Friday, February 25, 2011

Banana Berry Boats

When I was eating my strawberries in ABS Toast in today's breakfast, I already had plan to make a nice presentation for the little ones by using multi fruits. I have used Banana, Strawberries, Blue Berries and served in this cute little boat like containers. My little one (Anvi, she loves fruits) she ate all of it with no effort for me. But for my son ( Abhi) when I explained everything in this breakfast starts with a letter B,  I had to answer all his inquisitive questions about Boats ( he paid attention to later part, than the former part in this name ;-), these Boysss...), but glad he finished all his fruits. I think caramelized banana did the trick, for his sweet tooth.

Here is the recipe, try it for your little ones!

Banana - 1
Strawberries - 5
Blue Berries - 1/3 cup
Raw Sugar - 1 tsp
Grated Coconut - 1 tsp
Honey - 1 tbsp
1.Cut the Banana into small rounds (or 1 in thick slices horizontally)
2. Heat the Nonstick pan, and place these on the pan
3. Turn them over to other side after 1 min and let them brown on both sides.
4. You can start seeing the juices come out ( caramelizing) and then sprinkle the sugar on top.
5. Switch off the stove, and let it cool.
6. Place one spoon of Bananas in the container
7. Layer it with Strawberry ( cut them into thin slices)
8. Top it one more spoon of bananas and blue berries on top.
9. Pour 1 tbsp of Honey on top of the fruit and sprinkle some grated coconut.
10. Yum! for Little One! Banana Berry Boats are ready.

Though I hear so many recipes with  Banana, Banana Bread, Banana Muffin etc, some how I preferred banana eating raw as it is. This is the first time I have ever cooked banana and it tasted good. If You don't like cooked banana (like me) , then simply add the fresh banana slices in this recipe.

Take care until next time

Monday, February 14, 2011

Asparagus Stuffed Omlete

At our house Asparagus is a all time winner, as Abhi loves this veggie I will try to sneak in every possible way. Usually Asparagus is very expensive, but some times when this is abundant in season it will be on sale. Now is the time for that, as I have seen this on sale in Sprouts, I have been buying this every week. Or Some times I get this big bunch from Costco in bulk.

Today I have stuffed this veggie in omelet and served with apple slices.

Asparagus Strings- 3
Egg - 1
Onion - 1 Tbsp
Bell Pepper -1 Tbsp
Black Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1tsp

1. Microwave the Asparagus strings for 30 sec to 1 min. It should be soft and crunchy.
2. Whisk the egg in a small bowl and by adding onion, bell pepper and black pepper.
3. Heat the Nonstick omelet pan and add oil to it
4. Once the oil is hot, pour the egg mixture and let it set for a min.
5. Once you start seeing the mixture is getting set on upside also, then add the asparagus strings on top and fold the omelet.
6. Turn the omelet on other side and cook for 30 sec.
7. Take if off from the heat and cut in half and serve with apple slices.

Now tell your kids that this is the letter A Veggie and Fruit plate. Just tell that and see next time when you serve something your kiddo will tell you what plate it is. :-)

Don't think I have forgotten salt in the ingredients. Purposefully I haven't added any. The crunchy vegetables won't let you miss the salt in this dish. Don't believe me, give it a try.

This post is linked up to Super Healthy Kids:  The Alphabet Food Academy .  See what others are cooking up for healthy kids too!

Take care until next time

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Asparagus Rafts (Step By Step)

Usually I bake the Asparagus with little olive oil, salt and pepper for 10 min. My son loves these 'Green Strings'. And some times I make a Asparagus Fry (Indian Style), it's combination with white rice is very yummy for sure.

But I wanted to go little creative with Asparagus today and when I was browsing for some ideas I have come across this on Disney Family Site, I have jumped up and started making these immediately.

Serving Tip:
This will be an interesting snack for kiddo's lunch box Or a Crunchy Side Dish with your main course Or let them float in yummy Avocado Soup. However you serve, it sure looks fun for the kids. Give it a Try, Here is the recipe for you, Enjoy!

All Purpose Flour - 2 Tbsp
Egg - 1
Bread Crumbs - 1/3 cup
Asparagus - 1 bunch ( 10 to 15 in count)
Parmesan Cheese - 2 Tbsp
Tooth Picks - 5 to 10

1. Take the Flour, Whisked Egg, Bread Crumbs in 3 different shallow plates

2. Trim the Asparagus Bottoms and Wash and Pat Dry them.
3. Take a tooth pick and insert into 4 Asparagus by  setting them side by side. One at the top and one at the bottom (as show in the picture)

4. Now roll this in the flour and dip in egg wash and dust with bread crumbs
5. Follow the same procedure until for all the asparagus strings.

6. Place them on the baking sheet.
7. Bake at 350 F for 10 min. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and bake for 5 more minutes.
8. Take them out and cut into middle, take out the tooth picks and serve them.

That's It Yum! Yum! Asparagus Rafts are ready in minutes. Sit back and Enjoy when your little one is munching on all these veggies.

Do you think my Son finished all of these? You Bet! :-)

Take care until next time

Monday, February 7, 2011

Blue Berry Stuck Belgian Waffles

To make little creations you don't have to always cook every thing from scratch. When I am in a hurry, these waffles are saviors. As I told you before how much sweet tooth my kids got, they really relish this breakfast, with out me after them with Finish up mantra (I am always after them saying Finish It! Finish up!....).

So today I have got these Belgian style waffles (not the round one) toast them in the toaster for 1 min on medium setting and filled the grid with some honey and stuck the blue berries on the grid.

Today we even invited Mickey and Minnie to have breakfast with them. My Little ones ate the waffles and fruits while pretending that Mickey and Minnie are here. All the souls are happy now after the breakfast. They did n't even notice how happy I was for finishing up their berries. Well Played.... Mommy! :-)

Ofcourse today is Sunday and I am busy with making super bowl snacks. That's why they get to play while eating.;-)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chicken Rockets

These are very easy to bake chicken tenders named as 'Chicken Rockets' to add some fun and protein for your kiddo.

When we went to one of our friends son's first birthday party they have ordered Thai food. The first appetizer that attracted kiddos is Chicken Saute (which looked similar to what I made here). I have seen every little one enjoyed this and since then I wanted to try this at home. As I have skewers from our last summer trip, there is no reason for me not to experiment this one.

As these shapes resembled like Rockets to my son, he started calling them 'Chicken Rockets', give it a try and let your kiddo invent the name for it. :-)

Chicken Tenders - 3
Olive Oil - 1 Tbsp
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Black Pepper -  1/2 tsp
curry powder - 1/2 tsp
Honey - 1 tbsp
Dry Parsley Flakes - 1 Tsp
Skewers - 6

1. Mix all the ingredients expect chicken in a small bowl and set aside
2. Let sit the skewers sit in the warm water for 5 min (so that they get insert into chicken easily)
3. Wash the chicken tenders and pat them dry ( to let all the water drain)
4. Cut the chicken tender or breast into middle ( vertically) so that it becomes thin.
5. Dip every chicken tender piece in the bowl  until the chicken is coated evenly.
6. Insert the skewer into chicken breast until the end.
7. Bake these on baking sheet in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes

Yum! Yum! Chicken Rockets are ready for your Little Ones!

Serving Tip:
To add more color I have added some color vadiyams (fried rings) here.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Avocado Soup

I always want my little ones to try every possible variety in food esp vegetables and fruits. So today I made them try this Avocado Soup. Frankly the first bite was not exciting for them, but they finished all with no complaints. Hope they will like it by next serving. Gosh, I am quite an optimistic  Mom Right! :-)

 I have skipped the curry powder and black pepper from my original recipe. If your kiddo is a spice lover, don't hesitate to add them accordingly.

Idli Bites

Idli is one of the south indian breakfast delicacy. There are some creative ideas what you can make with Idli at Yum! Yum! Yum!. But for my little ones  I always server them plain. You can serve these with a side of sugar or top with ketchup along with Ghee (clarified butter).

Nutritional Info:
This item serves Protien, Carbs and Dairy.

Q for Readers:
Please share your ideas how you transform Idli to your little ones.