Black Bean Fuente
Black beans are a wonderful food to introduce to children as they are packed with key nutrients like fibre, protein and iron. Discussion topics could include that black beans are also called “turtle beans” and they are eaten frequently in the Caribbean and Central and South America. You could also discuss cabbage and how it is grown in abundance in British Columbia and different varieties of it are found in cuisines from all over the world. In this recipe, you could use either red or green cabbage or a combination of both.
1. Place chopped cabbage, shredded cheese and yogurt each in a bowl.
2. In a large saucepan, put tomatoes, beans and corn and heat on medium-high for 5-8 minutes, letting the mixture bubble.
3. To serve, put approximately 1/3 cup of cabbage in each child’s bowl, then top with ½ cup of the bean mixture. Garnish with a large spoonful of yogurt and cheese.
Source: Food Flair Resource Manual, p. 168
Note: Childcare facilities with 8 or more children should check with their Licensing Officer about what is needed to serve food.