Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cooking with kids - pizza

A while back, I posted a simple pizza sauce recipe. The pizza that I made using that sauce never got posted. Like I have said in the pizza sauce post, the inspiration for the sauce came from a book that the little girl and I read. After making the sauce, I cut up some of her favourite veggies and gave her free rein in assembling everything on a ready made pizza base. A few minutes in the oven - and we had a healthy and colourful pizza ready.

What you need:
Pizza base - 1
Pizza sauce (recipe here)
Veggies of your choice - sliced and lightly steam cooked (I have used sprouts, baby corn and capsicum)
Grated cheese - for topping

Spread the pizza sauce evenly and generously on the base. Arrange the sliced veggies on top of that in a single layer. The veggies should be cooked but still crunchy. Top with grated cheese. Cook in the microwave at 80% power for 8-10 minutes or until the grated cheese melts.

This is my second post for this week's blogging marathon themed on Kids' delight - Evening snacks.
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Banana chocolate chip muffins

Making healthy snacks for kids is an art. Dodging requests for Maggi, Lays or Kurkure every evening and providing something healthy in its stead is definitely something that requires practice and a certain amount of sternness and will power. These muffins are easy to whip up, healthy and at the same time something that kids will love. In fact, my little one made this herself. She did the measuring, the mixing and the spooning into the muffin tin. Needless to say, she enjoyed eating what she made.

What you need: (Recipe adapted from Tarla Dalal's Healthy snacks for kids)
Bananas (mashed) - 1/2 cup(I used 3 small overripe ones)
Whole wheat flour - 4 tbsp
Oats - 2 tbsp
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Oil/butter - 1/4 cup
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Chocolate chips - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1 tsp

Mash the bananas in a small mixing bowl. This is a task my little girl did very meticulously and with great enjoyment. Mix the vanilla essence and sugar into it.
Take the whole wheat flour, oats, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the banana mixture and oil to it. Mix well. Gently stir in the chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 150 degree centigrade.
Line/grease your muffin tin. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

This is my first post for Blogging Marathon #17 themed on Kids' Delight - Evening snacks/Tiffin. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 17
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