Turkey, veggies and naturally sweet fruit can form the basis for many an enjoyable school lunch for your children. A turkey wrap, veggie and cheese pita pocket and a fruit salad or fruit leather for dessert are nutritious, filling, and low fat as well as tasty.
A perennial favorite, fruit leather is easy to make. Here’s how to do it:
Choose fresh fruits such as apricots, peaches, plums, berries, apples, pears or grapes. Rinse the fruit. Then remove any pits from stone fruit, peel and core apples or pears, and remove stems from grapes. If you use grapes, mash them and strain the juice out and force the pulp through a food mill to puree it.
Chop the fruit and place it in a saucepan. Add half a cup of water for every 4 cups of fruit. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover it and allow to cook for 10-i5 minutes until it is cooked through and becomes puree. Taste and add a little lemon juice, cinnamon or nutmeg if desired. You can also add a little Stevia or agave syrup if the mix needs more sweetness.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with microwave-safe plastic wrap and pour the fruit puree onto to it to a thickness of about a quarter of an inch. Place the sheet into a 140 degree over, making sure that the plastic doesn’t contact the over rack or cover the puree anywhere.
Let the puree dry in the oven until it develops a leathery texture, about 8-12 hours. When the leather has a smooth surface and is no longer sticky, it’s done.
Cool, cut into strips and roll them up for a lunchbox treat that will make your kids smile!