Jan 26, 2010

Banana bread with grated carrots, Strawberry jam, grapes and straberries

Banana bread : All the ripe fruits bread :
3 ripe bananas, 1 ripe pear, 1 orange - all cut into small pieces, 1 cup finely grated carrots, 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup flaxmeal, 1/2 cup sugar (u can add 1/4 cup more sugar as per taste), 1/4 cup milk, 1 egg, 1/2 cup walnuts and pecans, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda.
Mix egg, sugar, salt, soda then add fruits, carrots, flaxmeal and flour. I use kitchenaid stand mixer to mix. This becomes a cakey mixture and not dough. bake it 350F for 50min in small pans...to avoid moist center. If you use large pan bake for longer time.
with Strawberry jam.
grapes and starwberry on the side.
Roo ate 2 and 1/2 slice of bread and kept 2 bites for me. She ate all the fruits.

Jan 19, 2010

Sevai (shevaya/ vermicelli) upma, apple slices, baked fish crackers, tilgul vadi

Shevaya/ sevai / Vermicelli Upma : This is a south indian dish. Kids love it. It is made from homemade sooji Shevaya or rice vermicelli. I used rice vermicelli here.
Dry Roast vermicelli for 2 min until it changes its color.
Heat a tablespoon oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds. add 1 chili (optional). Add curry leaves, finely chopped onions, soaked urad dal. I added grated carrots and squash (lal bhopala). Add 1 cup of dry roasted vermicelli. add nuts. add salt, sugar and lemon juice as per taste. Now add 2 cups of hot water and let it cook. Stir occasionally and cook until it becomes soft.

with apple slices and whole grain baked fish crackers.
Tilgul vadi. Roo is been snacking on it the whole long weekend.
Left box was all gone...She ate it first and ate less than half of upma.

Jan 14, 2010

Vegetarian hakka noodles (indo-chinese), baked tortilla chips, walnuts

Vegetarian Hakka Noodles : Indian-chinese cuisine has lots of fusion flavor dishes.
Here I used whole wheat noodles (available in indian store as - maggi atta noodles)asian hakka noodles or any egg noodles work well. cook the noodles as per package instructions.
Heat some(1 tablespoon) oil in a pan. add finely chopped garlic and onion. 1 cup thinly sliced carrots, 4 cups thinly cut cabbage, 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery and 3/4 cup corn. 1 tbs soy sauce + salt + sugar. on high flame, keep stiring for 5-7 min. add noodles and stir.
with nacho cheese flavored baked tortilla chips and walnuts.
except few walnuts everything else gone...Roo ate good today :)

Jan 8, 2010

Bagel with cream cheese, broccoli with ranch, garbanzo beans, cherries, blueberries

Anything smiling at Roo makes her smile...She made the blueberry smile by herself. the blueberries on the top are the hairs. Its fun to pack lunchbox with kids.
Bagel - toasted Honey whole wheat bagel with cream cheese. Hummus, chutneys, jams, jelly, cheese / tofu spreads work well with bagel.
Blanched broccoli with ranch and cooked garbanzo beans.
Fresh cherries and blueberries on the side.
Quarter of Bagel and all garbanzo beans were back...I snacked on it...with my evening coffee.