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Recipe for fajitas and guacamole great way to teach kids basic cooking skills

10/26/2012 02:00 EDT | Updated 12/26/2012 05:12 EST
When making this beginner-level recipe with your kids, you can take care of the steps that involve using a knife or the stove and let them take care of the rest.

Chicken Fajitas With Smooth Guacamole Dip

Choose whole-wheat tortillas to boost your fibre.

To make a vegetarian version of this recipe, substitute kidney beans or a vegetable-based meat substitute for the chicken.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Fajitas

4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves

125 ml (1/2 cup) lime juice

50 ml (1/4 cup) olive oil

30 ml (2 tbsp) chili powder

5 ml (1 tsp) garlic powder

1 ml (1/4 tsp) cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper, to taste

Vegetable oil

12 large corn flour tortillas

Toppings

1 red onion, minced

1 green bell pepper, trimmed and minced

1 can (284 ml/10 oz) corn niblets, drained

Salsa

Grated cheddar cheese

Guacamole (recipe follows)

What they can do: In an ovenproof dish, marinate chicken breasts in lime juice and olive oil for 2 hours in refrigerator.

What they can do: Meanwhile, in a large bag, combine chili, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Remove chicken breasts from dish, place in spice bag and shake well to coat chicken.

What you can do: In a skillet, cook chicken in vegetable oil over medium heat until done. Cut in strips and set aside.

What they can do: To prepare fajitas, place chicken strips on tortillas and top with onion, green bell pepper, corn niblets, salsa and cheddar cheese. Roll up tortillas and serve with guacamole.

Makes 12 fajitas.

Guacamole

2 ripe but firm avocados

75 ml (1/3 cup) 10 per cent (half-and-half) cream

50 ml (1/4 cup) light mayonnaise

2 ml (1/2 tsp) grated lime rind

15 ml (1 tbsp) lime juice

1 small plum (Roma) tomato, seeded and diced

1 clove garlic, minced

Dash hot pepper sauce

Salt, to taste

30 ml (2 tbsp) chopped fresh coriander or parsley (optional)

What you can do: Cut avocados in half.

What they can do: Remove pits. Using spoon, scoop out flesh of avocados and place in a bowl. Mash avocados with a potato masher until fairly smooth. Add cream, mayonnaise, lime rind and juice; mash and stir until smooth and well combined. Stir in tomato, garlic and hot pepper sauce. Season with salt. Scrape into a serving bowl and sprinkle with coriander, if using.

Source: www.familykitchen.ca

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