I really enjoy sharing my ideas and skills in cooking with others and that is one of the reasons I started this food blog. To me, cooking makes sense but to the people who can be intimidated, or those that are just brain blocked on what to make or create next, this post is for you.
Hello to all the parents reading this post this week. I heard a news story last week that American Parents spend on average $500 on their kids over the summer to fill their time with activities and toys to keep their children busy. If you have that extra money, that’s so great and I’m thrilled to hear that many of those kids are not spending a lot of time in doors when the weather is good outside.
May I make a suggestion for an outdoor activity? How about trying one of my favorite no bake snacks. You can set the whole thing up on the patio table outside and the children can really go for it. In fact, when you’re using food like berries, I would suggest doing this outside.
Children are amused by fruit. They admire the color, the texture and sometimes the way it squishes between their fingers (or toes). You’re not going to have to spend much money this summer to make this delightful fruit pizza and you will be happy at how delicious it tastes and how healthy it is. Last week I believe it was one of my star recipes at my kids cooking class.
On your next grocery shopping trip, keep your eyes peeled for a ready to eat thin pizza crust. For this recipe, you really don’t want a thick crust only because you’re loading this thing down with fruit and the child is not going to be able to fit this food in their mouth.
Your goal here is to get them to eat the pieces all together. I realize some children just cannot help themselves and love just picking the pieces of anything apart for every meal. No worries here. It still works.
Next you’re going to mix up some cream cheese with some citrus juice like lemon, orange or lime and a pinch of salt. Have your child spread that cream cheese all over the crust. Tell them it is like the glue that will hold their fruit onto the crust. Last, you’re going to let the child use his or her imagination and create a beautiful fruit design all over that crust. Truly this will be a masterpiece that you won’t have to (hopefully) clean from the wall later on. Enjoy!
Chef Julie's No Bake Fruit Pizza
A delicious and beautiful creation for both adults and children alike.
- 1 ea plain pre baked pizza crust approx. 9" crust
- 1 pkg cream cheese approx. 8oz
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 pint strawberries
- 1 can mandarin oranges
- 1 each additional fruit to decorate the pizza pineapple, kiwi, pear, apple, mango, guava, dates, raisins, cranberries, mint
In a small bowl with a spatula, mix the lemon juice, cream cheese and salt. Stir until the cream cheese is fully incorporated and more spreadable.
Add the cream cheese mixture onto the pizza crust and spread into a thin layer.
Last, cover the whole pizza with different bits of fruit creating a colorful array of textures and designs. It would be really great to showcase this onto a buffet this summer using red and blue fruits against the white cream cheese background.
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