Sometimes the Practical Cook gets a little ambitious in the grocery store. Tropical fruit was on sale last week, and a lot of it was purchased, including a papaya. Team Practical Cook has been down this road before—cool-sounding word, beautiful fruit, no one eats it. Time passes, memories fade, another papaya is purchased.
Let it be noted here that the Practical Cooks Junior eat papaya readily in fruit cups. Let the record further show that they’ve never managed to finish a smoothie made for them. So what is a Practical Cook to do with a whole untouched papaya? Turn it into a smoothie and hope two dislikes make a right. Punt!
Saving the Papaya Smoothie
Though most recipes for papaya drinks call for inordinate amounts of sugar, avoid the urge. A ripe papaya is plenty sweet.
1 to 2 cups papaya chunks with any collected juice
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/3 to 1/2 cup orange juice
1 or 2 generous Tablespoons of honey
3 or 4 ice cubes
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend. Serve in a clear glass (so you can admire the color), preferably with a straw for slurping. (Per the Practical Cooks Junior)
The smoothie was a huge success. It turned out to be such a beautiful color, it was sweet and interesting, and irresistible.
Coming up tomorrow, when life gives you leftover ham, make meatballs.
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