I have always enjoyed eating and collecting healthy cooking recipes. I know full well that it’s not easy to give up on foods you really enjoy eating. That’s exactly why I ensure that everything I cook is flavored well.
The only way to enjoy your healthy food is to make it suit your palate. Since an adult’s palate is more developed, it becomes easier for a grown-up person to try out new healthy eating recipes. (Scroll to the bottom if you have one you would like to share).
Here are a few easy recipes for kids. I say easy for kids, because they will love eating them but if and when you have the time, get them involved in the cooking process as well.
I have seen a lot of children crinkle up their nose to carrots and many other tubers and roots. This carrot soup is one way of ensuring that the little ones get their shot of carotene. It has an attractive orange color, is fruity and flavorful.
650g (3 cups) carrots (peeled and sliced)
2 cloves crushed garlic
Zest of 1 orange (grated)
Juice of 1 lemon
300 ml (1 1/4 cups) of orange juice
In a large pan, bring 1 1/4th cups (300ml) of water to the boil. Add the carrots, orange zest and garlic. Simmer it for 20 minutes, or until all the carrots turn soft. Drizzle in the lemon juice. Allow the mixture to cool a bit and then smooth-blend it. Return it to the pan and reheat it. Thin it with another 1 1/4 cups (300ml) orange juice. Serve hot with breadsticks or whole wheat bread.
It’s rare to find a kid who doesn’t like pizzas. But pizzas don’t really sound like they fit into the healthy cooking recipes mould. Just read on and you will know why I have added them to the list. These are fun to make, are small and almost bite-sized but pack a whole bunch of goodness. You can go whole-hog on the topping and on eating them too!!
1 whole-meal muffin per person
Sliced mozzarella/grated cheese
Black olives (stoned and sliced)
Yellow or red peppers (sliced finely)
canned tuna (drained and flaked)
canned sweet-corn (drained)
Baby mushrooms (sliced)
fresh pineapple (sliced thinly)
Toast the muffins well under a grill and then slice them in half. Spread the tomato passata over these cut sides. Arrange all the toppings over the tomato sauce. Top them off with cheese. Grill and serve.
This delicious curry is dead easy to make and it’s spicy and healthy.
2 large onions
1cup of green peas (fresh/frozen)
2 cups of button mushrooms
1 cup of low-fat yoghurt
Fresh Coriander chopped
1 cup curry paste
Simply sauté all the onions in a wee bit of sunflower oil until soft, add curry paste and continue to cook for a couple of minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the peas and yoghurt and top off with coriander. It can be eaten as a soup or an accompaniment to brown rice.
Tip: try adding a hard boiled egg for each person for a more substantial meal.
This is one of my favorite lunch recipes but is great as a late evening meal as well. The vegetables can be used cold if the pittas are to go into a lunch box. Use a mix of various vegetables and chop them finely. Season them with fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme. Roast all of them in a pan and tuck a generous portion into each whole-wheat pitta bread. For a more substantial meal, add a bit of hummus to each pitta.
There are many more delicious healthy cooking recipes that I would like to share with you. Drop me a line if you’d like to peek into my collection and in the meantime try these out and see the happy smiles on your children’s faces.
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