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Tasty Tuesday: Get Your Family Eating Right!

Posted 08/19/2013 | By HealthCorps

Here’s a terrific opportunity to enjoy seasonal fruit or the diversity of tropical fruit. Try to include all the colors of the spectrum. It’s a great way to get your kids to sample something new.

Chocolate Fondue with Fruit

1/2 pound (225g) semisweet or milk chocolate

2 pounds (907 g) fresh seasonal fruit, in a variety of colors

Note: Children should use plastic or table knives for all child steps that require cutting or chopping.

Adult: Place the chocolate in a microwavable bowl, not plastic, and melt in the microwave on High for 1 minute. Remove and stir. If necessary, repeat for 30 seconds at a time, until the chocolate is smooth.

Adult & Child: While the chocolate is melting, the adult can slice, core, or pit the seasonal fruit. Children can help cut pieces in half or slice the fruit into bite-size pieces for dipping.

Child: Arrange the fruit pieces on plates in a fun design.

Adult: Transfer melted chocolate to a small bowl for dipping.

Adult & Child: Each family member can dip a piece of fruit by hand or fork directly into the warm chocolate.

Optional: Place a dollop of warm chocolate on each individual plate.

Three Sisters Salad

This easy recipe is a hit with children because using the shredding tool is super fun and magical. The combination of corn and tomatoes with lemon gives a tangy-sweet result.

1 medium zucchini

1 ear sweet corn, or 1 can (15 ounces, or 430 g) corn, drained

1 can (15 ounces, or 430 g) white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

15 grape or cherry tomatoes

5 sprigs fresh basil

2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil

1 lemon

Salt and pepper

Special Equipment

Asian shredding tool (available at Asian markets and online) or grater

Note: Children should use plastic or table knives for all child steps that require cutting or chopping.

Adult & Child: Shred the zucchini using a shredding tool or a grater, using the setting for the largest-size pieces. Place shredded zucchini in a large mixing bowl.

Adult: Slice the bottom of the corn off the cob, and stand on the flat bottom. Slice the kernels off the fresh ears of corn and add to the bowl.

Child: Add the drained beans to the bowl. Mix well.

Adult & Child: Slice the tomatoes in half using a table knife. Add to bowl.

Adult & Child: Remove the basil leaves from the stems. Chop the leaves and add to the bowl.

Adult & Child: Measure and add the olive oil. Squeeze the lemon over the bowl and mix well.

Season the salad to taste, with salt and pepper, and serve.

Both recipes are from Get Your Family Eating Right! (Fair Winds Press 2013 by Lynn Fredericks & Mercedes Sanchez)

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