SWEET KIWI SALSA & MAPLED-ALMOND SHOVELS
Sweet Kiwi Salsa with Mapled Almond Shovels
At our house, school lunches are typically packed in the hectic moments after dinner, or during the frenetic 15-minutes-’til-school-starts. That said, our ideal lunches are no-fuss items that can be put together quickly. Enter this fresh idea. Multigrain chips, almonds, and fruit come together in a well-balanced combination of carbs, protein, and kid-needed nutrients. In fact, did you know the kiwifruit is packed full of vitamin C? Not to mention the bright colors and unique design. Moms and kids everywhere are sure to be glad when this happily-hued nutritional delight is pulled from the lunch tote.
FOR SWEET KIWI SALSA:
1/4 c. vidalia onion
1 t. cilantro
dash of salt
Peel kiwi and mango. Dice. Place in medium bowl. Finely chop onion and cilantro. Mix with fruit. Sprinkle a dash of salt atop. Serve with Mapled-Almond Shovels.
FOR THE MAPLED-ALMOND SHOVELS:
1/2 c. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
10 oz. multigrain tortilla chips
1/4 c. sliced almonds
In a small saucepan, heat maple syrup and cinnamon until boiling. Allow to boil one minute, then add sliced almonds and remove from heat. Spoon maple mixture over multigrain tortilla chips. Toss to coat. Spread chips in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake 375 degrees for 2 minutes, then stir. Continue to bake an additional 2 minutes, removing chips at the first sign of browning on edges. Allow to cool completely before packing in a plastic bag for school lunch.
A Kiwi Schoolyard Rhyme:
three grubs in a tub,
and who will eat them for tea?
The tui, the gecko, the plucky pukeko?
No, it’s the cheeky kiwi.