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Healthy and Fun Meals with KidsThe phrase “Do it myself!” has grown in popularity in my house these days, coming from both my three year old and two year old! I actually love to hear it because it means I get an extra five seconds or so to tend to some other undone task before getting the return cry for “Help!”

Burrito night allows my little independent ones to make their own dinner. I prepare the fillings, put them on the table and let the kids do the assembly. It’s a little messy but it gives them a sense of control and they enjoy it!

We usually do vegetarian burritos which are so fast to prepare and no one ever misses the meat because they are delicious! After sampling many brands of whole wheat tortillas, I found a great one at my local produce market. My son actually only likes “brown” tortillas now since these are is so tasty! My ingredients are ones usually in the house: rice, black beans, shredded cheese, avocado, light sour cream, lettuce (my kids won’t eat this) and salsa/tomatoes. This is also a good meal for early eaters without as many teeth – I used to mash up the beans a little, and cut the avocado into bite size pieces.

I like to add flavor to my beans and doing so also adds some extra antioxidants and phytonutrients (natural chemicals found in plants) without any complaints from the kids!

Here is the recipe I use:

Power Black Beans

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can low sodium black beans
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp canola or olive oil
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional – this amount really doesn’t add heat, just a touch of flavor)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil on medium high heat in small pan.
  2. Add onion and spices and sauté about 2 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and sauté an additional minute.
  4. Add can of beans, including liquid.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes.

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