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T is for Tomato Sandwiches | Cooking The Alphabet | Cooking With Kids | Easy Toddler Lunch

Hi, I’m Amber, and I’m cooking the alphabet with my two toddlers!

Illustrated tomato background with text saying "Baby Cooks The Alphabet - Cook the alphabet and create a handmade recipe scrapbook! Tomato Caprese Sandwiches”

It was another husband takeover of Cooking The Alphabet, and today we're cooking tomato sandwiches for T is for Tomato.


What you need:

  1. Ingredients:

  • 1 tomato

  • 1 sandwich bun

  • Fresh mozzarella

  • Fresh basil leaves

  • Olive oil

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Salt and pepper

  1. Tools: Kid-safe knife, basting brush

A 3-year-old salting tomatoes.
My three-year-old takes a taste of salt.



Getting The Kids Cooking:

Set-up tasks your toddler can help with include:

  • Grabbing kitchen tools

  • Grabbing ingredients


Then the fun part comes:

  • Finely chop up basil leaves - you can have your little one rip them with their fingers if their knife is too dull

  • Slice tomato and mozzarella

  • Toast bun - you can let your little one press the toaster button down

  • Spread olive oil and balsamic vinegar on buns - you can let your little one use a basting brush so they don't pour too much!

  • Layer tomato, mozzarella, basil on buns

  • Salt and pepper to taste



Remember, the goal of cooking with your kids is to expose them to new food in a FUN way! Tomato, basil, and balsamic might be a bit out of their comfort zone, so it's okay if they don't want to put it on their sandwich.


Remember to take photos of your little chef ripping, chopping, and toasting!


Now that the kids had fun, it's mama's turn!

Let's assemble the T page in our Baby Eats The Alphabet Recipe Book!


What you need:

Of course, we recommend purchasing a Baby Eats The Alphabet kit, which will have everything you need to create your recipe book keepsake (except the photos of your little ones), but honestly, the point is to create a beautiful book of your memories - which you can with: printed photos, paper (we recommend paper at least 8.5" x 8.5" so you can fit a photo plus the recipe!), double-sided tape, any fun embellishments you want like stickers, washi tape, or photo protectors, and something to hold your pages, like binder or scrapbook!


Write your recipe:

Use a small piece of paper to write down the recipe you used, and any memorable notes you want to record.


Pick your photos and lay everything out:

Before applying any tape, I recommend you lay out all of your elements to make sure everything fits and you like how it looks. Once you're happy with it, tape everything down, starting with the bottom layer first! And here's how mine turned out:


I would love to see what you decided to cook and create for T is for Tomato! Please tag me in your creations @BabyEatsTheAlphabet!
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