Quick and easy weeknight dinners are what I am all about. This one is one of the easiest, it almost feels like cheating calling this a recipe! It pretty much just involves coating things in seasoning and cooking them, no faffing with timings or anything. Though simple as it may be, the flavours are really good and the combination of crunchy and soft is perfect, in my humble opinion!
This dish has 4 elements which I have split out below. I do each in the order listed as it means within the 30 minutes it takes the rice to cook, the rest of the meal is ready. I do not chop or prep any of the veg at the start, I do each as and when I come to that element of the meal as it really will not take more than 30 mins!
The below will serve 4.
1/2 cup rice per person
Cook the rice as per the instructions. (I know this is obvious, only adding in case someone follows the recipe and forgets it!!)
Spiced Black Beans
1 x carton pre cooked black beans
1 x teaspoon paprika
1 x teaspoon oregano
1 x teaspoon cumin
Run the contents of a carton of black beans under cold water and then dry them with a tea towel as best you can. The drier the beans are, the better they will cook. Once fully dry coat them in a little oil and your favourite Mexican spices (I use a teaspoon each of paprika, oregano and cumin). Be sure to get them fully coated! Lay them out on a baking tray and put them in the oven at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t burn. While the beans are cooking you can make the veg and salsa.
Fajita Spiced Veg
1 x bag vegan chicken or block tofu (remember if you use tofu to prepare it first!)
3 x large peppers, sliced
1 x cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup frozen sweetcorn
Fry the vegan chicken in some oil with your favourite fajita seasoning mix (either homemade or shop bought) for 10 minutes. While this is frying, chop the veg. After the 10 minutes add these vegetables and the sweetcorn to the frying pan. Leave this to cook for a further 5 minutes (or longer if you prefer softer veg!).
1 x cup tomatoes, finely chopped
1 x small onion, finely chopped
1/2 x red chilli finely sliced
1 x garlic clove, crushed
Juice of 1/2 lime
To make the salsa put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Finally you want to put all the pieces of the meal together. When I serve it up, I tend to have it as three separate sections in the bowl for the rice, beans and veg mix and then put the salsa on top.
Let me know how it goes if you make it, I love feedback on the recipes I share.