I love toasties… they are probably the simplest and quickest snacks you can rustle up at home. I remember how this humble snack was a godsend for me when Aaliyah was just a few weeks old. I was awake every 2 hours at night so was like the walking dead throughout the day. In between Aaliyah’s teeny weeny naps I’d rustle up my favourite Mozzarella and Jalapeno sauce toasty. It was by no means the fanciest meal I’ve ever cooked, but was quick, tasty and definitely hit the spot.
Now Aaliyah is older, my focus has changed from finding speedy snacks for myself to speedy, healthy snacks for her because things can turn pretty ugly when her hunger pangs kick in. Tears, tantrums and awkward behaviour…wonderful!
So as I love toasties so much I’ve decided to split this post into two parts. Part 1 is my little Princess’s favourite toasty – a savoury Tomato Salsa Toasty. Perfect for lunch and to help satisfy her hungry little belly. Part 2 will be my favourite toasty; a special treat for us hard working mums.
Anyway back to my Tomato Salsa Toasty. This toasty has a hint of Indian flavours that come though from the garlic and coriander. It’s a wonderful mix of carbs, dairy and fruit so is a really nice well-balanced meal or snack for your kids.
SuperFoods included – tomato, olive oil, garlic.
SuperSpices included – black pepper
Total preparation and cooking time: 8-10mins
Makes 1 serving
For Tomato Salsa:
1 tomato – washed, diced
Drizzle of olive oil
¼ tsp minced garlic
A few coriander leaves – washed, chopped
Cracked black pepper (to taste)
Softened butter or margarine
2 x slices of bread (white or brown)
1 slice Mozzarella cheese – ready sliced
Place the tomato, olive oil, garlic, coriander and black pepper in a bowl, stir and set aside.
Heat a frying pan on medium heat, butter one side of bread and place it buttered side down on the frying pan, this will give the toast a lovely golden colour on the outside when cooked.
Place the cheese slice on the bread (in the frying pan) and spoon over a generous amount of the tomato salsa.
Butter another slice of bread and place it on top of the tomato salsa with the buttered side facing up and apply a little pressure to the top using a spatula.
After 2mins flip the toasty over and cook on the other side. After 2mins remove from the frying pan and serve with fresh salad or coleslaw (for older kids). Repeat the method to make more servings.
Tip: add Balsamic vinegar to the tomato salsa to make this into a ‘Bruschetta Toasty’.