I’ve long been a fan of Eric Carle and the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar for as long as I can remember. Naturally, it became one of my kids’ favorites as well, probably since I read it so enthusiastically. I love the different skills it teaches, from counting to making healthy eating choices. It doesn’t hurt that the illustrations are cute and colorful, and kids love talking about that line up of food that gives the poor caterpillar a stomachache.
This week for dinner, we turned bedtime stories into dinner stories and made a fruit salad based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s first five days after popping out of his egg.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Salad
1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
4 strawberries (and 4 more for good measure)
1-2 teaspoons raw honey (optional)
Mix together quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stir and then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked. Remove from heat and cool completely.
Slice and chop apple, pears, plums and strawberries and add to cooled quinoa. Supreme 4 oranges. With the fifth orange, zest the rind into the salad. Juice the orange and add the juice to the salad as well. Stir to combine, mixing in honey, if desired. Chill and serve cold.
Makes 8-10 servings.