Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dinner for Picky Kids

I was babysitting a couple of kids yesterday while their mom had a late doctor's appointment, and I needed to make them dinner. These kids are picky (although their mom SWEARS they will eat anything, every time I try to feed them, they don't like it!), so I was a bit anxious about what to make them. In the end, we made roll-your-own burritos. SO EASY. Here's what I did:

1 package of tortillas (the large ones)
2 packages of shredded jack or Mexican Mix cheeses
2 cans of refried beans
1-1/2 cups cooked white rice
1 jar salsa
1 package of chicken breast, thinly sliced
spray oil
sour cream or plain yogurt
shredded lettuce
chopped tomatoes
chopped avocado

First, cook the rice according to package directions. While it's simmering, cook chicken breast in a hot grill pan with the spray oil. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil (you don't want it to be "slimy"!). Cut chicken into small (1/2 inch square) pieces, and place in a serving bowl. Dump refried beans into serving bowl and microwave till hot. Stir through.

Place 1 tortilla on a plate. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, or long enough for cheese to melt.

Set table in an assembly line: plates with cheesy tortillas, rice, beans, chicken, chopped veggies, sour cream/yogurt, salsa. Have kids place fillings in center of tortilla (not all over) so the tortilla can be rolled up and the melted cheese "seals" it shut.

If you want to make it more flavorful for an adult palate, season the chicken with chili powder, cayenne, and cumin before grilling, and cook the rice in a chicken or veggie stock. Mash the avocado with diced tomato and onion, season with lime juice and coarse sea salt to make it into guacamole.

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