Cooking with Lynn: Using the fruit leftover in your kitchen
SALISBURY, Md. – Being stuck at home more often during quarantine can sometimes make cooking a challenge, but on 47 ABC we’re showing you some ways to have some fun in the kitchen and get the children in your household involved! We’re doing that with the help of Lynn Matava, a nutrition educator at the University of Maryland Extension SNAP Ed Program.
47 ABC’s Deana Harley spoke with Lynn about making strawberry s’mores, some fruit dip, and fruit salsa!
For the strawberry s’mores, Lynn used graham crackers, some vanilla yogurt (greek works best, according to Lynn) and strawberries.
“On the Eastern Shore, strawberries are in season, and this is a really fun thing that adults and kids love,” Lynn said.
It’s as easy as putting a dollop of the yogurt on the graham crackers, slicing up some strawberries, and laying them in between the crackers. Lynn says you can get your kids involved by having them wash the fruit, and using kid-safe cutlery, like plastic knives, so they can cut the fruit themselves.
Next, Lynn showed us how to make a fruit tray and fruit dip. It couldn’t be easier: all you have to do is slice up any fruit you have in your kitchen, like watermelon, strawberries, apples, or anything, and make a fruit dip just using vanilla yogurt! You can dip any of the fruit in the yogurt, or it plain.
For the fruit salsa, Lynn says you can again use whatever fruit you have around your kitchen. She used strawberries, blueberries, and other fruits, mixed them all together, and topped them with a teaspoon of jam. Once that’s all mixed together, you have a fruit salsa! If jam isn’t your style, you could drizzle some honey or other toppings to make the fruit a bit sweeter. Then, Lynn took some fresh mint from her garden and added that to the salsa.
Speaking of the mint from her garden, Lynn has a reminder:
“You can take your SNAP card and you can purchase fruit and vegetable plants, herb plants with that, so if you wanted to have a container garden with some fresh herbs outside for summertime cooking, that’s a good way to do that,” she said.
To make the salsa even better, Lynn took pitas (from the fruit pizzas she showed us how to make previously!), and turned them into chips.
“I just did a little squirt of nonstick spray on them, cut them into triangles, sprinkled just a little bit of cinnamon sugar, and I put them in a 275 degree oven for about 20 minutes,” Lynn explained.
Then, she says, dip the pitas into the fruit salsa and enjoy!
Lynn says every single one of these recipes can be tailored to what you, or your children, like. You can mix and match ingredients, substitute ingredients, and just use up whatever you have in your kitchen to make these fun, delicious snacks.