I think people over think food. I think they worry about too many seasonings, too much futzing and are too concerned with timing, and coordinating courses.
I think cooking, and food, are about joy. Simple is always best. My friend has a recipe for chili that he proudly states includes in excess of 38 ingredients. Really? Why? There is no way it all matters, no matter how complex and sophisticated you consider your pallet, there's no way that number of ingredients matters.
Friday night, beautiful weather in Austin, Texas. Husband won't be home till close to 8, as per usual, and Connor and I will die of hunger before then. Enter fajita night.
There are few things a BBQ grill won't enhance. I have a gas grill but am just as happy to use charcoal.
When I was at the store today I picked a family pack of chicken thighs (boneless and skinless) and a I had a couple of breasts I'd boned out a few days ago.
In a big bowl I tossed all the chicken with some salt, pepper, a little oil. If you want to be chef-y, add cumin and garlic but I just wanted the flavor of chicken and the flavor of grill :) In another bowl I tossed a couple red peppers, a green pepper, 2 zucchini cut length wise and 3 onions, cut n/s (through the stem so they stay together.
Preheat grill to 10,000 degrees. Hot hot hot!
Char the vegetables and toss them back in the metal bowl with a cloth over them. When you're hungry later, peel them, slice them and throw them on a tortilla with, oh look at that chicken! Grill it high and hot hot hot. Flip it a few times, let the edges get good and crunchy, crispy. Toss the whole pieces of chicken and onions in another oven dish and cover it with foil.
Cook some tortillas, slice the meat and add some vegetables. You will be very, VERY, happy and it didn't take any time at all, didn't matter when anyone could sit down, this is one of those 'it waits for you' meals. Most excellent.
It's all happily sitting and waiting, I have some fresh tomato and some beautiful avocados what I'll slice up and add when I make the tortillas. Ah, grilled dinner in the palm of my hands. You'd hardly know it's only for 3!
The veggies all slices up... I love the charred ends of the onions. Connor is a purist, meat, cheese, sour cream. I'm a little bit of everything sort of girl. The grilled zucchini rocked!
more, just because
Go grill something.