I have not spent so much time in the kitchen in my entire lifetime as much I have spent in the last 4 years of raising a child. And believe me, it is much easier to feed an infant who has very less opinion of her own. A toddler on the other hand has recently discovered the power of the word “NO” and has also understood that all things healthy and nutritious are not to be eaten. The struggle starts then and it’s an everyday fight to figure out what to keep in the tiffin and what to prepare for dinner which is healthy and at the same time also nutritious.
Over the time, I have discovered a lot of different Missy approved recipes of soups, salads, sandwiches and vegetables.
I am going to share a couple of them here today.
- Mushroom Soup –
This one is a much healthier version of the Cream of Mushroom soup that is available in the restaurants. Mushroom is a good source of protein and fibre. It also contains vitamin B and a powerful antioxidant called Selenium, helping develop the immune system.
Preparation Time – 20 mins
- 200gms Button Mushrooms
- 1 medium sized onion – Finely Chopped
- 2 tbsp wheat flour
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 cup milk
- Wash the mushrooms thoroughly under running water and bring them to one boil
- Take a deep pan and add the butter to it
- Take finely chopped garlic cloves and sauté till brown, add onions to it and keep stirring till onions are golden brown.
- Add the boiled and coarsely cut mushrooms to this and sauté for another 4-5 mins till the mushrooms turn light brown
- Now add 2 Tbsp of wheat flour and keep stirring till the flour is properly roasted.
- Now add water to maintain consistency and keep stirring for another minute
- Turn off the flame and let it cool
- Once cooled, grind it in a mixer and make a consistent paste
- Put this paste in a deep pan back on the flame and add some water, bring it to boil
- Now add the milk and keep stirring continuously
- Once it comes to a boil, add salt & black pepper to taste
- Garnish with coriander leaves and oregano.
And Voila, tasty and healthy mushroom soup is ready.
- Tricolour Poori –
How do we get a toddler to eat spinach and beetroot???? Make these yummy tricolour pooris and give it to them with their favourite sides. This has been my favourite dish since childhood and was my mom’s birthday speciality.
- 3 cups of wheat flour
- ¼ cup of Gram flour / besan
- ½ bunch of Spinach/Palak
- ½ beetroot
- ½ tsp turmeric
- Salt to taste
- Boil and puree the spinach and beetroot in separate bowls
- Divide the wheat flour in three parts
- Knead one part of the flour with the spinach puree and some salt, cover it with a clean cloth and keep aside
- Knead the second part of the wheat flour with the beetroot puree and some salt, cover it with a clean cloth and keep aside
- Knead the 3rd part of the wheat flour with the besan and some turmeric and a pinch of salt, cover it with a clean cloth and keep aside
- Now make long 1-inch thick rolls of each of color flour. Make a braid then just lightly roll them so the dough catches each other. Now make small round balls from this
- Roll these balls to make the flatbed pooris and deep fry them
And yummy tricolour pooris are ready to be gulped down!!!
- Sweet Wheat Flour Dumplings – Pooda/ Poora –
This dish is a festival speciality and is loved by everyone in the family. It is super simple and super yumm. Oh and the above picture is from the quest of making perfectly round pooda and it turns out looking like a Duck and lil one is super happy!!!
- Whole Wheat Flour – 1 ½ Cup
- Sugar – ½ Cup
- Cardamom Powder
- Grounded Fennel Seeds
- Oil to fry
- Mix ½ Cup sugar in 1 Cup water and keep it aside for 15 mins
- Mix the sugar completely in water ensuring no sugar particles are visible
- Take 1 ½ cup of wheat flour in a mixing bowl and add sugar solution to it slowly and whisking continuously to avoid lumps
- Whisk for 5 minutes and ensure that the batter fluffy
- Add cardamom powder and fennel seeds to the batter and mix well
- Heat oil in a deep kadhai
- Take small portions of batter and drop them in the hot oil, repeat till there are sufficient poode in the oil
- Fry it till it is brick red in colour
Enjoy the yummy poodas!!!
I hope you like these recipes and I will sharing many more recipes soon.
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I would like to thank Monalisha from http://monalishadotme.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/yummy-food-recipe-for-your-toddler/ for inviting me and stay tuned in for the next SuperMomma Sanjeevani to know the fun ways of adding veggies to lil ones food.