Fresh Mama's Easy Guacamole and Getting Your Kids to Help in the Kitchen!

Here you have it! My kid's favorite healthy recipe to "cook" in the kitchen -- easy guacamole. When I asked for feedback on my facebook page, many of you were looking for ways to get the kids to help in the kitchen. My boys help me A LOT in the kitchen, especially my 7 year old -- Evan loves to eat and realizes one of the best ways to get food in his belly is to make it himself. He's a pro at getting himself snacks and both boys (age 6 and 7) often get themselves cereal with milk, snacks, and can make themselves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I love it when one of them sees me busy in the kitchen and asks "can I help?" The answer is almost always "yes" and I look forward to a day when they can cook me a whole meal themselves!

Our kitchen rules:
  •  We wash our hands well with soap and water before doing anything in the kitchen.
  •  Kids cannot even touch a knife unless a parent is helping and supervising. If your child is interested in using a knife, start them off with a butter knife and practice on something soft like pancakes around age 5 or 6. My 7 year old is allowed to cut apples (after I have cut it in half) with a real knife and it is a work in progress. Safety first!
  •  Kids have to help with clean-up to the best of their ability.

Kitchen tasks for kids:
  • measuring wet and dry ingredients (good for practicing math skills!)
  • whisking, stirring, mixing by hand or with the stand-mixer (supervised)
  • scooping, spreading, pouring (i.e. batters, or spreading pizza sauce for homemade pizza)
  • topping dishes with cheese, breadcrumbs
  • have kids choose what they want to make (look through recipe books, magazines and Pinterest with them) -- make sure to choose recipes that are appropriate to your skill level -- that 5 layer  tie-dye rainbow cake might look awesome, but you don't want to pick something you would never attempt on your own!
  • carrying dirty bowls, dishes, spoons, etc. to the sink, wiping down counters, sweeping floor, putting away silverware
  • let them do a taste test! My 7 year old already knows when a dish needs a tad more salt, sugar, herbs, or if it is over seasoned -- definitely a food critic in the making.

If your kids are new to helping in the kitchen, I suggest the guacamole as a first recipe because it involves kid's favorite thing in the world -- instant. gratification. Takes about 5 minutes start to finish, no cooking time and of course it involves chips -- something most kids won't say "no" to! As you can see, these photos were taken on more than one day... we make guacamole pretty frequently around here! Please use my recipe as a guideline and change it up any way that suites your family's tastes. P.S. don't tell them its healthy! Just tell them it is brain-food;)

Licking the masher! Can't waste a drop:)

Fresh Mama's Easy Guacamole (Printable version)
2 ripe avocados (its ok if they are a little brown or bruised!)
Juice of 1 lime (or juice of 1/2 a lemon)
3 green onions, finely chopped (or 2 tablespoons red onion)
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
pinch of salt
bag of corn chips, preferably organic, unsalted (I buy Trader Joe's brand)
*optional add-ins*
2 Roma tomatoes or 2 handfuls grape tomatoes chopped
1 clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or dash of hot sauce
1. Adult should cut the avocadoes in half lengthwise and remove the pits, chop the vegetables and herbs, cut the lime in half.
2. Kids can scoop the avocado into the bowl, then mash it with a potato masher or fork, squeeze the lime juice into the bowl, add remaining ingredients and stir well.
Eat the guac with chips, or use as a topping for tacos, fajitas, fish, steak, chicken, the possibilities are endless! you will be licking the bowl!

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