How to get your kids to eat tomatoes
This article can apply to lots of different foods, but tomatoes are my best example.
Most of us might agree that picking up a cherry tomato from your friend’s birthday party buffet as a child was probably the least likely thing you’d do – and it probably still is now as an adult! But I’m not talking about that kind of tomato.
It is true that our taste buds change throughout our lives and I, for one, have grown to enjoy tomatoes more than I did as a child. However, I much prefer them warm than cold. Grilled tomatoes on toast I love but I wouldn’t pick up a cold tomato as a snack still. So I know I love warm tomatoes and you’d never guess how I know that… because I LOVE pizza!! I mean, who doesn’t love pizza? To be fair, I have had a few children come to my classes and tell me that they don’t like pizza, but I have had hundreds of other children who LOVE pizza.
What I’m trying to get across is, if you have a child who refuses to eat anything that has tomatoes in it – pasta, chilli, enchiladas, soup, gnocchi, curry, anything – just remind them that tomatoes also make pizza. Make a pizza sauce with them! A plain tin of tomatoes might not be appealing but when you add onions, garlic, herbs and seasoning and it starts smelling like pizza then they’ll change their perceptions. Plus, ‘pizza sauce’ is a perfect base sauce for mince dishes and works well as it is with pasta and gnocchi or with vegetables added into it. After making the sauce, they won’t be so offended when you add a tin of chopped tomatoes into their dinner.
One of the most popular sayings in my classes is ‘I don’t like tomatoes’ when they see a tin of chopped tomatoes – which I often use. This way works for me and I hope it works for you too. Like I said, it might not convince them to pick up a cold tomato but it might help them to try more of your amazing home cooked dinners!
Below is my super easy pizza sauce recipe
(makes enough sauce for 2 large pizzas).
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, crushed
2 x 400g Tins Chopped Tomatoes
2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
2 Tsp Mixed Herbs
Salt and Pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a medium sized saucepan and add the onion. Cook for a few minutes over a medium heat and then add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
- Pour in the chopped tomatoes, puree, and mixed herbs. Bring to the boil, turn to a low heat and leave to gently simmer for about an hour, stirring frequently. After the hour the sauce should be nice and thick.
Good luck and enjoy!