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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.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Hello Kitty Lunch Box

Healthy Kitty Lunch box for my son!

Kitty was made with rice balls.
I added 1 tsp of sushi vinegar on rice and made these rice balls
I punched nori sheet for kitty's eyes and whiskers
Small corn was used for nose
Tomatoes for aprons & bow
Other items in the lunch box are boiled corn, chicken fried pieces, spinach wraps, sausages, carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Fried Icecream

It is a perfect dessert in summer. Kids love this crunchy fried ice cream.

2 scoops of vanila icecream
4 pieces of white bread
Nuts and maple syrup for topping
Oil for deep frying

 Cut 2 slices of bread in round shape and add a scoop of ice cream in between like sandwich. Put in a freezer for 2 hours. Half fill deep fryer with oil and heat it. We need to work quickly, add sandwiched ice cream bread in the hot oil and fry for 10-15 seconds until bread turns golden brown. Drain briefly on paper towel and serve immediately with maple syrup and nuts on top.

Saturday, 19 May 2012


Being a mom of picky eater is extremely tough. Now, I simply buy right food, prepare it nutritiously and serve creatively and leave the rest up to kids.
Bread Slices
Cheese Slices

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Apple Wedges butterfly

If your children hate fruits then add tiny bits of chocolates, peanut butter or cream cheese.
Butterfly apple wedges for kids:)

Apple wedges for butterfly wings
Banana pieces for body
1 tsp chocolate paste to cover body
2 mini chocolate for eyes

Monday, 14 May 2012

Baked Tofu

Tofu is rich in protein. Tofu tastes great and is good for the health. Kids love this as snack.
1 small packet firm tofu
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp teriyaki sauce
1 tsp white sesame seeds

Drain tofu by pressing between two plates with heavy object on top to remove excess water. Cut tofu into cubes and put them in zip lock bag. Add soy sauce, lime juice, olive oil and zip it close. Shake it gently to coat seasoning on tofu nicely. Marinate them for 10 minutes. In the mean time preheat oven at 300 F and bake them for 30 minutes.
After baking add some teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds on top and serve hot.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Mothers Day

Sunnyakkykitchen wishes all beautiful mothers a very happy mothers day. May you all have a great day:)


Friday, 11 May 2012

Fruits car

Watermelon is a summer favorite fruit. It is healthy and delicious. We made this toy car with this fruit.

Watermelon for body
Banana pieces for wheels
Banana skin for number plate
Blue marshmallow for eyes look

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Sponge bob sandwich

I made this sponge bob sandwich with cheese and bread. You can help your picky eaters into healthy eaters by making characters they admire.

Body: slice of brown bread and cheese
Eyes: bananas and blue marshmallow
Eyelashes: nori (seaweed)
Mouth: Tomato

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Sesame street fruit snacks

Kids love characters and it is a great way to encourage healthy foods using these characters. We tried to make Elmo and big bird fruit snack out of an apple, mango, banana, carrot and raisins.

For Elmo:
Half sliced apple for face
Cheese for Eyes
Raisins for pupils
Carrot for nose
Dark part of apple skin for mouth

For Big Bird:
Mango for face and beak
Bananas for Eyes
Raisins for pupils
small carrot for tongue

Monday, 7 May 2012

Potatoes Snack

This is a very simple potato dish that are good for snacks. Children around the world like potatoes. Potatoes have lots of health benefits also. They are easy digestible and rich in vitamin C and B complex.
2 thinly sliced Potatoes
1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried basil
1  tsp butter melted
Salt and pepper according to taste

Preheat oven to 300°.Wash and slice potatoes. Cut sliced potatoes into fun shapes as children love fun shapes more. Add salt, pepper, dried basil, olive oil and mix well. Keep the potatoes in a baking tray and pour melted butter over it. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Mixed Beans soup

Bean soup is very healthy and tasty. They are rich in protein and provide immense energy. You can serve this soup with rice or bread or even drink as a soup.
250 gm of different kind of beans
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin coriander powder
1 tsp vegetable oil
Salt according to your taste

Mix up all beans and soak overnight. Before using them clean with fresh water.
Heat cooking pot or pressure cooker over a medium heat. Pour some oil, when the oil is hot add onions and ginger garlic paste. Fry until mixture becomes brown. Add beans and turmeric powder. Stir well. Keep on frying till water disappears. When grains become brown, add salt, cumin coriander powder and tomato, then mix well. Stir fry for 3 minutes.  Add hot water until all beans get drowned in it. Cook well either in pot or pressure cooker. 
Now the soup is ready you can garnish with coriander leaves and lemon. 
Serve warm with bread (Naan, Chapatis) or rice.   

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Creamy Vegetable Risotto

It is an Italian way of cooking rice with cheese and tomato puree. I made this more soft and creamy as my both children love this. Kids get all the benefits of this colorful vegetables and tasty grain mixed together with cheese flavor.
1 cup uncooked short grain rice- washed and soaked
2 tsp butter
1 finely chopped onion
1/2 carrot -cut into small cubes
1/4 cup sliced mushroom
2 tsp tomato puree
50 gm grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup milk
Salt and pepper according to taste
1 small grilled shrimp
1 tsp Parmesan cheese for topping

Wash rice several times and soak for 30 minutes. Cut vegetables into small cubes. Heat the butter and fry onions till transparent. Add vegetables are fry for 2 minutes. Add rice and tomato puree and stir fry for more 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and put salt and pepper according to your taste. Boil in a low flame  Add milk and grated cheese and cover till rice is fully cooked. Serve warm with one grilled shrimp and cheese sprinkle on top.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Mushroom Gratin

This food is very tasty for all who loves cheese and it is also a comfort food for kids. I made this gratin with mushrooms, onions and pasta. You can add anything in the gratin, chickens, hams, veggies or only with pasta it will taste great. 

200 gm of pasta (Penne, seashell etc)
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup of chopped onions
2 tsp of olive oil

For Sauce

2 cups of milk, 1 tsp flour, 25 gm butter, 200 gm cheese(cheddar or Swiss)

In a large pot boil pasta with pinch of salt for 10 minutes. Drain and keep aside. Fry mushrooms and onions in oil over hot skillet. Heat and turn until brown.
To make sauce, shred 200gm of cheddar or swiss cheese. Keep 50gm cheese aside for topping. In a hot pot over a medium heat melt butter and add 1 table spoon of flour. Stir well. Add 1 cup of hot milk to the pot and stir continuously. Add remaining milk and cheese to the pot, keep stirring. Add salt and pepper and reduce heat to low.
Preheat the oven 350 F. In oven pan, place the pasta at the bottom and layer sauteed mushroom and onion  over it. Pour the sauce to cover the layer. Topped the layer with remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve warm.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Angry bird rice balls

My son loves angry birds so I made these rice balls for him. This is my first try to make angry bird rice balls though I have made onigiri (japanese rice balls) many times.

1 tsp tomato ketchup for red bird
1/2 nori sheet for eyelashes
Cheese for eyes
Cooked sticky white rice
Small carrot for beak and feather
1 tsp peas paste for green pig rice
2 peas for pig ears
Small cucumber for pig nose

For the red bird, I mixed white rice with tomato ketch up. It has also little white rice on the bottom. First I made onigiri of red rice and shaped into egg shape then again added little white rice on the bottom and shaped. Cheese and nori sheet are used for eyes and eyelashes. Carrots are used for beak and feather on the top. 

For green pig, I mixed white rice with pea paste to make green colored rice. I used pea pods for ears and  round shaped cucumber slice for nose. Cheese and nori sheet are used for eyes and eyelashes.

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