We’re thrilled to welcome guest blogger Jennifer Tyler Lee, a mom of two and the creator of Crunch a Color—the award-winning nutrition game that makes healthy eating fun.
Like a garden, the local farmers’ market was alive with activity. Buzzing like bees from one colorful stand to the next, my kids happily crunched crisp apples and savored small bites of the last few summer strawberries. Visiting the farmers’ market is one of our favorite family activities…
Our local farmers’ market has been a wonderful inspiration for getting my kids to try new foods. Fresh air, busy shoppers, and overflowing tables of colorful fruits and veggies come together to set the perfect stage for exploring. Each week, we head out as a family to discover what’s new at the market. My kids love racing through the aisles searching for seasonal goodies and tasty treasures.
With the bounty of red beauties lining the market stalls, the kids decided that fragrant, blushing cherry tomatoes would top our list of new foods to try this week. Baskets overflowing, we headed home to assemble a few simple ingredients to make our fun and easy recipe of the week: Tomato Pops!
Tomato Pop Ingredients
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes from the farmers’ market or (even better) your garden
- 1 cup mozzarella balls or cubes of your favorite cheese
- ¼ cup olive oil
- handful of fresh basil
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 12 wooden skewers
- large mixing bowl
- large spoon
- small glass jar or vase
Making Your Tomato Pops
Step 1: Wash the tomatoes and remove the green tops. Load the tomatoes into the large mixing bowl as you go.
Step 2: Add the mozzarella balls to the tomatoes.
Step 3: Add the olive oil and salt to the tomatoes and mozzarella. Stir gently.
Step 4: Alternating between the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves, add the items to your skewers. Let the kids decide on the pattern they like most.
Step 5: Serve in a small glass vase or cup, like a bouquet. Mix together the remaining ingredients into a fresh Caprese salad.
These skewers are a fun addition to your farmers’ market-fresh family table and make a great lunchbox snack. My kids loved making and snacking on these colorful pops. For a fun twist, serve with some nut free basil pesto or kid-friendly healthy Caesar salad dressing and let everyone enjoy giving their pops a dip!