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Tomatoes on Toast

Claire Wright

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Serves: 4

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

4 large handfuls cherry tomatoes (or 4-6 large tomatoes, diced)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove garlic (optional)

4 slices wholegrain bread

a few fresh basil leaves, roughly torn (or whole if small)

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 an easy way to get some veg into everyone at breakfast-time: veg on toast, like these sweet-tooth tomatoes on toast.

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place the tomatoes in a roasting dish and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt & pepper and roast in the oven for about 15 mins, until the cherry tomatoes start “popping” (or regular tomatoes soften) and are soft and blistered. Toast the bread and drizzle with the rest of the olive oil. Rub each slice of toast with garlic (if using). Top with the roasted tomatoes and basil leaves.

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

Let the kids put the tomatoes in the dish, drizzle the oil, season and toss it all together. They can toast the bread and drizzle with olive oil, and they can rub the garlic on if using.

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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