Do your kids eat healthy? Compare the ratio of nutritious meals you prepare at home against the number of times you eat out as a family, and you’ll have your answer. Kids these days are consuming large amounts of fat, and The Star reported that food that is high in fat is very harmful to your child’s development. Research has shown that an excess of fatty foods could impose danger upon your child’s brain development, potentially giving way to cognitive defects later in life.
Restaurants – no matter how organic they may advertise themselves to be – are not the best choice for healthy eating because you have no control over the ingredients. So it’s time to consider these simple recipes at home that are easy, cost-efficient and really fun to make! Your kids will thank you for them.
1. Pita Pockets
This simple recipe is so easy that you could even do it with your eyes closed. It won’t even take more than 5 minutes to assemble. You can definitely throw it together and stuff it in your child’s backpack right before he or she leaves for school.
- ½ wholemeal pitta bread
- 25g of cooked, skinless chicken breast (preferably grilled)
- ¼ cucumber, cut into chunks (or any other vegetable of your choice)
- 4 cherry tomatoes (halved)
Fill each half of the pitta bread with all the ingredients, and you are done!
2. Two-Potato Home Fries
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This recipe from the Food Network caught our eye and we couldn’t wait to share it with you. It takes around a half hour to complete the dish with 10 minutes prep time and 20 minutes cooking time. Do it the day before and you’ll be ready to go in the morning.
- 2 normal potatoes (washed, skinned and diced)
- 2 sweet potatoes (washed, skinned and diced)
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon of grated garlic
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Cilantro (optional)
- Put the diced potatoes in a pot of cold salted water, bring it to a boil and cook until tender.
- Drain and pat dry.
- Heat two tablespoon of vegetable oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add potatoes and cook until brown.
- Stir in the ginger, garlic, curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a minute or two.
- Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve!
3. Broccoli Fritters With Yoghurt Sauce
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Do you always dream of your children being obedient enough to finish their greens? Well, look no further because we think that this recipe is your saviour. It is delicious and packed with greens. The best part? You can finally get your kid to fall in love with veggies!
- 4 cups of water
- 2 cups of broccoli florets
- 1 cup matchstick-cut carrots
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt & pepper
- Two green onions (thinly sliced)
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup plain low-fat yoghurt
- Place 4 cups of water, broccoli and carrots in small saucepan and bring to boil. Drain it.
- Pat broccoli and carrot mixture dry with paper towels and finely chop.
- Place mixture and flour in a large bowl and stir to coat.
- Add salt, pepper, onions and egg to mixture.
- Stir to combine.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
- Add oil to pan and swirl to coat.
- Spoon quarter cup of broccoli mixture to dry measuring cup.
- Pour mixture into pan and flatten slightly.
- Cook until golden brown.
- Repeat procedure until done.
- Add some salt and pepper to yoghurt and serve as sauce.
4. Baked Egg-In-A-Hole
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These ham and egg toasts make for an easy breakfast or simple dinner if you are working late and you don’t really have the time to cook a proper full meal for your children. They would be super excited because it looks aesthetically pleasing as well!
- 1 slice of chicken ham
- 4 slices of multigrain bread, lightly toasted
- 4 large eggs
- 4 teaspoons of grated mozzarella cheese
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Position an oven rack in the middle setting and preheat to 200 degrees Celsius
- Place the ham on the heated pan and cook until crisp (3-4 minutes)
- Crumble the cooked ham
- Cut a hole in each slice of bread using a cookie cutter (Keep the cutouts)
- Arrange bread slices on hot pan and crack one egg into each hole, sprinkle each egg evenly with ham and cheese.
- Bake at 200 degrees Celsius until egg whites are set.
- Sprinkle with pepper and serve with toast cutout.
5. Chocolate-Banana French Toast
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Why not serve breakfast for dinner instead to change things up. Your kids will love you for this and watch them lick their plates clean!
- ¼ cup low fat milk
- 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 6 slices of wholegrain bread
- 4 ½ tablespoons of Nutella
- 1 cup thinly sliced banana
- 2 teaspoon Canola oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon powdered sugar
- Combine first five ingredients in a shallow dish.
- Spread each of 3 bread slices with the 1 ½ tablespoon of Nutella.
- Arrange ⅓ cup of bananas over each slice of bread.
- Top sandwiches with remaining slices of bread.
- Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
- Working with one sandwich at a time, place into milk mixture.
- Turn gently to coat both sides.
- Carefully place coated sandwiches into pan.
- Cook two minutes on each side or until lightly brown.
- Sprinkle evenly with powdered sugar.
We understand the dilemma of planning meals for kids with selective taste preferences, so we hope that you have found some inspiration from these recipes that are proven to be absolutely kid-friendly. The best part is that they’re super healthy! If you really need help, head on over Kaodim to look for your very own caterer to help you with the food!
written by Tashya Viknesh