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Chicken fajitas Ingredients: 700g chicken thighs, sliced into strips 11⁄2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1⁄2 tsp cumin 1 tsp paprika 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon 2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely diced 1 can (400g) borlotti beans 1 cup grated cheddar cheese 1 large onion, sliced 1 large capsicum, sliced 8-10 small tortillas 1⁄2 cup tomato salsa or chilli sauce
1⁄2 cup natural yoghurt or sour cream 1 cup guacamole (optional) Method: Place chicken strips into a bowl. Mix oil, spices and garlic together then rub over strips. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Empty beans and liquid into a small pot, mash to combine then bring to the boil.
Remove from heat, sprinkle cheese on top, cover and leave in pot until serving.
Warm tortillas in oven or microwave. Heat heavy-based frying pan until very hot.
Add capsicum and onion to chicken, then season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken in two batches until browned and cooked and transfer to serving dish.
To serve, place chicken, beans, salsa, yoghurt or sour cream, guacamole and tortillas on table and let everyone make their own fajita. Carrot and Oat Muffins Ingredients: 1 cup grated carrot 3⁄4 cup unsweetened apple sauce 1 large egg 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 cup wholemeal flour 1 cup rolled oats 3⁄4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon 1⁄4 tsp nutmeg Method: Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Lightly spray muffin pan with cooking spray, brush with oil or line with paper muffin cases. In one bowl, combine grated carrots, apple sauce, egg and vanilla. In second bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Add dry ingredients to wet and stir gently until just combined (don’t overmix).
Divide batter between muffin holes. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Note: Use ready-made apple sauce or make your own – just peel, core and chop two apples and simmer for about 20 minutes in a pot with a cup of water.
When soft, mash or sieve.
Cooking together: Gather the children to make this easy recipe these school holidays.