Ready for a fun activity that leaves you with a healthy snack when you are finished? You have come to the right place. Making your own salsa is an easy and creative activity to do with children. The no-cook nature of salsa makes it perfect for little ones to lend a hand, and even better, it is packed with antioxidant rich veggies.
The ingredients below will provide you with a basic recipe to follow. Feel free to adjust to the tastes of your kiddos.
· 2 Whole tomatoes, diced
· ½ c- 1 small onion finely, diced
· 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
· 2-4 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped (for more fun, purchase a cilantro plant to care for and get more cilantro from after this activity)
· 1 bell pepper, chopped
· ½ tsp salt
· 1 tsp minced garlic OR 1 ½ tsp dried garlic powder
· Juice of one lime
- Optional (but tasty!) ingredients: ½ cup chopped pineapple, ¾ cup black beans, ½ cup corn, ½ cup diced peaches
Depending on the age of your children and your preferences for the texture of your salsa, you may choose which method of preparation best suits your needs.
1. Wash and dry all ingredients.
2. a. Chop and dice ingredients. Kitchen shears can be helpful for kids who are not yet old enough to use knives. For kids not old enough for kitchen shear, tearing herbs is a perfect task to keep little hands engaged.
b. Alternatively, you can roughly cut up ingredients to fit in food processor or blender and puree until desired consistency is reached.
3. Serve with carrot slices, sliced cucumbers, or whole grain crackers. Also delicious baked on top of chicken or light fish. Let your kids brainstorm ways they might like to enjoy the fresh salsa they just made.
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