Kids Make Garlic Shrimp with Chickpeas over Quinoa

Between chopping, rinsing and measuring, there are lots of ways for kids to help with our Garlic Shrimp with Chickpeas over Quinoa Recipe. My daughter’s favorite steps were rinsing the shrimp and chickpeas, and measuring spices for the chickpea sauce.

While your kids make this meal with you, pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: CHICKPEAS

🍴 food groups1 🍴

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    • Fruits: lemon
    • Veggies: chickpeas2 , tomatoes3 , spinach, onion, garlic
    • Grains: quinoa4
    • Protein: shrimp, chickpeas2
    • Dairy: butter, cheese

    1For information about food and health, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.

    2Beans & Peas are so nutritious that they’re classified as both a vegetable AND a protein.

    3Tomatoes are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies.

    4Quinoa is classified as a grain by the USDA, but technically it’s a seed and therefore, super high in protein.

🍴Chickpeas 🍴

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Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Garlic Shrimp with Chickpeas over Quinoa Recipe. Just hover over each image for details. And make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!

🍴Quinoa🍴

BRING BROTH TO A BOIL

Watch what happens when liquid hits high temperatures!

Measure quinoa & pour

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🍴Shrimp🍴

MELT THE BUTTER

Tell your kid how long to put butter in microwave and they can practice identifying numbers.

Add salt & minced garlic to melted butter

Pour butter on shrimp & stir everything together

Squeeze the lemon

(you might have to help with this, lol)

🍴Chickpea Sauce🍴

Cut onion & tomatoes

When chopping onion, swimming goggles will help protect your kiddo's eyes

Measure spices

You can give your kid a project. Show them which spoons to use. And they can measure out each spice into a little bowl and stir together. When it's time, they can put the mix into the pan.

Drain & rinse chickpeas

Kids love this task. Give them a colander and they can do the rest!

Stir everything together in pan

*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous. 

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