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Easy Homemade Tomato Salsa

Claire Wright

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Serves: 8

Prep time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

6 ripe tomatoes

1/4 red onion or 2 spring onions

1/2 large cucumber or 1 whole smaller one

1-2 tbsp jalapeno slices from a jar (adjust to taste depending on if your family likes spice or not)

a large handful of roughly chopped fresh coriander

salt & pepper

juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

Veg Portions / Serving: 1

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Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright | raisingsugarfreekids.com

Claire Wright from addsomeveg.com shares 3 simple ways to prepare tomatoes that the whole family will enjoy.

This simple salsa is easy to make and delicious to eat. A great dip for veg, sauce for tacos or burritos, or an easy way to pep up a simple ‘eggs on toast’ breakfast and add a little veg while you’re at it! Perfect for using up soft tomatoes that need eating now!

Method:

Dice the tomatoes, onion(s) and cucumber as small as you can. Roughly chop the jalapeno slices. Mix everything together. Add more jalapenos, salt & pepper, lime or lemon juice and/or coriander to taste.

Engaging Kids

Engaging Kids

Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.

Kids in the kitchen

Kids in the kitchen

Dice the ingredients for them, then get them to mix everything up and taste it. Ask them if they think it needs more of any ingredients and let them add, taste and experiment until they feel it’s just right.

Activities

Activities

While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.

Sensory

Sensory

Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.

Serving

Serving

The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.

Claire Wright

Communications Manager: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, looking after Veg Power's website and social media platforms.

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