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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Fun Way to Feed your Toddler Fruit!

As I mentioned a few days ago, I struggle with getting fruit and veggies into Ian. Because of that, I am always looking for some fun new ideas to get fruit into him. This one looks fun and just might do the trick since my little man loves decorating pizza so much! One of the pictures I'm including is him decorating regular pizza. The other picture, along with the recipe and idea, all belong to Family Fun and can be found here: http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/fruit-pizza-679553/

Here's the Recipe:



1 Ready to bake piecrust, your favorite recipe, or our Foolproof Pie Shell


1/2 cup soft spread fat-free or low-fat cream cheese

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


A selection of berries and sliced fruits (blueberries, strawberries, bananas, kiwis, seedless grapes sliced in half, Mandarin orange sections, pineapple, etc...)

Shredded coconut (optional)


1.Let the piecrust come to room temperature per the package instructions, then unfold it onto a large cookie sheet or pizza pan.

2. Roll up edges of the crust, crimping them slightly so that they'll stay rolled up. Prick the crust lightly with a fork in about 20 places (allowing air to escape).

3. Bake the crust in a preheated 450 degree oven for about 9 minutes or until it's lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool.

4. As the crust bakes, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract, adding just enough milk to make it spreadable. When the crust has cooled, spread on the cream-cheese mixture with a rubber spatula, bringing it to the edge of the pizza.

5. Arrange the fruit on the pizza and don't stint on the creativity. Your kids can make a wild mosaic or a fruit face. If they like, sprinkle the pizza with shredded coconut. Slice with a sharp knife and serve, or refrigerate. Serves 8.

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