Cincomom is celebrating Cinco De Mayo!
May 5th is not only about the richness, beauty and tradition of Mexican families, but it also symbolizes Mexican heritage and pride! And with so much going on in the world, what better way to pay homage to another culture’s traditions and open discussion with my children about cultural influences other than our own.
Everyone is different and everyone’s culture should be appreciated. So together with my family, we plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and I have some fun activities and recipes to share with you!
Food brings family together, don’t you think? Around the table is where dynamic conversations happen and it’s where you can get in that special talk time with your kids as well. But even better, have your kids have a hand in helping you create meals. And by doing so you create memories!
So with the help of one of my favorite Food Network Chefs, Ingrid Hoffmann of Simply Delicioso, I am making the Mango-Tomatillo Guacamole, which is in fact one of Chef Ingrid’s favorite foods to eat! And guess what, it’s mine too!
Here’s the recipe:
Makes 2 cups
2 ripe Hass avocados, halved, seeded, and peeled
2 tomatillos, husked and finely chopped
1 ripe mango, peeled, seeded, and cubed
½ small red onion, finely chopped
1 serrano chile, finely chopped (remove seeds before chopping for less heat)
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped
1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
baked tortilla or pita chips, for serving
1. Mash the avocados in a medium bowl with a fork, leaving them still a bit chunky. Fold in the tomatillos, mango, onion, chile, cilantro, and mint. Add the lemon juice, and gently mix to evenly distribute the ingredients. Season with salt.
2. Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to discourage discoloring, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. Serve with the chips for dipping.
And once I’m done creating this delicious recipe with the help of my kids, Kaitlin, Mikaela, Milan and Jo-Jo, we’ll have some family fun and create some Cinco De Mayo crafts. I’ve included some cut-outs below. There’s much you can do and add in your own flavor like stuffing a pinata with candy and letting your kids burst it open. Or if not candy, then stuff it with colorful confetti and let your kids make a mess! But they will surely have fun mashing up the avocados in the kitchen making the guacamole and it’s an easy recipe that will help them to feel empowered and independent. I look forward to celebrating Cinco De Mayo with my bunch and I surely hope you use this time as a teaching opportunity and bring your family closer together with some great food!
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