Friday, August 16, 2013

RECIPE: What Have You Fruit Salad

One of the very cool things about summer is the variety of fresh and mouth-watering fruit available from grocery stores, farm markets, and growers.

A few weeks ago, I took the two Beautiful Daughters and The Favorite Son (TFS) to the grocery store before taking them to camp. I told them that I would get them a "special" breakfast of, get this, DOUGHNUTS! Doughnuts are probably a two or three times a year breakfast entree essentially void of nutritional value, but I still followed one of my "Single Father's Golden Rules" from The Single Father's Guide to Life, Cooking, and Baseball, "Include a fruit or vegetable with every meal."

Each of the kids chose and had to eat a piece of fruit from the wide selection of fruit in the store's produce section before they had their doughnuts. The First Beautiful Daughter chose a pink lady apple, The Second Beautiful Daughter had two apricots, and TFS enjoyed a black plum. With my conscience assuaged a little, my little campers enjoyed their doughnuts; each could picked out two.

The spin-off from this "fun" breakfast was my realization that a lot of new fruit crops had finally arrived in New York State including peaches, several varieties of plums, apricots, as many as a dozen kinds of apples, mangoes, melons, nectarines, pears, berries, citrus, and much, much more. While I had a minute and I was already there, I stocked up on a bunch of sale items including red delicious apples, white peaches, black plums, cantaloupes, to name a few.

A couple days later, I needed to get the kids from camp, which ended at 4:00 p.m., and go directly to the gym where we practice Taekwondo, which started at 5:00 p.m. The cache of fresh fruit saved me again and became part of the on-the-go meal that included baked chicken that the kids ate in the car on the way to the gym.

Most of the time, single dads, meals don't have to be complicated to be healthy and tasty. The What Have You Fruit Salad is truly one that is made of what you have in your refrigerator. Here is how I made mine:

What Have You Fruit Salad

1 apple

1 peach

1 plum

1/2 cantaloupe

Cut the cantaloupe into thin wedges and slice off skin. Cut into chunks. Then, also
cut apple, peach, and plum in wedges, but leave the skins on. Cut into chunks.
Place chunked fruit into a bowl or storage container and serve as either a side dish
or a healthy dessert for a single dad and his summer-loving kids.

What Have You Fruit Salad

Of course, what you don't eat can easily be put into the blender the next morning and turned into a great fruit smoothie!

Best wishes for fun and happy last days of summer. Stay healthy my friends.

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