We made guacamole.
I only had two cravings while pregnant: dried apricots and guacamole. There was a time when I would go to Chipotle at least twice a week. After deciding that I need not eat out so much, I thought about it and realized what I really wanted was the guacamole. So I started making it myself. I would go through at least 4 avocados worth of guacamole each week.
The first solid food that I offered Kiddo (at 6 months) was mushed up avocado. She was not interested. I tried on several occasions, but she never wanted it. Then, one day she stuck her hand in some guacamole I had prepared and kept eating it. She still loves guacamole and I think she must have developed a taste for it in utero.
But I digress…
- 2 ripe avocados
- pico de gallo (or other yummy salsa)
- garlic powder
- lemon (or lime) juice
- Cut the avocados in half, and remove the seeds. Kiddo liked watching this part.
- Score the flesh of the avocados.
- Let your toddler scoop the avocado into a bowl (1st picture). This is a great time to talk about the parts of the fruit and for tasting. Kiddo still does not like plain avocado, but she tasted a bit to be sure.
- Mash the avocado chunks with a fork until the desired consistency is reached. We like ours a little chunky. Kiddo and I both did the mashing (she lost interested before it was ready).
- Add a few tablespoons of pico/salsa and stir. This is a great toddler job. Kiddo loved it, and would have liked to add a lot more than I wanted.
- Add the garlic, lemon juice (a teaspoon, maybe), salt and pepper to taste this is another great step for your toddler to do. Kiddo really likes juicing lemons.
- Put the seeds back in the bowl, cover, and refrigerate guacamole until serving.
- 2 tsp dried minced onion
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp dried minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
- canola or other vegetable oil (omit oil if using beef)
- flour tortillas/ hard tacos shells
- taco toppings of your choice
- Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Usually, I measure and Kiddo dumps, but today I let her measure and dump (the last two pictures).
- Cook the meat until browned (drain fat if necessary). Add the spice mixture and water.
- Cook the meat and sauce until it boils. Reduce heat to simmer, and allow sauce to thicken. Stir frequently to coat all of the meat.
- Assemble tacos: allow toddler to add toppings to her (or his) own taco.
* I got the seasoning recipe from Allrecipies.com. I cut the salt in half and omitted the cayenne due to my family’s preferences. Here is the original recipe: taco seasoning