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Hello and welcome to nutritious recipes for picky eater children. Teaching kids to eat healthy foods at a young age will help them develop healthy eating patterns for life. Here I try to include simple, nutritious and creative recipes for kids and I think the whole family will love them.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Herbed Chicken Burger

This chicken burger is made with chicken minced patties held together with vegetables and cheese. Home made chicken burger would do a trick to kids and it is satisfying and healthy. I used extra lean ground chicken instead of ground beef.

1 tsp crushed almond
200 gm extra lean ground chicken
1 tsp each of chopped parsley and basil
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp soy sauce
2 whole wheat burger bun
Lettuce leaf
Tomato sliced
Salt and pepper according to taste

To make chicken patties mixture, take a big bowl and mix ground chicken with parsley, basil, almond, garlic,  soy sauce, salt and pepper. Combine the mixture gently with hand and form into round patties.
Now bake these patties for 25 mins at 200 C.
Toast the buns and arrange for burger with lettuce leaves, tomato, cheese and your preference dressing sauce.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Fried Fish Eggs

Fish Egg or fish roe is rich in omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin A, D and zinc.  This is a super food and necessary for healthy children. This is very easy to make and tasty food.
500 gm fish eggs
1 tsp turmeric powder
Oil for frying
1/4 cup chopped spring onion
1 tsp crushed garlic 
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp cumin and coriander powder
Salt according to taste

Clean the fish eggs nicely. Cut into small pieces. Take a bowl and add all other ingredients and mix well. Marinade eggs in the paste for an hour. Deep fry in hot oil till crispy. Serve hot with sauce.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Tangy Chicken Wings

This is a easy recipe for barbecue tangy chicken wings. Almost every kid i know loves chicken wings, no matter how they cook, deep fried, pan fried, baked or grilled. My kids loved this version. We used honey lime barbecue sauce for sweet and sour taste.

6-7 washed chicken wings
Barbecue Sauce:
2 tsp liquid honey
1 tsp ginger minced or grated
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp black pepper

For making barbecue sauce mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Stir well and pour in chicken wings. Distribute the sauce equally all over the wings.
Marinade and place in a refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Grill for 30 minutes depending on how hot is your grill or how big is chicken wing.
Serve hot as it is or with some rice.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Vegetable Cabbage Roll

This is a hearty and tasty meatless cabbage roll. Pretty easy to prepare and healthy dish.

1 cup chopped  nutri nuggets
4 large cabbage leaf
1/4 cup cut carrot
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp tomato sauce
1 cup cooked white rice
Salt and pepper according to taste

Cook cabbage leaves in boiling water with pinch of salt for 5 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
In a large sauce pan fry nutri nuggets with onion and garlic until brown. Add carrots and fry for more few minutes. Add cooked rice and stir well with soy sauce, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well. Set aside.
Spoon 1/3 cup rice mixture on each cabbage leaf. Fold sides and roll up. Bake at 350 C for 30 minutes.
 Serve warm with some tomato sauce

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and leek soup is common and easy to make. Kids love this with some bread to dip in. It is delicious and true comfort food.

1/2 cup sliced leeks (white parts and tender green parts)
1 cup boiled diced potato
1 tsp butter or olive oil
1/2 tsp freshly grounded white pepper
3 cups water or vegetable stock
1/2 cup fresh chopped celery
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
Salt according to taste

In a large pot heat oil or butter over medium heat. Add leeks and little salt, cook until it becomes soft and wilted. Pour in water or stock. Add potatoes and celery in it. Cover and simmer until potatoes become tender. Now puree the soup with white pepper and little salt if necessary. Check its consistency if it is thick, add little stock. Stir nicely and garnish with thyme. Serve warm.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Moong Dal Kachauri

Kachauri is flatted puffed bread stuffed with moong dal (yellow lentils). Moong are healthy food for kids as they contains iron, high protein and high fibre. They are easily digestible food and can be eaten as breakfast or snack.

For dough
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp ghee or oil
1/2 tsp baking power
Pinch of salt for taste

For filling
1/2 cup moong dal (soaked in water for 2 hours)
1/2 tsp of mango powder (amchur)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp olive or canola oil
1/2 tsp of ginger pieces

Pinch of asafoetida
Pinch of salt

For frying
2 cups canola oil

For making dough, take whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt in a big bowl. Add oil. Use required water and kneed to make firm dough. Put aside for 30 minutes.

For making filling, grind soaked dal in the processor with ginger pieces and salt. 
Heat oil in a frying pan. Add asafoetida and cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle add mixture of dal and fry for few minutes. Add dried mango powder and mix well. Now turn off the heat and let the mixture cool. 

For kachauris:
Divide the dough into small ball size and roll into your palm without any crack. Make 3 inch circle of dough and add mixture in the center. Close the edges like dumpling. Again roll into 4 inch of circle. Make all kachauri in a same process and keep them aside for 3 minutes. 
Heat a deep pan and add oil. when the oil is heated add kachauris and fry until they turn golden brown. Remove the kachauris and drain oil in a paper towel. Serve hot with sauce.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Kids love chicken nuggets anytime. These little chicken chunks are good for making quick snack for kids.

250 gm chicken mince
1 Egg, beaten
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup breadcrumb
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tbs dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Add  grated cheese, dried oregano, salt and pepper to the chicken mince. Mix well.
Rub your hand with some flour, take some chicken and make shape into nuggets. You can also use cutter to give different shape. Roll each nuggets into flour covering nicely. Roll in beaten egg and coat with breadcrumb.
Preheat the oven to 200 degree C. Coat baking pan with some oil and place nuggets in it. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 200 degree C. Serve hot.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Mixed fritters

Kids love fritters. It will be great to make when you want to use your remaining vegetables from fridge.
You can eat them with your favorite dipping sauce. Here I have used shrimps, spinach, onions, eggplant, cheese and potatoes.

7 shrimps washed
5 spinach leaves
1 thinly round cut potato
1 chopped onion
1/2 cup thinly cut cheese
1 round cut egg plant

1/2 cup gram flour
1/2 cup rice flour
A pinch of baking soda
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup cold water

In a mixing bowl add all ingredients for batter and set aside. In a meantime wash shrimp nicely and prepare  vegetables according to your shape. Heat oil for frying. Add all cut vegetables and shrimps in the batter. Once oil is hot enough, fry fritters one by one. Remove and place on paper towels to drain oil. Serve hot with your favourite dipping sauce.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Tortillas sushi wrap

These colorful sushi makes great lunch or supper. This is made of whole wheat tortilla wraps filled with cucumbers, carrots, onions, spinach,grilled tofu and grilled chicken.

1 cup thinly slivered cucumbers, carrots, onions
1/2 cup grilled thinly cut chicken and tofu

1 cup thinly sliced spinach leaves
1 tbs olive oil
2 whole wheat flour tortillas
Salt and pepper

Grill chicken and tofu and keep aside. 
Set a nonstick frying pan over a high heat. When it is hot add oil , onions, cucumbers and carrots. Stir fry for 2 minutes. Then add spinach, grilled tofu and chicken. Mix well, add salt and pepper. Cook vegetables briefly to make them crisp.
Make tortillas in a skillet or microwave. Put chicken and vegetable mixture along one side of tortilla, 1 inch from front and side. Fold front edge over mixture and roll nicely like a sushi. Cut the wrap making into two pieces and place on a plate. Serve with sauce.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Peanut butter chicken skewers

Kids love peanut butter and it also makes mouth watering sauce for chicken. Both children and adults will love this dish.

500 gm chicken breast
3 tsp peanut butter
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp garlic minced
1/2 cup sliced onions and tomatoes

Slice chicken breast, tomatoes and onions into small equal pieces. Combine peanut butter, soy sauce and 1/2 cup water. Mix until smooth texture is formed. Add chicken and marinate for 15 minutes. Place in a skewer and grill uncovered over a medium heat. Turn and grill again until chickens become golden brown.
Serve hot.

Monkey breakfast

We made this monkey breakfast with regular pancake, a banana and small chocolate chips. My little 1.5 years old got excited to see this monkey.
Regular cooked pancake
1/2 tsp chocolate powder
1 banana
Few mini chocolate chips

This is so easy and fun breakfast. Make your regular pancake batter. Separate half of it and add little chocolate powder. Make monkey head with this chocolate batter. Make face, nose and ear with other regular batter. You can use scissor to cut monkey's face. Place on a plate and decorate. We used banana for eyes and little chocolate chips for pupils and smile. My older one put chocolate chips for monkey's smile.
 Keep one banana on side.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Phineas and Ferb snack

Phineas and ferb characters are fun and healthy snack made out of fruits and pancake.

1 small cooked pancake
Small pieces of banana
1/2 Kiwi fruit
Small piece of apple skin
Few mini chocolate chips

For Phineas
Body - We cut the pancake in a triangular shape.
Hair- Used scrap skin of an apple
Eyes- Round pieces of banana
Ear- A small piece of pancake
Pupils- Mini chocolate chips

For Ferb
Body-We cut pancake in a retangular shape.
Hair- Half cut kiwi fruit
Nose, Ear- Small pieces of pancake
Eyes-Round pieces of banana
Pupils-Mini chocolate chips

Mango Protein Shake

Homemade protein shakes can be kids healthy snacks. 
1/2 cup Mango pieces
1 walnut
1 cup soy milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp honey(optional)
1 tsp wheat germ(optional)

Add soy milk, water, mango and walnut. Blend the fruits in the liquid. Add 1/2 tsp honey for sweetness if desired. You can also add one teaspoonful of wheatgerm that will add more protein, vitamin and minerals. Top with a slice of fruit, add a straw and serve.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Egg and potato Curry

It is a popular dish and made of hard boiled eggs and potatoes. It is very healthy and kids like this anytime.
Eggs are excellent and cheapest available source of protein. 
2 hard boiled eggs
1 boiled potato
1 Tomato diced
1 medium onion chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp olive oil
Pinch of turmeic powder

1/2 cup fresh chopped coriander leaves
1/2 cup fresh yogurt
salt and pepper to taste
Remove the shell of boiled eggs, cut in to four pieces and keep aside. Heat oil and fry onions and ginger garlic paste  for 2  minutes. When the paste becomes brown, add boiled potatoes and tomatoes.
Add turmeric powder, cumin powder and mix well. Cover the lid and cook for 3 minutes. When tomatoes become tender add yohurt and mix well. Add boiled eggs and coriander leaves. Pour some water, salt and pepper. Boil for 3 minutes. Serve hot with bread or rice.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Mickey mouse fruit snack

Making my boys eat fruits is a hard job. So we came up with their favorite character mickey fruits snack. It is very simple and healthy snack and also children finish while talking about their characters.
Apple for face.
Black grapes for big two ears.
Half grape for Nose.
Small red part of apple for mouth.
Two small sliced banana for eyes and tiny grapes for pupils.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Rice mini Pizza

It is crepe made out of rice flour topped with chopped meat, eggs, vegetables etc. It is very healthy and delicious food. Kids love this.

For Rice base:
1 cup rice flour
1 egg
11/2 cup water
pinch of salt

 For toppings:
1/2 cup chopped or minced chicken (any other meat can be used)
1/2 chopped onion
1 tsp minced ginger garlic paste
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped celery
1tsp olive oil
Salt and peeper according to taste
First we need to prepare toppings. For that fry onion, garlic and ginger paste until brown. Add minced meat, salt and pepper and fry for 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and celery until meat is nearly done. Keep aside.
 For base mix rice flour, salt, water and egg to make cake like batter. Heat a pan, pour some batter and spread like a crepe. Cover it and cook for 2 minutes. Don't turn to other side. Now add toppings and cook few minutes with the cover lid. If you like you can add egg yolk on top. Serve hot.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Fun icecream snack

A fun, healthy and filling snack.

A slice of  brown bread
A slice of cheese
One banana
A small piece of an apple

Make a cheese sandwich in a shape of an icecream cone. Slice one banana, spread like an icecream on the top of the sandwich cone.
Put a small piece of an apple to give a feel of cherry on the top.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Teddy Bear Lunch Box

This is a big lunch box for older kids. For smaller kids you can make mini version of it.
Teddy bear lunch box
1 cup of cooked mixed fried rice (Any vegetables of your choice)
1 Omelet Egg cooked and cut
2 Small pieces of prawns or chicken grilled
2 pieces of tomatoes and cucumbers
 small nori sheet

Make fried rice by mixing your choice of vegetables and keep aside. Now cut vegetables and meat/fish to put in a lunch box. Take some fried rice and put inside a teddy bear shaped cake molder and press nicely. Place on a lunch box slowly. Now arrange the lunch box with some proteins and vegetables. I used some cucumbers, tomatoes, omelet eggs and grilled prawns. Two small boiled beans are used as eyes.
To make nose I used small portion of nori sheet and some egg yolk.

Boiled Egg Bunnies

Kids had a great time helping to make bunny eggs on Easter morning for breakfast. It is very simple to make, my four year old boy assembled everything in one of the egg.

3 hard boiled eggs
1/4 cup baby carrots for ears
1/4 nori sheet for eyes
3 pieces corn for nose
1 tsp mayonnaise for tails
2 thin rice noodles sticks for whiskers
Some green spinach on serving plates

Boil eggs hard and keep it aside to cool. Put some green spinach or salad leaves on serving plate. Peel the eggs, cut little on bottom and place on the serving plate. The pointed egg will become the bunny's face. 
Begin assembly by making small hole on the center of bunny's face. Insert a small yellow corn on it for nose.  I used nori sheets to make two tiny eyes for bunnies. 
Cut the baby carrot into thin pieces giving shape of the ears. Cut two slits on egg bunny for ears just above the eyes and insert one carrot on each slit. 
For whiskers, I use thin rice noodles stick. Break these rice noodles stick into 6 small equal parts and insert near both sides of the nose. Finally put some mayonnaise on the back of egg bunny to make tail.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Easter Egg Nest

Easter time is coming up and kids will love this no egg easter recipe. It is very simple to make.
1/4 cups peanut butter chips
1/4 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chow-mein noodles
1/2 cup grapes

Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in a medium microwave safe bowl.
Add chowmein noodles to the melted chocolate and mix nicely.
Shape into a circle on a plate. Use spoon to make indention in center and keep it for few minutes to make the nest harden.
Add grapes on the center.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Colorful Pasta Salad

My kids were excited to see this rainbow color food on their plates.
I used lemon and honey for tangy and sweet taste.

Serves: 3
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

2 cups cooked fussili pasta 
1 cup  brocoli florets
1/2 cup thinly sliced bell peppers
1/2 cup thinly sliced tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped parsley

 For the dressing:
2 tbp of lemon juice
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tea spoon honey
1 garlic clove crushed
Salt and pepper to taste

 Boil the pasta and set aside when it done to cool. Add some olive oil on it so that it doesnot stick. Boil brocoli and keep aside. Take a bowl and mix bell peppers, tomatoes ,broccoli and parsley. Take another small bowl  to make dressing. Add lemon juice, oil, honey, garlic and mix together with a whisk. Pour this mixture into the salad. Mix well and adjust salt, pepper and lemon according to your taste.
Serve with some protein.

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