1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #67
LUNCH – Mini Black Bean Tacos with Yogurt Dip
These mini black bean tacos were a big hit and I’m pretty sure, one of the reasons why, is because the kids helped me make them. Cooking with kids can sometimes be challenging, especially when you first get started. It’s easier to do it myself – is a common thought and initially it is true, but just because it is easier doesn’t make it better. Cooking with kids has a lot of benefits, one being that they get to see what goes into the food and kids are often more open to trying foods, that they have helped prepare and/or cook.
The black bean hummus in these tacos is a perfect example. It is a delicious recipe that I found in my How to Feed a Family Cookbook from the ladies behind the blog sweetpotatochronicles.com (one of my favorite cookbooks, by the way:), but I was a bit nervous that the colour would make the kids hesitant to try it, so I decided to recruit them.
I thought for a bit about which jobs they could do, making sure that I had enough jobs for everyone and that they would be kept busy. What jobs did I come up with? One child rinsed the beans at the sink, while I showed three children how to roll the lime on the counter, cut it in half (I did that part) and use a reamer to juice it over a strainer, resting over a bowl. While one child rolled, the other two worked together holding the strainer and reaming. The youngest of the bunch was given a handful of beans and some cilantro to explore. They all added ingredients to the food processor and all had turns turning it on. And then as needed, moved on to washing and rinsing the dishes.
We talked about the ingredients and tasted them as we went – and they gobbled up those tacos like they made them themselves – which of course they did.
SNACK – Blueberry Muffins with Pineapple & Cantaloupe
These are the same blueberry muffins that I served here, tucked in the freezer for a day when I need an easy snack. I love being able to pull frozen baked goods from the freezer. If it’s not my first time trying the recipe and I have all the ingredients on hand, I always make a double batch when I’m baking. Twice the results for pretty much the same time. Served along with some cut up fruit, this snack is perfect for home, packed in a school lunch or on the go.
SNACK – Cucumber Bites & Cashews
Cucumber bites, cucumber sandwiches, mini veggie bites – cucumbers are so versatile for making fun snacks and are a great replacement for crackers. For these cucumber bites I topped them with cream cheese, some shredded carrots and a few raisins. To make the cream cheese spread on more easily, just pat the cucumber on a paper towel to dry it off a bit.
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