Stuffed Jacket Potatoes!!!

 Stuffed Jacket Potatoes

Ingredients

4 large potatoes, scrubbed

Suggested fillings

frozen peas, steamed
sweet corn or canned sweet corn, drained, steamed
mixture of diced tomatoes, white onion and lean ham
bolognaise pasta sauce, warmed
spicy salsa, warmed
baked beans, warmed

Toppings

reduced fat cheese, grated
light sour cream
reduced fat plain yoghurt

Method

1. Pierce the potatoes several times.

2. To cook the potatoes in a microwave oven, place them on a microwave ovenproof dish. Cook on high until tender (15–20 minutes). Or to cook the potatoes in a conventional oven, place on an oven tray and bake at 180°C until tender (about 1 hour).

3. Cut the potatoes in half. Scoop out the flesh from the centre, leaving a 1 cm shell.

4. Place the potato flesh in a bowl and mash with the potato masher or fork.

5. Add the filling ingredients and mix to combine.

6. Spoon the filling into the potato shells.

7. To finish cooking the potatoes in a microwave oven, put them back on the microwave ovenproof dish. Cook on high for 5–10 minutes. Or to finish cooking the potatoes in a conventional oven, put them back on the baking tray and bake at 180°C until heated through and golden brown (about 15 minutes).

 

Kid-Friendly Recipes!!!!

stawberry and kiwi fruit ice blocks

These kid-friendly recipes are packed with nutritious fresh ingredients that won’t take precious hours to prepare. There are great dishes to choose from, so whether you’re cooking a meal for the family – or entertaining good friends – you’ll enjoy making and sharing these beautiful recipes.

 

Coco Banana Bites

 Coco Banana Bites

Ingredients

1 orange
2 medium sized bananas

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

Utensils

Lemon squeezer
Chopping board and knife
Greaseproof paper (optional)
Small bowl

Method

1. Squeeze the juice from the orange. Pour into a small bowl.

2. Peel the bananas. Cut off the ends.

3. Cut bananas into bite size pieces.

4. Spread coconut onto a sheet of grease proof paper or onto a cutting board.

5. Using a skewer or a fork, dip banana pieces into the orange juice.

6. Roll banana in coconut.

7. Eat immediately, or keep in the fridge until chilled.

Healthy eating is a habit!!!

Recommendations and Guidelines

Healthy eating is a habit. Like all habits, it can take some time and effort to get started but, once set, it can last a lifetime. One of the best things we can do for our children is to help and encourage them to make healthy eating choices at home, at school and when they’re out and about.

What is healthy eating?

The Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents for sound nutrition.

The guidelines recommend that children and young people eat plenty of ‘plant’ foods, such as vegetables, legumes, fruits and grains (preferably whole grain).

They also recommend eating lean animal foods and reduced fat dairy products, drinking plenty of water, limiting the intake of fat (especially saturated fat), choosing low salt foods and consuming only moderate amounts of sugary products.

The key point it makes is the importance of eating a variety of foods, in the right proportions, from each of the food groups:

  • bread and cereals, including rice, pasta and noodles and other grain products
  • vegetables and legumes
  • fruit
  • milk, yoghurt and cheese
  • meat and meat alternatives, such as fish, poultry, eggs, nuts and legumes

About two-thirds of the food we eat should come from the first two groups: breads and cereals and vegetables and legumes.. It pays to learn about each of these food groups so you can decide what’s best for your child. The minimum number of recommended daily serves from each food group is set out in the table below.

Recommended Serves per Day

Age  Bread & cereals  Vegies & legumes  Fruit  Milk, yoghurt & cheese  Meat & alternatives
 4-7  3  2  1  2  1/2
 8-11  4  3  1  2  1
 12-18  4  4  3  3  1

 

Examples of what a serve means for each food group:

  • 1 serve bread or cereal = 2 slices bread, 1 cup of rice, pasta, noodles or porridge, 1 1/3 cup breakfast cereal
  • 1 serve vegies and legumes = ½ cup cooked vegies, 1 medium potato, 1 cup salad or ½ cup cooked legumes (beans, peas or lentils)
  • 1 serve fruit = 1 medium or 2 small pieces, 1 cup canned, 1 ½ tablespoon dried
  • 1 serve milk, yoghurt and cheese = 1 cup (250ml) milk or custard, 1 small tub (200g) yoghurt, 2 slices (40g) cheese
  • 1 serve meat or alternatives = 65 -100g cooked meat or chicken, 80-120g cooked fish fillet, 2 small eggs, ½ cup cooked legumes (beans, peas or lentils)

‘Extra’ (sometimes) foods

‘Extra’ foods include biscuits, cakes, desserts, pastries, soft drinks other fatty, sugary and salty snack foods, such as crisps, pies, pasties, sausage rolls and other takeaways, lollies and chocolates. These foods have low nutritional value and are high in energy (kilojoules). These foods should be eaten only sometimes, in small amounts or not at all.

Vegetable Cheese Sandwich with Caramelized Onions

Toast two slices (on one side only). Apply eggless mayo to an un-toasted bread slice. Layer lettuce leaves and tomato slices. Place an un-toasted bread slice over it. Over this slice, place a cheese slice. Layer cucumber slices, lettuce leaves and caramelized onions and cover with the other toasted slice. (To caramelize onions, saute a sliced onion and a tbsp of brown sugar in a 1/2 tbsp of olive oil till brown).

Breakfast Recipes for Kids

Palak Lachha Paratha

Palak lachha paratha is an easy, healthy spinach paratha recipe.

How to make Palak Lachha Paratha!!!

making spinach paratha step by step

spinach paratha doughlacha palak paratha before toasting

Palak Lachha Paratha and Dal Tadka made for a delectable healthy vegetarian meal.

Ingredients:2 cups atta/whole wheat flour/godhuma pindipinch of salt (optional)

1 cup spinach puree (wash, blanch and puree 2 bunches of spinach)

1/2 – 3/4 tsp red chili powder

1/2 tsp coriander powder

3/4 tsp carrom seeds/ajwain/waamu

salt to taste

1 Prepare a soft pliable dough of the atta/whole wheat flour, palak puree, carrom seeds, red chili powder, coriander powder and salt. Add little water if necessary while preparing the dough. Allow to sit for 3-4 hrs (minimum an hour).
2 Pinch off large lemon sized balls from the dough. Dust some flour on the working surface and roll each ball to about 5-6″ in diameter. Drizzle a few drops of ghee or oil and spread it around the paratha. Dust a little flour all over.
3 Use a knife and cut 3 inches from the center of the paratha to one end of the rolled out paratha. Take the cut end of the paratha and roll it towards the other end of the paratha (towards the cut side). See picture above.
4 Flatten it lightly with your palm. Dust the working surface and roll out a thick paratha. Prepare with the rest of the dough.
5 Heat a tawa and place on high flame. Place paratha on the hot tawa. Cook on both sides till brown spots appear and the paratha is cooked. Drizzle ghee on both sides and serve hot with dal tadka, yogurt, salad and pickle of your choice. Makes for a complete meal.

Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

Summer heat is very bad in India,drinking copious amounts of juices, smoothies and milkshakes.Watermelon Lemonade Recipe wonderful concoction with sweet and sour flavors and quenches our thirst during these sultry summer days. Just some freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey, a dash of salt and of course watermelon juice.

Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

-summer drink recipe for kids

Blend 3 cups of watermelon cubes and strain (if required). Keep aside.
Add 3 tbsps honey, 5 tbsps freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/4 tsp salt to 3 cups of ice cold water. Add the blended watermelon juice to the lemonade and mix. Serve in tall glasses with ice cubes.

Variation – Add crushed mint leaves, 1/2 tsp chaat masala and 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder for a desi twist.