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.
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.
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.
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.
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cook time : None
Serves 2 to 4
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 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
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..
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
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
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 🙂
Sev Puri is another famous chaat snack from the lands of Mumbai. You can either prepare Dahi Sev batata puri those are prepared with round puri with masala stuffed in it or you can make it with flat puri.
I gave this recipe a little twist , a new form of having these puris so that the kids would just won’t resist it , yes the innovative Sev Puris Burgers
This recipe is absolutely simple to make if you have your puris, sev and chutney ready.
All these three ingredients can be brought ready made or you can prepare it at home.
Try this at home, and do share me your experiences with your kids 🙂
Preptime: 10-15 mins
Cooking time: 5-10 mins
Serves: 4 + people
2 medium size boiled and peeled potatoes
2 tbsp curd
½ cup tamarind chutney
½ cup mint coriander chutney
½ cup red chutney
chaat masala as required
1 tablespoon red chili powder
1 cup fine sev
1 cup sev
1 to 2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
Directions || How to prepare Sev Puri Burgers
Mix chopped potato, dahi,onion ,1 tsp of green chutney ,lemon juice,salt and chat masala.
Arrange the puris on a plate , you can decide the puris to be served each plate.
Now top each puri with the prepared mixture.
Now top the puris with mint coriander chutney, and tamarind chutney one on top of the other
Now cover all the puris with puris like a burger.
Apply red chutney at the edges of all the puris one by one and sprinkle sev over it.
Ta Da.. the new style Sev Puri Burger style is ready to be served to your naughty kids 🙂
Falafel made using chickpeas is a popular Middle Eastern chick pea patty. Falafel is stuffed in pita bread with salad and sauce. Falafel is quite popular as a replacement to meat and its high in protein.This is the based snacks across the world and my husband most favorite dish.
He was missing falafel quite a long time and hence I decided to try this recipe at home.I had no idea how this patty taste likes but with all the inputs from internet and from my husband , I could manage to prepare it at home. And I guess what it turned out to be good and my husband was quite impressed and amused.
Trust me try this recipe at home and you never know you might get the full marks and a pat on your back as well:) Its very very simple and healthier too.
To make it more healthier option these can be baked instead of deep frying.You can also prepared all purpose flour(maida) and wheat (atta) ki roti if you fail to arrange any Pita bread.
You can serve this with tahini sauce or hummus whatever you can arrange. I prepared hummus at home. please check my recipe to prepare hummus.
So lets get set go.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
1 cup dried chick peas (kabuli chana)
2 tablespoon chopped parsley(optional)
2 tablespoon chopped coriander
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon garlic chopped.
2 small onions finely chopped.
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 cup all purpose flour (plain flour, maida)
Also need oil to fry
Salt to taste
2 cups of thinly sliced lettuce
2 medium size chopped tomatoes
4 pocket pita bread
Direction || How to prepare Falafel
Soak the chickpeas in 3 cups of water for 8 hours or overnight After soaking chickpeas will be about 2 and half time in volume.
Transfer the soaked chick peas into the pressure cooker and start steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 4 minutes.
Chickpeas should be just tender not very soft.Now remove it from the pressure cooker and rinse them well and drain them completely .
Add chickpea to a blender along with chopped onion, garlic, cumin seeds, red chilli powder and parsley(if you cannot arrange parsley replace it with coriander as I did).
Do not add any water ,Process it until it reaches a coarse texture. The mixture should bind well otherwise it may fall apart while frying. If needed add few spoons of water.
Add 2 tbsp of all purpose flour which helps it to bind well.
Refrigerate for an hour. Take small portions and make oval balls. If using flour, you may flatten them a bit otherwise they tend to break while frying.
Heat oil in a fry pan on a medium flame. Drop a small portion of the mixture to check if the oil is hot. It must float and not sink, this means the oil is hot enough. Do not over heat the oil, as they may brown the balls without frying them inside.
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When they are golden fried, drain them on a kitchen towel.
Serve them with a tahini sauce or hummus or any favourite dip.
Take pita bread or naans or roti and heat over the skillet on medium high heat both sides lightly.
Place the falafel in the center of the bread and add hummus over with it and then fill chopped lettuce so it 1/3 full and now fold the flat bread.
It’s best to serve the rolls with hot falafels. Falafels can be easily re-heated before serving using an oven or toaster oven.
Canapes are also known as finger food. Its a small, prepared and usually decorative food, held in the fingers and often eaten in one bite. I chose kids snack time recipes and here is my first day kids friendly canapes.Monaco biscuits are little salty to add its good taste to the recipe.Canapes also looks very appealing , are extremely light to eat thus, make on to the list of a perfect snack for our kids.Enjoy this delicious and quick to make canapes with biscuits.
Prep Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : Nil
Serves : 4
10 Monaco Biscuits/ Any Salt Biscuit
1/4 cup of Honey
1/4 cup of Jam
Direction || How to prepare Monaco Biscuits Canapes
Sliced the banana into pieces evenly.
Arrange the Monaco or salt biscuit on the plate
Place one slick of banana piece over each biscuits and top it little honey.
Garnish them with a drop of jam and Enjoy.