First, a bit of terminology clarification.
For me, “weeknight” in a recipe title has a really specific meaning. Because I’m not the kind of person who actually likes to cook on weeknights. However, I’m not always that person who likes to prep food on the weekends either. So weeknight meals are actually a thing in my household. To me a perfect weeknight meal:
- Doesn’t take a bunch of effort to prep (in this recipe you have to slice things but that’s not too difficult)
- Doesn’t require too many pots and pans (this is all made in one glorious skillet!)
- Is ready fast (it’s done in about 35-40 minutes if you work consistently)
Because when I get home from work my real objective is to get through everything I need to get through (dinner, walking the dog, time with kids, gym, prep for the next day, etc.) as quickly as possible so that I can be reunited with my favorite thing in my whole entire house: my bed!
This fajita skillet is one of three dishes I demo’d during my Easy Weeknight Meals cooking class in September 2018. This is the absolute weeknight version, but if you have problems with steak, I would suggest using my meat marinating technique the morning of (you don’t have to slice the steak, just toss it in the marinade) and you’ll come home to a tender cut of meat ready to yield to your every whim.
Now that my oldest daughter (La Grande Diva) is away at college, weeknight dinners are easier. This meal would have been a definite “No!” for her because of the bell peppers. (Oddly, she loves riced cauliflower though…I feel like if I could figure out her vegetable preference logic and the logic dogs use to know where they want to “go” when on a walk…I’d have the secrets to the universe! But I digress.) La Petite Diva, on the other hand, is a veggie-head like me. She is also a spicy-lover so she insisted on the jalapenos, with seeds, in the skillet. (My boyfriend took his portion before I added those, which is why I purposely blurred the back of the photo syou can’t see how much less there is in the back of the pan!
This recipe brings in all the yummy flavors of a fajita – the steak, the peppers, the onions, and pairs it with the zing of tomato paste, utilizing cauliflower instead of rice. And…it’s damn easy to make!
Check it out! And if you need ideas for even more easy weeknight meals, consider investing in the entire class, available with replay. You get the entire video cooking class, along with a downloadable recipe booklet with full pictures and a shopping list!