Paletas

Trying to get your kids to eat more fruits and veggies? Hide them in a delicious popsicle. I grew up making fruit juice popsicles, but I don’t know why we didn’t think to put fresh fruit in them. In Latin America paletas are made with many kinds of fruits usually pureed or blended a bit before freezing. In Mexico there are probably over a hundred versions of the paleta from strawberry to pineapple and on to more exotic flavors like maracuya and guayabana.

Max has enjoyed smoothies since he was a babe, and I have forever been sneaking bits of green or orange or red into his delicacies. The paleta above is simply a frozen smoothie containing banana, kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, a handful of spinach and a splash of soymilk. I can’t keep enough of them in the freezer!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 6-8 frozen strawberries
  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • soymilk
  • 1 handful fresh spinach

Directions:

Blend together adding just enough soymilk to pull it all together. Pour out into popsicle trays and freeze. This recipe will make enough for eight popsicles.

Note: If you do not have popsicle trays, I have used paper cups with a plastic spoon inserted into the mixture.

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Fruit and Cheese Platter

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Here’s a lovely little first course for an Italian inspired meal. The three cheeses include goat, habanero, and cheddar, and to sweeten it a little, fresh strawberry jam, nectarines and grapes. Simple and succulent.