How to keep your toddler happy… while cutting fruit.

Challenge: Cut fresh fruit for Family Dinner without ‘losing’ the fresh fruit to the ‘starving’ toddler that just had lunch.

Solution: cut strawberries as normal, then skinny cut the flesh from around the green leaves.  Place in mini bowl so that it appears to be a huge amount amount {a key when dealing with toddlers}. 

I was very surprised with how much ripe ‘flesh’ I was able to give to Ms. E.  She was very happy with her Strawberries, and even helped me dispose of the leaves without trying to eat them {after tasting the first one of course, LOL}.

The ‘recipe’:

4 cups Black Seedless Grapes

4 cups Green Seedless Grapes

1 pint sliced Strawberries

Cut the strawberries into slices rather than chunks to create a more dramatic look.  Slices seem to show-up better against the grapes, while chunks become the same size as the grapes and loss their visual impact.

To keep this salad chilly after putting it on the table {or if you are transporting it in a warm car} freeze 2 to 4 cups of the grapes and put these in your serving bowl before placing the other fruit on top.  The grapes won’t freeze ‘hard’, and will help keep the other fruit on the cool side.  Which will make this refreshing fruit salad that much more delicious on a warm/hot day.  Enjoy!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I love comments, and will return the favor! ~ Kimberlee



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    LaVonne says:

    My 3 year old daughter will eat cut fruit any day. :) Thanks for sharing.

    I am stopping by from WFMW. You have a very nice blog design!

    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

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    Jami says:

    Great fruit salad tips!! Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

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    'Becca says:

    That’s a great compromise! And thanks for the reminder that grapes, unlike most fruit, can be frozen and thawed without losing their texture.

    Something that worked for me when my son was that little and I was cutting up things, was to give him a small cutting board, on his high chair tray, with just a few pieces of fruit and a butter knife. Then we could “work together” without the danger of his reaching under my knife or eating all the fruit! He was 3 or 3 1/2 when it became possible to have him work right alongside me with a real paring knife, because by then he had watched enough knife use by adults to see (and hear explanations of) what we do and don’t do. He’s also very coordinated–I think I didn’t use a real knife until I was 5 or 6.