A firm favourite in our family, these delicious, slightly spicy wraps go down a treat with even fussy teenagers!
3 small or medium sweet potatoes
2 or 3 large carrots
2 large/3 small sweet peppers
4 small or 2 large onions
4 cloves of garlic
500g lean turkey or chicken breast
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon mild chilli powder (check ingredients – you preferably want a powder that is nothing but chilli powder, with no added extras. And it must be mild… if you use hot, reduce the quantity significantly unless you like very fiery food!)*
Shake of black pepper
Shake of cayenne pepper*
½ to 1 teaspoon of paprika*
2 tablespoons oregano
3 to 6 tablespoons vegetable oil as required
Fajita or soft tortilla wraps (make sure you pick a benzoate free variety, however I’ve found that most plain white wraps are okay)
[*chilli, cayenne and paprika will all need to be omitted if you react to chilli peppers. Use around a 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper and about 1 teaspoon of muscovado sugar as replacements (although it won’t look or taste quite the same, it will be similar enough to enjoy)]
1) Cut meat into 2 to 3 cm chunks. Combine all spices and oregano and mix meat chunks into spices. Ensure all the meat is covered and leave to marinade in the dry spice mix whilst you continue to prepare the rest of the ingredients
2) Chop sweet potato into 1 to 2 cm cubes, keeping the cut potato in a bowl of water to prevent discolouration. Cut carrots into matchsticks.
3) Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil, drain the potato pieces and begin to stir fry them together with the carrot. After the vegetables are coated with the oil, cover and leave on a medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes or until they start to soften and take on a little colour.
4) Chop the onion and garlic and mix into pan with potato and carrot. Stir well and leave for another 5 minutes or so,until onion begins to go translucent and takes on a little colour.
5) Add the meat and spice mixture, stir well and cover again. At this point you may need to add a bit more oil or some water to the pan if the spices have soaked up all the liquid. Leave for about 3 to 4 minutes, then stir
6) Chop up the sweet pepper and add to pan. Continue to stir occasionally, approx once a minute, until everything is softened and the meat is thoroughly cooked.
7) Whilst waiting for the meat to cook, heat your wraps following the instructions on the packet.
8) For best results, serve the filling mix and wraps separately to the table and let diners make up their own as they eat. A messy but fun meal!