Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I Hope You're Very Hungry!

     My boys simply love the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Something about that chubby little guy munching his way through life hits home with them.  Perhaps because, like him, they love a good fruit salad...


     There are lots of fruit salad recipes out there for the Very Hungary Caterpillar, including one on the Eric Carle website, but most of them miss one of the tastiest fruits in the book!  The watermelon!  This simple salad has watermelon mint dressing which really punches up the whole shebang.  


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Salad
(Serves 4 or one very hungry bug)
1 plum, cubed
1 orange, segmented and cubed
4 strawberries, cubed
1 pear, cubed
1 apple, cubed
1 C watermelon chunks
15-20 mint leaves

Blend the watermelon and the mint in a blender for about a minute until the melon is liquified and the mint is chopped very small.  Combine remainder of the fruit and drizzle with the dressing as desired.

Notes:
You will find that this recipe does not use the quantities mentioned in the book, feel free to use 1 Apple, 2 Pears, 3 Plums, 4 Strawberries, 5 Oranges, and a slice of watermelon if you like, but I felt it was a bit much for my boy's breakfast...

Review:
Huge hit!  They knew immediately it was from the book without me even having to tell them!  I bet your little bugs will love a chance to chow on this, too!

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13 comments:

  1. How cute! I don't know that story and we probably won't have it here, but what a great inspiration to do something similar based on other books. :)

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    1. I wouldn't be surprised if you could find it there, Alex. It has been around more than 40 years and apparently has sold millions of copies worldwide. (According to Wikipedia.) At any rate, I've got recipes coming up all week, hopefully there will be one you can find there!

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  2. Sounds delicious! I love what a creative mother you are.

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  3. LOVE it, Brooke! My little bugs are big bugs now, and I know they'd happily munch their way through this in a second. The watermelon and mint is an inspired dressing!

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    1. I was a little nervous about how all the flavors would blend, but it is actually pretty great! I enjoyed my fair share, that's for sure! =)

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  4. We are eating tons of watermelon right now and the recipe sounds great.

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    1. This was a surprisingly good melon considering the season! I can't wait until it's really watermelon season here!

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  7. I'm getting the sense you do a lot of reading in your house, and I love it. If I ever have kids, they WILL be raised to see story lines and characters in their food like yours do. :)

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    1. I'm getting a little worried that mine won't be able to read a book without salivating at this point! =)

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