Oven Baked Pork Fajitas

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For the first time in a long time, I had a kitchen accident. Cut my finger chopping cilantro. Not bad enough for stitches but bad enough to realize that cilantro BURNS!!! It was all worth it when I took the first bite of this delicious dish. I love it because you make your own fajita seasoning which tastes so much better than the prepackaged kind! I have used this same recipe for chicken, steak, and pork and it always turns out amazing!

The original recipe can be found here: Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. pork loin, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 lime
  • bunch of cilantro

-Preheat oven to 400 and line baking sheet with aluminum foil.

-Mix dry ingredients in small bowl.

-Place veggies and pork into large bowl. Coat with vegetable oil. Mix in seasoning and stir until coated.

-Dump onto baking sheet and spread out in a single layer.

-Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring once halfway through.

-Remove from oven and squeeze juice from half of a lime over it all and garnish with cilantro to taste. I like to use more because cilantro is so yummy!

 

 

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One Pot Cheesy Chili Mac

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I LOVED Hamburger Helper growing up so I was super pumped to revisit this dish as an adult. I bought a box, prepared it, and was absolutely disappointed! Why didn’t my childhood favorite taste the same? Was it always this salty and otherwise bland? I was so devastated… It’s not their fault, my tastes have changed as I’ve aged and I’ve tried to stay away from boxed and frozen meals. Then I found this recipe on Pinterest and I am in love!! One pot dishes are always a winner, less dishes = more cuddles with my son before bedtime! It’s just as delicious as a leftover meal as well!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 oz. elbow macaroni (uncooked)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 8 oz. package of mexican cheese shreds
  •  salt & pepper to taste

-Heat oil in dutch oven . Add onion & ground beef.

-Mix in chili powder, cumin, & pepper. Cook until beef is browned.

-Add garlic & brown sugar. Cook for an additional 30 seconds-1 minute.

-Add water, dash of salt, & tomato sauce. Mix well then stir in pasta & cover.

-Increase heat to maintain a vigorous simmer (medium-medium/high heat).

-Cook until pasta is tender, about 9-12 minutes.

-Remove from heat & stir in 1 cup of cheese. Top with remaining cheese & serve.

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Source:  http://www.gonnawantseconds.com/2014/10/one-skillet-cheesy-chili-mac/