Sneaky Tomato Recipes For Kids
Arguments of whether tomatoes are fruits or vegetables aside—if you’re a kid, it’s likely that you’re going to hate them. But there’s just too many health benefits derived from tomatoes to let this one slide. So here are some sneaky ways to get your little ones some much-needed lycopene before they can say no.
Consider it your kids’ starter plates to a world of healthy eating. Try these recipes out and see how easy it can be to get your kids loving their greens (or reds—as the case may be):
Stock up on some healthy snack-time options with some bread, crackers and a jar of rich tomato jam
Tomato and Thyme Surprise
- 1 pound tomatoes, roughly cut
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon thyme, finely chopped
- 4 whole cloves
- 1” cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Place all ingredients in a deep saucepan and allow mixture to simmer over low heat.
- Keep mixing until mixture is thick.
- Pour into a jar and allow to cool before screwing the lid on tightly.
- The jam will hold for about two weeks, refrigerated.
Nothing gets kids appetites going more than chips and dip—here’s a healthier, lycopene-rich alternative.
Kiddie Salsa and Tortilla Chips
- 2 cups of tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon red onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 bag of corn tortilla chips
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
- Serve salsa with a side of chips.
Here’s an easy salad to make for more adventurous palates—still kid-friendly and still healthy.
Kiddie Cob Salad
- 2 cups butter lettuce
- ½ cup tomato, chopped
- ½ ripe avocado, cubed
- 2 smoked turkey slices
- 1 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 ½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Toss all ingredients together, chill and serve.
- Add croutons or toasted bruschetta in the mix if you want.
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