Food: Chilli beef burritos

My boys love these burritos, they ask for them every week. I never thought they'd eat chilli, but wrapped in a tortilla and stuffed with rice and good things they love it. Feeding children isn't always easy and it's taken me a while to work out how to get my kids to try new foods so that we don't have to live on fish fingers (not that there is anything wrong with a fish finger). Whenever I cook something new I try to serve it with something I know they'll like - basically anything bread like - so naan bread and poppadoms with a curry, wraps with chilli, garlic bread with lasagne, prawn crackers with Thai Curry. That way I can say - "just try one bite and then you can have another piece of bread" - it usually works, and usually when they try things they like them. Although I'm still working on broccoli and peppers.

Teaching my children about food, feeding them a balance diet and helping them learn to cook is so important to me - that's why I'm supporting Food Revolution Day on Friday. Jamie Oliver wants to petition the G20 and make food education compulsory for children around the world. The hope is that if children learn about good healthy food and learn to cook we can beat the obesity crisis and keep our children healthy. This isn't about putting kids on diets it's about teaching them to eat well. Jamie's TED Talk is a heart-breaking must-watch. If you have two minutes sign the petition. If you have a little more time make burritos with your kids.

You will need

1 batch of chilli - my recipe is here 
Rice - I usually measure my rice in an old measuring jug - for the four of us I cook 1/2 pint (275ml) rice in 1 pint (570ml) boiling water, bring back to the boil, pop a lid on and cook over the lowest heat until all the water has been absorbed.
8 tortilla wraps
1 avocado - cut into chunks
1/2 a tub of cherry tomatoes - cut in half
A small bunch of fresh coriander - chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Some grated cheese
A pot of half sour cream/0% natural yogurt/half fat creme fraiche
A little gem lettuce shredded

Serves 4-8 ( we usually have leftovers to freeze or take for lunch at work)

Mix together the tomatoes, avocado and coriander and squeeze over the lime to make a little salsa. Warm your tortillas in a dry frying pan. To assemble your burrito pile on a good tablespoon off rice, top with chilli, sour cream, salsa, lettuce and a sprinkling of cheese.

To fold your burrito, fold in the long sides (as in the sides along the filling) and squish the filling down a little. The pull the open ends up together and fold over to seal the package, then cut it in half with a sharp knife. 

Our kids are getting more adventurous every time we have these burritos - to start with they'd just have chilli, rice and cheese in their wraps, now they'll have the sour cream and some lettuce and hopefully soon they'll have some salsa too. Luckily they get plenty of veg hidden away in the chilli!

Don't forget to join the revolution! Sign the petition today.