Plated + Served: Fragrant Fruit Salad


This festive Fragrant Fruit Salad just looks like the holidays, don’t you agree? And, even better, it’s healthy!

It’s not just the luscious mangos and papayas or the juicy citrus fruit that makes this so perfect for the season. The unique jamaica flower vinaigrette brightens the flavors while adding a dramatic bit of color… and the candied pecans give it just the right amount of crunch.

I wrote this recipe for my friends at Right@Home, the bilingual website that has it all, including new holiday recipes, cleaning and organizing tips, decorating ideas and craft projects for you and the kids. Oh, and don’t forget about the website’s special offers!

This is the perfect salad to bring to a party. Just place the fruit, vinaigrette, lettuce and candied pecans in separate Ziploc® Brand Bags, to make it easy to carry, then toss them together when you arrive!

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Plated + Served: Mango and Banana Batidos (aka Milkshakes!)


You know what a batido is, don’t you?

Batidos (aka licuados or preparados) are Latin American fruit-filled drinks, similar to smoothies. As this hot summer drags on, these deliciously refreshing “milkshakes” have been popping up everywhere.

Here’s a twist on the traditional batido that I came up with for my pals at Right@Home, the bilingual website that’s always in the know when it comes to recipes, cleaning and organizing, decorating, crafts and special offers.

After we made the batidos, the kids had fun adding their favorite toppings… fresh summer fruit and a little cereal for crunch. The best part? They were eating another serving of fruit without even knowing it.

Hmmm… I’m keeping this recipe idea in my back pocket for when the kids go back to school next month!


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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: