Friday, February 20, 2015

Kid Kitchen with A Dash of Soul

  A simple and delicious dip for fresh fruit than any kid will LOVE! kid kitchen blog image

I am SUPER excited to introduce you all to my friend Lauren, who writes the blog A Dash of Soul. Lauren is a Knottie friend of mine who is an amazing chef and food blogger, and I am honored to be collaborating with her on our feature, Kid Kitchen! We are bringing you some awesome, kid friendly recipes that are yummy, healthy and fun to make with your little ones! Today we are bringing you fruit salad with Lauren's Creamy Dreamy Dip. Enjoy!

from Lauren's kitchen 

Val told me that she likes to make sure her son's meals are nice and colorful! That's great because eating the rainbow is one of the best ways to make sure that we're getting good nutrition in. Since everyone loves fruit salad (right?), it seemed like a great choice for our first recipe. But I wanted to make it a little more fun and interesting for kids, so I thought a dip would be the perfect thing!

A simple and delicious dip for fresh fruit than any kid will LOVE!

This dip is so good that I may or may not have been eating it with a spoon...but it makes the perfect pair with any fresh fruit that your kids love! I thought this would go great with some whole wheat flatbread and a soft-boiled egg for a quick and easy lunch or even dinner! But of course you can serve it with whatever you like. 
Here's the recipe: Fruit Salad with Creamy Dreamy Dip 
1 c. sour cream (you can use a low fat or fat free if you prefer) 1/3 c. light brown sugar (can be subbed for honey or agave syrup) 1/4 t. orange or lemon extract 
1/2 t. vanilla extract
Stir all the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve.
Stir together again to fully incorporate the ingredients.
Serve with mixed berries or any type of fruit that your kid likes! Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Makes 6 servings. Calories: 92 Fat: 7g Sugar: 5g

A simple and delicious dip for fresh fruit than any kid will LOVE!

And that's it! I was so excited to see how it would go over with Val's little one.

from Val's kitchen

I started beforehand by prepping our fruit. For our salad, we used fresh kiwi, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and green seedless grapes. I washed them, gently dried them and sliced the fruits up into toddler friendly bite-sized pieces.

Then I brought in my little helper! Conner loved dumping the fruit into a large bowl and mixing them together. He also loved sampling each fruit before he dumped them...

While C Man dumped and mixed the fruit, I prepped the Creamy Dreamy Dip. I absolutely loved this recipe because it was SO easy. In addition to kid meal time and snacks, I would (and will!) totally make this for parties, BBQs, potlucks etc. This dip is definitely a crowd pleaser!

I served up our fruit salad with a dollop of dip on top. How beautiful is this?!

And we have a winner!

Conner ate THREE helpings of this in one day. Three! He loved dipping his fruit pieces in the "cream". This will be a healthy snack staple for us now! OH. Bonus?! Try a little leftover fruit and Creamy Dreamy Dip on top of a waffle for breakfast. You'll thank me later :)


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