Family fajitas...



There have been many studies looking at the benefits of family meals including Project Eat, a 10 year cohort study. This particular study found that families who eat together have better dietary intake, better physiological well-being and also have greater family cohesion and problem -focused coping (Neumark-Sztainer.D. et al, Family meals and adolescents: what have we learned from Project EAT).

The most common reason given for not having family meals is ‘time’. This week we are bringing you a great, quick, easy family meal – fajitas. What we love about fajitas is that the food can be put in the middle of the table and everyone tucks in and helps themselves which adds to the cohesiveness. Fussy eaters can have the bits they like while the more adventurous can have everything. Make sure you get the kids to help with the preparation, children and teens that learn to cook have healthier diets in adulthood!

Chicken fajita

2 peppers, different coloured peppers

1 courgette

1 medium red onion

2 skinless chicken breasts

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 small pinch of ground cumin

(or fajita seasoning powder)

2 limes

olive oil

Small wholemeal flour tortillas

150 ml fat-free natural yoghurt (optional)

50 g Cheddar cheese (optional)

SALSA

½-1 fresh red chilli , to your taste

15 ripe cherry tomatoes

1 bunch fresh coriander

1 lime

extra virgin olive oil

GUACAMOLE

1 small handful of mixed-colour rip cherry tomatoes

½-1 fresh red chilli

a few sprigs of fresh coriander

1 ripe avocado

1 lime