Healthy recipes

Non fried snacks for kids || After school healthy snacks

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A healthy snack is the most required food for school kids,it keeps them energetic and charged up.Kids when back from school are very tired and hungry , what they need is hug from mom and then a super yummy snacks to eat.I prefer to give my kids something which keeps them energize and also which can keep them active for the rest of the day.We mothers are always enthusiastic to try something new for our kids and something which is easy and quick to prepare.So here i come with these collections of few recipes like salads, sandwiches and healthy non-fried snacks can be served after school to the kids.


BOILED CHICKPEA

BENEFITS OF CHICKPEAS FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND KIDS

What are the different types of chickpeas?
Chickpeas are known by a variety of names. The type of chickpea which is popular is the Kabuli Chana variety – they are big in size, buttery in colour and has a smooth texture.

Whereas desi chana, more known as kala chana is darker in colour, smaller in size and has a rough texture. These are actually the most nutritious variety and hold high content of antioxidants.

Ingredients

Chickpeas – ½ a cup
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
Salt – as per taste
water – 2 cups

Directions || How to prepare chick pea snack

Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight. It will enlarge to about three times the original size.
Add salt, turmeric, a little grated ginger / a pinch of elaichi powder / a pinch of pepper to avoid gas issues
Pressure-cook on semi-heat approximately for 7-8 whistles (It should be soft enough to enjoy by our kids)
You can also add Kasuri Methi leaves for the aroma factor.


SWEET CORN CHAT

Sweet Corn Chaat is an easy-to-make snack recipe for kids after school. This simple corn chaat recipe can be
prepared in just 5 mins if you have the boiled corn ready in hand.Try this quick chaat recipe and you and your kids
will love it.

Ingredients

2 cup boiled frozen sweet corn
1 medium chopped,peeled cucumber
1 medium grated , peeled carrots
1 teaspoon chaat masala powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
few finely chopped coriander

Directions || How to prepare sweet corn chat

Add boiled swet corn , cucumber , carrots and mix well.

Next add chilli powder, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and salt. Mix well.

Add lime juice and stir once or twice. Transfer to a plate.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve as a snack.


SWEET POTATO BHEL

Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and starch that soothes the stomach and the intestines.
Because of their natural sweetness,kids love sweet potatoes.
You can simply boil the sweet potato ,peel them off ,cut it into pieces and serve to your hungry kid back from schoo
or you can try this yummy indian street food style bhel prepared with puffed rice and tossed with onion,
tomatoes ,peanuts or nuts.

Course: Snack
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cook time : None
Serves 2 to 4

Ingredients

2 cups puffed rice or rice crispies white or brown rice or other unsweetened puffed grains
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tomato finely choppedd
1/2 cup cubed sweet potato cooked and cubed small (measured when cubed)
2 tbsp raw or roasted peanuts or chopped cashews
1/2 tsp chaat masala , optional (See Recipe note for recipe)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt or more to taste

Directions || How to prepare sweet potato bhel

Cook the sweet potato by boiling or steaming to preference and set aside.

Chop the onion, tomato and sweet potato.

In a large bowl, add the puffed rice. Mix in the chopped onion, tomato and mix.

Add the sweet potato and nuts. Toss lightly.

Add salt, chaat masala, red chilli powder and some lime juice and mix. Taste and adjust flavor.

Garnish with sev (chickpea noodles) and serve immediately.

Bhel is best served immediately as the puffed grains will become soggy over time.

 


SWEET POHA

Sweet Poha can be a good breakfast as well as snacks which in an easy recipe for morning hurry or even quick
evening snacks. You can serve this poha with a glass of milk as it will be a great filling combination for you kids,
You can say this snacks serves as an great alternative to cornflakes.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins
Serves : 2

Ingredients:

1 cup Poha / Flattened Rice
1/4 cup grated Jaggery
1 tsp Cardamom Powder(or 2 cardamoms)
1 tbsp Ghee
1/2 cup milk (optional)
2 tbsp chopped Cashewnuts
2 tbsp chopped pistachios

Directions || How to prepare sweet Poha

Wash the aval/poha in a bowl of water and filter using a colander/strainer ..
Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp ghee
Add the aval/poha and cook for 3 minutes on medium-low heat.
Add chopped cashew and mix well with poha
Add 2 cardamom and cook for 5 seconds..
Add 1 tbsp jaggery or raw suga mix for a minute
Next add 1/4 tbsp milk (this is optional) cook it for another 1 min and turn off the heat ..
remove the prepared sweet poha into a bowl ..and serve when slightly warm..

 


BREAD PIZZA

If you are craving for pizza and don’t have time to prepare the dough and let’s try this bread pizzza
An easy quick and really delicious. It takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes,you can choose your favorite
pizza toppings and is done, ready to be served. Not only kids but everybody loves pizza , so try this mini
bread pizza at home.I tried some innovative way of serving this pizza to my kids my creating a hut shape
pizza and named it as Pizza hut .So do try this Pizza hut at home 🙂 and I am sure you and your family will love these.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 5 mins
Serves:4

Bread slices – 6
Mozzarella cheese – grated as required

For the pizza topping

2 medium size chopped onions
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 green bell pepper(capsicum)
1 tbsp garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp salt
Oil for cooking
Salt

Directions|| How to prepare Bread Pizza

To prepare Pizza Topping

Heat oil in a pan.

Add garlic and saute it till you get nice burnt garlic aroma.

Next add onions and saute it.

Once it turns golden brown , add tomatoes, cook till it tomatoes turns tender.

Add salt,oregano, red chilli powder, tomato ketchup and mix it well.

Close the lid and let it cook for 2 mins.

Once cooked , turn off the gas and keep it aside.

To prepare Pizza

Toast the bread and apply butter over it.

Spread 2 tsp of the prepared toppings evenly on the bread slices.

Arrange the toppings and sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese all over the toppings.

To prepare over Tava/Pan

Grease the pan with oil , place the bread over the pan

cover with a lid and let the pizza cook over low flame

Cook till the base becomes golden and crisp and the cheese has melted

Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the bread slices.

To prepare pizza in Oven

Grill in a preheated oven at 180 degree C until the cheese starts to melt. Serve immediately.

Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the bread slices.

To Serve the pizza.

Cut the breads into two parts in triangle shape and other pizza piece into square shape.

Arrange it in house shape (triangular shape pizza as roof and square shape pizza as the base) and decorate it will chilli flakes and finely chopped capsicum.

Your kids will definitely love this Bread Pizza Hut 🙂

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Healthy and Fluffy White Egg Omelette

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Egg White Vegetable Omelet is a great light breakfast or snacks to have, if you’re looking for a low calorie filler
in between meals. I started doing egg whites back in the day when yellow was considered high cholesterol
and therefore bad for your heart. This egg white omelet is an easy and healthy way to kick-start your day.

 

Egg white benefits

Here’s the good news about egg whites:

Egg whites are low in calories , protein rich and a fat-free diet especially if you’re trying to watch your weight,
choosing egg white protein over whole egg protein will help you control your calorie intake. One large egg white provides only about 17 calories, according to the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory. A more reasonable portion size of four egg whites would provide you with 68 calories but can significantly boost your satiety —
which is good news when it comes to healthy weight management. According to a 2010 review published in the
“Canadian Journal of Cardiology,” egg white protein is classified as a valuable, high-quality protein.
Egg whites contain all of the essential amino acids your body needs each day to perform
day-to-day functions and maintain your muscle.

After making non fluffy egg omelettes for a long time and I can’t tell you how
happy I am to finally succeed in making this fluffy egg white omlette.
Sharing with all the method to make a perfect and fluffy omelette! Fast, simple, and delicious breakfast!

Ingredients

2 eggs whites
1 tsp olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions || How to make healthy fluffy egg white omelette

Beat the egg whites with a beater for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture is thick and frothy.
Heat the olive oil in a 10 inch pan.
Add the beaten egg and cook for a few minutes checking with a spatula to see when the bottom of the egg is done.
Flip the omlette on other side and let it cook till done.
Fold the omelette into half and serve hot with a whole wheat toast.
Sprinkle fresh pepper on top if required.

Masala Khichdi | Khandeshi Masala Bhaath

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Khandeshi Masala Khichadi is a one -pot comfort meal traditionally a maharashtrian dish.
Masala Khichdi is a spicy variation of simple khichdi with heavenly flavors.This khicidi is simple to cook and very easily done in pressure cooker. It can be served with papad but it tastes divine when served traditionally with Marathi pickles like ‘Teecha’. So do try this recipe and please share me your feedback.

Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time :15 mins
Serves : 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp Oil
1 cup Rice
1/4 cup Tur dal
1 tsp Mustard seeds
few curry leaves
1 cup Peanuts
1 medium Onion finely chopped
2~3 Green chillies chopped
1 Tomato finely chopped
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp khandeshi masala/curry powder
1 tsp Red chili powder
3 cups Water
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves

Directions || How to make Khandeshi Masala khicidi

Mix rice and toor dal ,wash them well with water and soak them for 15-30 minutes,
Heat up oil in a pressure cooker.
Add mustard seeds and let them pop up.
Add curry leaves and peanuts. Stir well and fry for about a minute.
Once peanuts are fried well ,add onion, green chillies and fry until onion turns light golden.
Add tomato, khandeshi masala(curry powder), red chili powder and turmeric powder.
Mix well and fry for about 2 minutes.
Now add soaked rice and dal.
Mix well and add water and sprinkle few coriander leaves, salt to taste. Mix well.
Close the lid and cook on medium heat until 3 whistles.
Masala khichadi is already.
Serve with lots of ghee and coriander leaves.
You can serve masala khichaadi with papad or pickle too.

Avocado Cheese Sandwich (Kids Lunch box ideas)

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Two of my favorite avocado and cheese, so I tried to combine the two in a sandwich.And to my surprise it turned out to be the delicious and stunning avocado cheesy sandwich.This sandwich is very nutritious and has all the melted, cheesy flavor with added benefits of avocado which adds healthy monounsaturated fats.
This sandwiches makes a very healthy lunch box for kids in school or as a snacks after school.

Ingredients

1 avocado
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp. butter
2 slices bread
1 slice of cheese

Directions || How to make Avocado Cheese Sandwich

In a small bowl, mash avocado with lime juice and season with salt.
Cut the edges the of the bread.
Spread butter on the outside of each slice of bread, then spread avocado on both the slice.
Top with cheese,ketchup and close sandwich.
Slice in half and serve.
Or pack for kids lunch box.

Fruit Sandwich (Kids Lunch box ideas)

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Fruit sandwich makes a filling snacks ,just cut the fruits, apply cream to the bread slices, and assemble the sandwich. Kids love this sandwich due to its sweet taste. So if your kids are not fond of fruits , this is the best way to make them eat.
You can add any type of non-citrus fruits to this sandwich.So if you are looking for something healthier for kids, this is the best  lunch box ideas or snacks for your kids.You can pack them with any fruits This sandwich is inspired from Japanese cuisine.If you have never had a Japanese Fruit Sandwich, try it.

 

Ingredients

1 cup (240ml) heavy whipped cream
4 thin slices Bread
strawberries
banana
kiwi

Directions|| How to prepare fruit sandwiches

Put heavy cream and sugar in a bowl of an electric mixer and whip until forming hard peaks
or you can ready made cool whipped cream

Spread some whipped cream on one side of two slices of bread (not too thin, but not too thick).

Place fruits on the two slices of bread. Put one layer of sliced fruits over cream on the bread.

Spread some more cream over fruits. Place another slice of bread on top of the cream.

Wrap the sandwiches with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Remove the plastic. Cut crusts out and cut the sandwich into 4 pieces diagonally to make triangle shapes.

You can pack these sandwiches in kids lunch box.

Bread Patties(cutlets)

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Bread patties is very simple yet tasty patties made with bread , veggies and spices.
This makes a very yummy light lunch or snack. If you have some really great or leftover breads and some veggies, you got to try this recipe at home.These Bread Patties fall exactly in that category. They’re crisp and crunchy outside, soft, melt-in-the-mouth inside,
and make for a delicious snack to enjoy at teatime, whether by yourself, or even at a the party.
Serve the Bread Patties (Bread Cutlets) along with tomato ketchup or Green Chutney to add zesty flavour.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 12 bread patties

 

Ingredients

5 to 6 slices of bread
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup spring onions
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp ginger paste
1 green chilies
1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp pudina(mint) leaves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 cup rice flour
1/4 cup water
salt as required
oil for deep frying

 

Directions || How to make bread patties

For bread patties:

Take 5 slices of bread and break them.Mash them well.

Add chopped onions, minced garlic,carrots,spring onions,1 green chilly, coriander leaves, mint leaves,salt,
red chilli powder , garam masala powder ,rice flour and salt.

Add 1/4 cup water and mix very well first.

Then begin to knead to a smooth dough. you may not need to add more water

Onions helps in binding the dough. if you are not able to bind to a dough, then sprinkle some water and knead to
form a smooth dough.

Divide the dough in to small or medium sized balls and then flatten them. keep aside.

for frying patties:

Heat oil for shallow frying in a pan.

Now add patties one by one the prepared vadas in the hot oil.

Fry the bread patties till crisp and golden.

Palak(Spinach) pulao rice

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Palak (Spinach) rice is very healthy and nutritionist flavorful dish and quick to make any time even for the lunch box.The rice is cooked in a thick paste made from pureed spinach and seasoned with many spices.This is very quick and a easy rice recipe and it makes a great lunch box meal filled with nutrition of spinach and rice,
when served along with Tomato Onion Raita, boondi Raita or even with plain yogurt/curd.So try this super healthy spinach rice at home and do let me know your experience. Leave your feedback in the comment box 🙂

 

Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 10 mins
Serves : 4

Ingredients

2 cups Cooked rice
200 grams Spinach Leaves (Palak), rinsed and pureed
1 tsp shahi jeera (cumin) seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder (Haldi)
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 green chillies slit
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 Tomato pureed or finely chopped
2 medium size onions finely chopped
2 tablespoons oil or ghee
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt as required

Directions || How to prepare Palak (Spinach) Pulao

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat.

Add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick ,star anise and sauté for a few seconds.

Add onion and ginger-garlic paste and stir fry till it turns golden brown

Stir in the tomatoes and turmeric powder,red chilli powder and garam masala powder and saute until the tomatoes have softened.

Once the tomatoes have softened, stir in the spinach puree and salt. Cover the pan and allow the spinach to cook until soft.

When you open the pan you will notice that the spinach has released a lot of water. Turn the heat to high and allow the water to evaporate.

Once most of the water is evaporated from the spinach, stir in the cooked rice and combine well.

Check the salt , add lemon juice and adjust to suit your taste.

Turn the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for a few minutes.

After couple of minutes of simmering, you will notice that the rice has absorbed all the spices and has a rich green color.

Turn off the heat and the Spinach Rice is ready to be served.