Guacamole & Fresh Salsa as an Afternoon Snack

A few years ago we were staying with some friends who have a few small kids. Since our evening meals tended to be eaten late, I asked if I could make the afternoon snack, and decided to make guacamole and fresh salsa. The kids (ages 3, 6 and 9) had actually never tried either, but they were totally up for trying something new! The salsa and guac were a big hit, and there wasn’t even too much double-dipping going on.

Now that I have my own two-year-old to feed, I often whip up some fresh salsa or guacamole for him too.  It’s a perfect afternoon snack for hungry kids, whether it’s a post-nap snack or after school snack. My son LOVES to get involved in the cooking process, though sometimes I have to put the brakes on just how much he can help with!

For now, he pushes his chair up to the countertop and helps me load all the pre-chopped ingredients into the bowl or food processor, and either helps mix them with a whisk or gets to turn the button on the food processor when I give him the go-ahead. His favorite part is getting to dip a chip into the freshly made salsa or guac and tasting that first bite!

In addition to this being a great snack for kids, it’s also a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables. Not many of us would be too excited about eating plain onions or tomatoes, but these ingredients really come to life when they’re all mixed together.

5 Minute Fresh Salsa
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Plum tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • ½ medium red onion
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • salt (approximately 1 tsp) and pepper to taste
  • *Optional: diced jalapeno pepper or cayenne pepper flakes, to taste
Instructions
  1. Pulse the pepper and onion in a food processor until there are no more big chunks.
  2. Add the tomatoes and pulse until combined. Add the lime juice, salt and pepper and cilantro. Add the jalapeno or cayenne pepper if using. Pulse one last time to combine.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.

 

Guacamole
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 3 large ripe avocados
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • A dash of salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the avocados into quarters and remove the peels and pit. Dice, then add to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Halve the garlic clove; remove and discard any green shoots in the center. Mince the garlic.
  3. Dice the onions. Place the diced onions and minced garlic in a small bowl with a little water for a few minutes. This will help the onions and garlic "de-flame" a little and become less potent.
  4. Add all of the other ingredients to the mixing bowl with the avocados. Mash with a fork or whisk. If the avocados are still particularly hard you can pulse them in a food processor.
  5. Drain the water off of the onions and garlic and add to the guacamole mixture. Mix together and serve with tortilla chips.

 

 

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