Another morning and again same problem what to pack for school lunch?
Somedays I feel it is easy to appear for an exam than to prepare food for kids. Kids are so choosy and demanding, that they need something new each day. But as a mother we have to keep tab on their health too. So we need to keep on looking for recipes that are yummy as well as healthy for kids. Find below a list of 5 healthy lunch recipes for kids, hope you would find them useful.
1. Vegetable Idli
Idlis are handy food to have, healthy too and relished by most kids. So instead of giving plain idlis give a new twist by adding a veggie tadka to it?
This way kids will eat idlis and get nutrition of vegetable too. Sauté some vegetables(you can use carrots, cabbage, capsicum, potatoes etc) in small quantity of oil. You don’t need to cook them thoroughly. Let the mixture cool down. Add this cooled vegetable mix to idli batter and steam up idlis for usual time.
And your yummy colourful idlis are ready and perfect healthy lunch for kids right?
2. Bread uttapam or Bread pancakes
Bread which we use commonly in our homes; lets try a new recipe with it. Cut corners of bread and soak it in milk. Add vegetables of your kids choice. Like my little one does not like onions so I either use onion paste or avoid using it.
You can add finely grated vegetables like onions, tomatoes, capsicum, salt, coriander, garam masala and make a thick batter like for uttapam. Use a nonstick pan or griddle. Heat it, add oil, add batter in centre and then you can spread and cook it.
Your new and personalised uttapam is ready.
3. Protein packed Kolkatta egg rolls
Easy food recipe for kids that would require you make some parathas ready. Then make a mixture of finely chopped capsicum, onions, cabbage with chat masala and lemon.
Now pour a whisked egg on omelette skillet(pan), when one side of egg starts cooking, put paratha on egg, and let it cook. Add vegetable stuffing in centre of cooked paratha( with egg side on top).
You can add mustard sauce or tomato ketchup as per your child liking. Make a roll. This yummy recipe will keep him stuffed and is beneficial too as it is packed with proteins.
4. Tricolour Puri with Chole
Puri chole – commonly used recipe in every home especially in North India. But as a mother we might opt it out tiffin time as puri being fried.Why not make this puri healthy?
Green Puris – Green puris can be made by adding spinach or fenugreek to puri flour and your healthy green coloured puri is ready.
Red Puri – Similarly you can make red puris by adding beetroot juice or make carrot stuffed puris.
Yellow Puri – For yellow coloured puri add gramflour (besan) with a little turmeric.
You can add any vegetable and make puris a healthy portion for kids. These usage of vegetables will not only make dish healthy but it will look more appealing to kids.
I am sure kids are going to love this tricolour puri and chole in tiffin. By the way Green puri is my favourite too since childhood.
5. Rang Biranga Pulav
Pulav is one of the best ways to make your child eat vegetables. It is easy to cook and spill free. So perfect for kid’s lunch box.
Carbohydrates in rice are energy booster for little superstar. Adding vegetables make it further packed with nutrients like proteins, fibre, vitamins etc.
You can add vegetables like carrots, beans, peas, soya granules and potatoes. Since you understand your child better, add vegetables of his/her choice. You can always personalise your pulav by adding something different.
Like one of my friends uses sweetcorn, cheese and cashews in pulav. So variations are endless keep trying.
I have shared some quick and healthy lunch recipes for kids. I cannot say your kids will love all of them but you can try, that is best way to find the perfect recipe for your kids.
I am sure many of you would be brilliant chefs. Do share your kids favourite recipes with us as I have shared with you. I am looking forward to your recipes!
Till then take care! Happy Cooking!