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It's time for you and your child to put on your aprons and chefs' hats.

Your child will measure and moosh, squish, shake, squeeze, and sprinkle taco ingredients. And you'll lend a hand with the slicing and dicing.

You'll also get the chance to

Follow the recipe below, or


Kitchen Tools You'll Need to Make the Yummy Tummy Goodness

Follow These Steps

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water — and rinse off all the soap. It would taste yucky!

Add these ingredients to a mixing bowl.

  1. Please ask an adult to cut out the top circle — the core — of the tomato. Cut the tomato into 1/4 inch square pieces. Put the tomatoes, and its juice, into the bowl.

  2. An adult should cut the three avocados in half by starting at the top and making a circle from end to end. Twist each in half. You can remove the pits, then scoop the avocado into the bowl, and moosh it.

  3. Pluck the cilantro leaves from the stems and throw away the stems. Tear it into little pieces. Then, watch as an adult minces (chops) the leaves until they are very fine. Add them to the bowl and give a good smell. Ahhhhh.

  4. After an adult cuts one lime in half, you can squeeze both halves into the bowl. Be careful the juice doesn't squirt in your eyes. And, if you have any cuts, the juice will sting.

  5. Squish the mixture in the bowl together with your hand.

  6. Shake or sprinkle the salt into the bowl.

  7. Sprinkle the pepper, or grind the black pepper corns over the mixture.

  8. Mix, then stir and stir and it becomes... guacamole.

  9. Taste it. Does it need more salt and pepper? Add more. How about more lime? Then, cut and squeeze the other lime over the guacamole.

On a Separate Plate

  1. Stretch (separate) the cheese into pencil-size strands.

  2. Rip (tear) the lettuce into 3 inch x 3 inch pieces.

Fill the Hard Taco Shells

  1. Put the ripped lettuce into the hard shells.

  2. Add the guacamole mixture on top. Leave 1/2 or 3/4 inch empty on the sides and on top.
  3. Add the same amount of cheese on all sides.

Take a bite! But, if you want to eat your tacos, keep them away from the dragons!

This Gentle Dragon Tacos recipe was created by Dan Houle, Master Chef at Cubana Café, Brooklyn, New York for Great Expectations

Food Textures

Photo os a smooth, red tomato, and a rough, green avocado

Encourage your child to touch and feel.

What does the tomato feel like when they wrap their hand around it? How about the avocado?

Sniff. Deep breath. Ask your child if the smell of lime reminds them of anything?

Mix It Up!
Touching, Feeling, Smelling, and Tasting

Blind boy playing with measuring cups
  • Children who are blind can learn to do all tasks in the kitchen with proper instruction and supervision. Here are a few hints to get you started with today's recipe. Allow your child to participate in as many steps as possible.
  • Encourage your child to taste, smell, and feel all ingredients.
  • If they don't know what to do, allow your child's hands to rest on yours as you mix and moosh ingredients. When they're ready, they can mix and moosh on their own.
  • Before mooshing the avocado, your child can practice cutting with a butter knife by holding the avocado against a cutting board with one hand and cutting with the other hand.
  • How does it feel to squish the mixture? Can you compare it to anything?

Stir It Up!

Book cover for Stir It Up!

Stir It Up! Recipes & Techniques for Young Blind Cooks was created especially for young blind children to get started in the kitchen!

Kid-approved recipes with simple instructions are side-by-side with adaptive cooking techniques for young blind cooks. The print/braille book format allows everyone in the family to cook from the same book.

We all love to eat and we all need to know how to prepare food — blind children are no exception!

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