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Tomato Salsa Toasty | For Kids – Part 1

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.

tomato salsa toasty

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)

For Toasty:
Softened butter or margarine
2 x slices of bread (white or brown)
1 slice Mozzarella cheese – ready sliced

Tomato Salsa:
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’.


5 Minute Teriyaki Salmon


teriyaki salmon

This recipe is by no means ‘conventional’ and many chefs would be hanging their heads in shame to the way in which this recipe is prepared (… in the microwave!!) But if I am completely honest… I don’t care! I am a mum with very little time on my hands. I don’t have the time to be worrying about ‘proper’ cooking techniques. All of my meals are cooked in a way that will ideally save time, and retain 100% of the nutrients so I will alter my cooking techniques accordingly if I need to.

SuperFoods included – salmon, lime
SuperSpices included – paprika

This ‘no fail’ recipe has loads of benefits…

  • Saves mummy’s valuable time – only takes 5 minutes to prepare and cook! Perfect as an after school snack or as a quick dinner if you are running late after work and want to ensure your kids are still eating healthy meals.
  • Bursting with nutrients – the paprika (hint of Indian in this meal) is great for digestion and the salmon is an oily fish which is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids; essential for brain function, growth and development. It is also rich is vitamin D
  • Convenient – keep frozen salmon fillets in the freezer and pull out when necessary

Total preparation and cooking time – 5mins
Makes 1 serving

A drizzle of olive oil
1 x 100g salmon fillet – boneless, skinless and frozen
¼ tsp lime juice – freshly squeezed (no seeds)
¼ tsp dark soy sauce
¼ tsp dark brown sugar – soft
Pinch or ¼ tsp of ground paprika
Coriander/ cilantro for garnish (optional)

Place the frozen salmon in a microwavable dish and drizzle with olive oil. Then pour the soy sauce, and lime juice over the fillet followed by a sprinkling of the brown sugar and paprika. Rub the ingredients into the fillet.

(Note: If you don’t have dark brown sugar, use clear runny honey as an alternative).

Cover the dish with a lid (leaving a small vent) or cling film (piercing a few holes) and cook on high in the microwave for 3-3 ½ mins until the fish is flaky.

Remove from the container when cooked, serve with noodles and garnish with coriander.

Tip: you may notice some dark brown or black crusting around the edges of the fillet when cooked. Don’t remove this as it is actually caramelised brown sugar which gives the salmon a lovely hint of sweetness.


Baked Bean Curry on Toast (V)


This is my twist on a British classic, beans on toast.

baked bean curry on toast

Now this fabulous curry is as quick to make as it is to warm up the can of beans used to prepare it with. It is perfect served as lunch for a 2-4 year old or as an after school snack for older children.

When I served this to my little one I was anxiously waiting to hear the magic word…. ‘more’ (yes that’s right, ‘more’, clearly not the magic word you were thinking of). Anyway to my delight I heard ‘more pea’s please’. Well she meant ‘beans’ but it came out as ‘peas’.

Now those of you who are regular followers of my blog, or even those of you who have a copy of my book will know that I do not add salt to any of the meals I prepare from scratch for my little one. However, since the main ingredient of this curry is ready-made, there will be some salt included within this curry, so the best option here is to opt for a can of beans that has low salt and sugar content.

salt content

Although there is a small amount of salt within this curry, I like to counter it with the fact that baked beans are in fact…. SUPERFOODS! They are loaded with protein, necessary for healthy growth for children, fibre-rich, and the tomato sauce they are covered in is a source of lycopene which is antioxidant and anti-cancer.  Add an extra boost of health benefits to the baked beans in the form of ‘SuperSpices’ and this really is a simple and nutritious snack. For example, ginger is great for digestion and well, I’ve already applauded mustard seeds for their fabulous health benefits. See my ‘SuperSpice of the Month‘.

If you are concerned about keeping your child’s daily salt in-take low (as I am), a great solution here is to create 2 servings from this curry and serve 1 to your little one, reducing the salt content by half straight away. In this case 0.45g based on the baked beans I am using. As 1-3 year old’s need less than 2g of salt per day this keeps the salt in-take well within the recommended guidelines. When I do this, I also like to offer my little one a banana to finish her meal with to make sure she has a satisfied little belly.

SuperFoods included: olive oil, garlic, baked beans

SuperSpices included: mustard seeds, cumin seeds, ground ginger, coriander, turmeric, black pepper

Total cooking and preparation time: 6-7 mins

Makes 1-2 servings

½ tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp minced garlic
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 x 200g can of baked beans – low salt and low sugar variety
Pinch of ground ginger
¼ tsp ground coriander
Pinch of ground turmeric
Pinch of ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a small pot on low heat and add garlic, mustard seeds and cumin.

As soon as they begin to sizzle stir for a couple of seconds, add the baked beans and stir. This is very important as the cumin seeds can burn quite quickly.

Add the ginger, coriander, turmeric and black pepper and stir. Simmer for 5 mins and it’s done! Remove from the heat and set aside.

Toast some soft granary bread, butter with unsalted butter (to keep the salt in-take down), remove crusts if necessary and cut into triangles. Pour the baked bean curry over the toast. This makes the toast really soft and yummy and my daughter loves it like this as she doesn’t like toast too crispy.