From chopping veggies to measuring/sprinkling/pouring ingredients, there are lots of easy tasks for kids to assist with these lettuce wraps. Our kids especially loved filling their lettuce leaves like a sandwich/pita.
While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: butterhead LETTUCE.
- Fruit: none
- Veggies: celery, onion, garlic, ginger, carrots, lettuce, edamame2
- Grains: none
- Protein: chicken, peanuts, edamame2
- Dairy: none
1For information about food and health, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
2Beans are so nutritious that they’re classified as both a vegetable AND a protein.
- Butterhead lettuce is known for its tender and smooth leaves which can be used in salads or to wrap other foods.
- Bibb, Boston and Butter lettuce are all different varieties of Butterhead lettuces.
- Butterhead lettuce is full of water and very low in calories. It’s known for its sweet, mild and succulent flavor.
- This vegetable is very high in Vitamin A, which helps protect against infections and keeps our eyes and skin healthy.
Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Edamame. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!
🍴Chicken & Veggies🍴
To make the chicken and veggie mixture, kids can:
Break up chicken as it cooks
Kids can use a spatula or potato masher to break up chicken.
Measure and add veggies to chicken mixture
Measure and add sauces to chicken and veggies
Make sure you have a long spoon/spatula for the kids to stir the mixture, so they don't burn their little arms.
We’re big fans of these Curious Chef kid-safe knives.
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To make the edamame, kids can:
Set the microwave timer
Teach your kids how to set cooking times.
Season with salt and stir together
To assemble the lettuce wraps, kids can:
Rinse and tear apart lettuce from the core
Be careful not to rip the leaves!
Crush peanuts and sprinkle atop chicken mixture
Place peanuts in sealed bag and gently crush with meat mallet.
Fill lettuce wraps
Kids can scoop chicken onto leaves with a regular spoon.
Cut cilantro with shears or tear with hands
This is an optional topping.
*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.