Cabin fever got you down? Yeah, you are NOT alone. This past week, my kids were practically tearing down the walls. But then a magical feat of perfect timing happened: a Disney new release! The Jungle Book, specifically, which is on my family’s short list of favorites. We knew it was being released on Feb. 11th, and that a special Diamond Edition DVD Combo Pack would be available at Walmart, so we busted out of this joint and went shopping.
I didn’t mention it to my son just in case there weren’t any copies left, but luckily there were plenty.
The exclusive Walmart gift packs (including a free lunchbox!) were going fast, though, so we grabbed one of the very last ones. There was even an activity booklet included. Activities = good for the “cabin fever-afflicted”!
Since life has been so full of sledding and snowballs lately, I decided to a run with a much-needed jungle theme for movie night. We made forts in the living room and got out every jungle friend we could find. (Apparently, our jungle has lobsters.)
…and, since #CollectiveBias challenged me to create a #JungleFresh recipe, I put together some bright, sunny eats using tons of fresh fruit I picked up at Walmart.
Jerk Chicken Skewers with Tropical Fruit Sauce
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 Tbsp Caribbean Jerk Seasoning Blend (use more or less to taste)
- wooden skewers
- 1 ripe mango, cut into chunks
- 1 orange
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp honey
Heat oil in a non-stick skillet. In a medium bowl, toss chicken pieces with jerk seasoning until well-coated. Add chicken to pan; stir fry about 5 minutes. Flip pieces and cook chicken another 5 minutes or so, until chicken is browned on all sides and cooked through (about 10 minutes total.) Remove pan from heat. Zest orange generously over the chicken in the pan.
To make tropical fruit sauce, peel the orange you used for zest and remove as much of the pith as possible. Put orange, along with mango, banana, pineapple, coconut milk and honey, in food processor or blender. (We used a Nutribullet with great results.) Pulse lightly until blended, but not completely liquified.
To serve, place 4–5 pieces of chicken on each wooden skewer. Serve skewers warm with sauce. (Serves 4, 2 skewers each)
*Note: I kept the seasoning in this recipe mild with the kiddos in mind. For stronger and spicier jerk flavor, marinate chicken ahead of time with more seasoning or the jerk marinade of your choice.
This recipe is easy to make with little ones underfoot, and you can customize the level of jerk seasoning to your family’s liking. (Even easier, you might even be able to save a step with pre-marinated chicken. Check your local store!) We served our skewers with steamed broccoli and some cut-up fruit we had left over after making our sauce. We followed it up with coconut popsicles from the freezer, and the kids went bananas!
After the movie, my son couldn’t stop talking about Mowgli and the jungle. Since our property has its own “jungle” (woods, really), he got the idea that we could have a jungle treehouse out back! We’re all just so ready to get outside, so we started dreaming about what we’d build back there by our creek if we had the opportunity. When you’re 4, imagination knows no bounds, so I helped my little Mowgli wanna-be create a “Dream Treehouses” Pinterest board to show Daddy exactly how to build them. Check it out below!
(Maybe we can even talk him into putting electricity in so we can have movie night there from now on?)
Thanks for swinging by!