Hot Weather Cooking

We are going to have a record hot day today. 106 degrees. That is too hot to cook,  even too hot to grill, so what do you make? Quick and easy meals that require minimal cooking.

First up Pasta Caprese:

 

Then how about some Fajitas? I made my own fajita seasoning and used some really nice sirloin. The peppers were the cutest little mini-sweet peppers:

Fajita Seasoning

Mix together the following and store in an airtight container.

  • 2 tbsp chili powder (I used a combo of chili and ancho chili powders)
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
I sliced the sirloin very thin – which is easier to do if it’s slightly frozen, which mine wasn’t, but it worked anyway – then I coated the meat thoroughly with 1 to 2 tbsp of the seasoning. I grilled onions in a bit of butter and olive oil until they were nicely caramelized, removed and set aside. I then sautéed  the peppers with a bit more olive oil until they were soft, removed and set aside. Then I quickly fried up the beef in olive oil, adding a touch of lime and water at the end to create a bit of a sauce with the fajita seasoning. Served with warmed tortillas.

Each meal took a little less than 15 minutes to put together and cooking time was minimal, so no heating up the already hot kitchen. Later in the week I’m making a macaroni salad for a going away dinner, recipe and photos later. Until then…stay cool.

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