Adventures in Drool:  Fun in the kitchen

April 10, 2012
Enjoy black bean salsa and homemade chips with your kids this week. SOURCE IMAGES

I hope everyone enjoyed Easter break. I sure did, and caught up on lots of family time.

Following up on the idea of teaching kids how to cook, I thought I would provide some fun recipes that are also kid-friendly.

Droolface is still a bit young to fully enjoy food. He prefers his mashed, and does not enjoy feeding himself at this point. But, I am excited for the summer when he will hopefully be eating finger foods.

During a weekend gathering, I made this quick and simple black bean salsa recipe with baked tortilla chips. It was a hit with adults and kids.

Black bean and corn salsa


• 1 can black beans (reduced sodium), rinsed and drained

• 1 small can mexi-corn (with red peppers or chiles), rinsed and drained

• 1/2 onion, diced

• avocado (if available), diced

• tomato, diced (if available)

• 1 lime

In large bowl, dump all of the ingredients, except avocado and lime. Mix well. Squeeze half a lime over and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Right before serving, top with diced avocado for a nice presentation.

This is a great recipe for kids because it is just dumping ingredients together. They can call on their inner Bobby Flay when it comes to seasoning and presentation. After all, we eat first with our eyes.

Baked tortilla chips


• 4-8 fajita-sized flour tortillas

• Olive oil

• Salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare cookie sheet with cooling rack positioned on top. Cut tortillas into fours - so they look like chips. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with just a bit of coarse salt and bake 5 minutes. Transfer to a pretty bowl and serve alongside black bean salsa. Yum!

Do you have any favorite kid-friendly recipes - send them to and I will use them in a future blog. Have a great Tuesday; see you again for Fitness Friday!



  • Real Parents. Real Food. Real Fun.

    Welcome to Adventures in Drool! Talking about green living, getting rid of plastics and toxic chemicals in our homes and raising happy kids on a budget. Join the conversation ( and don't forget to Like us on Facebook!

    Rachel Swick Mavity, author of the blog, lives with a reformed drooler (Droolface), who at age 3 loves to get muddy, drink homemade smoothies, giggle and flirt with old ladies. Her current drooler (Birdy) enjoys spitting up on work clothes and leaving drool trails as a way of showing her love.

    Mavity previously worked as a journalist for seven years at newspapers from Pennsylvania to Maryland and Delaware. In Sussex County she worked for several newspapers, including the Cape Gazette. She lives in Lewes with her husband, Ryan Mavity, their son, "Droolface," and daughter, "Birdy."