UPDATED November 16th, 2017
I have a special place in my heart for all things Abuelos and for allowing children to learn, grow and respect the elders in their lives. Sometimes it’s easy to take grandparents for granted as either always being there or just to help you watch the kids. But taking the time to help grandparents (or special aunts, uncles, etc) spend valuable time with your tweens, sharing a special moment, is priceless. One easy way to create such opportunities is via cuisine. Kids can learn from grandparents or special seniors how to cook and prepare traditional foods. I’ve seen a bond build between my girls and their Abuela as they spend an afternoon making traditional ‘empanadas’ with a healthy twist—they’re baked not fried. And delicious! They giggle and tell funny stories as they build their empanadas in various flavors. I stay out of the process. I want my girls to remember these moments with their grandmother—not specifically with me. And they all love it.
Make it easy. Speak to your kids about learning how to make a traditional recipe and then create an opportunity for your special ‘viejito’ (as I lovingly called my Abuelos) to teach the kids that recipe. Below is the healthier empanadas that my familia created—hope it sparks some fun sharing in yours.
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