If you want to know what a mom has to go through to make her child eat, nobody knows it better than her. Ask me! The task becomes even more difficult when it comes to ensuring a healthy diet for my little one. A common question that puts most mums in a dilemma -
So, this blog is for moms like me, who want to serve their toddler a platter full of nutrients. Here are 3 meal recipes, all easy to prepare and to digest.
Nutritional benefits: Potatoes are full of carbohydrates that give the required energy to active toddlers. Potatoes are a source of vitamin A and C, popularly known for immunity building.
Baby potatoes (6-7)
Thick curd (2 cups or 1 bowl)
Cucumber (1 medium-sized)
Butter to sauté
Fresh coriander leaves to garnish
Total Preparation Time30 minutes
Put the baby potatoes in a container. Fork and boil them partially in salted water.
Squeeze the water out of the boiled potatoes.
Cook the potatoes in a pan with some butter, keeping the potato skin intact. Cook till they are golden in colour.
Take the potatoes out in a serving dish.
Grate a cucumber and press it over a strainer to drain the water. Mix the grated cucumber and curd in a bowl. Stir well and garnish with fresh coriander leaves. The dip is ready to be served with some yummy golden potatoes.
Nutritional benefits: Ragi is rich in calcium, which helps in the growth and bone development of children. It is also a source of iron that helps increasing blood hemoglobin (Hb) levels. Ragi also provides carbohydrates, amino acids and vitamin D, which are required in the initial years of a child. It is fibre-rich and is gluten-free, which makes it desirable for toddlers with gluten intolerance. Undoubtedly, Ragi is one of the best cereal-based meals of all time.
Ragi powder (1 cup)
Green peas (¼ cup)
Cubed Carrot [optional] (¼ cup)
Water (1 and a half cups)
Total Preparation Time15-20 minutes
Mix the ragi with water in a bowl. Whisk it well so that no lumps are formed.
In a separate container, partially boil carrot and peas together.
Cook the ragi and water mixture on a flame for 3 minutes, without covering the pan. Then, add the partially boiled peas and carrots to the pan.
Add salt to taste. Cook till the Ragi soaks the water and becomes sticky. Your Ragi Porridge is ready to serve.
Nutritional benefits: Suji is a source of protein, which is essential for a child’s normal growth and the strengthening of their muscles. It is also a good source of iron and potassium and helps in improving hemoglobin (Hb) levels in the body. Suji (Semolina) is widely known as an all-around nutritious choice with a rich source of vitamin K. Suji is known to help with constipation and also works on strengthening muscles in this fostering age. Surely, it is a magical meal full of nutrients. Let’s learn how to make it!
Roasted suji (1 cup)
Onion (1 small-sized)
Cherry tomato (1 whole)
Curd (2 tbsp)
Water (¼ cup)
Fresh coriander leaves to garnish
Salt to taste
Total Preparation Time20 minutes
Add roasted suji and water to a bowl.
Now, add salt and curd to the bowl and mix well. Keep the batter aside for 5 minutes.
Mix the suji batter with finely chopped vegetables and bring it to a thick consistency. It should be as thick as a melted chocolate.
Use this mixture to make round cheelas on a non-stick pan using ghee. There you go! Suji Ka Cheela is ready to be served to your little munchkin.
I hope these 3 quick recipes will make your child and their taste buds happy. Serve them the healthiest of diets since they are in the most crucial age of development. Happy cooking!