It’s not too cold for ‘Garden in a Cup’!!!

“It’s always a good idea to have a few creative and easy options for bad weather days, like the deep freeze we are in right now in Northeast Iowa!  Ways that your kids can get up and move without “bringing down the house” if you know what I mean, because of cabin fever!   Here is a fun beef recipe to make with your kids this cold weekend:


Garden in a Cup

1.5 lbs. ground beef (cooked and drained) (the soil)

4 cups guacamole (the grass)

1 head of lettuce –shredded (plants)

1 bag shredded cheddar cheese (the sun)

2 bags of triangle tortilla (for dipping)


Use clear wide mouthed plastic cups to see the layers of ingredients and allow for dipping.


Scoop some ground beef in the bottom of the cup.  Add a dollop of guacamole on top of the ground beef.  Add a handful of shredded lettuce.   Add shredded cheese on top.  Serve with tortilla chips for dipping and enjoy!  Note: Add any veggies on top of your “grass” layer –from salsa to peppers to tomatoes! “


Author, Vicki Starks, Fayette County F2ECE Associate

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