Kids can get super involved and creative when it comes to making these paninis. My son loves using our Vitamix, and my daughter enjoyed slicing the tomatoes and assembling the paninis.
While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: TomatoES.
- Fruit: none
- Veggies: spinach, parsley, garlic, tomatoes2 arugula
- Grains: bread
- Protein: pine nuts
- Dairy: cheese
1For information about food and health, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
2Tomatoes are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies.
- Because tomatoes have seeds and grow from a flowering plant, botanically they are considered to be fruits. Yet, nutritionally and legally tomatoes are considered to be veggies.
- Tomatoes are often red but can also be pink, yellow, purple or more!
- China is the largest producer of tomatoes, and tomatoes are the state vegetable of New Jersey.
- Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Crispy Tomato, Pesto & Mozzarella Panini. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!
To prepare the pesto, kids can:
Measure out pesto ingredients and combine into blender.
Blend ingredients together in Vitamix or blender.
Kids will love seeing the pesto form slowly. They may also enjoy drizzling in the olive oil!
We use our beloved Vitamix.
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To assemble the paninis, kids can:
SLICE AND SEASON MOZZARELLA WITH SALT & PEPPER*
ASSEMBLE PANINIS WITH PESTO, CHEESE, TOMATOES & ARUGULA
Kids will like controlling what goes on their panini, and how much.
PRESS DOWN SANDWICH AS IT COOKS*
We used a pan's lid to firmly press the sandwich down. Kids may need help so they don't burn their arms!
We’re big fans of these kid-friendly knives.
*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.