I grew cherry tomatoes in my balcony garden a few months ago and now it was the time to harvest them. I had some vegan recipes in my mind and thought I would involve my son too as these are fireless/flameless recipes and can be tried with kids. Ingredients I used are all highly nutritious and when kids prepare food by themselves then they are tempted to taste and finish it all and that’s a win-win situation for parents.
Three flameless recipes that I tried with my son are:
1. Cherry Tomato Appetizer:
We used cherry tomatoes and soaked almonds but you can use grapes, berries or cheese balls in place of almond. Using a toothpick, spear a cherry tomato then soaked almond/berry/grape/cheese and then again cherry tomato. Place it on a plate and garnish with chocolate spread.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, protein and fiber, almonds are a good source of vitamin E, Vit. B2, phosphorus, magnesium and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
2. Cherry Tomato Salad:
Cherry tomatoes, cubed cottage cheese, cilantro, lemon, salt & pepper are the ingredients we used in making this very easy but delicious salad. We mixed all the ingredients and the healthy salad was ready.
You get a good dose of vitamins and minerals with cherry tomatoes, Cottage cheese is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals, cilantro is rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins and dietary fiber while lemon contains vitamin C, citric acid which aids in digestion, minerals and fiber.
3. Cherry Tomato Mini Pizza:
Whole wheat bread, herb cheese spread, cheese slice, cucumber slices, cubed cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper are all we needed to make our mini bread pizzas. First, we spread herb cheese and then placed a cheese slice on the bread and topped it with cucumber, cubed cottage cheese and cherry tomatoes. Sprinkled oregano, salt and pepper to taste and then placed in a microwave oven and grilled it for 9 mins. on high power.
Now you know the nutritional values of cherry tomatoes and cottage cheese. I will go ahead and tell you about cheese spread and cheese slice well, these are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals but are also high in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium so it is not advisable to use these cheese products if you are obese or have heart/kidney disease. Cucumber is a low-calorie vegetable and contains lots of water and dietary fiber hence aids in weight loss and digestion. It is also a good source of vitamin A, Vit.C, Vit. K and minerals. Best thing to eat in summers to beat the heat.
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