Sunday, October 10, 2010

Winning Running Chef Recipe: Vegetarian "Chicken" Fajitas

Congrats to Dena Harris, the winner of RunnerDude's Running Chef Recipe Contest, a $25 Road Runner Sports Gift Card, and a Variety box of 3BAR Energy Bars!

Dena is an accomplished author, columnist, and runner who lives in Greensboro, NC. Dena is a Boston Marathon alumnus and just recently completed the Blue Ridge Relay as a part of a 12-member team covering 208 miles in the picturesque Blue Ridge and Black Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Relay is one of the longest running relay races in the United States! If you're a cat lover and/or just love good humor, be sure to check out Dena's new book Who Moved My Mouse? A Self-Help Book for Cats (Who Don't Need Any Help).
I tested out Dena's vegetarian "chicken" fajitas recipe on a panel of judges with very discriminating palatesmy kids. They loved it! After dining on the fajitas, they were surprised to learn that the "chicken" was actually soy. I too enjoyed the tasty fajitas. I also liked that the recipe was easy to make, contained simple ingredients, and was packed with key macronutrients (complex carbs, protein, healthy fat) and vitamins and minerals. This recipe is perfect for a runner to incorporate into his/her training diet.

Vegetarian "Chicken" Fajitas
1 package soy chicken strips, sliced thin
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tbls extra virgin olive oil 
4 lg. chopped garlic cloves
1/2 tsp each salt, pepper, oregano
1 green and red pepper each, sliced thin into strips
1 red onion, sliced thin into strips
1 yellow onion, sliced thin into strips
Whole grain tortillas
Cheese and salsa, optional

In a bowl, combine the lime juice, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic and stir until combined.

Add chicken, peppers, onions, and coat evenly. Marinate 1 hour.

In a large, hot (preferably non-stick) skillet, add 2 Tbsp olive oil and chicken mixture. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Heat the tortillas in the microwave. Spoon chicken and peppers into tortilla, top with shredded cheese and salsa, if desired.


Nathan said...

Congrats to Dena!! (and I'm so honored to be in a photo on RunnerDude's site! ... top left in the blue)

RunnerDude said...

Hey Nathan! Best of luck on the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon! (If you haven't already, be sure to check out Nathan's website He's an awesome muscian!....darn good runner too!)

Dena said...

I never win contests! And certainly not for anything cooking related. I'll forward this link to my relatives, otherwise they'll never believe me. =) Excellent!

keen said...

Wow!Thanks to this yummy recipe. Want to try this, hope I get better result. Thanks again,more power!

chaco said...

Best of luck on your upcoming marathons! you have nice blog here and inspiring post! Keep it up. thanks for this delicious recipe! :)