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Kids Food Recipes – Playtime Rush

mango smoothieThis summer, you might be worried about your kid’s hydration. Be it summer or winter, kids will not compromise with their playtime.

So, moms have to be extra careful to see that their kids have the right kinds of foods and drinks to have adequate energy and fluids in the body.

Usually it is difficult to make kids eat fruits. However, if shakes and juices are made from the same, they enjoy to the fullest.

Here are some easy and interesting recipes of juices and shakes that you can serve to the kids before their playtime rush hour.

1. Watermelon Lemonade

Enjoy the coolness of watermelon and the tangy taste of lemon in this drink.

Ingredients

  • Watermelon cut into cubes
  • 5 tbsps lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 tbps honey
  • 3 cups ice cold water
  • Salt as per taste
  • (Optional items – crushed mint leaves, ½ tsp roasted cumin powder and ½ tsp chaat masala)

Procedure

Take watermelon cubes and blend in a blender and strain. Keep aside. In the ice cold water add honey, lemon juice and salt and stir well. To this lemonade, add the blended watermelon juice.

You can also add roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and crushed mint leaves to the juice. The juice is poured in a tall glass and served with ice cubes.

2. Mango Pineapple Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ripe mango pieces
  • 1/2 cup pineapple cubes
  • Honey
  • A few mint leaves
  • 1/4 – ½ cup cold water
  • Little salt and ice cubes

Procedure

Blend all the above mentioned ingredients together in a blender. If the juice comes out as a thick one, add some more water to it. Pour the juice into some nice tall juice glasses.

Add some mango pieces and ice cubes and serve immediately. Enjoy this juicy and fruity mango pineapple juice.

3. Banana Milkshake

Ingredients

  • Banana chopped in pieces
  • 1 and ½ cups of chilled milk
  • Few drops vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp honey

Procedure

The chopped banana pieces are put in a blender and half cup of chilled milk is added to the same to make a smooth paste. To this, one cup of chilled milk is added along with the vanilla essence and honey.

All the ingredients are blended together to form a frothy shake. The mixture is poured in a tall glass and served chilled with ice cubes. This milkshake is a great favorite with almost all kids.

With these juices, the kids get the right doses of fruits as well.

 

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Kids Food Recipes – Dinner

aloo parathaWhat to cook for dinner is a question that perturbs most mothers. Children eat something or the other throughout the day, but they often become extremely fussy at night. So feeding them dinner becomes really difficult.

Here are some recipes that are yummy and can make dinner time interesting for kids. Moms will be happy that the kids get required nutrition from these great foods.

1. Aloo Cheese Paratha

This cheesy paratha with potato stuffing will be filling as well as nutritious for your kid.

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat flour
  • 1 medium size Potato
  • 2 tbsp grated cheese
  • Turmeric powder
  • Red chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp Roasted cumin powder
  • Water for kneading
  • Oil and salt to taste

Procedure

To the whole wheat flour, add some salt and water make a soft dough. The stuffing needs to be made after this. Boil potatoes a little after peeling so that they can be mashed easily.

To the mashed potatoes, add grated cheese, salt, cumin powder, chili powder and a pinch of turmeric (optional). Mix them together and form small balls so that they can be used for stuffing.

Take small portions from the dough and press with hands at the sides so that the center becomes deep. Place the stuffing there and cover from all sides so that nothing is visible.

Roll the ball with the stuffing into a round shape. Heat a pan with little oil and cook the parathas from both sides. Serve hot with pickles or chutneys.

2. Stir Fried Noodles With Eggs And Vegetables

This dish provides nutrition with the eggs and vegetables and is tasty at the same time.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet egg noodles, boiled then drained in cold water and tossed up in 2 tsp oil
  • 2 cups various kinds of vegetables (capsicum, beans, carrots, cabbage)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped spring onions
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 and ½ tsp soya sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper as needed.

Procedure

Heat the sesame oil till it is fuming, and to that add spring onions and stir-fry on high flame for about a minute. Add the rest of the vegetables and toss for almost 4-5 minutes. Break eggs and add to the pan and then cook for some time.

Once the eggs are scrambled and cooked, add soya sauce, salt and pepper. Stir and then add the tossed noodles. Add vinegar and the vegetables and tossed noodles and cook on high heat for few minutes. The noodles are served hot garnished with chopped spring onion greens.

Try these recipes for weekend dinners and make your kids super happy.

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Kids Food Recipes: Breakfast

upma with wheatSince breakfast is the first meal of the day for you and your kids, it is important that it be healthy.

Kids are sometimes fussy with their food. It is a good idea to cook something that looks appealing to them and has a high nutrition factor as well.

Here are some excellent kids’ breakfast recipes for moms who are worried about what to serve their kids at breakfast.

1. Upma With Broken Wheat

Try making upma with broken wheat instead of semolina. Wheat is a great cereal rich in fiber, calcium and protein and helps in maintaining good health.

Ingredients

  • Broken Wheat (1/4 cup)
  • Carrot cubes
  • Capsicum
  • Green peas (1/4th cup each)
  • 1 chopped onion and green chili
  • A little oil
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing and salt to taste

Procedure

Broken wheat has to be cleaned and washed thoroughly and then blanched in two cups of hot water for about 4-5 minutes. It is drained and put aside. In a pressure cooker oil is heated and green chilies and onion are added and sautéd till onion becomes soft and translucent.

The vegetables and broken wheat are added and cooked for few minutes. Salt is added as per taste. Almost 1.5 cups of water is added and the thing is allowed to pressure cook till 1 whistle. Serve the wholesome dish hot by garnishing with fresh coriander leaves.

2. Corn Parathas

Corn parathas are filled with the valuable nutrients of corn and spinach (which most children normally loathe!). Cheese makes the parathas yummier.

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat flour (1/2 cup)
  • Sweet corn kernels coarsely crushed and finely chopped spinach (1/4 cup each)
  • Chopped green chilies (1/4 tsp)
  • Grated mozzarella cheese (about 5 tsp)
  • 2 tsp oil and salt to taste

Procedure

All the ingredients except cheese and oil are put in a bowl and kneaded together with water so that soft dough is formed. For 5 minutes, keep the dough aside. Take some oil and knead the dough again. It is great if the dough can be kept under some wet muslin cloth.

Small portions from the dough are taken and thin rotis are made from the same. These are placed on some flat surface and grated mozzarella cheese is spread over the same generously. Another roti is placed to cover the surface.

In a non-stick pan oil is heated and the parathas are cooked from both sides till they are golden brown. These can be served hot with various kinds of chutney or fresh raita.

These recipes are simple and tasty and give your kid some real nutrition in the morning, when they need it most.

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Helping Fussy Babies Eat: SOS Mom

BabyEatingSolidFoodThis week, we had lots of parents writing in to us, not just mums, a daddy too!

Mum Hema Canchi Jauhari wrote: ‘I am facing a problem with my 3-year old. He does not like eating any solids. He drinks milk only in the night. Can you help me with some ideas to make him eat?’

Mum Sonal Pandey wrote: ‘My baby is 09 months old. Initially he took daal ka pani or mashed fruits, but these days he is not eating, not even taking water. He is only taking breast milk. I am really worried, could you suggest something please?’

Dad Dev Shukla wrote: ‘Please suggest me how to deal with my 10month old baby. She does not eat anything, she only picks up food to make a mess of it. I really don’t know what to do!’

Mum Farah Fairy wrote: ‘My baby is 10 months old. Since the last 4 months I am trying to give her formula milk but she always rejects it. She never sucks the nipple. I have tried giving her fresh milk but she rejects that too. I give her milk when she feels hungry, but she still won’t take the bottle. Please help.’  This was another problem faced in the SOS Mom forum and you may find this article helpful.

We shared these parent problems in our SOS Mom forum and here’s what most of the parents had to say from real experiences:

  1. Divert their mind through games, stories and immediately put the spoon of food inside the mouth. Don’t give big bites as baby may tend to choke if not interested in eating.
  2. Try some variations in food. If they are not interested in solids, go for healthy liquid options like soups, dal, or even variations in solids like idli mixed with paalak (spinach) puree, aaloo parantha, mixed vegetable parantha, paneer parantha, and other variations that include some ingredient that your baby likes to eat. Giving ghee and sugar paranthas is also a healthy way to get babies to eat and provide instant energy.
  3. Take some spinach, tomato, daal, rice and capsicum. Boil everything in a pressure cooker. Grind and add little salt. Give as a soup and you can even use this water to add to other dishes.
  4. Dip a badaam in a cup of water and keep overnight. Drain the water in the morning and crush the badaam to make a paste. Add a teaspoon of honey to the paste and give baby.
  5. Babies’ taste buds keep changing and developing. If they are not showing interest in a particular food, dont give up. Give it again next week and keep trying.
  6. Sometimes, changing the environment can be fun. Pack baby’s meal in a tiffin box and take baby out to the garden. You can try and make baby eat while playing and taking a walk.
  7. Mixed soups like carrot-potato-apple or bottlegourd-potato-onion are delicious and healthy. Try some variations too.
  8. Try giving meals in attractive cups and bowls with favourite characters. Play-act with food, make a spoon a play aeroplane with foodie passengers on them that baby will eat!
  9. Sometimes, its okay to take the help of favourite television shows and let baby eat while being distracted. However, make sure you’re not making this a practice as it may create problems later.
  10. Do not force feed baby. Yes, mommy knows best, but sometimes, babies do know when they are not able to take anymore.
  11. Its a great idea to have a common meal-time. Watching others eat, especially other kids, is a great way for making baby eat up too.
  12. Let others in the family make baby eat too. Sometimes, its good to bring a change in face. So let papa, grandparents, aunts, uncles take to the baby bowl too.
  13. Do not bribe to eat food.
  14. Talk to your kids while you make them eat. If they are younger, talk about things that interest them. If they are school-going, talk about what they did at school and other activities that interest them. Talk about daily routine and things that baby sees – like birds, animals, people etc.
  15. Letting baby eat from your own plate is a great way of encouraging your little one to eat and feel like a grown up.
  16. Start giving baby bites from the family pot. Avoid too much spice, but start on same meals as the family, after baby has crossed a certain age and doctor has advised it’s okay to start eating with others.

Parents who sent their valuable suggestions:

Komal Goenka, Neha Kulkarni-Chavan, Preeti Vyas Parashar, Alka Tayal, Shruthi Aasoori, Divya Sundaram, Ridhi Ashish Abrol, Jayashree Vijay Kumar, Dhanashree Ranade, Nisha SharmaDurbakula Lakshmi Sakuntala, Namrata Samel Dixit, N Mukesh Vyas, Minal Chatterjee, Rachita Yogesh, Poorva Ranjan

Top 10 Finger Foods For Kids

Whether you’re going on a road trip with baby, a small journey, throwing a party for the little ones, or simply want to give your kid something healthy to eat in between meals, finger foods are always quite a hit with parents, as they are non-messy, easy to eat and can also be used to include added nutrition to your kid’s diet.

We prepared a list of the top 10 finger foods that will not only make munching time less complicated, but will also try and pack in some nutrition, while being yummy:

  1. Baked potatoes: these are really easy to make. You can choose to put them in the oven for a few minutes and add some butter, black pepper and salt to it. tasty and healthy.
  2. Cheese slices: no extra effort, just get them out of the refrigerator and hand to your child on a plate. Delicious and healthy all at once.
  3. Rajma salad: if you’re cooking rajma (kidney beans) at home, just take out a portion of salted boiled rajma and add some chopped onions, lime juice and black pepper to it. this will not only taste delicious, it will also give your child some much needed energy.
  4. Grated carrots: Hand over a bowl of grated carrots to your little one as they play and munch.
  5. Open Sandwich: Just place some grated/chopped veggies on a piece of bread, add a slice of cheese and some ketchup and sprinkle a bit of salt. Toast one side slightly on the pan with butter. To make it easier, cut into smaller bite-sized pieces.
  6. Frozen green peas: Get them off the freezer, thaw and put in warm water. Drain, add salt and black pepper, and a dash of butter. Healthy tasty and quick.
  7. Biscuits with toppings: Unleash your creativity and turn those cookies and biscuits into healthy tastier bites. You can choose from a variety of healthy toppings.
  8. Spinach and Corn Sandwich: These are quick and easy to make, and almost all homes with a kid have a pack of corn in the fridge. So make good use of it and add a power-packed sandwich bite for your little one.
  9. Roti Rolls: Easy to make and to make it less messy, cut them up in smaller bite size portions.
  10. Fruit Salad: Toss up a salad with various fruits and add a dash of chaat masala and lime juice.

Helping Your Child Love Fruits and Vegetables

Yes, we know it’s quite a difficult task to get your baby to like these. But as parents, aren’t you always trying. Threats, reasoning, love, anger, orders – you try every single method to try and make sure that your child gets the adequate amount of vegetable and fruits in the daily diet. But mums, if your baby isn’t interested while eating these, or if your baby is eating vegetables only out of fear, chances are, it won’t really benefit your baby as much as it otherwise can.

There are a few ways that as parents you can try out with your kid at home, depending on whether your child is a baby, a toddler, a young child or a teenager. Try and use the methods that will best suit your baby and you:

One golden rule to remember is never to give up. Try introducing new flavours, even though your baby might constantly refuse. You never know when they will start developing a taste for it.

Plan out meals with your child. Sit and talk about what your baby would like to eat, and then try and see how creatively you can include vegetables in them.

Make fruits and vegetables a regular part of all your meals. If they are not part of the main meal, try and add them in as many dishes as you can – grated, chopped, diced, mashed, baked, steamed.

Place bowls of fruits around the house and always keep a plate of fresh salad on the dining table.

Make interesting smoothies, shakes and juices fresh at home.

Make breakfast healthier by adding fresh fruits to cornflakes, or using fruits or chopped vegetables in sandwiches, porridges, toasts, poha, idlis, dosas, paranthas.

Make fruits and vegetables a part of snacks. Mix and match them with interesting flavours.

Shop together with your kid for fruits and vegetables.

Place a plate of vegetables and fruits on the table and play an eat-the game. ‘Eat the vegetable that is great for eyes and a favourite of rabbits.’ Or, ‘Eat the vegetable that was Popeye’s favourite.’

Let your child participate in cooking. Ask them to help with vegetables (bursting the capsicum, cutting the spinach with a big baby scissor and so on). Get them to clean them up for you before they break or cut them.

Have a colour day at the meal table. For an orange-colour day, go for pumpkins and oranges, for a green day go for spinach, beans, lady fingers, cucumbers, grapes, sweet lime, guava, grapes and so on.

Sneaking In Nutrition In Everyday Ways

So what is a common phrase that almost all mothers all over the world are so used to hearing but wish they never had to hear? From a little tot to a hyper-active toddler, almost all of them will sometime or the other begin saying that very sentence that we so dread hearing – ‘I don’t want to eat!’

In the tiny tot stage they will show their displeasure by moving away from food, spitting it out, making faces, refusing to open their mouth no matter how much you cajole them. Well if you are thinking this is going to change miraculously once they reach the toddler age, you are in for a surprise, for no matter how grown up they will become, the problems related to eating will only escalate as the years pass. The only consolation is that, at this stage, you can at least fool them and still make them eat what you want them to, using devious means and some scheming. Who said being a parent was simple?

Ensuring that your child gets all the nutrition for proper growth and development is YOUR JOB and not the child’s. A baby is a baby, and that is how babies will behave, but as parents, we can certainly try and do some damage control.

There are many ways to sneak in nutrition in all that your baby has. Learn how:

1. If you’re making khichdi, make sure to put in lots of greens and vegetables.

2. Try and put crushed almonds in your baby’s food whenever you can, even in a dal or khichdi!

3. While making daal, soak in a spoon of daliya too. Also, many days, instead of cooking just one kind of daal, you can mix in different kinds of daal to make a mixed-daal. Not only will your baby get a new taste each day, it will be extra nutritious and you can add in some vegetables to up the health quotient.

4. If your child is fond of soups, use lots of vegetables/chicken and make a delicious soup at home, none of those off-the-shelf instant soups.

5. Make custard and include an assortment of fruits to mix with the custard.

6. Boil peas and corn together and sprinkle a little salt and lemon/butter and black pepper, and a healthy, filling and tasty evening snack is ready.

7. Dry-roast a little bhel (rice puffs) and mix it with corn-flakes, dried curry leaves, a little roasted cumin, salt, a dash of turmeric, some nuts and cut almonds and keep all this – a ready-to-munch snack filled with nutrition.

8. If your family has eggs, while making dosa and idli, you can mix some eggs in the same batter.

9. If your baby loves cheese and butter, which are a good source of energy and nutrition at this stage if given in the right amount, there’s nothing like making your child munch on cheese slices in between meals. Also try and include some form of fat, like ghee (clarified butter) or butter in your child’s meals.

10.Make yummy green soups for your little one using lots of green leafy vegetables cooked in delicious flavours.

11.Which child doesn’t love pasta and noodles? Turn these into delicious and healthy treats by adding lots of vegetables, corn and anything else you would like to give.

12.Milk with chavanpraash/honey is something you can try giving your child. And during the rainy seasons or winters, you can make a warm glass of ginger milk and add a dash of turmeric, which is always good to prevent/cure ailments related to the throat.

13.If your child likes curd, just add a few slices of fruits or mix in some grated veggies and hand it over.

14.For those families that are non-vegetarian, adding fish, chicken, eggs are sure to add lots of protein to the daily meal. Not only can these be mixed into other dishes, they can be prepared as single dishes too. For those who do not prefer non-veg, substitute the same with paneer or soya.

10 Meal Time Rules Parents Should Follow

As much as we stress on the benefits of a good and nutritious meal, no meal time is beneficial for your child if it is accompanied with tears and scolding and a lot of stress.

We know meal times aren’t always the easiest times for parents, but some times, following a few simple basics can make it a little more practical, as well as easier-to-handle. Do tell us if you would like to add your own tips to the list we’re sharing here:

1. Don’t force or bribe your child to eat: We do this many times, trying to get out of a tricky situation by bribing our kids with something or the other, if only they will do what we want. ‘Finish your food, then you’ll get ice cream’ or ‘drink the milk, then we’ll go out for a pizza.’ Sounds familiar? Telling your child that you want them to eat a specific thing or finish off their plate just because it leads to a bigger treat will send the wrong signals to your child. Next time, when you want them to finish their food without a treat lined up, may lead to a lot of trouble.

2. Make mealtimes fun: Make mealtimes a fun time for the entire family. Meal times should ideally be a time when the entire family gathers around the table and talks about their day. Use this time to teach your children the importance of the various ingredients in their meal. Tell them interesting facts. Invent food games, get interesting cutlery,and make it a special part of your child’s day.

3. Eat well yourself, then lead your child by example: If you hand your child a bowl of daliya while you just finished a packet of chips, chances are, your child wouldn’t really want to go for the daliya. In all honesty, who would? If you want your child to eat healthy, you need to be the first one to do so. If you adopt healthy eating habits, very soon your child will pick up the same from you.

4. Encourage child participation in meal planning, preparation and clean-up: Go out for veggie shopping together, read the ingredients together with your child, plan about meal time and shop accordingly, ask your child to help you in the kitchen with chores that are okay for kids to do, let them clean the veggies and do simple tasks like popping the capsicum, shelling the peas and so on. Later, when you prepare a meal together and the family sits at the table to have the same, appreciate your child’s work and make them feel proud.

5. Back off for some time if meal times are becoming big issues: If you are constantly nagging and scolding your child to eat, chances are, your efforts may backfire, leading your kid to get more stubborn and refuse what you’re asking. Back off for some time, let your kid go ahead without you telling them what you eat. Once the situation is back to normal, explain your concerns.

6. Accept cravings as a phase that will pass: No one can survive on chips and cold drinks or ice-cream alone. If your child is fixated on chips, accept it as just a craving. If your little one suddenly only wants burger for meals, relax and understand that a random day or two of burger eating will not harm your child really. If you keep making an issue out of it, you’ll be giving undue importance to the whole thing, leading your child to do it more. Let it pass. Your little one will soon come back to normal eating habits.

7. Accept the fact that your child can have individual tastes and may not like what you like, and vice versa: Yes, what you may like and what your child may like in terms of food maybe complete opposites, but accept it as a fact and try to work around the same. See what kind of food and taste interests your child and make meals that have similar flavours.

8. Never give up on introducing your child to new foods and tastes, no matter how many tries it takes: Yes, your child won’t know if they like or hate something unless they try it. But sometimes it’s difficult to make them try out new food. Don’t force and don’t give up. Try and find innovative ways of introducing new ingredients in your child’s regular food, and very soon they may like what you serve.

9. If your child is a picky eater, give multi-vitamin supplements: It’s really okay to sometimes take outside help. If your child isn’t eating ‘properly’, don’t make it a matter of good/bad parenting. Don’t blame yourself. And don’t scold and blame your child for it either. Instead, get medical attention and give additional supplements as suggested by your child’s doctor.

10.Make sure you set the boundaries – as a parent, you decide what to eat and when. Your child can decide on the amount: You’re the parent, and even though you may be giving your child some amount of liberty when it comes to meal time, there are some areas that you just can’t let go. You know best what your child must absolutely eat, so make sure you make it pretty clear to your kid that there is no escaping this one. Having milk should be a part of your child’s daily routine (unless there’s any medical or other reasons) and you should be the one who should make sure there’s a set time that your child should know as milk time – like a glass at breakfast and one before going to bed (example).

 

Vegetarian Foods To Help Your Baby Gain Weight and Recuperate

This week we had a very important query from one of our FirstCry mums. Mum Kriti Sharma, mother of 08-month-old baby boy Vihaan, wrote in saying, ‘Vihaan has just recovered from an illness. He has lost a little weight and become weak. Please suggest some age-appropriate vegetarian food that would help him recuperate and gain weight.’

As we do each time a mum comes to us with a query, we put the question to all of you mums out there, and you wonderful mommies came back with a number of recipes and ideas to help the little one. Isn’t it right when we believe that Mommy Knows Best? Read on to know the various recipes, some and tried-and-tested ideas and some new innovative ones!

According to mum Aarti Vedpathak, nachani with crushed almonds should help the baby, while mum Uzma Kazi says that daliya with almond should be great. Also, a balance of vegetable soups and semi-solid food from 06th month on should be good for baby’s health. Mum Sara Khan seconds that, while mum Simonelle Hessing agrees, adding that in addition, dal and rice with a little bit of ghee should work well.

Mum Priya Jain feels that a baby should be given lots of fresh fruits or shakes, which babies and kids usually love. Also, vegetable soups with some amount of beetroot helps in providing strength while crushed or grated almonds are good for baby’s brain development and growth.

Mum Monika Mahendru says suji ki kheer will make the baby gain weight, and mum Parveen Julka Verma says suji ki kheer with grated soaked almonds and banana is very good for baby’s growth.Mum Shrish Rathore swears by mashed banana and milk, while mums Sudarsana Venugopal and Shabnam Desai recommend ragi/nachni khichdi, sooji kheer, upma, daliya and mashed potatoes with butter.

Quick Recipe 1: Take 01 banana, mash it with spoon, add malaai and crushed sugar. Baby will love it.

Mum Goldy Gera says lentils and spinach in the form of soups or khichdi is ideal for baby’s growth and is also frequently recommended by pediatricians.

Remember: While most mums helped mum Kirti with innovative and healthy recipes, mum Garima Gulati Bhutani says that, while she used to worry about her son’s weight, she also realised that it is more important to feed them the right ingredients than only trying to make them eat all the time, as it will help the baby grow properly. Mum Charanya Madan says don’t just concentrate on making baby put on weight, make sure that baby is active and happy, that is always an indication of good health. Weight is just a number after all!

Quick Recipe 2: Fry some wheat on tava without oil and when it starts giving a nice fragrance, ground it in a mixer. In a pan, add some ghee, some ground elaichi (cardamom), the ground wheat and a little sugar. Stir. Add some water and quick for about 20 minutes. Shared by mum Naina Lalwani

Mum Nishi Rampuria says that giving baby a tomato soup mixed with yellow moong dal, apple and a little salt and sugar should definiltey help.

Mum Meenakshi Tandon says grind apple in a grinder and give baby everyday. Also, soak 02 almonds in the night and make a fine paste in the morning by rubbing the almond on a rough surface and add some jaiphal (nutmeg) and chuara (dry dates) – good for baby’s mind and body. In the afternoon, make a khichdi of yellow moong dal and daliya and add a little ghee, turmeric and salt. Also, give some mashed banana with butter, to make the immune system strong. Important: Don’t give too much of everything at the same time, make sure you give a little bit of everything to baby, preferably after gaps of about 2 hours.

Think: Though many mums have advised using nuts in baby’s diet, mum Swati Verma Mathur says that it’s important to be cautious while giving babies nuts, and that one should avoid feeding nuts to baby before the first birthday. We would advise mums to have a word with baby’s pediatrician first, in order to avoid any allergies or discomfort.

Quick Recipes by mum Maya Silavat:

Morning: Prepare normal khichdi with a little bit of ghee and give your baby along with a little milk without sugar.

Afternoon: Softly cooked rice with potato gravy mixed with ghee and give baby with curd – curd makes baby’s body temperature normal.

Evening: Give daliya cooked with 5-6 kishmish (raisin)

Night: Daliya

In addition to the home recipes, we asked mums about what, according to them, is a healthy vegetarian option to help babies gain weight and strength.

SPECIAL RECIPE AND TIP BY MUM PALLAVI PARAB-NAIK:

I have been giving this recipe to my son since he was 08 months old till he was almost 2. My son is now 03 and I am now giving him a different version of the same. This is a vegetarian recipe and easy for babies to digest. Recipe: Take half a bowl of uncooked rice, 02 teaspoons each of pulses (moong, tur, chana, masoor, wheat) and add 02 tablespoons of groundnuts. Mix the above ingredients, wash them properly and dry in the sun. Dry roast them in a pan until they become light and crispy (make sure it doesn’t turn dark brown, only light brown). Let it cool and grind in a mixer to make a fine powder. This mixture stays good for almost a week to 10 days (can be refrigerated). For a single feeding, take 01 tablespoon of the mixture and about half a bowl (small) of boiled water and let it cook for 05 minutes. Once it comes to boil, it will turn into a white/cream coloured paste. Add salt to taste and half a teaspoon of ghee. You may add water, depending on the consistency and your baby’s preference. Pediatrician suggestion –  Add half a teaspoon of dry fruit powder (mix of cashew, almond, pista, apricot) at least 2-3 times a week. This recipe will help the child recuperate and gain back weight.

The Results:

Highest number of votes – Fruits and shakes

Second highest number of votes – vegetable soup

Third highest number of votes – ragi, nachni or suji khichdi

Least votes – crushed almonds

Top 10 Tips For Quick, Healthy N Tasty Baby Meals

As much as you try and sweat it out, chances are that most of the time our efforts in the kitchen go wasted once they reach the baby high-chair or the meal-table. With a baby at a home or a young kid around, as a mother you always have to be on the lookout of how to sneak in nutrition in your little one’s meal. We share a few suggestions, ideas and recipe tips that may come in handy. Tell us if it helped you 🙂

1. Vegetables are good for your little one, but try explaining this to your baby! Why not toss up a delicious vegetable rice meal, complete with the health of rice and the combined nutrition of various colourful vegetables – health in every spoonful.

2. Many babies start with idli, its easy to eat and less messy. Make it a little more healthy and delicious by putting in veggies like grated carrots, peas or grated cheese. Also, try putting a bit of dal in the idli paste and rustle up a healthy and yummy dish.

3. Tried giving baked/steamed veggies to your little one yet? Take a whole capsicum, fill it with boiled mashed potato (add some flavours in it as per baby’s taste) and bake or steam it. Delicious, quick to make and healthy. Replace with different vegetables and give your baby varied tastes.

4. Macaroni is a quick and tasty dish that most babies and kids love. Top it up with chicken pieces, eggs, cheese and veggies – whatever your baby’s preference.

5. Yoghurt is an extremely healthy food item that should ideally be a part of the daily meal. Include pieces of strawberry, mango, kiwi or other healthy fruits to make it more delicious and healthy.

6. Butter-garlic chicken/fish, simply tossed and cooked on the pan is a quick and healthy dish to give your little one. For a vegetarian meal, go for mushrooms, peas, corn, tomatoes and other healthy vegetables.

7. Roll up that chapati in a delicious paneer/chicken wrap, top up with finely chopped tomatoes, carrots and cucumber for a healthy filling meal.

8. Use that bread to make a healthy and delicious snack-time option by topping it with cheese slices and a mix of boiled mash potatoes and other veggies. Butter-toast on a pan or microwave for a delicious healthy and quick fill.

9. All kids love cookies and biscuits, so why not make a few biscuit-sandwiches? Layer with cheese slice, peanut butter, jam, boiled egg slices for a quick yummy snack.

10.Instead of the plain roti, make it a pizza roti. Keep it longer on a heated tava to make it crispy. Add cheese, chicken pieces, paneer, mushroom, tomatoes, corn or other toppings that your kid may like. Cut up into small easy-to-eat pieces for a fun healthy wholesome meal.

Veggie Lollipops

Every morning we wonder what to pack your kid for lunch so that the lunch box comes home empty. Kids have their own eating choices. In this case we also need to ensure that the food is filling and nutritious enough. Here is one recipe that is a sure hot with the kids. Not only does it contain veggies, but it is also an attractive snack!

Vegetable lollipop 

Ingredients

  1. Carrots
  2. Beans
  3. Potatoes
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Crumbled Bread
  6. Green Chilies
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Candy sticks
  9. Cornflour powder if needed

Method

Take some carrots, beans, beetroot, potatoes, cauliflower and peas and boil them. Drain out the water and mash the boiled vegetable in a bowl. Mix some crumbled bread in the mixture. Add some green chilies and salt to taste. Make oval shaped balls out of the mixture and insert them in the centre of the ball you have made. Once you have inserted the stick deep fry them.

If you do not want to deep fry them, you can flatten these balls a little and make different shapes like star, heart, moon etc and grill them in your oven or microwave at 250 degrees for around 10 minutes. Your cutlets will soon be ready.

Tip: Incase the balls are not coming out well you can either add little more bread or cornflour in the mixture which will help the mixture to tighten a bit.

When you give these cutlets different shapes, you are sure to find your child’s lunch box coming back empty. You can also try the awesome veggie cutlets that your kids will love!

Note: Image has been sourced from the web.

Yummy Sandwiches

We all know that kids are pretty finicky about what they take in their lunch boxes. As far as mothers are concerned they just want the children to eat what they give. It is disappointing to see the packed food in the lunch box either half-eaten or not-eaten at all. Children do have their favorites too. But packing their ‘favorites’ packed in their lunch boxes a little too often can result in boredom.  So we, as mothers should always think of something new and innovative keeping in mind the nutritive content. Of course the food should not only be tasty but also attractive!

Don’t make it complicated where children have to take two or three boxes. Always remember to give them a filling breakfast before they leave for school. Tuck boxes for children should have good carbs and fibers to give them the energy they need while at school.

Here are a few sandwiches fillings that could be easily made for your children’s lunch boxes.

Sandwiches fillings

When you are making sandwiches always make sure that the bread is fresh. Get the whole wheat bread and don’t forget to cut off the edges while preparing the sandwiches. If the bread slices are thin enough, you can make a triple layer sandwich too.

Tomato cheese paste (to make 4 sandwiches)

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Ripe Large Tomato
  2. 2 Cheese cubes (50 gms)
  3. 1 teaspoon salted butter
  4. Tomato sauce
  5. Grated carrots

Procedure:

All the 4 ingredients into a blender and blend well. Add a thick layer of the tomato cheese paste over the slice of bread. Sprinkle the grated carrots over it and cover it with another layer of bread. Cut the sandwich into bite size pieces and place it in the box. Cover the box with plastic food wrap before covering the box with the lid to keep the sandwich fresh.

Mint chutney:

Mint Chutney RecipeIngredients

  1. 1 cup of fresh mint leaves washed
  2. ½ cup of fresh coriander leaves washed
  3. Tamarind(deseeded) – 1 small marble size
  4. 1 medium sliced onion
  5. 1 small sized tomato
  6. Salt and chilly to taste (You can either use 1 small chilly or a sprinkle of chilly powder)
  7. Carrots, cucumber, tomato, lettuce

Procedure:

Add the above ingredients in a blender to get a thick paste like consistency. Use this paste to cover one layer of the bread. You can use any salad vegetable to make the sandwich. Either slice them thinly or grate them to layer the sandwich. Cut the sandwich into bite size pieces and place it in the box. Cover the box with plastic food wrap before covering the box with the lid to keep the sandwich fresh.

Cheese Onion Filling:

Ingredients:

  1. 100 grams of cheese
  2. 1 Onion finely chopped
  3. 1 Carrot grated
  4. Tomato sauce

Procedure:

Mix all the ingredients well in a shallow bowl. Use this as a filling for sandwiches. Follow the procedure given above while packing the sandwiches so that it remains fresh.

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Note: Images have been sourced from the web.

Awesome Frankies

Kids love frankies! My son loves them so much that he can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinners. I don’t crib because I can get to put all the healthy fillings in the frankies and he eats them without a complaint! Here are some options that you can tray at home too!

Frankie Fillings:

Make the rotis and parathas in advance for the frankies

Vegetable filling:

Ingredients

  1. 2 large sized potatoes
  2. 1 medium sized carrot
  3. ½ cup of cauliflower florets
  4. ½ cup of green beans
  5. 1 medium sized onion
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Oil to shallow fry

Cook the vegetables in a pressure cooker with salt. Chop the onion finely. Shallow fry the chopped onions until golden brown. Drain the water from the cooked vegetables and add them to the onions and sauté them. You can use additional flavoring like dania, cumin and chilly powder. Let it sauté for 10 minutes in slow flame. Allow the vegetable filling to cool. Layer the vegetable mix in a roti and roll it to make a frankie. Wrap the frankie in tissue paper and place it in the tuck box. You can also cut the frankie into bit sized pieces resembling spring rolls.

Omelet filling:

You can also make an omelet with two eggs. Add in onions, grated cheese and pepper powder to enhance the taste. Place the omelet in a roti and roll it into a frankie. Here too you can choose to cut the frankie into small bite sized pieces. Wait for the omelet to cool before rolling it to make the frankie. ‘Sweating’ could make the frankie soggy and uneatable.

Note: Images have been sourced from the web.

Vegetable Cutlets

As a mom to twins, my eternal quest is to get my boys eat the same things at the same time. While one of them loves the pastas and fruits, the other one loves to eat french toasts, boiled eggs and salads. This recipe is what I borrowed from my friend, her son loves it and she guaranteed that my sons would love it too! She was right! And here is the recipe.

What I use:

1 cup of chopped veggies – I use carrots, cabbage, cauliflower chopped finely and boiled in the microwave till it is soft. (You can also give it two whistles in a pressure cooker)

You can also add a cup of chopped spinach.

2 boiled potatoes – Mashed
butter – 2 tsps
ginger – 1/2 tsp grated
1 – 2 tbsp maida
salt and pepper according to taste
chat masala – optional (1/2 tsp)
juice of half a lime

Method:

Veg CutletsOnce the veggies are boiled, mash them well. Heat a saucepan or a kadhai and add butter to it. When its warm
add the ginger and saute for less than a minute. Add the mashed veggies and cook it till the water is absorbed. Add salt and pepper. Add the mashed potatoes and mix it well. Add chat masala and squeeze the juice of half a lime.

Just when you are about to take off the mixture from the gas, add the maida and mix it well. You can cool this and shape them as cutlets or in a mould and saute it.

Tip : A friend of mine makes small bite sized balls from this mixture and dips it in a whisked egg, rolls in it bread crumbs and fries it for her 3 year old. You can try this as a variant too.

Serve hot with tomato sauce.

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Chilly Nutrela (Soyabean)

This is something that your kids will love as a snack. It is not a complete meal but serves as an accompaniment to fried rice or wraps.

Ingredients

  1. Capsicum – 1
  2. Carrot – 1
  3. Cabbage – 1
  4. Spring Onion – 1
  5. Nutrela  – 250 gms
  6. Green Chilly – 1
  7. Garlic -1
  8. Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  9. Sauces – Tomato , Soya and chilli – 1tsp
  10. Vinegar – 1tsp
  11. Salt to taste

Serves – 2

Method

Cut long stripes of garlic, capsicum, carrot, cabbage and spring onion. Soak nutrela in hot water and keep aside for some time. Once you have finished chopping pour some olive oil in a frying pan and put it on the gas stove to heat it. After a minute when the oil is well heated put some garlic in it. When garlic starts turning golden brown add all the chopped vegetables in the frying pan and mix them well. Saute it for around 5 to 7 minutes. When the vegetables are half cooked, add the soaked nutrela to the vegetables and mix well. Add one teaspoon salt, soya sauce, vinegar, chilly sauce and tomato sauce to the mixture and toss them well. Let it be on the gas stove for 5 more minutes so that the nutrela absorbs all the sauces and salt well.

Within 15 minutes your chilly nutrela is ready to entice not only your child’s taste buds but also yours. Apart from the relishing taste, nutrela is also said to be a very good source of protein. So in a way apart from filling your child’s appetite, this recipe also provides them with right amount of nutrients.

Melon and Mint salad

What you need:

  • Water melon – half
  • Musk Melon – one
  • Juice of a lime
  • Handful of mint leaves

Making the salad:

Cut the melons in half. De-seed and make melon balls with the baller. If you do not have a melon baller, you can always chop them into bite sized pieces. Keep the fruit in a serving dish and chill till you want to serve it. Add the juice of half a lime and torn mint leaves. Toss lightly. Serve.

Banana Bread


Summer holidays are setting in! With the kids at home, all that you hear at periodic intervals are “Mommy I am hungry!” Here is the recipe for banana bread with choco chips. This is one of the most simplest recipes that I have come across. Here is the recipe and some pics.  It is most easy to make and vanishes almost as soon as it is out of the oven.

I dunked in about half a cup of chocolate chips. Since there were a lot of chocolates in the house , I used a mix of these.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 3-4 bananas
  • 1/4th tsp salt
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • chocolate chips – half a cup
  • Vanilla Essence – 1/2 tsp
  • 1 cup sugar

Method

Mash the bananas. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well with a dry wooden spoon. Add the chocolate chips. Fold in.

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Butter the cake tin and pour the batter. Bake for 50 minutes or till the pierced toothpick comes out clean.

Chillas and Garwanu

This was cooked when I decided to make a variation for the breakfast for my boys. Visibly bored of the pancakes and cornflakes, french toasts idlis and dosas, I realised it was time for something “different”. Yes, I know the “different” word is every mother’s nightmare, but nevertheless, I decided to give it a try. Their aunt who was with us for a short stay decided to make this yummy breakfast that is much liked by Gujrati’s. And as the name suggests, this is a Gujrati dish.

For the Garwanu

Wheat flour – 1 tbsp

Ghee – 1 tbsp

Milk – 1 big cup ( approx 300 ml)

Sugar – 1 tbsp

Roast the wheat flour, add ghee and saute for about a minute. Add milk and sugar and cook it till it acquires a semi – thick consistency. The Garwanu is ready.

For the Chillas 

Wheat Flour – 3 tbsp

Gram Flour – 2 tbsp

Rice flour – 1 tbsp

(makes about 4 chillas)

Salt to taste

Turmeric – 1/4th tsp

Mix all the ingredients with water to form a smooth batter. Set aside for 10 minutes. Heat a non stick pan, grease it and pour batter and quickly spread it as a dosa. You can use pure ghee to coat each side of the chillas. Serve hot with Garwanu.

Variations : you can add chopped tomatoes, onions, green chillies and grated ginger in the batter for kids who can adjust to the taste of the veggies.

Pav Bhaji Toast

Here is a contribution from one of the super cool moms who likes our page! And she says that the kids will love this dish.

Thank you for contributing Alia Maricar.

Toast pav bhaji sandwich

Ingredients:

Chopped Veggies : Alia uses carrots, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, capsicum.

Boil the veggies with a pinch of turmeric (haldi), salt and lemon juice. When it is done, mash it well.

In pan add some butter, cumin seeds ( jeera) and sesame seeds ( til). Saute briefly and add sliced onions and saute it till it turns brown.

Add the mashed veggies and let it cook till the water is absorbed by the veggies. You can adjust the seasoning at this point of time.

Add some shredded cheese.

Place this mixture in between two slices of bread. Serve with some tomato sauce.

Pav Bhaji Toast

Bread and Egg Pancakes

As a mother, my sole aim everyday is to ensure that my boys eat well. Yes, they do have the phases when they want nothing but a glass of milk the whole day and I am amazed at how much energy they get from it! It was fine till they were on baby food, but when the time came to wean them off the baby food and make them eat the regular food, it was a challenge. I looked up the net, noted recipes, made them new meals everyday, but my boys refused to eat. In sheer frustration, I called a friend who knew how to cook up some delicious meals for her then 3 year old son. I am sharing one recipe, that can be used for the breakfast.

I’ll call these bread and egg pancakes and it is easy to make (trust me, it is!)

What you need:

3 slices of bread
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cheese cube
1 tbsp of butter
a pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper according to the taste

Make a batter of all these ingredients by mixing it in the blender. You can add more milk if the consistency is too thick. The batter needs to be smooth and lump free. Grease a pan slightly (remember you also added butter in the batter) and pour it on the pan to make small pancakes.

You can serve this with tomato sauce.

Egg and Bread Pancakes

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