For fajitas to be not only tasty but also healthy, they don’t necessarily have to be filled with vegetables. You can also add many other ingredients to keep this dish healthy and delicious.
Originally, beef was mainly used for the filling of fajitas. But the dish grew in popularity over time and has now become widespread. This resulted in a large number of recipes, which ultimately expanded the selection of ingredients a lot. So today there are fajitas with all kinds of fillings: poultry, seafood, fish, vegetables and so on.
However, making fajitas is not just about adding a few ingredients to a small sheet of dough and then rolling it up.
Of course, the focus should be on combining the right foods with each other and preparing them correctly. This is the only way this dish can provide your body with the necessary amount of healthy nutrients.
Therefore, we present two recipes for healthy and tasty fajitas below!
1. Fajitas with seitan and tomatoes
Seitan is a great choice for the filling. This is a food made from wheat protein (gluten) with a meat-like consistency. This is why seitan is also known as a plant-based meat. It is said to provide roughly the same amount of protein as beef, for example.
A 100-gram serving of seitan provides 24 grams of protein, while beef provides 25 grams. As you can see, the difference is minimal. And seitan is much easier to digest.
In addition to Seitan is also suitable for a variety of preparations. It can be fried, baked, grilled, and so on. Depending on the time and of course depending on the dish.
In the case of the recipes for fajitas that we want to present below, the seitan is fried in a normal pan. Just like you would with vegetables.
Ingredients (for 4 servings)
- 3 tomatoes
- Fresh parsley
- 1 large onion
- 2 ½ cups seitan (200 g)
- 1 or 2 fresh cloves of garlic
- 2 green peppers
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (240g)
- Recommended sauce: Caesar dressing
- Spices: ground cumin, hot paprika, salt, pepper.
- Optional: 1 slice of medium-aged cheese per fajita, 2 teaspoons of cream (30 ml), guacamole.
Preparation of the flatbread
- First, you heat the water in the microwave for 2 minutes.
- Then you put the whole wheat flour in a bowl and gradually add the warm water.
- Now you knead the whole thing until you have achieved an even dough. If the dough is too dry, add a little water and then continue kneading.
- Now heat a pan with a Teflon coating. You don’t need any oil or fat for it.
- Now pour some of the fajita batter into the pan. Much like you would with crepes or pancakes. Let the batter sear well. Then turn around and let it through on the other side as well. The whole thing shouldn’t take more than 2 or 3 minutes per fajita.
- Once the fajitas are ready, place them on a plate and cover them with a clean, dry cloth. Set aside for now.
Preparing the filling
- Now do not heat more than 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil (30 or 45 ml) in another pan.
- Then cut the peppers into strips. Likewise the seitan. Cut the tomatoes into small cubes.
- Now peel the garlic and cut into medium-sized pieces.
- Cut the onions into rings and then fry them in the pan. Before the onion turns brown, add the pepper strips and seitan.
- Once the onion is nicely browned, add the chopped garlic and tomatoes. Then let it simmer for a few minutes. And then season to taste. The peppers should be well done, but still crisp.
- Finally sprinkle some finely chopped parsley on top. Let it steep for another minute on a low heat. Then the filling is ready and you can start filling and rolling up the fajitas.
- To do this, you take a fajita and use a spoon to put a small portion of the filling on the dough. Finally, you can add some of the Caesar dressing or a few teaspoons of cream. Now you roll up the flatbread and stick a toothpick into the finished roll. So the fajita won’t fall apart again.
2. Fajitas with corn and mushrooms
Ingredients (for 4 to 6 servings)
- 3 tomatoes
- ⅓ cup of corn (50 g)
- 10 or 12 sliced canned mushrooms
- Several lettuce leaves
- 3 or 4 medium-sized carrots
- Optional: pitted black olives
- Recommended dressing: honey and mustard
- 4 or 6 ready-made tortillas made from wheat flour
Ingredients for the dressing
- Pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil (45 ml)
- 1 tablespoon honey (25g)
- 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard (10g)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (15 ml)
- Optional: a pinch of salt
- First you prepare the dressing. To do this, put the honey in a microwave-safe container and heat it for 1 minute. As soon as it is hot, you add the other ingredients for the dressing. And then you stir everything until everything has blended together well.
- Then drain the corn and olives well. Set aside for now.
- Now wash the lettuce leaves and cut into strips. Peel the carrots separately and then grate them.
- Heat the dough in a teflon-coated pan on both sides. They should be lightly tanned.
- Depending on your preference, you can either use the mushrooms directly for your filling. Or you can fry them in the pan for about 4 to 5 minutes beforehand.
- As soon as everything is ready, it’s time to fill the fajitas: first you add the salad, then the other ingredients. Finally, pour a little more of the honey mustard dressing over it. Roll up and serve!
Did you get an appetite? What are you waiting for? With these two super easy and healthy recipes you can get started right away and try them out!
It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare and you will see: They are simply delicious! You can make these fajitas for either lunch or dinner. In any case, they provide you with the energy you need for everything you have planned for the day in a healthy way!