Optimistic Mom-myth: when kids help you cook, they are more invested in the food and they are more likely to adventurously try said food.

Parenting reality: not in this case. 



What made my kids hate the wonderful, delicious, avocado so much?

Why can’t I convince them to love the heavenly combination of avocado, lime, and cilantro? Why do they call guacamole “that yucky green stuff we don’t like?”

Why? Why? WHY?



Well I’m nothing if not stubborn and eternally optimistic.

But when it comes to avocados I’m mostly stubborn. Cause by george these girls have GOT to grow up to love Tex-Mex as much as meeeeee!

Anyways I tried (again) an old recipe and this time I tried to entice them to make it with me to see if that would help them feel more invested in, I don’t know, actually eating it.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t help.

Not this time anyways. But that’s okay, I’m sure you guys can still appreciate this simple summery recipe.

You can think of it either as an avocado-twist on the humble chicken salad, or you can think of it as guacamole with chicken in it. Whatever floats your boat.



Recipe | Avocado Chicken Salad

3 ripe avocados, mashed

2 cups cooked shredded chicken

Juice and zest of 2-3 limes

Large bunch of cilantro, chopped

2-3 tablespoons mayonaise

generous tablespoon of cumin

generous tablespoon taco seasoning

salt, to taste

Mix everything together, refrigerate 1 hour, and consume. Or consume immediately if you’re running late on dinner prep and are too hungry to wait for the flavors to blend. Not that I would know what that is like 😉



It comes together lickity-split and is super easy for kids to help with. Cause it’s mostly stirring. And taste-testing for more salt!



Since I was pretty much the only one eating this rather large batch of chicken salad, I tried it many ways that week…



As lettuce wraps…



As a snack with chips…



As a sandwich with toasted bread…



And as a salad topping!

I’m really digging any recipes where most of the heat-involved food prep can happen early in the day before it gets too hot in my apartment. Plus bonus points for anything that can be versatile enough to be eaten a couple different times and in different ways throughout the week.

I might even like this chicken salad enough to try to get my little monkeys on board another time 😉


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