healthier approach to food.  The way I buy it, the way I prepare it and the way I share it with my family.

Join me as I step into the light of a healthy lifestyle change… maybe we can help each other.