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Easy Dishes for the Classroom Food Days

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   Preparing students for an upcoming food day can be quite the overwhelming task. One of the reasons for this is that most of them do not have a clue as to what to bring. Not to mention some of them have not realized, nor been taught, that you never arrive empty handed to a potluck. Further with the economy as it is today, it is complicated for some parents to find the extra grocery money to provide a dish. Follow the list of items here to provide some relief.


   Many things can be added to a package of tortillas to make 

it a Hispanic themed dish such as: cheese, taco flavored meat, beans, or pie filling. Instruct students to layer a tortilla, the filling, and another tortilla. Heat the layers in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and cut into eight pie shaped wedges.


   All that these require are tortilla shells, oil, cinnamon, and sugar. Instruct students to have their parents help them to heat oil in either a fryer or skillet, cut each tortilla shell into eight pie shaped wedges, place in the heated oil until they are puffy and lightly browned, remove from oil and place on a plate that has been lined with a paper towel, once slightly cooled toss in a bowl or baggie that has a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.


   This dish can be extremely simple as well. Needed are: tortilla shells, a filling such as cheese and onions, taco flavored meat, or refried beans, and enchilada sauce. Supply students with the instructions to first place a small amount of the filling in the middle of each shell, roll them up tightly, and place in an appropriately sized baking dish tightly next to each other without layering. Next pour on the enchilada sauce. Then cover with foil and bake for about 20 to 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven.


   Since many fruits are grown Latin American countries, these can be brought for a potluck food day. Bananas, oranges, kiwi, etc. are all happy additions to the meal and healthy too!

Mexican / Spanish Rice

   Of course we would love for our students to learn to make the real version at home, but with the amount of ingredients involved they may not be able to afford to do so. Luckily for them this dish is only a box away. Knorr/Lipton makes a package that is easy to prepare on the stovetop.

Buffet Style

   This concept makes it easy on one and all. Choose to do a taco bar. By doing so each student can sign-up to bring a different part. Lettuce, shredded cheese, flavored taco meats, tomatoes, onions, beans, guacamole, salsas, soft shelled tortillas, hard shelled tortillas, etc…

   Because many Hispanic dishes are uncomplicated to begin with, do not let your students feel overwhelmed by food days in the classroom. Give them some easy choices, inform the parents ahead of time, and the day will come together a whole lot easier.

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