I have no clue where I got this recipe, but it’s great for toddlers and really pretty healthy.
1/2 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 tomato (diced)
cilantro to taste
salt to taste
lime to taste
Basically mix all ingredients together until you get the flavor you like. The amounts can definitely be changed according to your own tastes!
Today it dawned on me that it’s an easy enough recipe that J could help (and pretty much make it entirely himself). I just cut up the tomatoes and the avocado before he joined me. He dipped the avocado into a bowl, added the beans and tomatoes and stirred them all together. I didn’t have fresh lime or cilantro, so he squeezed some lime juice out of a bottle and shook the cilantro out of the spice container. We added the salt together (so he wouldn’t shake the entire jar into the dip!). He could even spoon the salsa onto the tortilla and help roll it up!
The reward is immediate, so there’s no question in his mind that he helped create the meal.
As a side note, I included a little science with today’s cooking too. I happened to have an extra avocado and tomato, so I kept them out for him to feel. We described the textures of the fruits and then I showed him what the inside of each looked like (pointed out the color, the texture, the seeds in each).