For all of you Arizona-ites out there, you know it's only a matter of time before it starts to feel like you start melting! Don't get caught in the middle of summer with nothing to cook for dinner. Cooking over the hot stove all day is no fun when it's 115 degrees outside. Plan your meals now before the heat hits.
If you are totally apposed to turning on your oven in the summer, and are about to tell me to get lost, keep reading. Some of these meals, you can re-heat in the crock pot, or microwave. For the ones that require the oven... just stick them on the back porch for about 10 seconds in the middle of august. Not only will they be thawed but will be cooked clean through! Ok seriously though, here is what you need to do.
Get yourself a roaster oven. You know, one of those big ol' crock pot looking things that you see everywhere at church functions. They are basically a portable oven. The one that I got was $60 and it uses 70% LESS energy than your oven. Get the big ol' sucker though, don't go for the little ones, otherwise your pans won't fit. I got a 22 quart and it fits my 11x9 pan in it. I've also used it to mass produce tons of meals. It's seriously one of the best investments I've made! LOVE IT!!! If you are worried about it taking up too much space, it can also double as a bath tub for your kids on the weekends. Hehehe
1 lb fajita meat sliced (or slice your own steak into thin strips)
3 Bell Peppers sliced (I like 1 of each- red, green and orange)
1 Large Onion sliced
1 Tbsp Corn Starch
1 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1 1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Sugar
3/4 tsp Chicken Bullion
1/4 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
Cook meat until no longer pink. Toss in all other ingredients and cook for a few minutes, until vegetables are fork tender but not soggy.
Add desired amount to a tortilla and fold in half. In a skillet or griddle add 1 tbsp butter or oil. Grill fajita on both sides until crisp. Slice into desired size pieces or leave as it. Freeze on a cookie sheet ( to keep them from sticking together) Then transfer to freezer bags. Label and date.
To reheat... Microwave until cooked through (about 2-3 minutes) or re-grill on medium low heat until heated through and crisp. You can also heat in the oven. (I haven't done this yet, but would say 375 for about 10 minutes.)