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Inspired by the book by Eric Carle



    • ½ avocado, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced

    • 1½ teaspoons packed light brown sugar

    • 1 tablespoon light coconut milk

    • 2 tablespoons diced mango

    • ¼ cup shredded rotisserie chicken

    • ½ teaspoon lime juice

    • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce

    • 1 (6-inch) piece rice paper

    • Pretzel sticks

    • 1 plum tomato

    • 2 dried currants

    • 2 thin carrot sticks


    1. Combine the avocado, brown sugar, coconut milk, mango, chicken, lime juice, and soy sauce in a mixing bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.

    2.  Fill another bowl with warm water and place the rice paper in the bowl. Let it sit until the rice paper is soft and almost invisible. Remove the rice paper from the water. Let it sit on a clean plate for 1 minute. Don’t worry if it’s kind of sticky—it should be.

    3. Place the avocado mixture on the lower center of the rice paper. Fold the outside in and roll the bottom of the paper up to form a log shape. Carefully slice the log into 5 equal pieces. This is the caterpillar’s body. Place pretzel sticks around the body for legs.

    4. To make the caterpillar’s head, carefully slice off one-third of the tomato. This piece will be the bottom part of his head. Balance the other side of the tomato on top to make a goofy grin.

    5. Use a toothpick to poke eyeholes in the tomato head and press in the currants for eyes. Poke 2 more holes on top of the head and push in the carrot sticks for the antennae. Enjoy your hungry caterpillar before he turns into a butterfly!

Serves 2

Per serving: calories 194, fat 11 g, protein 8 g, carbohydrates 28 g, dietary fiber 4 g



Adapted from Bean Appétit: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food by Shannon Payette Seip and Kelly Parthen, ©2009.

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