Nutrition & Health

RECIPE: BEEF FAJITAS WITH SWEETCORN SALSA

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: Under 20 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 450g thin cut beef steaks, cut into strips
  • ½ each red, yellow and green pepper, deseeded, cored and cut into thin strips
  • 1 small onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped or 1tsp garlic purée
  • 2tbsp Fajitas seasoning
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2tsp rapeseed or sunflower oil

For the Sweetcorn Salsa:

  • 1 x 165g can sweetcorn in water, drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, optional
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil (optional)
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper, to taste
  • 1-2tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley

To serve:

  • 4 corn or plain tortilla wraps, to serve
  • Fresh coriander leaves, to garnish
  • Soured cream, to serve
  • Grated cheese, to serve

Method:

  1. Put the beef in a shallow bowl and add the peppers, onion, garlic, fajitas seasoning, half the lime juice and oil.
  2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and cook the beef mixture for 3-4 minutes or until the beef and vegetables caramelise.
  3. Meanwhile, warm the tortillas in a hot oven.
  4. To prepare the sweetcorn salsa, mix all the ingredients together, season to taste and set aside.
  5. To assemble the fajitas, put some salsa on the base of each tortilla, then the beef and vegetable mix.  Sprinkle over the herbs.
  6. Serve with the sweetcorn salsa, soured cream, fresh avocado and a green salad.

Nutrition and Health

Red meat, which includes beef, lamb and pork is a natural source of many essential nutrients, and has an important role to play in a healthy balanced diet.
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Balanced Diet

Lean red meat can form part of a healthy balanced diet which contains plenty of fruit, vegetables and starchy foods such as wholemeal bread and brown rice; some protein rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and lentils; and some dairy foods.

Nutrients

Red meat is naturally nutrient rich, providing protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins amongst others. Beef, in particular, is a valuable source of easily absorbed iron. Research has shown that women and young girls are most at risk of iron-deficiency.

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Portion sizes

The government recommends eating around 70g (cooked weight) of red meat per day and the majority of people in the UK are within this target. Remember most red meat dishes can be frozen so this can help with storing leftovers and advance meal preparation.

A healthy dose of inspiration

Choosing the best and healthiest food for your family isn’t always easy. Adults and children have different tastes and expectations. On our Good Family Food page you can find inspiration, recipes and tips on getting the whole family eating a whole lot better. Go to Good Family Food.

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