Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tacos All Around

We had a yummy dinner tonight and I thought I would share the recipes because they are appropriate for all ages. Tacos are one of our favorites and we usually have them two or three times a month. Recently, I tried the Tempeh Tacos recipe from Cynthia Lair's Feeding the Whole Family. I used lean ground beef instead of tempeh and it is just as delicious. I paired it with cumin rice and beans, creamy coleslaw from Ms. Lair's cookbook, and my friend Alysa's guacamole. I am still in food heaven - you know that feeling when your mouth still tastes good and your tummy feels perfectly full. Hmm...yeah! You will have to look up Ms. Lair's recipes yourself but I have included below the beans and guac recipes for you as well directions for feeding your babes. Enjoy!

Cumin Rice and Beans
Cook one cup of rice as per the package directions including the recommended fat (either olive oil or unsalted butter). Add a 1/2 teaspoon of cumin to the rice. A few minutes before the rice is done, stir in a can of drained and rinsed black beans. Let that sit for a few minutes to warm up the beans.

(from Alysa and Lucas)
Mash one avocado with the juice of 1/2 lime, a pinch of kosher salt, a clove of minced garlic and a small handful of chopped cilantro. Add more lime juice or salt to taste if needed.

6 months and older
Reserve some mashed avocado for the beginning eaters.

8 months and older
Reserve some cumin rice and serve with mashed avocado.

10 months and older
Serve beginning finger food eaters the rice and beans. Mash the beans slightly to break the skins for easier digestion.

12 months and older
Serve them everything but the chips! Chips are an extreme choking hazard and shouldn't be offered until year three. They also might have trouble with the coleslaw, Clare at 15 months and with only her first year molars still can't really chew or move greens in her mouth yet.


Rachel said...

so we had tacos last night, and i took your advice and made the cumin rice with black beans and served it with some of the (not spicy) guacamole and charlie LOVED it. thanks for the tip. I need more ideas on what to feed my almost 8 month old now!

Apples to Zucchini said...

You can give him soft, mashed up versions of any fruit or veggie you are serving as well as beans and rice!