The Fiesta Wrap with my Toddler

I like to try to use recipes from Team Nutrition's Healthy Kids Cookbooks: Cookbook for Homes and I try to involve my toddler when I cook.  A favorite of mine is the Fiesta Wrap and it's a good one to get her involved.  

What does she like to do?  

  • She loves washing her hands before any cooking task.
  • Getting her own step stool.
  • She loves rinsing the black beans in the strainer (she stands on a step stool and holds the strainer under the faucet).
  • Mashing the black beans - they feel funny between her fingers.  (we keep the black beans in the strainer and mash with our fingers).
  • She dumps in all of the additional measured ingredients.
  • Stirring is a highlight.

This is an easy one to do as she grows, she gets a little bit more involved.  We started out when she was 18 months just rinsing the beans and her duties have grown as we both become more efficient in the kitchen.

Tips for you: Be prepared to repeat yourself regularly and patience is a necessity.  Don't forget to leave extra time for cooking so you and the little one don't feel rushed.

Note: For Family Child Care Food Program Participants, the CACFP Crediting Chart for you can be found here.

It's so fun.  Enjoy.


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building