Kids in Brazil eat lots of fresh fruit such as bananas and coconuts. Kids can add bananas in this recipe for Moqueca, a popular Brazilian dish that originates in the northeastern coastal state of Bahia. Here I am in Barra Grande, Bahia, Brazil, before the Moqueca was served. Brazilians like a leisurely large midday meal with friends and family lingering over dessert with music and laughter. The table is often set outside under a grass roof with fresh flowers decorating the table and fresh ingredients from the garden.
To make Moqueca, kids can mix in the blender 1 clove organic garlic, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp sea salt, 4 tbsp fresh organic cilantro, juice of 1 large organic lemon, and ½ chopped medium organic red onion. Kid can drain a 14.5 oz can diced organic tomatoes, add ½ the tomatoes to the blender, and process until smooth. Heat 2 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil in a large pan with 2 sliced organic bananas and caramelize on both sides a couple of minutes. Kids can add the processed tomato mixture, the rest of the organic tomatoes, ½ chopped medium organic red onion, and ½ cup canned organic coconut milk. Cover the pan with a lid, bring the Moqueca to a boil and simmer 10 minutes. Serve over organic whole grain rice.