Try a dif­fer­ent heat this win­ter

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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.

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