As a child you are always told not to play with your food. I say, let them! I love seeing the joy on my daughter’s face as she threads a bit of spaghetti in and out of her fingers, pretending it’s a snake. My son loves to rub food all over the table, his face and generally over every thing! It gets in their mouth eventually so what’s the big rush. I believe that children discover food not just through taste but through being able to feel, smell and see it. By see it I mean, seeing what goes into it. I’m not sure if you have noticed but I take a picture of all the ingredients before I cook it. This is so we can talk about the different things, we play ‘the name game’ and ‘name that colour’. The more fun my toddler has preparing in, the more likely she is to eat it. This dish is a great way of getting children involved by helping cut the pepper, grate cheese and then finally, putting it all together in the wrap. The chicken takes a while to cook so whilst it was cooking we made paper crowns and decorated at the kitchen table.
For the taco seasoning:
1 tbsp chilli powder
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
500g chicken meat
600ml beef stock, made with two stock cubes
8 flour tortillas
100g cheddar cheese
1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
Also any other topping of your choice.
- Add chicken, taco seasoning, salsa and stock to a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and let it simmer for an hour, on a low heat. With two forks, start to pull the meat apart so it become shredded. Cook for another 10 minutes.
- Place the shredded chicken onto the wrap, top with cheese and pepper.