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Grain-Free Chicken Fajitas

Shit my husband pulls.

 

Anyone reading that knows us personally will totally get this and get a good laugh. My husband is a salesman, instigator and a prankster. Only those closest to him get to see this side of him … and he is also very convincing in his convictions. We’ve been together for about 15 years and I STILL fall for his silly crap (what’s wrong with me?).

Last week we got blasted with snow. The kids missed school one day and then had a half day the next. We have a snowblower that we bought when we first moved into the neighborhood, it was a terrible winter and he was tired of shoveling every other week. Mike is also pretty obsessive about his snow removal, our driveway has to be the cleanest, driest driveway in the neighborhood. He will come in and ask me several times to check it out, then compare to all the neighbor’s driveways. He is usually lending a helping hand when needed, but just because we have a snob blower doesn’t mean it is an easy job. He spends a good two hours outside when we get a storm. This winter was lame so we only got one, he was lucky.

Long story short, Friday of that week Mike took off work. I was out running around then had to pickup  Jaxon, and Ella had a half so Mike picked her up. When he got home he told me he had gotten me a present. He was very sweet about it, and I was like “what, really?!” He rarely gets me “just because” presents, but he is extremely thoughtful and good to me (and the kids) when the time is right. I turn into my 5-year-old daughter when someone gives me a present, maybe it’s the Leo in me … so I was trying to get the box open and ripped it because it wasn’t cooperating. I was so excited wondering what it could be.

I mean, I am a wine lover …

I said “What is this for??” He said: “Just because, I asked around at work a lot for a REALLY good wine, and lots of my co-workers recommended this. It’s very expensive and supposed to be amazing. Have you heard of it?”

No I never heard of it, and he is so convincing I took his word for it.

I go over to kiss him and tell him how wonderful and thoughtful that was. He asked if I was going to drink some that night, and I said, why don’t I wait for a special occasion when we have company if it is such a good expensive wine.

I pulled it out of the box to put it away, and under the shredded paper was this:

Where’s my “Hmmmmmmm” emoji?!?

Apparently while I was out, our neighbor got stuck in snow and Mike ran out to help dig him out to get his car moving. He brought over this wine which was super nice and unnecessary. And not that it matters, but the wine is a nice affordable brand at the liquor store … not a $100.00 bottle like Mike alluded to. (I looked it to find out more about it since I love learning about wines, but am in no way a wine expert … just an expert wine drinker).

I asked him if he was really going to let on like he got this for me, and he jokingly said yes, and said: “I am not sure why Paul had to ruin it with the note, I need my extra brownie points where I can get them.”

I don’t know what to believe anymore.

This is my life.

Knowing Mike he would have fessed up like a week later, and I would do what I always do and say: “why do I always fall for your shit?” It is probably the reason he married me 😉 And I told him I was totally blogging about this to get back at him, and he laughed.

Which brings me to this recipe I can’t wait to re-share.

When Michael and I moved in together, this was one of the first things we created in the kitchen (remind me to tell you about my biggest cooking fail ever with him). He had the idea, he is always thinking about food … then we execute together. It was also one of the very FIRST recipes I posted on The Fitness Dish, but I didn’t transfer it over here. We used to use Food for Life brown rice wraps, and Mike and Ella still eat them sometimes, but we are addicted to these wraps. Even Mike LOVES them and prefers them over rice wraps.

I posted about my addiction to Siete’s lime chips before, and these are up there as well. Especially after not eating wraps with this recipe for SO long. I started just making it with a lettuce wrap, but it was messy.

The only iffy ingredient is Xanathan gum, which I try to avoid regularly, but these are just too good. (Unfortunately if you are on Flowtox, you will have to wait until after since we cut out gums and additives)

Key ingredient, always, caramelized onions. They make everything better … but the house stinks after so you need to diffuse some purification essential oil for sure.

We let these babies cook down for like 40 minutes, no lie. You don’t have to do it that long, but we prefer them when they basically disintegrate in your mouth. My advice it so start this first them do everything else while they cook. I start it on high, when they start to melt I put it on very low and stir often, keeping them flat and even in my cast iron pan.

The key with the onions is slicing them thin and long. A good amount of butter, and ver very little salt, or else they are super salty (since they reduce and reduce as you cook them). The pic above they still had a good 20 minutes to go.

I marinade the chicken for a couple of hours before grilling. You can use a grill pan or outdoor grill. Mike likes his chicken well done, I try to not char it on the grill since that isn’t really healthy for you, but it is hard when you multi-task.

While these are cooking I shred the cheese.

My family loves this raw sharp cheddar. However, if I had a dollar for how many times Mike tries to convince me to buy pre-shredded cheese, I would get a boob job (no I wouldn’t but you get the point).

He hates shredding it, so years ago I told him no way in hell we buy pre-shredded cheese with added cellulose (MADE FROM WOOD PULP) and de-clunping agents.

I’ll shred that shit all day by myself. It tastes better too!

Once the chicken is ready (about 5 minutes per side) I chop it all up.

Then we setup our stuff in a line and make our tacos!

This is definitely one of my family’s favorite meals.

We like to use lots of lime, and even put some in our water for dinner (Ella LOVES it!)

It’s so simple, but so delicious.

Oh, by the way … literally as I was writing this blog post my husband ironically came in with another package of wine from a neighbor (SO nice). He’s like a hero around here or something {insert eye roll emoji}. Just kidding, he came in gloating about how he was the neighborhood hero so I did roll my eyes at him. Don’t tell him I said so but he is our hero.

Grain-Free Chicken Fajitas Recipe

For the chicken:

marinade

  • 4-5 limes (I often do 3 limes and 1 drop of lime essential oil) p
  • 1/4 cup Chosen Foods avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Place 2 pounds of thin chicken cutlets in a ziplock bag or pyrex container with the marinade. I always poke holes in the chicken to let it sink in and marinade for at least 2 hours. I sometimes do it overnight. I usually keep extra lime slices around to squirt on the chicken once it is cooked.

Heat grill pan or outdoor grill. Cook chicken about 5 minutes per side until done.

For the onions:

  • 1 large or 2 medium Spanish onions
  • 1-2 TBSP butter
  • a pinch of salt (do not over do it, trust me)

Slice onions down so they are long and thin (not short and fat). Place a large amount of butter in a cast-iron pan on high heat, then add onions and a pinch of salt. Stir. As soon as the onions start to caramelize (soften) lower the heat to the lowest point you can. Keep them flat and even in the pan, then stir every so often, and place them back flat again. Cook then down for 20-40 minutes. We tend to go on the longer side. I have even let them go on for an hour! You can raise the heat if in a rush, just be very careful to not burn them. Add more butter as needed if they start to stick and get dry.

For the tacos:

  • Siete Cassava and Coconut Flour wraps
  • Chopped up grilled chicken
  • carmelized onions
  • 1 lime
  • 1 block grass-fed raw cheddar, shredded
  • shredded lettuce, optional
  • any other toppings you like! (peppers, salsa, homemade sour cream, etc!)

Place wrap in a hot pan, add cheese and chicken. Squirt a slice of lime on the top and fold it up, let it brown on each side. Add lettuce or any other topping you like and enjoy!

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Julie

    This looks so yummy! Will need to try it! Or you can invite us over next time! 😘

    March 22, 2017 at 5:41 pm
    • Reply lauryraiken@gmail.com

      Juls, you are welcome anytime XO

      March 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I remember when you started making these. I had dinner over one night years ago and you made this for me. I make them pretty much the same way ever since! Invite us over next time 🙂

    March 31, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    • Reply lauryraiken@gmail.com

      Oh wow! So fun! You guys would love these wraps, Mike prefers them!

      April 1, 2017 at 11:39 am

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