Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fruit and Ricotta Parfait

This is a super easy and delicious recipe that my son LOVES! It is simple to put together in no time when I can't think of what to make him for a snack, but I know that I don't have a ton of time to think about it... This particular recipe only uses a few ingredients. You can make it as simple or complex as you want by only using a couple of ingredients, or adding things to make it more interesting. :) I am not a big fan of cottage cheese, which is often times paired with fruit. But, I LOVE ricotta cheese and fruit. It seems so decadent, like eating ice cream! I had mangoes and strawberries (and of course bananas) on hand, so this has a wonderful amount of vitamin C, plus potassium from the bananas, calcium and protein from the ricotta. I used whole milk ricotta for my son, but you can use low fat (skim or part skim) if you are making this for older kids or adults. If you are making this for babies who aren't eating bigger chunks yet, you can use pureed fruits. You can add a little more flavor to this by using a little bit of cinnamon or nutmeg mixed in with the ricotta. It will be yummy either way! Enjoy!

1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
1/4 cup strawberries, chopped (or pureed)
1/4 cup mangoes, diced (or pureed)
1 medium banana, chopped (or pureed)
1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/8 tsp cinnamon (optional)

If using spices, stir together with ricotta in a small bowl. In a fancy glass or dish, alternate layers of ricotta mixture and fruits/fruit purees. You could also just mix everything together if you don't have time to make it "pretty" ;). It will still taste pretty! You could also add a little wheat germ for some extra folic acid and protein! Makes about 1-1/2 cups. 


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