Thomasina’s Watermelon, Feta and Avocado Salad with Grilled Flatbreads
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
2 large flatbreads
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium Hass avocados
30ml fresh lemon juice
80g watermelon, diced
a small handful mint, finely chopped
40g feta cheese, crumbled
½ teaspoon za’atar
a handful of sprouted seeds (optional)
Veg Portions / Serving: 1
Reciped donated by Thomasina Miers for Veg Power. Portrait photography by Tara Fisher | tarafisher.co.uk. Recipe from Home Cook by Thomasina Miers.
A middle-Eastern take on avocados that makes a great lunchtime salad or light summer starter when watermelons line the fruit stalls.
Turn the grill onto medium-high and cut open the flatbreads. Brush the insides with half the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for a few minutes until gently toasted. Set aside.
Quarter, de-stone and peel the avocados and dice the flesh into a bowl with the lemon juice. Toss in the rest of the salad ingredients, except the za’atar. Pile the salad on top of the grilled flatbreads and sprinkle with za’atar. Serve at once. This is also delicious with a handful of sprouted seeds tossed into the salad.
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
There are so many jobs suitable for small hands in these avocado recipes from Thomasina, including making the dressing, mixing the tahini with lemon juice and oil, rubbing the toasted bread with garlic and salt and mashing the avocado.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Rupy Aujla