‘Ugghhh’ say your kids. They start growling and howling with a cute little angry face.
Are you one among those Mamma bears who have had a terrible failure of battling, bargaining and sneaking veggies into your little one’s plates? Tired of seeing their frowned faces and sheepish-grin with reluctant hands at the sight of veggies? Have your kids titled these vegetable as ‘foe for a lifetime’? Amidst the hustle and bustle of your daily chores, all you can see is your picky-kids battling out against their yucky enemies.
Well, the truth is almost all veggies that top the chart nutritionally have got a little nasty taste! So, we can't blame them when they reply with a resounding ‘nooo!’ as you serve them a plate of lush green broccoli and spinach.
Fret not ladies. It’s completely fine if your kids are way too stubborn when it comes to vegetables. What we can do is mild the strong tastes of vegetables with some tricks and magic. Now, you can serve them a fusion of their favourite food with veggies being the hero in disguise. Try out these 5 recepies and you will hear that no again!
1. Vegetable Hakka Noodles
Noodles are the kids' all time fav. So here is the recipe for restaurant-style noodles with stir-fried vegetables right at your home.
Boil noodles with salt added to it and keep it aside. After setting garlic, red chillies and onion in some oil - add finely chopped vegetabls of your choice. It could be mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, capsicum or boiled peas. Stir-fry the vegetables until they are cooked with some crunchiness. Add a sauce of your choice, a pinch of salt and black pepper. Then, add the boiled noodles and mix them well. Garnish the dish with some celery.
2. Mixed Vegetable Paratha
To make a soft dough of paratha, add finely grated or chopped veggies of your choice like capsicum, cauliflower, carrot, onion, cheese or paneer to the flour. To this, add black pepper, salt, coriander powder and garam masala. Mix all of these well and make soft parathas out of it.
You could serve the parathas with ketchup, mayo, butter or curd as per your kid’s wish!
3. Tasty Mixed Vegetable Soup
The cold breeze that accompanies the rain shower and a bowl of hot soup are a great duet for sure! So, make your kids fall in love with soups this monsoon as you serve them this slurpy soup.
Take some chopped veggies like onion, corn, beetroot, green peas, capsicum or coriander leaves in a cooker - putting salt and water. Cook it for about one whistle and five minutes. Add some pepper and lime or vinegar to get a tangy and peppery taste. When the veggies are soft and smooth, blend them in a blender with some water till you attain the consistency of a soup. Garnish it with some coriander leaves and the dish is all ready to be slurped!
4. Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese
Cheese! Now that's how your little ones would jump in joy for mac and cheese. Well, get ready to fool our naughty lads with veggies disguised as cheese.
Potatoes, carrots, onions, cashew, coconut milk and some seasonings. This is all that it takes for the magical creation of an alternative for cheese. A perfect blend of these ingredients and there you have it.
Now to start with, cook 3-4 cups of macaroni according to the instructions given in the package, drain it and set aside.
Bring 3/4 cup water to boil in a pot and add: 1/3 cup peeled chopped onions, 1 cup potatoes and 1/3 cup peeled carrots.
Cook until the vegetables are soft and tender for blending. Take it out of the pot and add: garlic powder, 1/2 cup raw cashew, 1/4 cup cocomut milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to obtain a perfectly blended creamy sauce.
Pour this sauce over the cooked mac, add salt and pepper to taste - garnishing it with some coriander leaves. Happily serve it to your mischievous children!
5. Bunny’s Bread Rolls
Bunny the rabbit are kids' favourite character. Known for the skills to hide eggs here and there, we are taking bunny’s hiding strategies for sneaking veggies in some bread rolls.
Keep a pan ready for frying. By the time the oil gets heated up, finely chop some onion, capsicum, carrot and ginger. Stir for a while in another vessel. To this, add some grated cheese, pepper and salt to taste.
Now take 4-5 sandwich bread. Remove their edges. Dip it in water and squeeze out the excess water. Give it a round or oval shape without any cracks in between. Now add the stuffing to the centre of the bread and fold it gently and keep pressing with your palm to attain an oval shape. Deep fry them in a pan till they turn golden-brown. Serve it with some delicious dippings.
Well, the list of such tasty yet healthy dishes is endless. Surprise your kids with these yummy and mouth-watering recipes!