Welcome to another great blog post for our Coco/Day of the Dead theme. This week we are going to explore some great Mexican food, food that the kids can help with too. Check out our kids kitchen for loads of treats that the kids will love and for real dinner recipes that the kids can actually help you make.
Now before we kick off, I have picked two great Mexican recipes but they may not be what is traditionally eaten for the Day of the Dead celebration, this is because this blog and the Kids Kitchen is all about introducing ingredients/flavours to kids whilst at the same time keeping everything as simple as possible so the kids can get in the kitchen and help too. Because of this I have picked two Mexican dishes that kids may be familiar with already or at least heard of them from films/TV. I have also included a cool treat at the end too.
A few tablespoons oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped well
3 bell peppers, chopped well
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, chopped very small
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
Hot chili powder to taste (optional)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 pound ground beef
1 15 oz. can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 cup cooked rice (I used jasmine rice)
Serve with - Cilantro, lime wedges, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, avocado etc.
Saute the peppers, onion, garlic, and jalapeno over medium high heat until slightly browned.
Combine all the spices together and season the beef with about 1 tablespoon of the combined spices. Brown the meat in the pan with the peppers.
Once the meat is browned and begins sticking to the pan, add about a cup of water and the remaining spices. Cut the lime into wedges, squeeze the juice into the meat and stir the squeezed lime wedges right into the meat mixture to simmer.
Continue simmering this mixture until the peppers and onions are totally cooked down (maybe about 1/2 hour). Add more water if it begins sticking again.
Adjust seasonings to taste and remove lime wedges. Add the beans and rice and mix well, continuing to cook until heated through.
Serve on flour tortillas with Cilantro, lime wedges, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, avocado etc.
3 bell peppers (I like to use one each of red, yellow and green), sliced
One white onion, sliced
250g (8.8oz) halloumi cheese, sliced into strips
Serve with salad, Avocado, Tomatoes, Cheese, Sour cream and Salsa
2 tsps of oregano
2 tsps of smoked paprika
1 tsp of chili powder
1 tsp of ground coriander
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of garlic granules
Pre-heat the oven to 210C or 450F while you slice the halloumi, onion and peppers.
Prepare the fajita seasoning by mixing everything together in a small bowl.
Place the halloumi, onion and peppers on a baking sheet brushed with oil.
Sprinkle the fajita seasoning over them.
Use a spatula to mix everything together, and spray or drizzle with more oil on the top.
Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the halloumi is cooked to your liking. (You may need more or less time – every oven is different.)
Sugar Skull Marshmallow Pops
These are super simple, all you need are some plastic lollipop sticks, edible food colouring markers and some marshmallows. To make it easier use the jumbo marshmallows, this gives you a bigger drawing surface. Start by using a black edible pen for the eyes and nose, everything else can be added around this use lots of colours.