How to Turn a Can of Chopped Tomatoes into 4 Kid Friendly Dinners

I don’t know about you but with two toddlers running about I don’t have a lot of time to spend slaving away in the kitchen so I’m always thinking about quick and easy meals I can make in less than 30 minutes, that are also kid friendly.

The other week I managed to turn one can of chopped tomatoes into four kid friendly meals so I thought I’d share them with you.

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Day One – Veggie Chicken Tomato Pasta

My kiddos love pasta, they’d eat it every day if I let them (for lunch and dinner!). I started out the week with a really easy dinner because we’d had a busy day and I didn’t have a lot of time to prep anything.


  • Pasta shapes
  • Frozen veggies
  • Sliced chicken
  • Chopped tomatoes

For this meal all you need to do is heat up a pan of water, throw in some pasta and frozen veggies and cook until it’s done. Then pop some chopped tomatoes and sliced chicken in a saucepan, throw in the cooked pasta and veggies and heat it up, stirring so it doesn’t stick to the pan.

I added some shredded cheddar to the top when I served it, because the kiddos go mad for cheese too!

I’ve not given you any measurements because I think the amount of pasta and veggies anyone can eat is all down to personal taste.

Day Two – Deli Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

Ham and cheese rollups

Read our disclosure policy As I was making lunch on the Tuesday I noticed that the deli sliced gammon needed to be eaten that day, and there was half a packet left! I didn’t want it to go to waste so I decided to make some Deli Ham and Cheese Roll Ups for dinner.


  • 10 oz ball of Pizza dough
  • 5 slices of Deli sliced ham
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • Chopped tomoatoes

I used my bread maker to make the pizza dough just because it gave me time to get on with other things. You could use store bought dough, or make yours by hand if you don’t have a bread maker.

First up you need to preheat your oven to 200C/400F (lower the temperature a bit if you have a fan oven).

Now roll your dough out so it’s about 8 inches by 6 inches in size, give or take. I made a couple and they both rolled out to different sizes!

Then you need to lay the slices of ham on the rolled out dough, leaving about half an inch all the way around.

Now sprinkle your shredded cheese nice and evenly over the ham slices. I used a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar cheese as I didn’t quite have enough mozzarella.

Finally you need to roll up the dough. Start with one of the short ends and carefully roll it up, nice and tight so that you end up with a log shape. Make sure you squidge the ends of the dough so that you can’t see any cheese peeking out, and do the same with the seam across the bottom too.

You can now pop it in the preheated oven and leave it to bake for about 20 minutes, or until it’s nice and golden.

Once it’s cooked you need to take it out of the oven and leave it to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing it up ready for serving.

I served it up with a couple of spoonfuls of chopped tomatoes for the kiddos to dip their slices in.

You can prepare this in advance if you want to, I made two roll ups, one for me and the kiddos to share and one for hubby. I left his in the fridge for a couple of hours until he got home from work and it started to rise. I thought there’d be enough for leftovers the next day but he ate the whole roll up!

Day Three – Pizza Puffs

Pizza Puffs

I still had a 10oz ball of pizza dough in the fridge from the day before and needed another quick dinner so I decided to make some pizza puffs.


  • 10oz ball of Pizza dough
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • Chopped tomatoes

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

Take the pizza dough out of the fridge and knead it a little bit with some flour to get rid of any stickiness. Now tear off pieces of the dough and squash it into cookie shapes, and pop it on a baking tray. There really is no science to this, but you don’t want to flatten the dough or roll it out as then it won’t puff up.

Put a splodge of tomato on each of the dough pieces and then sprinkle some cheese on the top. I used dairy free cheddar but you could use regular cheddar or mozzarella. If you’ve got any meat or veggies in your fridge you could add some of those too.

Pop the tray in the oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes, just keep an eye on the cheese to make sure it doesn’t start to burn.

I served our pizza puffs with some potato shapes and veggies.

Day Four – Tomato and Cheese Omelette

I still had some of the chopped tomatoes left in the fridge and some eggs that needed to be used up so I decided to make omelettes as another quick and easy kid friendly dinner.


  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Shredded cheese
  • Chopped tomatoes

Whisk the eggs up with the tomatoes and add to the pan, stir the mixture until it starts to thicken then leave until the top side starts to solidify, then sprinkle on the shredded cheese and fold the omelette in half. Cook for a couple of minutes then flip over to finish off the other side.

And there you have it; four kid friendly recipes from one can of chopped tomatoes, and all of the meals can be made in 30 minutes or less so they’re perfect for busy moms like us.

If you liked these recipes you’ll love our other kid friendly dinner ideas, especially these recipes that can be cooked in less than 30 minutes!

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