This is one of those amazing things that you can sneak a bunch of good stuff in without your toddler or kid knowing. Plus, I LOVE these. I used to make them all the time, especially when it was just me making a meal for myself and two little ones. This takes hardly any time and is a great meal that will fill you up. While I don’t eat most of this stuff anymore, this is an awesome toddler recipe! This is definitely not Paleo, but still a great kid friendly fast recipe. So have fun with it!
What you need:
Whole wheat tortillas (I use either local or Mission brand)
Some sort of cheesy substance (For E, we use Daiya and for the rest of us we use reduced fat cheddar or mozzarella)
Ground flax seed and/or chia seeds
Avacado, diced into small bite sized pieces
Put a couple tortillas on a cookie sheet. For me, I like the black beans whole. My daughter won’t eat it unless they are smashed, so a head’s up there. I also just put the beans right in the middle of the tortilla, so it doesn’t creep out the edges. You can make these into quesadillas or burritos, whichever works best. Sprinkle flax and or chia onto the beans. Next add some cheese on top. To keep dairy intake down, just put a little on for flavor. For kids, you might need more than you would use, to mask everything else, but don’t load it on. Put in the oven under the broiler, watching closely, until the cheese gets melty. Don’t over cook, as the tortilla will get hard. Of course, you can also use the microwave. There isn’t much time difference because you can do two or more in the oven, while only one at a time in the microwave. Also, the microwave adds moisture, so I prefer the oven. Once they are done in the oven, put on the stovetop. Don’t try to remove them yet. Instead, put in the tomato and avocado. Now my son will eat avocado, he loves it. I can get C to eat it if I make guacamole and tell her it’s a dip for her chips, but not in this meal. So for her, I omit the avocado. For me, that’s my favorite part! She sometimes will eat the tomatoes and sometimes won’t, but I always add them. Chopped very small. For a quesadilla, fold it in half, push the contents to the edges, and cut into thirds. Perfect portion for a kid! Add some fruit on the side and serve. No I don’t have a picture, sadly. These are awesome, but I don’t eat them anymore, so I’m probably not going to making them anytime soon, since I love them so much! Maybe I will adapt it sometime soon.
Sidenote: It took about eight times of serving this with beans before my daughter just said one day…”I love beans!” Before that, she wouldn’t eat it all, and would try to eat it around the beans. Keep serving it, and they’ll catch on. The beans provide fiber and protein and calcium and are a great thing to add to a lot of meals, so just keep introducing it to your kid or toddler, and eventually they should take to them. If not, mash them, chop them, and hide them.