It's Cinco de Mayo this weekend, and we are setting the stage for a ‘food fun’ weekend for you and your kids. Give these kid-friendly festive treats a try this week!
Avocado Dip: This avocado dip is my family recipe, and it came about when we were living overseas and didn’t have access to cilantro or jalapenos. It became a family favorite in our home because it is so creamy, inexpensive and easy to make! I use this yummy dip recipe with the picky eaters I work with in feeding therapy as their ‘first step’ to eating and enjoying guacamole filled with healthy veggies (onions, garlic), herbs (cilantro) and fruit (avocado, tomatoes). Yum!
1 ripe avocado
1 lime (juice)
¼ cup of sour cream
Salt to taste
Scoop out the avocado and place into a bowl. Cut the lime in half and squeeze all the juice in the bowl. Add ¼ cup of sour cream (add more to make it lighter in color or creamier) and sprinkle in some salt to taste. Smash and blend the mixture with a fork or throw it all into a food processor for a quick spin.
Tacos: I like to introduce tacos to toddlers by making a DIY taco bar. This is a real treat for children because it gives them some control and makes dinner time something to look forward to. Be sure to add some salsa or the avocado dip (above) for taco dunking fun! Here are some of my favorite tacos for toddlers:
- Ground beef tacos: seasoned ground beef with lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese
- Potato tacos: cubed or thinly sliced potatoes (sautéed with onions and garlic) with shredded cheese
- Breakfast tacos: scrambled eggs, bacon crumbles topped with shredded cheese
- Fried + battered fish tacos: fried fish with shredded cabbage, lime juice and sprinkled with shredded cheese (fish tacos usually have the same texture as chicken nuggets, which is why it can be such a hit!)
Quesadillas: Quesadillas are easy to make and cheesy to eat, which is why they are a family favorite. But they are also a great way to encourage hesitant eaters to try different types of proteins. Give some of these quesadillas a try; they could become your child’s next beloved meal!
- Cheese Blend: Have your child pick their favorite type of cheese AND a cheese they haven’t tried and mix them together. Some good ones to choose from are Colby, Cheddar, Gouda (not aged), Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Cream Cheese and Cottage Cheese.
- Seafood: I grew up on shrimp quesadillas and still eat them at least once a month! Some other traditional favorites are crab and lobster quesadillas.
- Bean: Give pinto or black beans a try in your child’s next cheesy meal. You can introduce them in whole form or mashed for a flat and easy to eat quesadilla.
- Dairy: A quesadilla filled with melted butter, cheese and sour cream is usually a hit!
- Chicken: Shredded chicken is easy for toddlers to chew, especially when it is blended with gooey melted cheese.
I hope these ideas will give you and your kids something to taco-bout this Cinco de Mayo! Let us know what you have planned for this festive weekend AND what you are eating with the hashtags: #ezpzfun #tacos #cincodemayo.
Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz