I don't know about you, but it seems "bowls" are the "it" dish of 2017: Smoothie bowls, buddha bowls, goodness bowls, green bowls - I can't scroll through my Instagram feed without a wide selection of bowls popping up. Not wanting to miss out on all the bowl fun, I've come up with a special bowl à la clean little tummies this week: A fajita bowl suitable for Clean Little Tummies and Happy Mummies everywhere.
Fajitas are one of my first loves, after my dear family of course. They are such a great throw-together dinner, full of colour, and the sizzle of the meat and veggies just seems to make it a 'fun food' to get excited about. My Clean Little Tummies enjoy fajitas too, but we usually have to tone down the spice... and then there's one little toddler who gets very frustrated when all the filling falls out of his tortilla wrap (think fifteen minutes of inconsolable crying). So a fajita bowl suits little Joe to a T, as there is nothing to fall anywhere! Plus, by making your own fajita spices, you know that they will be the right level of hotness for little tummies.
The other great thing about serving fajitas as a 'bowl' dish is that they turn out to be such a colourful delight that any keen-eyed Clean Little Tummy will be eager to sample whatever you choose to put in them. They're also a great start for babyled-weaning as there are so many options in one bowl. As with all my recipes, the ingredients can be adapted to whatever you have in your fridge and panty, but our fajita bowl features chicken, peppers, onions, smashed avocado, rice, smokey blackbeans, natural yoghurt and some good old fashioned cheddar cheese. A drizzle of lime on the top gives it a nice tang too. I also like to serve up some homemade (well... more like "homemade prepared" if I'm honest) tortilla crisps for a bit of extra dipping and little bit of extra Mexican fun!
This recipe is more fiddly than some of my others, but once you've broken down each ingredient to go in the bowl, there is actually very little work. It makes a great Saturday dinner for all the family which might mean you have a bit more preparation time. Of course, feel free to add/take away/substitute different ingredients to personalise your bowls. If you want it veggie then take out the chicken and if you have other favourite fajita ingredients then pop them in.
So here's what you need for a family of 4
150g rice, you choose the type (ours is simple basmati rice)
1 tin of black beans
I small onion, chopped
I garlic clove, crushed
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 low salt vegetable stock cube
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
2 chicken breasts chopped into small stir fry size pieces
1 red pepper, 1 yellow pepper, 1 onion cut in small pieces
1 tsp paprika
a pitch of cumin
100g grated cheddar
natural yoghurt to serve
wholemeal tortillas, cut into triangles and baked in the oven for 5 minutes until crisp.
What to do
Pre Heat the oven at 200C. Then prepare the following:
Put the rice on to cook according to instructions. Basmati has a nice, quick 10-minute cooking time, but if you're using brown rice you will need to allow 20-25 minutes
Chicken & Peppers
Mix the chopped chicken, peppers and onions with the paprika and a pinch of cumin and a tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl. Transfer to a oven-proof dish and bake in the oven at (already heated to 200C) for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the onions and peppers are softened. Alternatively, you can do this on the stove, but it gives you one less thing to do if it is cooking itself in the oven!
Heat half a tablespoon of olive and sautee the small chopped onion and garlic. Once softened, add the spices and then add the tin of black beans, chopped tomatoes and the stock cube and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes until they are full of flavour and have reduced a little.
Mash the avocado with a fork and squeeze over some lime juice.
Once everything is ready, divide rice into bowls, add the chicken, black beans, spoon on some mashed avocado and then top with yoghurt, tortilla breads and serve to your hungry Clean Little Tummies!
Adding some chipotle to the Black Beans is a great way to add some spice for Mummies and Daddies, but I will leave it to you to decide how much you'd like to add. It is a bit ambitious for my Clean Little Tummies, but a definite win with me! All the spices can be increased or decreased to suit your family, you could 'pimp up' the avocado with some finely chopped chilli and fresh coriander but I'll leave it you to decide.
Enjoy...or Buen Aproveche as the Mexicans would say!
Love From Caroline & the Clean Little Tummies xxxx