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These Chickpea + Bell Pepper Fajitas Come Together on One Sheet Pan

That means fewer dishes to wash after you nosh these plant-based fajitas down.

Convenient cooking used to mean peeling the film off a TV dinner, but recently, more and more people are defining convenient cooking with Instant Pots, slow cookers, one-pot meals, and sheet pan meals. It’s easy to find recipes for these easy-peasy cooking methods online, but it’s a little harder when you’re also trying to follow a nutritious and heart-healthy diet. Most sheet pan meals, for example, involve big pork chops and some variety of potatoes.

Good news: These sheet pan fajitas are totally plant-based, so they’re ultra low in saturated fat and free of cholesterol. The fajitas have plenty of protein, thanks to the addition of hearty chickpeas to help keep you full. Plant-based proteins, like chickpeas, can help improve cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). 

It’s not just preventing or managing heart disease: The American Diabetes Association calls beans like chickpeas a “diabetes superfood” due to their benefit to overall health and disease prevention. In fact, recent studies found that plant-based diets reduced overall cancer risk.

To make sure these fajitas are as kind to your heart as possible, pay attention to sodium. Skipping processed meals (like the aforementioned TV dinner) is the best way to cut excess sodium from your diet, but it’s still possible to get too much salt even when you’re cooking from scratch. High-sodium diets can increase the risk of high blood pressure, as well as these other health effects of a high-salt diet.

If you’re using canned chickpeas, make sure to buy a reduced-sodium or sodium-free variety. The AHA also suggests rinsing the chickpeas before use, which helps wash away a surprisingly significant amount of excess salt. 

Additionally, be mindful of your hot sauce, which can also be high in sodium. If you love to pile on the heat, but you’re watching your sodium levels, consider adding a sliced jalapeno to the recipe and roasting with the chickpeas and bell peppers, or add some crushed red pepper or cayenne powder to your spice blend. These are sodium-free ways to add fire to your fajitas.

And if you think “plant-based” means flavorless, this is the perfect recipe to change your mind. The fajita seasoning offers a bold punch of flavor, and the squeeze of lime at the end is a must to brighten up those earthy spices.

Recipe adapted from With Food and Love.

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • fresh cilantro (to garnish)
  • lime wedges (to garnish)
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 15.5-oz can (or 2 cups) low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • hot sauce (to garnish)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Slice the bell peppers and onions into long strips. In a large bowl, combine sliced peppers and onions with chickpeas. Add olive oil, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and salt. Mix gently until spices evenly coat the chickpeas and vegetables. Spread chickpea mixture in a single layer on a sheet pan and roast in oven for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through. While vegetables are roasting, heat the tortillas to soften them. Spoon roasted peppers and chickpeas into tortillas. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, hot sauce, and a squeeze of lime. Hot sauce may be high in sodium, so use sparingly.
Duration: 1:46. Last Updated On: July 17, 2019, 7:09 p.m.
Reviewed by: Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: July 17, 2019

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 4
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories
345
17% Complete
17%
Fat
12g
18% Complete
18%
Cholesterol
0mg
0% Complete
0%
Sodium
354mg
15% Complete
15%
Carbohydrates
47g
47% Complete
47%
Fiber
9g
36% Complete
36%
Sugar
6g
12% Complete
12%
Protein
10g
19% Complete
19%
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Lower Cholesterol
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Sugar
Lower Sugar
Diabetes Diet
Diabetes Diet
Heart Healthy
Heart Healthy
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Vegan
Vegan
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
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