Food challenge: Papaya


Food Challenge: PapayaTransport yourself to tropical destinations by preparing the recipes below featuring papaya, this week's food challenge.

During these long winters, I often dream about tropical destinations with white sandy beaches, fruity drinks in my hand, and the flavors of the tropics on my lips. Since I am not able to do that, I just have to settle for eating my way there instead.

I have come to find out that buying papaya at the commissary is a lot cheaper than buying a warm-destination ticket (shocking I know, right?). So if you are like me and want to start thinking about sunshine on your skin and sand between your toes, try this #IDFoodChallenge and share your favorite papaya recipes with us on Facebook or Instagram.

 How to prepare Papayas

Sweet Papaya Smoothie
Sweet Papaya Smoothie

InDependent Original Recipe

  • 1 ½ cup papaya, cubed
  • ¾ cup pineapple, cubed
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds

Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.

  • Try freezing the bananas so that when you blend them the smoothie will be cool and refreshing, instead of using ice cubes.
  • This recipe is really sweet and is great as a dessert. I don’t recommend it as a morning staple.
  • Since my stomach can’t handle ice cream, I froze a small cup in the freezer to have as a substitute.


papaya and pineapple muffins
Papaya and Pineapple Muffins

via Women's Health Magazine


Spicy Papaya-Carrot Salsa
Spicy Papaya-Carrot Salsa

via Martha Stewart

  • I wasn’t able to find any Scotch bonnet chiles or small chayote, so I just used jalapeños for the chiles and bell peppers for the chayote. Add more jalapeños if you like a little more fire in your salsa, a little less if you don’t.
  • This is great over any of your favorite chips, rice, or your favorite meats.