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Fajitas

Fajitas are fun food! Kids love this colourful, flavoursome dinner you can eat with your fingers, and they are easily adaptable, too. Change the meat and veg for your own favourites, and follow our expert tips and simple steps to take your fajitas from good to great!

Why are fajitas so great?

Fajitas are simple, cheap and delicious. Spice levels can be changed for adults and children, and they lend themselves well to freezing a big batch of filling and a stack of wraps for future meals.

It can be easy to add veg to fajitas to add colour and crunch, which is a fun way for kids to get used to new veggies. Plus, they are always more on board with anything they can eat with their hands!

The adaptability of fajitas means they can be as healthy, cheap, easy, and quick as you choose to make them, meaning it’s a perfect family recipe to have under your belt to make small tweaks to over time.

Follow a basic rule of wraps, meat, fish or beans, a couple of colourful veg and some fajita seasoning, and you’ve got a winner every time.

And fajitas are a great “build your own” style meal to help kids feel they have more choice over what they are eating. Just put a little bit of cooked meat, fish or beans in a bowl, a good helping of 2-3 types of veg, a little grated cheese and some toppings like guacamole, salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce or spring onions out, and let them fill their own wraps.

Use the basic recipe, small tweaks and tips below to take your fajitas from good to better!

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Getting Started

Fajitas are simple, cheap and delicious. Spice levels can be changed for adults and children, and they lend themselves well to freezing a big batch of filling and a stack of wraps for future meals.

It can be easy to add veg to fajitas to add colour and crunch, which is a fun way for kids to get used to new veggies. Plus, they are always more on board with anything they can eat with their hands!

Here is a simple recipe for fajitas which you can use as a base and build on over time…

Simple Fajitas

Claire Wright

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Ingredients:

Meat strips or veggie alternative (or mince)

Fajita seasoning mix

Tin of kidney or black beans, drained (optional)

A little grated cheese (optional)

Tortilla wraps

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Not made fajitas before, or not ready to try the next steps? Start here!

Method:

  1. Cook the meat/veggie alternative according to pack instructions (usually just a case of frying in a little oil until browned and cooked all the way through).
  2. Add seasoning and beans, if using, and cook an extra 2-3 mins until everything is heated through.
  3. Serve in tortilla wraps, with a little grated cheese if you like.

There is no need to go any further with this recipe until you are confident with it and feel up for the next step.

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Engaging Kids

Engaging Kids

Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.

Kids in the kitchen

Kids in the kitchen

The eventual aim, if possible, is to get kids in the kitchen. Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to mean they are with you from start-to-end creating mess and rising stress levels! It can be as simple as giving them one small job (stirring, measuring, pouring, grating, chopping…) ideally involving veg. They can come in to do their little bit, and have fun with you for a few minutes. Getting them involved, making it playful and praising them plenty for their involvement, perhaps even serving it as dinner they “made”, makes it much more likely they will eat the food offered, not to mention teaching them important life skills. Find ideas, safety tips, videos and even a free chart in our Kids in the Kitchen section here.

Activities

Activities

While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.

Sensory

Sensory

Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.

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Serving

The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.

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I Want To Improve My Fajitas

If you are feeling confident with your favourite fajita recipe, but you’re wondering if there are some small tweaks you could make for the better, this is for you.

basic fajita to get you from good to great. Find where you feel your current recipe sits and see if the next step is something you could aim for. You don’t have to go any further, but if you choose to, make sure you are feeling confident with this new stage before you try the next one.

And remember, the MOST important thing is that the family enjoys the meal! These changes and swaps can take as long as is needed if your family isn’t ready for big changes all in one go. Small simple improvements over time may not even be noticed.

And remember, the MOST important thing is that the family enjoys the meal! These changes and swaps can take as long as is needed if your family isn’t ready for big changes all in one go. Small simple improvements over time may not even be noticed.

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Play is essential!

Think of children helping in the kitchen as a role play game with plenty of fun for maximum effect. One of the best ways to develop a love of veg in kids is to get them involved in the prep of the veg. Not only is cooking an essential life skill for kids to learn, but it’s a great, fun way to get them engaging with healthy foods!

Cooking with kids

Arts & crafts

Games & puzzles

Sensory

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