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Need ideas for cooking with kids? The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen invites you to try Squished tomato pasta sauce Recipe. Have some fun with the kids in the kitchen and get them helping to make everything from muffins to main meals.
Help kids aged 3-6 make their own superhealthy fresh tomato sauce to go with pasta.
Prep 30 mins
12 cherry tomatoes
2 ordinary tomatoes , halved
4 basil leaves
small bunch chives
8 black or green olives , stoned (optional)
olive oil , for drizzling
200g pasta , cooked and kept warm
cheddar or Parmesan , grated
Put the cherry tomatoes into a large bowl, reach down into the bowl and squeeze each one hard until it bursts (mind out, they'll squirt!). Pull the tomatoes into pieces.
Squeeze the halved tomatoes on a lemon squeezer to make as much juice as you can. Pour this into the bowl. (Grown-ups, the squeezed halves can be used up in a stew or soup.)
Snip the basil and chives into the bowl using your scissors, or tear them into pieces. Then, if you are using them, snip or pull the olives in half and throw them in, too.
Add a dribble of olive oil, then ask your grown-up helper to put the cooked pasta into two bowls, spoon your sauce on top and sprinkle with the cheese
If your child is able, they can do all their own chopping and slicing; very little ones will enjoy the squishing. You can vary what goes into the sauce. If herbs are a step too far, stick to tomatoes and the vegetables your child enjoys, such as red pepper or cooked peas. If you'd like to add more protein, try chopped cooked chicken or bacon.
Nutrition per serving
472 kcalories, protein 17g, carbohydrate 80g, fat 12 g, saturated fat 4g, fibre 5g, sugar 7g, salt 0.34 g
Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2010.
More kids meals from the Lebanese recipes Kitchen:
Baked dippy eggs
Mini chicken bagel burgers
Lemon curd & blueberry loaf cake
Sausage & bean pot
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