Papaya for Breakfast

by Meg on April 11, 2013

I’m really not a picky eater.

I grew up eating whatever my parents made me, so could say my palate was more experienced than most children.

I have memories of eating king crab legs for breakfast when in Kindergarten and my Dad saying to me, “Well, I bet you’re the only five year old having crab for breakfast!”

loved when my parents had guests over as my Dad would cook up a variety of different dishes from oysters Rockefeller to towers upon towers of sushi.

Another favourite memory of mine is when my Dad and I grilled frogs legs for the first time. I described them to my Mom, who couldn’t believe I was enjoying them so much, as “chicken wings.”

You can say I was an odd child, but I just like to say I wasn’t picky ;)

However, there was the odd food I didn’t like… mashed potatoes was definitely on top of that list, but I wasn’t too fond of papaya either.

I can’t remember my family, or myself for that matter, ever going out of our way to actually buy papaya, but I knew it wasn’t a favourite fruit of mine. I always liked the little papaya pieces the least when eating my fruit cups.

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So I’d either eat them first when eating my fruit cup (because I always save the best for last) or I’d pick them out all together.

It’s true, I thought I didn’t like papaya, but then last weekend I came across Sophie Dahl’s cookbook.

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I’ve tried only a few of her recipes so far, but had a great idea once the new season of Spring came upon us…

Since her cookbook is divided into seasons and then further divided into courses (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), I decided that it would be fun to test all of her recipes for Spring!

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Starting with the very first recipe, which just so happened to be papaya!

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The picture of her papaya looked amazing, so I was willing to give papaya another try. Her recipe is for grilled papaya; however, as always, I put my own little spin on the recipe…

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Coconut Lime Panseared Papaya

1 tsp coconut oil

1 cup papaya, cubed

juice of 1/2 lime

Over medium heat, heat coconut oil in a pan until melted. When oil is hot, add papaya to pan. Pan sear papaya until one side becomes crisp and then flip. Continue to pan sear until both sides are crisp.

Remove from pan.

Squeeze lime juice over hot papaya pieces and serve.

I served my papaya with Greek yogurt, but it is also delicious with cottage cheese…

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Papaya, Avocado, and Cottage Cheese Bowl

1 cup cottage cheese

1 cup papaya, cubed

1/4 avocado, cubed

Place cottage cheese in a bowl and top with papaya and avocado.

So there you have it friends, two simple recipes that are absolutely refreshing and delicious!  :)

Expect more recipes in the future as Meatless Monday is approaching and I will be trying out more recipes from Sophie’s cookbook!

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Were you a picky eater as a child or were you willing to try everything and anything like me?

What’s your favourite way to eat papaya?

Have you tried any new recipes lately? If so, which ones?

Love always,

Meg xo

p.s. today is your last day to enter the Raw Organic Whey giveaway (the winner will be announced tomorrow!)

p.p.s. today is also your last day to submit high fives for tomorrow’s HFF! :D

 

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats April 11, 2013 at 7:50 AM

I love Sophie Dahl, I’ll have to try and find her cookbook.

I tried a new recipe – carrot cake pancakes in a jar and they were amazing :)

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:52 PM

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!! That sounds like heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Melody April 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

I’ve had papaya maybe once. Sadly I bought it on quick sale and it ended up being bad… Haven’t bought it again because I never knew what to do with it! Or even how to tell if it’s ripe. But this recipe looks tasty and easy!
As a kid I ATE EVERYTHING! Hence being the chubby overweight cousin of the bunch. We have a joke in my family because the first two years of my life I threw up everything (Not sure why) that once I was finally able to keep food down I just ate everything, making up for lost time!
looking forward to more recipes!

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Buy the ones that are heavy for their size! :D Then they’ll be juicy :D

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peaceloveandoats April 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I absolutely LOVE papaya! I definitely pinned this!!

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Stephanie Tucci April 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I used to love watching Sophie on TV! She had the cutest TV show! Great recipe, if I can find Papaya at the market I will make this. Where did you get her book? I haven’t seen it!

xoxo

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Omg!? I didn’t ever see her on TV!? Didn’t even know she had a show!?

I ordered the book online ;) My Dad is like a pro online shopper hahahaha!

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Tara @ I'm Fit Possible April 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Yum! I have never grilled payaya before. I usually only eat papaya on vacation. It might be time to shake it up and grill it up at home! Happy Thursday! Tara xo

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Brittany@twosaucysisters April 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I actually was kind of a picky eater as a kid- I still ate most of what my mom put on my plate, but certain foods like broccoli and oranges (I know, who doesn’t like oranges?) I would not touch! Of course, i’m the exact opposite now, and love trying all kinds of foods :) I, too, am not a big fan of fresh papaya (I LOVE the dried stuff!) but maybe pan-searing it would make me like it better? I’ll have to try it!

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM

You should try it this way :D

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Linz @ Itz Linz April 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

oooooh i love the idea of pansearing a papaya! i don’t think i was a very picky eater… there were def some foods i didn’t like, but in general i usually ate the wholesome meals my momma cooked!

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Shannon @ Skinny Sometimes April 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Okay, okay, maybe I will give papaya another try, haha.

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM

GOOD :D

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Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin April 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I actually love papaya, but pretty much only eat it on vacation in Hawaii. Whenever I buy papaya here it doesn’t taste even close to as good! I love the idea of grilling it though to bring out the sweetness! Definitely will be giving the coconut lime one a try :)

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:55 PM

YAY! Let me know if you like it, Haley :D

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Allison @ Train Eat Repeat April 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM

as a child my mom made us eat weird things, like liver and onions, and it was either goats milk or fresh cows milk (either way it was disgusting), so I was never TOO picky. I’m still not very picky, I will try everything once, and if I dont like it then fine. I try telling that to my little sister-in-law, she is so afraid to try new things, I tell her to try it and if she doesn’t like it thats fine at least you know!

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:55 PM

HAHA! I love liver and onions!

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Cassie @RedLetterDaye April 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Oh my god, I was such an odd eater as a child, in that I would eat anything and everything, and had really adult tastes, and the appetite of a full grown man. I would always order steak when we went out to dinner, at like age 10. Also, pate was a family favorite, and I ate it as a toddler. And I could put away mashed potatoes like nobodies business. I also ate weird things though, like soup for breakfast.

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Hahahaha so cute! I think I had a very mature palette too

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen April 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Well, you know I love papaya, but I had forgotten that I used to SAVE it in my fruit cup because I wanted the best for last. (Of course, that was only when we got the fancy fruit, and not the regular fruit cocktail, when it was the cherries that were rationed.)

After topping my lemon bar microwave muffin with papaya yesterday, and putting it in my warm breakfast rice pudding the other day, I realized how yummy it can be warm. LOVE this idea of pan-searing it. I wish I could grill. Or even had a grill. I bet that smoky flavor is phenomenal.

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:57 PM

You loved the cherries too!? :D

Try pan searing your papaya next time since you appreciate it being warm, too :D

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Sarah April 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I went to Whole Foods yesterday and they were out of papaya!! I was heart broken! I am going to have to go back this weekend and check again!! This recipe looks absolutely amazing! So tropical with the coconut and avocado! I have only had papaya in fruit cups too, so I am excited to see what it ‘really’ tastes like! Awesome work on the I.E accomplishments in yesterdays post! Still such an amazing inspiration with all of that! P.S — haven’t forgot about the post! Will have it to you by the end of the day tomorrow….my cleaning extravaganza has taken over my life! haha xo

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

LOL you’re adorable. Thanks for the congrats AND YOU MUST TRY MY PAPAYA RECIPES :D

I got your email, BUT haven’t replied yet BECAUSE…… I’m replying to these comments HAHA ;)

I’ll get back to you for sure, but just wanted to let you know I DID get it :D Thank you so much my love. You’re honestly tooooooo good to me!

Love you

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Melissa @ Treats With a Twist April 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Ok I’ve never been a big papaya fan either! But that looks SO good! I’ll probably have to go buy a papaya soon!!

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I think you should ;) You’d love the flavours together! I KNOW IT

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl April 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

I was a super picky eater as a child, but every since adapting a vegetarian lifestyle I have found that I have become a much more adventurous eater! I will pretty much try anything :).

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Awesome! :)

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Amanda @ Run Principessa April 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I am so glad you just said you hated mashed potatoes as a kid. I still hate them. My family all loves them and insists that I’m such a strange individual because I hate them. I just cannot get over the taste or texture! Haha. That papaya, however, looks awesome! As does the cookbook! I’ll have to take a peek at it. :)

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

HAHA I know right!? People NEVER understand why I don’t like them! It’s just so blahhhhhhh!

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beka @ rebecca roams April 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I have never been too big of a picky eater growing up, but when I found out what sausage casing was I wouldn’t eat them for 2-3 years. I also hated onions. Now I’ll eat sausage and occasionally onions, but still not a big fan of them unless they are cooked ( I don’t like the crunch!) Your papaya recipes look good. I don’t dislike it, but it’s not high on my love list either.

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Mmmmm I just had a ton of sauteed onions at dinner :)

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sanfay April 11, 2013 at 4:22 PM

I pretty much like to try just about anything. I never thought about cooking papaya. I’ve only eaten it fresh or frozen. Cooking does sound like it might bring out more of the sweetness. I’m going to have to try that one. I love papaya.

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

It definitely did get sweeter :D

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Emily April 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I was actually a pretty picky eater when I was little but only because I HATED meat. Seriously. I loathed it (and still do). There’s just something about the taste and texture that I can’t handle and I have very vivid memories of being forced to eat burgers, turkey, chicken, etc. It was horrible. When I was 8 I stopped eating meat (I didn’t even know the term ‘vegetarian’ existed at the time) and I eventually learned to expand my food horizons a lot. Now I’m not picky at all!
This recipe sounds so yummy! I want to find that cookbook. (:

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

I don’t think the outcome is EVER good when you are forced to eat something!!

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Picky Nicky April 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM

That looks so goooood! Seriously! And although my blog is called PICKY Nicky, I’m not THAT picky ;) I’ll try anything once! :)

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Meg April 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

HAHA! That’s so funny Nicky!

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BroccoliHut April 11, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Yum, yum, that panseared papaya does look GOOD. I think the only way I’ve ever had papaya was in a smoothie, but you’ve inspired me to get more creative with it!
I was definitely not a picky eater as a kid–the only thing I refused to eat was tomatoes…now I love them!

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Meg April 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM

mmmm what was in your papaya smoothie? :)

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Ellyn April 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Ooooh that looks good! I don’t think I have ever really had papaya…maybe in a smoothie or something but never by itself! I wish I hadn’t been such a picky eater when I was little…I bet I made my parents’ lives a lot harder haha. The only things I ate were chicken, strawberries, and Ramen noodles! I really want to go grill some papaya now!

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Meg April 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM

hahahaha i loved Ramen noodles, too!

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IHeartVegetables April 12, 2013 at 7:31 AM

My boyfriend is allergic to most raw fruits and vegetables, (except for oranges and a few others) so I was asking him last night if he could have papaya because I love it!!

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Meg April 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

haha cute!!

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli April 13, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Hmm, I’ve never been a fan of papaya. I gave it another try last year and yep…still hated it! Oh and I tried the seeds that time because someone told me they were edible and a great addition to salad. Um, NO! Not unless you like to eat WHOLE PEPPERCORNS! Ick..blech…barf!! Haha!

But I WILL say your dishes look absolutely gorgeous! And who knows, maybe my taste buds will change and I’ll like it one day!

PS, frog legs TOTALLY taste like chicken wings! Lol

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Meg April 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I think you blogged about the seeds if I remember correctly!? :D hahahaha so funny.

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Jo @ LivingMintGreen April 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Grilled papaya! Genius, Meg! I’m not really a fan of it either, but I might like it grilled. I *WANT* to love it, but its mushy texture & lack of flavour kind of bums me out. I feel the same way about canteloupe and honeydew. Although, the last time I was in Hawaii I made a pretty kick ass sangria using papaya & guava. Mmm.

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Meg April 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Try it grilled or pan seared like I did :) It is so good with coconut oil and lime yum!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien April 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Why have I never commented? Wahhhhh I don’t know!! So silly. I’m dying over this pan-seared papaya….I can’t imagine how fabulous it tastes! I’ve never actually bought papaya but now I’m feeling inspired :) I’m obsessed with anything cooked in coconut oil so I’m sure this is delish. Have a great weekend!

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Meg April 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I am not sure why you haven’t commented ;) HEHE!

Papaya and coconut oil are such a great combo! YUM :D

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