Kid-friendly meals with a tropical twist

Friday, August 10, 2012

Family Features

Is your family tired of eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Not sure if trying a new recipe fits into your busy schedule? It's easier than you think to break out of the usual routine, especially when you have these quick, kid-friendly recipes that bring a taste of the tropics to your meals.

Mangos make the difference in these recipes -- adding a splash of color and vibrant flavor to a savory breakfast burrito, hot panini or a tasty salmon and veggie dinner. And adding mango to the menu provides plenty of good nutrition. Mangos are an excellent source of vitamins C and A. Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function, while vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth.

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Chicken and Mango Panini

Serves 4

1/2 loaf Italian bread, (8, 1/2-inchslices)
8 slices deli-sliced mozzarella
1/2 cup whole basil leaves
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
1 large mango, peeled, pitted, and sliced thin
2 cooked chicken breasts (about 1 pound total), sliced thin

Layer half of the cheese on 4 slices of bread; divide basil, red onion, mango, chicken and remaining cheese among bread slices. Top with second slice of bread.

Heat grill pan, panini press or large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat; spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place 2 sand­wiches in pan (close lid or weigh down sandwiches in skillet with heavy pot). Cook sandwiches until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Making Panini Without a Press

Don't have a panini press? No worries -- you just need a non-stick pan and one of these everyday items:

*Cast iron skillet
*Tea kettle weighted down with water
*Brick wrapped in aluminum foil
*Pot, weighted down with canned goods

All you need to do is:

*Preheat the non-stick pan.
*Spray the bottom skillet with non-stick cooking spray.
*Add sandwich.
*Spray bottom of weighted object with non-stick cooking spray, place on top of sandwich.
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