Cooking with kids: fajitas

Introducing Cooking with Kids: Fajitas – a delicious Mexican wrap recipe that will bring the whole family together in the kitchen! In this fun and interactive dish, soft flour tortillas are filled with delicious marinated chicken and colorful peppers. Not only will your little ones learn basic cooking skills, but they’ll also enjoy a delicious meal that appeals to all ages. Get ready to bond over the sizzling flavors and create unforgettable memories as you teach your kids the joy of cooking food from scratch. Join us on this delicious culinary adventure that guarantees laughter, teamwork and delicious results!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 4 limes, juice only
  • 2 tsp fajita seasoning
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red pepper
  • ½ jar of roasted peppers (we used Gaea Red Peppers Flame Roasted 290g)
  • 1 small apple, peeled
  • 4 ripe tomatoes
  • ½ lime, juice only
  • small bunch of coriander, leaves picked
  • Chili sauce, to taste (optional)
  • 2 very ripe avocados, halved and pitted
  • ½ lime, juice only
  • grated cheese for serving
  • 6 – 8 tortillas (now there are also mini tortillas for children)
  • sour cream (optional)

Tip

Cooking with children
Before you begin, tie back long hair, put on your aprons, and wash your hands. Make sure your child is stable where they are cooking and is comfortable with the angle at which they are cooking. When cooking, explain what the different ingredients are and where they come from.Tip
Store the leftover fajita seasoning in a sealed jar for next time.

Preparation steps

  1. Adults: Place the chicken and marinade ingredients in a bowl and cover. Place in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
  2. Children: If your children are 5 years old or older, you can have them coarsely chop the bell peppers, roasted peppers, apple, and tomatoes for the salsa using a good quality, sturdy plastic knife or a cutlery knife. Otherwise, do this yourself.
  3. Younger children can pick the leaves from the cilantro and mix them into the salsa.
  4. Adults: Put the salsa ingredients together with the lime juice and some spices in a food processor and chop finely.
  5. For younger children, scoop out two large spoonfuls of the mixture, then add chili sauce if using and mix again.
  6. Kids: Squeeze or spoon the avocado into a bowl and mash it with a potato masher. Stir in the lime juice and some black pepper with a spoon. Lime juice can burn, so adults may want to squeeze it for younger children.
  7. Adults: Heat some olive oil in a pan and pour the contents of the chicken bowl into the pan. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until the chicken pieces are cooked through.
  8. Children: Place grated cheese, salsa (for adults and children), guacamole and sour cream in separate colorful bowls on the table.
  9. Adults: Heat the tortillas according to package instructions and place the cooked chicken in a bowl. Show the children how to fill and roll their tortilla.
  10. Kids: Lay out your tortilla, choose your toppings, roll it up and eat!

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

  • frying pan
  • Knife
  • cutting board
  • Juicer
  • mixing bowl
  • A garlic press
  • grater
  • tablespoon
  • measuring spoon
  • spatula
  • Serving plate
  • Aprons
  • Hand washing station

Allergen information

Please note that this recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Dairy products (grated cheese and sour cream)

If you are sensitive or allergic, be sure to omit or substitute any ingredients that could cause a reaction.

Storage and leftovers

If there are any leftovers, you can store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply warm the fajitas in the microwave or on the stove until warmed through. Avoid overheating the tortillas or they may become tough.

Be sure to discard any leftovers that have been left at room temperature for more than 2 hours to prevent foodborne illness.

You can also store the fajita seasoning in a sealed jar for later use. If stored in a cool, dry place it will stay fresh for several months.

The Health Benefits of Cooking with Kids: Fajitas

Cooking with children can be a fun and educational experience for both parents and children. Not only does it allow children to develop important life skills and learn about different ingredients, but it also offers numerous health benefits. A delicious and nutritious recipe to cook with your little ones is fajitas.

Chicken

The main source of protein in this recipe is chicken breast. Chicken is a lean meat that is rich in high-quality protein. Protein is essential for tissue growth and repair, as well as the production of enzymes, hormones and antibodies.

Lemons

The addition of lime juice not only gives the fajitas a refreshing taste but also provides several health benefits. Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is essential for a strong immune system and collagen production. They also contain antioxidants that protect the body from damage caused by harmful free radicals.

Fajita seasoning

The fajita seasoning used in this recipe is a blend of different spices and herbs such as cumin, paprika, and garlic. These ingredients not only improve the taste but also provide health benefits. For example, cumin is known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, while garlic may help boost the immune system and reduce the risk of certain diseases.

Vegetables

Fajitas are packed with colorful vegetables like scallions, red peppers, roasted peppers, apple, tomatoes, and cilantro. This vegetable is rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. They contribute to a balanced diet and promote general health. Tomatoes, in particular, are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers.

avocado

Creamy and nutritious avocado is another key ingredient in these fajitas. Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which may help lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. They also provide important nutrients such as potassium, vitamin K, vitamin E and folic acid.

To serve the fajitas, you can add grated cheese and some optional toppings like sour cream and chili sauce. Remember to choose low-fat options or enjoy these toppings in moderation to keep the dish healthy.

Overall, cooking with kids and making dishes like fajitas can be a fantastic way to introduce them to a variety of ingredients and encourage them to eat nutritious meals. Not only will you have a lot of fun in the kitchen, but you’ll also develop lifelong skills and healthier eating habits.

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