Everyday Mom's Meals: Alex In The Kitchen Once Again

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Alex In The Kitchen Once Again

Two years ago we started a tradition here on EMM, my favorite little monkey stopping by to guest blog something simple and yummy that your kids can enjoy making, and of course eating, too. And two of those posts, one at the beginning of his 1st grade year, and one at the end, had something in common. Lemon Fruit Salad and Key Lime Fruit Salad  were both creations he and I worked on together, and were perfect for little hands and little tummies.

So, in that same tradition, and since the school year is once again quickly approaching, we thought ti was a great time for Alex (now a 3rd grader!) to share yet another easy but tasty fruit salad perfect for an after school snack or even a light dessert. Or if you are like us and you are filling these last few days of summer vacation with as much fun as possible, it would be great for a picnic in the park too!

Please welcome the best little sous chef around back to the EMM kitchen!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited Mommy asked me to cook for you again! Well, I guess this isn't really something you actually cook, but you know what I mean! For those of you who don't know, I am going into the 3rd grade, and am really looking forward to it! I am sad to see summer end, but I love school, and seeing my friends, so I'm okay with going back too. (But that 7:30 am wake up Monday morning will NOT be easy!!) 

Mommy and I love finding simple sweet treats I can help her make, and this is another one of those. Using mostly canned fruit, it's nice for little kids because there isn't a lot of chopping. (Mommy did slice the bananas though) Plus, it's really neat to watch how the pudding mix and fruit juice turn into a "sauce" while you stir...which was my job! This makes a perfect snack, now or once school is in, or a dessert too. Oh, and I actually like eating it for breakfast too, especially on a hot day! 

I hope you enjoy my newest fruit salad creation. Be sure to make it with your kids too! I've been helping Mommy in the kitchen since I was a tiny baby, and we always have so much fun! I bet your kids would too!

Vanilla Fruit Salad Adapted from Taste of Home
1 (29 oz.) can fruit cocktail, with juice
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained
3/4 c. fresh blueberries
1 TBS lemon juice
2 bananas, sliced
1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
Whipped Cream
Pecan Halves

In a large bowl combine all fruit except bananas. Add lemon juice. Stir. Sprinkle with pudding mix. Gently stir for about a minute until slightly thickened. Fold in bananas. Refrigerate until serving, at least an hour. When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with pecans.

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