Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MIX VEGETABLE TOAST...(Kid friendly recipe)

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This is another quick recipe in my KID FRIENDLY RECIPES series...
I am going to share with you some recipes which I and my extended family members have been cooking for their families.
Vacations are taxing for moms with the kids being hungry perpetually all the time and one has to come up with something new all the time, with a little pre-prep you too can make some awesome dishes or snacks for your little ones which will be nutritious and healthy.
You don’t have to worry that they are having those unnecessary packets of chips or biscuits which not only harm one’s body but also put in bad habits of eating junk in your kids lives.

TIP: ALWAYS KEEP A COUPLE OF MORE POTATOES BOILED IN YOUR FRIDGE THIS WILL HELP YOU MAKE MANY DISHES THAT ARE FILLING AND NUTRITIOUS FOR KIDS.. POTATOES ARE GOOD CARBS AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT DEEP-FRIED.

You can read here for knowing the nutritional benefits of a potato




HERE IS A WONDERFUL RECIPE which can be made with vegetables at hand.
I won’t be writing the proportions in this recipe as its totally optional you can put in as much and as little as it suits your taste.

METHOD:

Finely chop boiled potatoes and keep aside.
Take a non-stick or thick bottom pan, add a little oil, add finely chopped onions, and stir till it’s soft and translucent.
Add finely chopped chilies and finely grated ginger to this, stir again
Add in vegetables of choice which are easy to cook and can also be eaten raw for a quick meal.
My vegetables of choice are finely grated carrots, capsicum, cabbage and if possible boiled peas (you can do this in advance with the potatoes) .
At this stage it’s up to you if you want it to be spicy by adding garam masala powder or a little pepper powder (remember we have added green chilies)
Add salt a little sugar and finely chopped coriander
Tip: I sometimes add a little bit of soya sauce and tomato ketchup for a little twist in taste.

Take 2 toasted slices of bread and spread the above mixture on it or you can put these in a sandwich toaster for yummy grilled toast vegetable sandwich.

To increase the nutrition slide a half fried or fully fried egg on top of this mixture.



Monday, May 26, 2014

TOMATO CHUTNEY

Summer vacations are in full swing in India, kids are almost always hungry with long morning in the hot and humid sun, playing enjoying and getting hungry.
Although it’s a happy feeling for mom’s to watch their kids happy and enjoying themselves, it is a stressful period too, due to the extra demands on their time and energy from the kids .
So here I will share with you some recipes which have been cooked in my family , may it be my mom or my aunt or any other family member which I use and cook during the summer holidays or when kids are at home.
These are kid friendly and can be enjoyed by adults with equal gusto…
I will be sharing various recipes  over a period of time and these  recipes which I will share with you probably one a day if possible , might not have pictures to go along with them as it’s not that I have cooked or made them today , they are with me for a long time which have been cooked in the family over the years when their kids where growing.

This is my way of sharing my family recipes and also helping those moms who have young kids plan their snacks or extra meals after an hectic  day out.

TOMATO TOAST using Tomato chutney

FOR TOMATO CHUTNEY

INGREDIENTS:

3-4 mediums sized tomatoes
3 green chilies finely chopped
Finely chopped green coriander
2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste.
Oil

METHOD:

Heat oil in a pan; add finely chopped green chilies (you can add as many as you like)
Add the finely chopped tomatoes.
Cook on medium heat till they become soft and mushy, you can crush them with the back of your spoon
Add salt, sugar, and cook for some more time
When the mixture becomes dry add the finely chopped coriander.
Your tomato chutney is ready to be smeared on toast.

This is a very versatile dish you can use it as a spread on pizza and put in your favorite toppings too.

Take a toasted slice of bread spread this chutney, you can top these with cheese, eggs, or just boiled salted potatoes even potato fries taste great on this tomato chutney..