Burrito, Quesadilla, Taco or Wrap
October 25, 2002
By Lynne Bigwood, Northarvest Home Economist
Many people eat snacks between meals. Snacks are usually essential for children because they are active and unable to eat enough to supply their energy needs with three meals. Three meals and three "lunches" is a usual daily eating pattern for young, growing children (or teenage boys).
Children have the most control over the food they eat for snacks. If they are taught how to make a simple burrito, quesadilla, taco or wrap -- and the ingredients are available -- they can easily make these foods by themselves. These might also be foods that the child can make for meals.
Similar ingredients are used to make either a burrito or quesadilla. Using a different method of folding the same ingredients creates a different dish, or as Americans would say, "sandwich." The tortilla changes to a hard shell rather than soft for a taco and the beans may be heated separately then layered with other ingredients. Rolling the ingredients in a spiral without closing the ends would make it a wrap.
All the "sandwiches" may be heated in a microwave, electric frying pan or griddle. Low power in the microwave may be the easiest method for a child to use. Children who can figure out computers and VCRs can surely learn to lower the heat in a microwave so the cheese doesnt boil before the rest of the ingredients are warm.
Using half as much cheese and including lettuce, salsa or tomatoes are easy ways to cut the percentage of calories from fat, retain flavor and increase other nutrients in food.
Low fat, nutritious bean snacks can be a part of a healthful eating plan that satisfies between meal cravings.