Garden Tacos

Usually when I introduce a lesson involving food the crowd goes wild.  Today the population was particularly demure.  I told a group of 1st graders that we would be making lettuce wraps.  They stared blankly.  I realized that I was not appealing to my target demographic.  I tried again “today we’re going to make garden tacos.”  Deafening enthusiasm ensued.  Silly Mrs. Kjessie, garden tacos are for kids.  Any self-respecting child raised in central CA knows how to get excited over a taco, not a “lettuce wrap.”  Point taken.  After doing 8 incarnations of the tacos and ranch, I noticed that sometimes they loved it and sometimes they just were not wild about it.  I observed a correlation between the lettuce variety and the higher approval ratings.  If we made the “tortillas” out of green leaf lettuce only about 1/3 of the kids liked them.  If we make them out of romaine, about 3/4 of the kids loved them and I even had one very adamant 6 year old say “Oh! Mrs. Kjessie, I just HAAAAAAAVE to get this recipe.”

So, here we are.

“The Salsa” aka

Garden Fresh Ranch Dressing

1/4 Cup Greek yogurt
1/4 Cup Buttermilk
1/2 Garlic clove
Fresh Herbs– We used a handful of Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary and Oregano
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp sugar or maple syrup or honey

Strip fresh herb leaves from their stems and place in the bottom of a deep measuring cup or jar.  Measure out the rest of the ingredients on top of the herbs. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.  

“The Tortillas”

  • Preferably Romaine lettuce, washed and dried.  Salad spinners are super fun.

“The Meat”

  • Harvest Carrots and Snap peas.  Wash thoroughly and then cut into small pieces.
  • Roasted Sunflower seeds

To Assemble:

Have kids hold their lettuce tortilla and spread ranch on the bottom, let them fill their taco with carrot & snap pea bits and sprinkle roasted sunflower seeds to top. Voila!


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