AD – Getting my kids to eat healthily is so important to me as a Mum. I want to teach all of them about how food is so important when keeping you happy and healthy. This is difficult, as my eldest is a complete chocoholic. I have never know anyone love cakes, chocolate and sweets so much. Her baby sister likes these foods but no way near as much and my baby boy is currently just getting what he is given! I really think the key to getting your kids to try new foods is to eat them a lot in front of them, eating together as a family at mealtimes and letting them having a go at making their own dishes. We were recently sent some delicious Piccolo tomatoes from Evesham Vale Growers, our local supplier and I knew that these would be perfect for a pizza topping; I could get the girls to do some pizza making.
Our Piccolo tomato seeds however were sourced from Gautier Semences, a French company that are independent and family ran. For 60 years they have specialised in the selection, production and marketing of high quality vegetable seeds. Tomatoes are actually a fruit and are packed with Vitamin C, fibre, antioxidants and potassium; so many health benefits.
Our Piccolo Tomatoes
We received a delivery of our Piccolo Tomatoes and I was just amazed at how many we received. An entire box and considering they are one of my favourite fruits, I was in heaven! The smell was incredible and just look at that colour.
We didn’t do the pizza making until the weekend but I was already ploughing through the tomatoes as a snack, in my tuna wraps, on salads. I’ll talk a little more at the end on some of the other things we tried with the Piccolo tomatoes.
They have such a sweet taste and I love the texture too; not too hard or squishy, which you can get with other cherry tomatoes.
So was my middle child, bless her, enjoying her tomato.
The eldest was feeling a little out of sorts at the weekend with an ear infection, so we decided to try the pizza making for a treat and to cheer her up a little.
The girls are quite simple in their pizza tastes. They are happy with cheese and tomato with a little veg, like sweetcorn and tomatoes. They will also have a little ham. I’m happy as gets some vegetables in them, protein in the cheese and some calcium too. Pizza is a composite food so you get a little of everything. Quite often with kids, the simpler the food the better!
We got some pre-made pizza bases but you could make your own and my hubby has done in the past with his bread maker. We then got some bowls and added cheese, Piccolo tomatoes and sweetcorn and hubby helped them put some Passata and herbs on the pizza bases. This of course was messy but fun.
They really enjoyed themselves and my middle girl doesn’t always eat pizza, so I was keen to see if she would eat it when finished.
The pizza slices looked great and I was dying to taste them.
The girls really enjoyed their pizza making and I was thrilled to that both of them, including my middle girl, ate every last scrap. We enjoyed them too.
We will definitely be doing pizza making again on a weekend, as a different tasty lunch idea and the Piccolo tomatoes, gave
Piccolo Tomatoes are So Versatile!
With a box of Piccolo Tomatoes to last us a month probably, I realised how versatile they are and how many dishes they could go in!
Some examples were Tuna Pasta salad and tuna wraps.
The list really is endless! They add taste and texture to so many dishes and help to boost the vegetable content of a meal and the nutrition.
As a family, we have loved having a monster stash of Piccolo tomatoes. We do buy them regularly but having a huge box to dip into, has meant we have used them so much more and has made us think a little with family meals.
How about you? Do you cook with Piccolo tomatoes?
Disclosure – we were provided with product and compensated for our time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.