Happy New Year! I am a little over-due with this month’s installment of Kids Cooks with Books. Please accept my apologies for being tardy with Dragons Love Tacos… The truth is that I have been in a bit of a funk over the past few months. With the political climate as it is, it has been difficult for me to find meaning in the work that I have been doing. While I know deep down how important it is for families, it feels so insignificant in the scope of the world. Does it matter if kids try new foods if there is no clean air to breathe or water to drink? If people don’t feel safe to leave their homes, or be who they truly are without persecution, does it even matter what’s on the menu for dinner?
Those thoughts aside, I am here. I haven’t really gone anywhere, aside from deep into my own head. You are here too – and your occasional emails, Facebook and Instagram comments have reminded me that anything that brings families together MATTERS. My work matters. Happy kids who are practicing their motor skills, learning new language and collaborative skills matter…. So – back to our regular programming.
Dragons truly do love tacos…but beware – you’ll be sorry if they eat any spicy salsa along with them! You and your child will adore this silly story…and you’ll probably want to make some tacos for dinner, just to see if any special guests decide to join you!
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Featured Recipe for Kids Cook with Books: Dragons Love Tacos
Guacamole is one of those foods that is so simple you hardly even need an actual recipe to prepare it! It is almost like a blank canvas, easily spruced up by the addition of different colors…or in this case, ingredients. Here, I’ll share our simple formula, along with a few extra add-ins that you can use, depending on the taste buds (and whims) of your young sous-chefs (and their friends, the Dragons).
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 lemon or lime
1/4 red onion
several sprigs of cilantro
1/4 cup salsa or diced fresh tomatoes
If you like your tacos spicy, you can add Chilis, but don’t give any to the Dragons, or you’ll be sorry! (For humans only – try jalapeno or serano – diced with seeds removed – wash your hands immediately after handling, or you can burn your eyes if you rub them by accident first!)
- Adult: Cut the avocado in half. Remove the large seed and set aside.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the avocado from the peel into a large bowl.
- Using a fork, mash the avocado into a paste. Some chunks are okay.
- Measure the salt and sprinkle it in.
- Cut the lemon or lime in half.
- Squeeze the juice into the mashed avocado.
- Stir to combine.
- Serve on your favorite taco!
- ps. If you like your guacamole a little spicy or want more fun flavors, you can also add some diced red onion, some chopped cilantro or some salsa. If you like your food really spicy, you can add some diced chilis too!
2017 Picks for Kids Cook with Books
With the new year around the corner, I thought I’d share our list of Kids Cook with Books picks for 2017! They would make excellent gifts for the young chefs in your family.
- January: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
- February: Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley
- March: Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
- April: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
- May: The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs
- June: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heifi Goodman
- July: How to Make Cherry Pie and See the USA, by Marjorie Priceman
- August: Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
- September: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
- October: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- November: Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
- December: Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey
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