We are excited to bring you this month's post from Katie Blauser, the creator of Eat Pretty Darling. Each month on our blog we feature a "Color of the Week" that corresponds with Veggie Buds Club's veggie of the month. August's veggie is TOMATO so we're focusing on RED veggies this month!
Katie Blauser is the mama of two boys, wife of a picky eater, and food lover at Eat Pretty Darling. She believes in making food fun, healthy, & pretty! Katie’s not only outnumbered by boys in her little family, but also by picky eaters. She loves trying to find new ways to get both kids and adults to eat healthy while making food pretty yummy, pretty healthy, and pretty fun! Find Katie on Instagram (@eatprettydarling), where she shares colorful and cute food ideas for both picky and adventurous eaters.
Color of the Week - RED
It’s time to find all things RED this week to go along with our yummy veggie (technically a fruit!) of the month, tomatoes. You could literally just stick to the tomato section this week and just get different varieties of tomatoes because there are so many! Are your kids like mine and they love everything made from tomatoes, just not an actual tomato? This is a great time to make some of their favorites like ketchup and red sauce to show them that some of the things they love are made with this pretty red fruit. And calling it a fruit is such a selling point for my picky eater!
This week we ventured out of the produce department and snagged some red lentils. While there are tons of great fresh food options for the color red, there are so many others throughout the store! Just make sure to stick with items that are just the ingredient. This week, we’re making a crowd pleasing PIZZA!!! It’s allergy friendly because there are no grains, no nuts, and no eggs! Can you guess what makes our pizza crust red?
Really RED Pizza
Have them peel the tomatoes after they are tossed in the ice bath. Ask them help sprinkle on the pizza toppings and cheese!
Red Food Ideas
There are more out there, but here’s a list to get started!
August's featured veggie is TOMATO at Veggie Buds Club! We hope you enjoy these delicious recipes for Roasted Plum Tomatoes and Homemade Roasted Tomato Ketchup from this month's Veggie Buds Club subscription box.
These recipes were developed by Heather Staller, a mom of two boys, ages 5 and 3, and cooking instructor specializing in bringing cooking into preschool classrooms. After college, Heather knew she wanted to be a teacher, but first followed her lifelong dream of going to culinary school. Teaching cooking combines both of her passions, and she truly enjoys introducing young children to the joys of cooking with fresh ingredients. Find Heather on Instagram (@heather_kidskitchen), where she shares inventive kid-friendly recipes and ideas for cooking with kids at home.
Roasted Plum Tomatoes
Roasting tomatoes concentrates their sweet flavor. Use the finished tomatoes in the ketchup recipe below, or they are great on pizza, in sandwiches, on toast, or in a pasta sauce!
Homemade Roasted Tomato Ketchup
Everything is better from scratch! Making your own ketchup lets you control the sugar content and quality of ingredients, and it tastes great. Homemade ketchup is the perfect kid-friendly condiment!
Makes 2 cups
August is Tomato Month at Veggie Buds Club so we are excited to bring you three ways to try tomatoes from Noelle Martin of @motherhoodandmeals!
Be sure to check out Veggie Buds Club on Instagram to participate in our Veggie Buds Cooking Club competition- kids across the US and Canada will be cooking up these yummy recipes for a chance to win a fabulous prize from Veggie Buds Club and Nature Fresh, grower of incredible and flavorful tomatoes year round!
If you asked me to list off 5 foods that ideally everyone would eat every day tomatoes would be on that list!
They are packed with incredible nutrition such as vitamin C which supports our immune system and increases iron absorption as well as lycopene, an antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of cancer.
You can imagine my excitement when I learned that August is TOMATO month at Veggie Buds Club! I hope this month your little ones enjoy trying tomatoes in all sorts of ways including the fun and easy bruschetta recipes below! All three recipes only have 3 ingredients so getting your children involved will be super easy!
Mix together 1 diced peach, 8-10 diced cherry tomatoes, and 1-2 Tbsp of hemp hearts. Add to your favorite whole grain crusty bread and serve!
Mix together 1 cup of Tomberries, 10 pieces of thinly cut baby spinach, and 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese. Add to your favorite whole grain crusty bread and serve!
Grate one large tomato and spread onto your favorite whole grain crusty bread. Add a slice of cucumber and a sprinkle of shredded or grated Parmesan cheese and serve!
Noelle Martin is a Registered Dietitian and mom of three young boys. She has a passion for education, inspiring, and empowering moms to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Noelle loves involving her children in food planning and preparation for their home and sees the kitchen as a perfect area for teaching both academic and life skills. Follow @MotherhoodandMeals on Instagram for Noelle's nutrition tips, recipes, product reviews, and motherhood moments.
It's Tomato Month at Veggie Buds Club, and we look forward to sharing some of the fun content from this month's box plus extra recipes and activities from our amazing partners! If you're not a member yet and would like to follow along with our "Kids Love Tomatoes" box as the month progresses we have some additional stock in our shop! We promise your kids will love (or at least try!) tomatoes by the end of all of the fun crafts, games, growing projects, and more! Shop items are shipped next day.
First of all, enjoy a list of our recommended children's books featuring tomatoes! Reading about veggies is a great way to make veggies approachable, fun, and exciting for kids.
Each month, Ashley Smith, a pediatric dietitian and founder of Veggies and Virtue, provides dietitian-approved tips to parents that encourage their kids to try our veggie of the month. You can find her "Tips to Help Kids Eat Tomatoes" over on her blog, here's a snippet:
There are many kids who are obsessed with ketchup and will use it as a dip for nearly everything. Majority of kids will also chow down on pizza or maybe even spaghetti without any wonder of what the red sauce is made of. Offering a fresh, raw tomato to a child rarely goes over as easily as the above options however.
That's why for this month's tip, I encourage you to expose your child to tomatoes in their many forms and see which ways they might be most interested in trying them. For each, consider talking through with them if they "love," "like," or are "still learning to like" each type of tomato product.
Read her full post for a list tomato products to try and her suggestions on how to make the "love it, like it, learning it" approach fun!