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Memorial Day Food with Fresh from Florida Kids

May 27, 2011

Hooray, it’s finally Friday! I for one am extra happy for this Friday, because it leads us into Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is always a great time to be with friends and family to honor our service members and to officially kick off summer! Lots of people equate this weekend with picnicking and good food so I thought I’d share some recipes that Chef Tom developed for the Fresh from Florida Kids program. These fun and healthy recipes are obviously great to make for kids but adults will like them too!

Florida Eggplant Burgers

  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/4 cups cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a covered saucepan, cook eggplant in boiling water until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well, place in a bowl, and mash or puree in food processor. Stir in cracker crumbs, shredded cheese, eggs, parsley, green onion, and salt. Shape mixture into 8 patties about 3 inches in diameter. Bake in a 375 F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until patties are lightly browned.

Florida Watermelon Feta Salad

  • 8 cups cubed Florida watermelon
  • 3 ounces crumbled low fat feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Florida honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • black pepper to taste

Place melon in a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Combine all ingredients except the pepper in a small mixing bowl and mix well. Pour dressing over melon and toss to coat well. Add pepper to taste and serve.

Cucumber Citrus-Ade

  • 1 cucumber peeled and cubed
  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup of lemon and lime juice
  • Natural sugar to taste (1 tbs recommonded)

Combine cucumber and water in a blender and process until purreed. Strain mixture and place in pitcher. Add juice and sugar to taste, mix well. Serve over ice with cuke/lemon slice garnish.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

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