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
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!
/ 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.
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.