Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Summer special>> Kidz' Kitchen

Heylos to mommies, I am very sure that you all must be having tough time while keeping your kids occupied during summer holidays. My previous blog post was about requesting all parents to think beyond summer camps. It's like spend more quality and quantity time with your kids during their summer holidays as this will frame a lifetime memory for them. From my 'kitchen counter' earlier post I've shared some healthy yet yummy recipes to please the fussy eaters.  
Now, what about getting them into cooking and let them create an healthy and yummy meal for them. The idea of getting kids into kitchen might give a night mare but trust me with no fire, no knife cooking recipes by me would make your kids cooking experience a memorable one for them and yourself. Making kids cook with no fire, and no knife, will improve their sensory, imagination, creativity and make them responsible too.Moreover the kids cooking session would also encourage them to eat fresh, healthy and yummy food. My idea to start a kids cooking session is to inculcate the healthy eating habits amongst kids and make them/their parents understand that anything prepared at home with fresh ingredients is a an healthy option than serving them boring food.


Below are few tried and tested recipes by my kidz' Kitchen @ KydzAdda, Bangalore. Please try these recipes with your kids at home and let me know how was your experience.

Pizza Time!

Pizza is a great family favourite and the best thing about it is that you can make it to suit the whole family. It can be a dough base or just some delicious toppings baked onto pita bread/normal bread. You can also make a sweet pizza (spread some nutella and garnish with dry fruits) for dessert. It is that versatile!
Special Info: Gluten free, no soda, no maida, no preservatives
Serving Size: 6-8 kids

Ingredients
Freshly kneaded wheat pizza dough. You may use wheat bread also.
1 cup tomato paste puree
1 cup fresh basil leaves
2 boiled and chopped tomatoes for pizza sauce
1 cups grated tasty or mozzarella cheese
Choice of veggies like tomatoes, corn, capsicum, onion, mushroom
Soya, paneer (optional)

Method
Preheat oven to 180°C for fifteen minutes. Place dough ball on the cook top and roll it into roti/round/circle. Sprinkle some flour if required. Place the pizza bases on baking trays (you may have to use the bench, depending on your tray collection, spread 2-3 spoons of tomato pizza passata/pizza sauce. Divide fresh basil leaves between bases (need to go underneath everything else so they don’t burn). Top with choice of veggies available at your home kitchen, like sweet potato, capsicums, mushrooms, tomatoes, onion and top it with loads of grated mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle italian seasoning like oregano, basil and thyme as per your choice of herbs. If This is not much, then you may add paneer/cottage cheeze too. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes or may be until cheese is golden and bases crunchy. Before serving, sprinkle over a handful of salad leaves, olives, jalapenos. Enjoy it with your friends or give a surprise to your parents. Also do not forget to clean after cooking and put the leftover veggies, cheese back in fridge.


Veg Frankie
Frankie is the most popular, yet an healthy street food. Though it's originates from western countries but in India we have our own variations depending on our taste buds. You can make a frankie with choice of subji, or cooked veggies available. Frankie can convert an any ordinary roti-subji or Dosa into a yummy stomach filling snack for kids. All you need few salad items, subi of the day, mayonnaise or tomato sauce and a pinch of chaat masala.
Special Info: Nutritious yet mouth-watering snack for kids. It's Gluten free too!
Serving Size: 6-8 kids

Ingredients
6-8 Freshly cooked wheat chapatti/ parattha
1 cup chopped tomato
1 cup paneer cubes
1 cup boiled peas/corn
2 cups choice of pre-prepared subji (We used aloo zeera subji)
1 cup Cheese
1 Tbsp Chaat Masala (We called it magic masala in kid's kitchen class)
Also you may add choice of veggies like tomatoes, capsicum, onion, sweet corn.
Soya, mushroom, Mayonnaise (optional)
1 cup Tomato puree
1 Tbsp of butter
Method
Place the wheat roti on the counter/plate. Take 2 spoonful of tomato puree and spread evenly with butter knife. Put one spoon of subji, make sure it's aligned straight, so that it's easy to roll the frankie. Place other veggie toppings like paneer, peas, corn, tomatoes; placing them in a straight line just like subji. Top it with Mayonnaise and grated cheese.
Make sure you put little of each veggies and ingredients and do not overfill it as it would be difficult to roll the frankie. Then Sprinkle Magic Masala ie Chaat masala. And just then Start rolling frankie slowly. Make sure that the chhapatti does not tear. Once the frankie is rolled just brush it with some butter and Microwave it for 2 mins at med temp.
For oven broil it of 5 mins at 180 degrees. Take it out from oven/microwave and place on your serving dish. Then cut it into 2 pieces for easy and mess free eating.

Protein Sandwich
Sandwich is the most popular snack amongst kids as well as moms. Of course for it's yummy and healthy qualities. It's the most versatile and easy to make snack for busy moms and kids who loves cooking. You prepare as many healthy variations like spinach corn sandwich, cheese and pineapple sandwich or may be you can try beetroot and tomato sandwich.
Special Info: Easy and quick nutritious snack for kids.
Serving Size: 6-8 kids

Ingredients
  • 6-8 slices of wheat bread
  • 10-15 thin slices of tomatoes
  • 10-15 thin slices of boiled potatoes
  • 1 cup boiled Kabuli Channa
  • 1 cup boiled peas
  • 1 cup finely chopped Spinach
  • 4 Cheese cubes
  • 1 Tbsp Chaat Masala (We called it magic masala in kid's kitchen class)
  • Also you may add choice of veggies like sliced capsicum, onion, babycorn.
  • Soya, mushroom (optional)
  • 1 cup Tomatoe sauce
  • 10 Tbsp of butter
Method
Apply 1 tbsp of butter (With kids friendly butter knife) on one side of each wheat bread.
Spread tomato sauce evenly and generously on the other side of bread.
Place 2-3 slice of boiled potatoes on a bread. Then top it with mashed kabula channa, peas and little of finely chopped spinach. Then neatly place 3-4 thin slice of tomatoes and place the other peice of bread on to it and press it slightly. Now take the help of an adult i.e mom, dad or teacher and ask them to put the uncooked sandwich into griller or sandwich maker. Take it out of the griller/sandwich maker and let it cool for 2 mins and cut it into 2 piece diagonally.

Minty lemonade
In this season of scorching heat, summer coolers for kids are must to keep them hydrated. So this time beat the heat with freshly prepared lemonade with a refreshing dash of mint leaves.
Special Info: Easy and quick nutritious snack for kids. It's Gluten free too!
Serving Size: 6-8 kids

Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup) or 2 cups of Glucose / 1 cup of honey
  • 1 cup water (for the sweet syrup)
  • 1 cup lemon juice3 to 4 cups room temp water (to dilute)
  • 2 Tbsp of Chaat Masala (Optional)

Method
Request an adult to prepare a simple sugar syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely. If you are unable to get brown sugar you can use glucose powder too. While the sugar syrup is getting prepared, use a lemon squeezer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons(make sure you do not crush the lemon seeds), enough for one cup of juice. Add the juice and the sugar syrup to a pitcher/jug/ huge wide mouth vessels. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less depending on the desired consistency. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. Avoid usage of ice cubes, this will lead to sore throat. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it. Crush and tear few fresh mint leaves and put it into a jug and stir properly. Serve in glass and garnish it with thin lemon slice. 

Give a room to your imagination with having kids in kitchenand being little helper to you. Also try new summer coolers which are non-fizzy, healthy, natural and yummy. This will help your child to be summer safe and have happy and healthy holidays.

-XOXO


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Monday, 14 April 2014

Summer a Special>> Think Beyond Summer Camps

Phew!! it did rain yesterday, and my lo was loving it. It was such a relief for Bangaloreans as we were being baked under sun @35 -36' Degrees. The climate was awesomely good, I also prepared hot and spicy vada pav for dinner yesterday. 
My lo is still wondering, like where this water coming from
 My lo was amused to see water showering from sky, she kept on saying, "What is this? Water! Water! Wow! Water!" Summer comes with lot of happiness like season of tropical fruits including king of fruits 'Mango', holidays for kids, visiting guests and a week long trips with family. Summer is the full package of fond memories with friends, family and food.
But these days the new culture have cropped called, 'Summer camps mania'.
Persistent parents ensures that thier kids must do so and so activities in stipulated time of 2-3 months of vacations. During my childhood, my mom use to set us free, we use to join some classes like hobby/computer, visit relatives house for few weeks, going for a trip with family and explore new places. There are so many other things you can do than just making them join prolonged hours tedious pseudo summer camps running around in every corner of the city. Yes am not against the summer camps, but it should be a complimentary activity and not compulsory or imposed activities.
During Pondy trip she is counting sea shells collected by her at beach

Like I said earlier, kids have ample of time to spend with parent during summer holidays and the time spent is memorable. So why miss an opportunity to spend qualitative and quantitative time with your little one. I do understand that our super moms (aka working mothers) have no option but have to rely on summer camps. But there is a small change one can make as working mom, like going to a amusement park with kids, take a surprise leave from work and take your child for a movie (Why to wait for weekends), take them to city museums/parks/other attractions. Because once they grow up, they will not have time for you.
'PLAY DATE' @Defence colony Park, Indiranagar


Am not saying that all the parents to go out of their way and do things for kids, but just a suggestion if they can think something innovative other than just sending them to 'Summer Camps'. I still remember we all cousins use to from a huge circle including parents and elders of eh family, and we all use to play simple games related to maths (tables) and memory (reciting entire list without missing a link word). We use to make small groups and play langadi, ludo , snakes - ladders, statue, hide and seek and the list goes endless. At least we urban parents can play one indoor and out door games in a week.


My lo made new friends at mom n kids weekend trip
Recently we smart moms went for a weekend trip with kids and we all played throw ball (kids vs moms) of course kids won. We enjoyed the wildlife safari, spotted bear, elephant, deers, crocks, tiger, white tiger and the experience was amazing. though my little one could recognize only elephant, Indian cow and monkey. I know she won't remember this trip when she grows up but am sure she was enjoying playing with other kids and seeing few known animals (out of the books) like elephant, monkey and cow.

It was first time that i was hosting meet up for moms along with kids. We were bunch of five moms, Asha ( Smart momz At home, kudos to her for raising her son and daughter in a very well behaved and disciplined manner) who helped me to finalize the place and booking the resort, Varsha a super mom (working mom) to a cutie Aadhya who is singing star in making, Renuka a rockstar mom ( mompreneur - runs a fashion boutique) mom to a beautiful baby girl Rhea and Madhvi a proud single parent (working mom) to a 10 year old Poo (Parvati) and me a mother blogger - mom to 22 months old naughty Erishka. 
We all enjoyed the sports, trampoline climbing, jumping, safari, latenight talks with varsha and renuka, jam session at clubhouse. Thanks to all moms who made this trip memorable.

So apart from brainstorming on what activities your kids should join or learn during this summer holidays, we as a responsible parent must also keep check on their kids' Dehydration Symptoms and how can you keep your child cool this summer. Also try new summer coolers which are non-fizzy, healthy, natural and yummy. This will help your child to be summer safe and have happy and healthy holidays.

So all smart mommies, what are you waiting for? Put on your shoes and start playing indoors as well as out door sports with your kids. Trust me! They will value your efforts and time spent for life time.

 Have a happy, safe and most importantly a memorable summer holidays!!!


-XOXO

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