When preparing dishes for your children, you may want to consider using olives. They are very healthy for the majority of people, and offer a variety of benefits that you can get from regular consumption. They can help strengthen the heart, digestive system, skin, and other parts of your body. Finding ways to use olives in meals can be difficult, but try these three fun ways to easily incorporate Greek olives in children’s dishes. These recipes are popular among families – now it’s time to bring them to your kitchen table.
1. Spicy tomato pasta
This is one of the easiest and tastiest recipes. If your kid loves pasta, adding some delicious sauce on top of it is an easy way to make it a healthier option. You can prepare this recipe by creating a sauce yourself using tomato paste, chilli sauce, black olives, capers, anchovy fillets, garlic, and other ingredients. If you prefer, it’s just as easy to find a healthy sauce at the supermarket and then mix the olives in. By tasting the sauce before and after, you will immediately notice the slight taste of the olives but it’s likely that your children won’t. To top it off, all you have to do is add a few basil leaves on top and you have a delicious, quick to prepare dish that you and your children will love. If you want further inspiration, look at this recipe from BBC Good Food.
2. Stuffed tomato
This is a recipe that can be prepared very quickly. You do not have to spend much time preparing this meal either, since all of the ingredients will come prepared. All you need to do is get a few fresh tomatoes from your local store. First, you need to scoop out the tomato flesh. Fill the tomato with cooked rice that is flavoured with some minced garlic, chopped tomato, sliced Greek olives, lemon juice, and some other chopped herbs. It is a perfect meal for your children’s lunch, and much of it can easily be made ahead of time.
3. Crispy bruschetta
Most children love snacking, and this recipe is great for satisfying that urge. What makes it great for you is the relatively easy preparation. To make the paste, all you need are some chopped olives (buy pre-chopped to speed up preparation even further) and chopped tomatoes. After you mix them together and add salt to taste, spread the mixture on your bread of choice. Like the stuffed tomato, you can prepare all of this ahead of time and have it in your refrigerator for when your kids come running into the kitchen looking for something to eat.
These three dishes aren’t just healthy; they’re also delicious and easy to make for your kids. Introducing olives will add a delightful flavour, but more importantly it will make them a healthier option. Don’t just prepare these meals for your kids, though: adding olives to your diet can also have a number of benefits, including helping with weight loss, as outlined by Underground Health. As with any great food, however, too much can be just as bad as too little, so don’t let your newfound love for olives go to your head!
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