Sunday, March 14, 2010

St. Patty's Rainbow of Fruit Treat

If you know our family, you know that we enjoy getting together with other people and families to socialize and share some love! Monday evenings are one night that our family sometimes joins with other families to unite in faith and friendship. I set the "evening" up (at someone else's house. How's that for hosting!) My friend, Katie, agreed to do the lesson and I would make the treat. She is in the process of losing weight so I was excited to prepare a fruit rainbow for a healthy dessert. With it being St. Patrick's Day soon, this was the perfect idea!
Following the ROYGBIV mnemonic device, I planned out what fruit I would purchase for each color. There actually were quite a few choices for a few color. I used the first fruit in each list because it was in season and that's what I wanted.

Red - Strawberries, apples, cherries, watermelon

Orange - Mandarin oranges, navel oranges, canteloupe

Yellow - Pineapple, banana, apples, pears, lemons

Green - Apples, pears, grapes, limes

Blue - Blueberries

Violet (Purple) - Plums, grapes, pears

Mini-marshmallows were used for the clouds on one side of the rainbow and bananas for the pot of gold. If you don't know this tip yet, it will change your life with fruit. I cut the apples and bananas over two hours before I served it and they weren't brown. How? Using a basting brush, spread lemon juice over the cut sides. EASY!!!

I also made an AMAZING FRUIT DIP to accompany the fruit dish. It could eat it in spoonfuls (without the fruit). That's a problem!!!

Here is the recipe:

8 oz. Cream Cheese (softened works best)
8 oz. Sour Cream
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 oz. package of instant vanilla pudding
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix it all together. Chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve. And DEVOUR!!!
See, the kids were excited to inhale this healthy yumminess. Whenever I say smile to Cooper, he does the biggest cheesy, full mouth smile. He is so silly! It's hard to get a normal picture of him!!!
Even the adults were thrilled with wholesome goodness. It was so good my friend said she was saving 5 points of her weight watchers diet for this dessert!!!!! That says it all!
You will be making this in the this week, won't you? Let me know how it goes. It would be a fun side dish for St. Patty's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.

I would like to take credit for creating this idea, but I saw it two weeks ago in Family Fun Magazine. I couldn't find their little picture on-line:( My take is a little different with the fruits I use. One of these fruit rainbows was also linked up to the ST. PATRICK'S CATEGORICALLY CRAFTING SHOW. Go see Coley's Corner's version HERE.

Oh, and while I have you salivating over food, you should drool over this minty heaven. My tastebuds are jealous. See this HERE at Created By Diane.

I posted this at my craft blog,


Kristina P. said...

That is such a great idea, Michelle! Love it.

Dawson/Dodge Family said...

Michelle! It turned out so cute! The pictures are great :) nice job! bet the kids loved it!

Jen said...

Love the fruit rainbow, such a cute idea.

Tara Bergsjo said...

That turned out great! You are awesome!!!

Mary Lampros said...

Holey moley, we are TOTALLY gonna steal your rainbow fruit and dip idea, probably for FHE too! Thanks for sharing, my kids will love it! Cadence and Cooper are getting so big...let's get together sometime!

KimberLeigh said...

So cool!

Megan said...

I'm going to make one of these fruity rainbows for my daughter's upcoming birthday party. I just hope mine turns out as lovely as yours!