Toddler hands. Honestly, I’m a little freaked out by them. A quick 10 minute observation of Fig in the garden saw him digging in the worm bin, touching a random cat’s tail, finding a slug ( which brought into the house and promptly put on my pillow) and manhandling the bottom of his shoe.
Not exactly the kind of hand activity you want by the person who’s going to make dinner. I wash his hands better than a surgeon does but I’m still a little paranoid that I’m going to catch squirrel-ebola or some other remote disease from little Fig’s hands.
That being said sometimes you just gotta go with the flow, take the necessary sanitary precautions and make tacos. Fig likes fish tacos but he doesn’t love them. What he does love is thoroughly handling the expensive battered halibut and then not eating it. You have to catch him in the right mood or else the tortilla will be eaten and little else. Which leaves you with $10 of inedible halibut unless of course you want to catch the aforementioned squirrel-ebola.
Enter Mandarin and Grapefruit Salsa and the problem is solved; at least for Fig. He loves a healthy dose of fruit and pretty much forgot the taco even contained fish.
And while I had the best intentions of making the tortillas and fish from scratch, those dreams were quickly thrown in the trash because it turned out to be one of those days. Pre-battered halibut from whole foods and tortillas from Three Sisters Nixtmal for the win!
Lastly, I want to thank my husband for moonlighting as my handsome hand model. It’s a hard job but somebody has to do it.
Mandarin and Grapefruit Salsa
- 1 Large Grapefruit
- 2 Mandarins (through in a few more for good measure since your child will eat them during the chopping process)
- 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
- 1 green onion, diced.
- Salt to Taste
- Take all the skin off the grapefruit wedges.
- Chop the grapefruit and mandarins into small pieces
- In a bowl, combine the chopped fruit, cilantro, onion and season with salt to taste.Mix well.
Toddler Friendly Parts of this Recipe:
- Chopping the fruit
- Mixing the Salsa
- Testing the fruit as needed…you know, for safety reasons 🙂