No Ramen, No Problem 9/30/2014

It’s often hard for college students to get the nutrients they need to be healthy in the food that is easiest and cheapest to make.

It’s easier to eat more carbs, but finding ways to incorporate vegetables and protein can be simple as well.

In this chicken fajita recipe, you will get both protein and vegetables. Chicken breast is a great protein to use because it is healthier than red meats and is less expensive.

This quick and easy recipe tastes great and will make you forget why you ever ate ramen in the first place.

Start by cutting the onion, red pepper and green pepper into long strips. Place the strips into a microwave-safe dish.

Next, mix the paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl. You can also use a pre-mixed fajita seasoning to save time. Use just enough to coat the vegetables.

Sprinkle about half of the mixture on to the vegetables, saving the rest for the chicken.

After taking the chicken out of the package, clean the fillets with water and pat dry with a paper towel.

Place the cleaned fillets into the microwave-safe dish on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning on top of the chicken, coating it evenly. Cover the dish and microwave for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, check to see if the chicken is fully cooked before taking it out.

If the chicken needs more time, keep microwaving it in one-minute intervals until it is cooked all the way through.

Once the vegetables and chicken are cooked, it’s time for assembly.

Place the desired amount of chicken and vegetables in a tortilla, then top with lime juice, sour cream and cheddar cheese.

How you assemble your fajitas is up to you. If you want a healthier option, use non-fat plain yogurt instead of sour cream.

You could also replace the tortilla with a piece of lettuce.

This recipe takes about 15 minutes to prepare and tastes great. It can be made in almost every kitchen because all you need is a microwave, making this a good alternative to ramen noodles.