Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chicken Tacos

Every time I make these for my family I tell myself I am going to share this recipe on my blog because it is so easy and so tasty.  Then I forget.  This recipe actually comes from the cookbook called THE FEED ZONE COOKBOOK - fast and flavorful food for athletes.  Our close friends from Salt Lake City gave it to us last year and we have been cooking from it ever since. 

The cook book presents recipes that were made for some of the Tour de France cyclists and some of the world's best endurance athletes.  The forward is written by Levi Leipheimer where he shares his story on how changing his diet enhanced his performance and helped him overcome some serious health problems caused from an old stomach injury and the poor quality of food at some races.

The bonus is my 11yr old son loves them and they make easy/great leftovers for lunches.  You can substitute chicken for steak or beans and if you don't love spicy food, omit the jalapenos.  We like to add a spicy chipotle sauce to ours and we just buy it from the grocery store, although I am sure there are recipes out there, if you wanted to make your own.

Chicken Tacos

1 cup of cooked rice
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken, cut into small pieces
1 onion, cut into strips
1 jalapeno (or 2 mild chilies) cut into strips
1/2 tsp chili powder or ground cumin (I omit this)
fresh lime juice

saute chicken, onions and chiles until chicken is cooked through and onions have softened and browned, about 10-15min
add lime juice and salt to taste
warm tortillas in a dry plan or in oven about 3-5min

Spicy Cabbage Slaw

1tbsp lime juice
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 head of red cabbage thinly shredded
1/4 head of green cabbage thinly shredded (we just use red)
1/2 jalapeno minced
small handful of cilantro leaves

in a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, vinegar, brown sugar and salt.
combine the shredded cabbages, jalapeno and cilantro in a large bowl. 
pour dressing over and toss well

Serve with tacos, burgers or wraps

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