Let’s face it. As we face days and days on end of quarantining at home, parents will constantly be looking for new ideas to entertain their children. Cooking club has always been a popular one with my former students, so now is a great time to start your own version of cooking club at home!
Here’s an easy dinner idea you can get your children involved with!
Instant pot Chicken tacos with homemade tortillas!
Chicken filling ingredients
-2lbs chicken tenders
-2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning (or 1 packet) * great opportunity to have you kids help you measure out the spices for this.
-1 jar of your favorite mild salsa
-1 cup water
Instructions: 1) add chicken to your 8 quart instant pot 2) Add spices and mix with chicken 3) Add water and salsa and stir just gently so that liquid is covering all the chicken. 4) Choose the poultry button and cook for 8 min. 5) Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes. Your chicken will be tender and easy to shred!!
Homemade tortillas ingredients
-2 cups flour
-1 teaspoon Salt
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-3/4 cup warm water
-3 tablespoons olive oil.
Instructions: 1) Add flour, salt, and baking powder to a large bowl. 2) Add oil and water and stir. 3) Once formed into a dough knead with your hands until it forms a ball. 4) Let sit for 30 minutes, covered in a towel (great time to go outside and play with the kids.) 5) Heat a large cast iron skillet on a back-burner away from your little ones on medium heat for 10 minutes. 6.) Fun with dough time. Divide your dough ball into to 8-12 small balls. Create a floured surface for your children and instruct them to flatten them into circles. If you feel confident allow them to use a rolling pin to make each tortilla about 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch thick. For younger children, have them create their flat circles then have an adult finish with the rolling pin. 7) Have an adult place each tortilla onto the cooking surface for 20-30 seconds per side until it bubbles (a little longer if you like it dark!) Voila! Tortillas.
I love having a discussion with children about homemade vs. store bought foods and how they are similar and different. I often find children are surprised at how easy and fun it can be to make foods at home!
Serve your tacos with lettuce, shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, and sour cream for some extra flavor.
What homemade meals do you enjoy making with your little ones at home? Please share… my girls would love to try new things!