The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Based on the book by Eric Carle
- 1⁄2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
- 11⁄2 teaspoons organic cane sugar
- tablespoon light coconut milk
- tablespoons diced mango
- 1⁄4 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1 (6-inch) piece rice paper (available at Asian food stores)
- Pretzel sticks
- 1 plum tomato
- 2 dried currants
- 2 thin carrot matchsticks
- Wiggle while you combine the avocado, brown sugar, coconut milk, mango, chicken, lime juice, and soy sauce in a mixing bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes. (You can stop wiggling now!)
- This step is like magic. Fill another bowl with warm water and place the rice paper in the bowl. Wave your hands over the bowl like a magician and shout, “abra-cadabra!” 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—it should be kind of sticky.
- Place the avocado mixture on the lower center of the rice paper. Fold the outside in so it touches and roll the bottom of the paper up to form a log shape. Carefully slice the log into 4 equal pieces. This is the caterpillar’s body. Place pretzel sticks around the body for legs.
- 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. 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!