Looking for easy Cinco de Mayo recipes? Whether you’re in the mood to make Chicken Fajitas, Chicken and Rice Burritos, Fish Tacos or Pupusas, slices of avocado or guacamole make a rockin’ accompaniment! This tip video will show you how simple it can be to open, slice, pit and cut an avocado and keep that beautiful green color from turning brown!
Want to make homemade baby food, but still not sure how to store it? Here’s a few quick tips to show you how. Leave me a comment below to tell me what you think!
One day last year our friend came over with a great big take-out tostada salad. From the second she took it out of the bag Kenya and Chloe were all over it like flies on…well, you know what. I was kind of surprised to see a four and two year-old get so excited about a salad but there they were, sitting on our friend’s lap devouring her salad. I felt so bad they ate her lunch that I had to make her something else to eat!
It wasn’t until I saw some beautiful whole grain tostada shells at the grocery last week that I thought about recreating this dish for them. A year (an eternity in kid time) had gone by since Kenya and Chloe first encountered my friend’s tostada salad, so they were understandably hesitant when I placed these strange towers of lettuce, beans, chicken and guacamole in front of them. So I took two extra tostadas, put one on top of each salad and told the kids to smash them down so that the shell would break apart over everything.
From Kenya and Chloe’s point of view, how awesome did I just make mealtime? I had just given my kids a get out of jail free card to channel all of their disregulated 5:30pm energy into making a delicious mess. They took one look at each other with sheer glee and disbelief before pressing down with both hands and crushing their tostadas all over their plates. They laughed the entire time and even figured out that they could use the tostada shards like edible utensils to scoop up and eat their salads.
Sometimes making food interactive and fun goes a long way towards encouraging kids to eat something you know they will love — even if it does make a bit of a mess!
Tostada Salad (Serves 4)
8 Tostada Shells
1/2 Cup Guacamole
2 Cups Lettuce, chopped
2 Cups Cooked Chicken, finely chopped
1 Cup Black Beans
2 Small Tomatoes, diced
1/2 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese or Mexican Cheese Blend
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1. Place one tostada on a plate.
2. Spread 1 tablespoon of guacamole on the tostada.
3. Layer lettuce, chicken, beans, tomatoes, and cheese on top of the guacamole.
4. Place another tostada on top and repeat layering. Top with a dollop of sour cream.
5. Continue with remaining tostadas and ingredients and serve.
We’ve been having a lot of fun doing impromptu polls on the weelicious Facebook page. The other day I asked the question “do your kids like avocados?” and overwhelming number people responded. Not only did most parents say that their kids like avocado, they said they love them! Avocados are heavenly — creamy, smooth and delicious — but did you know they’re actually a fruit (for years I thought they were a vegetable)?
A few years ago I did a recipe for Guacamol-wee, which was designed to be an introduction for babies to this tasty dip. This Big Kid Guacamole is the next step up — for a kid that really loves the stuff! Whether you’re making Black Bean Cakes, Nachos, Fish Tacos or any other Mexican-inspired weelicious recipe, this guacamole will add an extra dimension of flavor and nutrition and your kids will love it!
Big Kid Guacamole (Serves 4-6)
2 Tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 Tbsp Red Onion, finely diced
2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1/2 a Lime
1/4 Tsp Salt
1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit.
2. Scoop the flesh out and using a wooden spoon or fork and mash the avocado. Allow a few small chunks to remain, you don’t want to puree it.
3. Fold in the remaining ingredients until completely incorporated.
If you follow weelicious on Facebook (and if you don’t, you should — it’s so much fun!), you know how passionate I am about trying to make tasty school lunches. Everyday I post a picture of Kenya’s lunch, hoping to inspire parents with new ideas. Sure, it feels sort of nerdy to be hunched over my son’s lunch box with a camera, photographing what he’s about to eat, but I so know the feeling of what it’s like to get stuck in that rut making your kids the same old thing for lunch day after day.
Grilled cheese? Done it….a hundred times. Nut butter and jelly? Really, again? Cream cheese and avocado….wait, that’s new! Kenya loves cream cheese and avocado, so combining them in a sandwich was a no brainer. I like this vegetarian lunch option because it’s packed with protein from the cream cheese, and avocados contain 20 essential nutrients including fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acid. I cut Kenya’s sandwiches with a cookie cutter, which makes eating more fun for him (it’s hard to tell from the picture above, but the sandwich is shaped like an old fashioned car — what little boy doesn’t want to eat a car?). I’m pretty sure if I let Kenya, he would ask for this meal everyday. See how it does in your lunchtime rotation!
Cream Cheese & Avocado Sammie (Makes 2 Sammies)
1 ripe Avocado, cut in half and sliced
1/4 Cup Cream Cheese
4 Slices of Bread (I know the bread in the picture above looks like white bread, but it’s not. It’s sourdough from our local farmer’s market. You can use any kind of bread you like, though.)
1. Spread the slices of avocado on one slice of the bread.
2. Spread the cream on the other slice of bread.
3. Press into a sandwich.
What do you feed your baby when you’re going on a plane or a long car ride? These tips will hopefully help make it a lot easier!
I have to admit that I ripped off the idea for this salad from my friend, Annika. She made a similar version at a birthday party and Kenya gobbled it up. The best part is that you can buy pre-cooked lentils at Trader Joe’s (my favorite) or most supermarkets if you don’t have time to cook your own.
Lentils are a rich source of iron, needed for the production of white blood cells, the lynchpins of your child’s immune system. They’re a great alternative to meat as well as being high in fiber and easy to digest.
Since lentils are so tiny and soft, this recipe is perfect for babies with just a few teeth. Make sure to cut the tomatoes in an appropriate size, depending on your baby’s level of chewing ability. This salad is so beautiful and can quickly be prepared for your baby as well as your family, just by adding a little salt and pepper to taste.
Lentil Salad (6 Baby Servings)
1 Cup Lentils, cooked
1/4 Cup Tomatoes, small dice(I used cherry tomatoes)
1/2 Avocado, small dice
2 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
Since Kenya started eating solids, whenever he sees an avocado he lets out a little squeal of joy. I can just say the word “avocado” and he will look up at me excited. Even when he’s got a cold or just feels under the weather, few foods sound or look appealing to him, but the avocado is his comfort food.
My husband could happily eat a huge bowl of guacamole breakfast, lunch and dinner and be satisfied. I figured that the apple wouldn’t fall too far from the tree and it didn’t. Both of my boys love this “guac” recipe.
This fruit, yes, avocado is actually a fruit, is an excellent source of unsaturated fatty acids and has a higher proportion of good fat than any other food except olives. Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including 4% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 8% folate, 4% fiber, 2% iron, 4% potassium, with 81 micrograms of lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene. All important nutritional building blocks for your baby. Also, did you know that avocados have 60% more potassium then bananas and they’re fiber content is higher than any other fruit? This recipe will be a total winner with your baby.
Baby Guacamole (4 Baby Servings)
1/2 Tsp Lemon Juice
1/4 of a Tomato, seeded and chopped
1 Tsp Cilantro, chopped
1. Cut the avocado in half. Use a chefs knife to pull the pit out.
2. Scoop the flesh out and place all the ingredients in a food processor and puree.
We used these to make this recipe:
Yummy, delicious, creamy, nutritious.. All the words I think of when describing this dish. The first time I tried a cherimoya was 3 weeks ago at the Farmers Market and my “avocado lady” gave me one. In some Latin cuisine, cherimoya ice cream is popular. To me, it tastes like banana crossed with strawberries and pineapple. When Kenya isn’t in the mood to chew and I want to give him something sweet, pureed cherimoya is perfect. One night when he wasn’t in the mood for it, but was devouring his avocado, I decided to throw the two in the blender and it made this gorgeous light green mousse. Packed with vitamin B6 and potassium, this is a fruit every baby should have the opportunity to try.
Avocado & Cherimoya Mousse (makes 10 Baby Servings)
1. Wash both fruits.
2. Halve the avocado, remove the pit and scoop the light green flesh into a food processor.
3. Halve the cherimoya and remove the big black seeds. Scoop white flesh into a food processor.
4. Puree until smooth and serve.
We used these to make this recipe: