FAJITAS WITH MARINATED GRILLED FLANK STEAK, GUACAMOLE, SALSA, AND WARM TORTILLAS!

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I grill my vegetables because as they begin to caramelize under the intense heat it brings out full flavor and natural sweetness.When weather forces me inside I pull out my trusty indoor cast iron grill pan.

Not only are these Fajitas great the traditional way with peppers and onions but I also include other veggies such as grilled zucchini and asparagus.

Grilling vegetables are a healthy choice, easy to prepare and are super low in calories.

It’s fun to gather around the table while everyone is making their own personal fajitas. It opens up conversation with one another and everyone gets to be their own chef. I over stuff mine with plenty of grilled onions, peppers and juicy marinated thin slices of flank steak. Top with guacamole and salsa and you have a “smokin” Fajita! Blend up slushy Margaritas and have a great time!

INGREDIENTS

6 servings

1 (1 to 1 ½ pound) flank steak

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup low-sodium soy sauce

1-teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1-teaspoon chili oil

1/4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

10 corn tortillas or 10 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas wrapped in foil

1 large onion, peeled and sliced thin

1 large green pepper cut into strips

½ teaspoon kosher salt

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the steak flat in a glass pyrex baking pan

In a glass bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the soy sauce, cumin, coriander, chili oil, and lime juice. Add the garlic cloves and pour over the steak. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

When ready to grill, remove the steak from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the tortillas in the oven.

Remove the beef from the marinade, and pat dry. Discard the marinade.

Place the onions and peppers in a bowl, and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the kosher salt, mix with your hands, and set aside.

Heat an indoor cast iron grill pan for 3 minutes on high heat.

Brush the grill pan with 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Add the beef, and grill for 4 minutes on each side, then an additional 1-minute on each side. Remove the beef to a carving board and let it rest while you grill the vegetables. Wipe off the surface of the grill,

Brush the vegetables lightly using a pastry brush on both sides and them sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, until they begin to soften and caramelize a bit. Remove from the grill, place in a bowl, and set aside.

Slice the beef thin. On a serving platter, place the vegetables on one side and the beef on the other. Serve with the warmed tortillas, jalapeño, cilantro, Guacamole, Tomato Salsa, and some low-fat sour cream, Recipe below!

GUACAMOLE

4 TO 5 CUPS

INGREDIENTS

4 ripe avocados

½ medium white onion, finely chopped

½ cup cilantro, finely chopped

6 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

2 jalapeños, 1 finely chopped, and 1 sliced thin, for garnish (optional)

1 lime, sliced thin, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

Split the avocados along the sides and divide in half. Remove the pit, and scoop the avocado into a ceramic bowl.

Mash with a potato masher (not a ricer) until smooth. Add the onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and chopped jalapeño, and continue to mash until the guacamole looks whipped and fluffy. Adjust the seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Place an avocado pit in the middle of the guacamole to help keep it from turning dark. Garnish with sliced lime and jalapeño.

Serve immediately with warm tortilla chips, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.

TOMATO SALSA

This versatile salsa can be used as a topping over eggs, grilled meats, or fish or as a dip with tostada chips.

INGREDIENTS

8 Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced into small chunks (about 2 cups)

½ cup red onion, chopped small

¼ cup cilantro loosely packed, then finely chopped

2 scallions, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1-teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon jalapeño, finely diced with the seeds (optional)

1-tablespoon olive oil

INGREDIENTS

Bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Lop off the top portions of the tomatoes and place them in the boiling water for 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, lift the tomatoes from the boiling water and into a bowl. Immediately run them under cool water to peel the skins.

The skins should come off easily. If not, place back into the water for another 15 to 20 seconds.

Cut the skinned tomatoes in half lengthwise, and remove the core and seeds using a paring knife.

Discard the skins, cores, and seeds.

Dice the seeded tomatoes into small pieces.

Place the tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, scallions, lime juice, salt, jalapeño, and olive oil in a glass bowl, and mix well. Cover in an airtight glass container and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 to 4 hours before serving. This salsa can be made the day before and will last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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