Rainbow Taco Salad

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Travis and I have come to the end of his Cook the Rainbow kit from Raddish Kids, and the final recipe did not disappoint! This one looked complicated at the outset, but was simple enough to throw together after a busy afternoon out and about.

To start, thinly slice one head of romaine lettuce. Travis is getting good at holding onto a knife handle with me, while I guide the motions of applying pressure and slicing. Place the lettuce in a large bowl.

Now set out 6 bowls; these will hold all the toppings, which makes this recipe a great example of mise en place (and there is a cute write-up about mise en place on the back of the recipe card, since this concept was the recipe’s featured culinary skill).

Pour 1 cup salsa into the first bowl – red!

Place 1 cup shredded Daiya cheddar in the second bowl – orange!

Drain 1 cup canned corn and place in the third bowl – yellow!

Peel and pit 1 avocado. Travis loved twisting the avocado halves apart and scooping out the flesh. Finely chop and place in the fourth bowl – green!

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Place 1/4 cup shredded purple cabbage in the fifth bowl – blue/purple!

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Now that we had our rainbow, we added an additional yellow: Place 3 cups tortilla chips in a zip-top bag. Seal and crush with your hands. Easily a favorite step.

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Finally, crumble 1 package meatless crumbles (such as Lightlife) into a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook for about 8 minutes, until browned.

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Set this salad up as a buffet where everyone can choose how much of the rainbow to add as their toppings.

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Alternateivley, you can plate it in a big bowl, and have people scoop in to the rainbow.

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The recipe card also featured a few fun math problems about quantities and costs of ingredients. Some of these were over Travis’s head (fractions and multiplication) but he was able to do this one: If each child in the family ate 1 cup lettuce and each adult ate 2 cups, how many cups of lettuce do we need?

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Using our fingers, he helped me count out: 1 +1 + 2+ 2 = 6. Great practice!

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