Kids Make Tangy Turkey Taco Bowl

Between measuring out spices and chopping the veggies, there is a ton kids can do to help make this dish. They may especially enjoy adding the colorful toppings to the taco bowls!

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: Rice.

🍴food groups1🍴

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    • Fruit: none
    • Veggies: garlic, onion, black beans2, corn, tomatoes3,  avocados4, cilantro
    • Grains: rice
    • Protein: turkey, black beans2
    • Dairy: cheese, sour cream

    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.
    3Tomatoes are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies.
    4Because of its seed, an avocado is considered a fruit by botanists. But the USDA considers avocados to be veggies, based on their nutrients.

     

🥣 Rice🥣

rice in a hand

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Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Tangy Turkey Taco Bowl. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!

🍴Turkey Mixture🍴

To prepare the turkey, kids can:

Chop onion*

Kids can use a safe knife to chop onion. PRO TIP: have child wear goggles. Kids aren't used to the sting on the eyes you get when chopping onions.

Break up turkey in pan*

Kids can use a potato masher, spatula or spoon.

Measure and add seasonings to pan

Add broth, beans and corn to the pan*

We’re big fans of these kid-friendly knives and this Potato Masher.

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🍴Rice🍴

To help prepare the rice, kids can:

BRING WATER TO A BOIL

This teaches kids to pay attention to the stovetop and see what happens to water when it gets that hot. Yay science!

SET TIMER FOR RICE

This is a good chance for kids to learn about cooking times.

 

🍴Toppings🍴

To put together the toppings, kids can:

Prep avocados*

Cut avocados lengthwise in half, remove seed, and cut into chunks or slices. Kids can use a plastic knife, plastic pastry scraper, butter knife or Curious Chef kids knives.

Cut cilantro*

Cut cilantro using kitchen shears. You can include both the leaves and the stems.

We like these kid-friendly knives and these  Kitchen Shears.

 

*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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