Week 4 – Guacamole

  • Recipe for one child:
  • 1 avocado
  • onions diced
  • roma tomatoes diced
  • minced garlic
  • chopped red peppers (optional)
  • cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • a pinch of salt + pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper

Now my biggest concern in this very simple snack, was the ability to cut an avocado properly. I showed the kids how to properly cut an avocado around the pit, and then to take the pit out by loosening it with their knife, or with their hands if it was already loose enough. My favourite part of the class is when the kids use the skills they’ve learned to teach their friends themselves! Some of the kids had already made guacamole at home with their parents, so they were using their personal expertise and mentoring their classmates on technique. Letting the kids themselves step in is one of the most important parts of the class which I think it highly underrated. As long as they’re doing it correctly and safely, I think that letting kids mentor their peers is important for leadership and confidence building.

Some kids did not take my advice to add “a pinch” of salt.. while they added the salt in their palm like i told them to do, instead of pinching the salt into their dish, they just dumped whatever was in their palm right into the guac! I can’t say I didn’t try to at least teach them portion control.

In the end, everyone’s guacamole turned out really well! Even if the kids didn’t like guacamole, they at least enjoyed the process of making it! I gave everyone a ziplock bag of tortilla chips leftover from our Nachos, which made everyone happy regardless of how their guacamole turned out!

Next time, i’ll leave this video playing in the background for the kids to refer to.

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