It’s one of the greatest challenges when it comes to feeding kids … getting them to eat their veggies. One way I make sure my little guys are getting a good serving of them is with my veggie packed tomato pasta sauce.

Veggie packed tomato pasta sauce via www.clairekcreations.com a great way to get more vegetables into fussy kids

Veggie packed tomato pasta sauce

My nutritionist friend and co-author of Crawler Cuisine to Toddler Tucker first introduced me to veggie-packed tomato pasta sauce a few years ago and I have literally been making it once a fortnight ever since.

Whenever I make a batch I freeze part of it in ice-cube trays so I can sneak it into anything and everything.

Why I love it:

  • it’s ridiculously easy to make
  • use up any veggies that might have gone to waste otherwise
  • sneak veggies into the kids
  • you know exactly what’s in it
  • it’s budget-friendly
  • you can use whatever veggies you have on hand (even frozen works a treat)

 

Tips for using veggie packed tomato sauce:

  • use in place of tomato passata in soups and stews
  • add a couple of tablespoons to tinned baked beans (yep my kids refuse the homemade version)
  • use instead of pizza sauce on homemade pizzas

 

 

Veggie packed tomato pasta sauce
 
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Serves: 1L
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mixed veggies (or all of one if you prefer) - can use frozen or fresh - carrot, zucchini, broccoli, capsicum, eggplant, cauliflower, mushrooms
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups tomato passata
  • 1 tin crushed/diced tomato
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ¼ cup bone broth
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil or basil pesto
  • Pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. Use a food processor to finely chop the veggies and onion or grate them.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.
  3. Cook the veggies and onion for a few minutes then add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 mins.
  5. Leave to cool to room temperature and then use a blender to blend to super smooth.
  6. Store in a jar in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze.
  7. Use any place you would use a tomato pasta sauce.

 

Veggie packed tomato pasta sauce via www.clairekcreations.com a great way to get more vegetables into fussy kidsVeggie packed tomato pasta sauce via www.clairekcreations.com a great way to get more vegetables into fussy kids