UPMA(WITH DIFFERENT GRAINS) – KIDS LUNCH BOX/DINNER – ONE POT MEAL

GRAB AND GO LUNCH BOXES. PREPARE night before and refrigerate. Warm One minute before you pack in Lunch Box with  Plain Yogurt. Or prepare in the morning as it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare for WHOLE FAMILY . 5 main ingredients. 

UPMA ( with different grains) – Kids Luch Box /Dinner – One pot meal . Prepared with 5 Ingredients and 10 to  15 minutes cooking time . All recipes I shared taste good at room temperature and One pot meal . Just pack with plain yogurt. 

  1. GREEN MOONG DAL UPMA. Have you ever tried UPMA with Green moong dal . If not give it a try . Cook Green Moong dal night before and refrigerate. So it will hold shape and won’t get mixed up with other ingredients. 5 main ingredients and less than 15 minutes cooking time in the morning. 

RECIPE LINK :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/One pot meal

2. CHICKPEAS UPMA . 5 main ingredients and less than 15 minutes cooking time . Easy to prepare n the morning if you have cooked chickpeas .

RECIPE LINK :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2015/12/18/Rainbow 

3. SABUDANA UPMA. I shared Soaking and Cooking tip. pearls look separated even after microwaving for one minute.

RECIPE : 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/Perfect 

4. DALIYA UPMA with RED LENTILS and VEGETABLES. You can cook on stove top or in INSTANT POT with ZERO MONITORING and WITHOUT STIRRING. It will be ready even before kids wake up .

 

RECIPE LINK :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2018/09/27/Cracked wheat 

5. RICE FLOUR UPMA. IT’S tangy and One pot meal .

RECIPE LINK :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/Rice flour 

6.PICKLED VEGETABLE VERMICELLI . Different in taste from regular VERMICELLI. ZERO MONITORING and NO stirring.

RECIPE LINK :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/Pickled 

7. JOWAR UPMA . Pack with Plain curd. Easy way to feed Jowar for kids. It almost taste like LIME RICE or MANGO RICE minus rice.

RECIPE LINK :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/Jowar 

8. RAGI VERMICELLI UPMA

Recipe Link :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/Ragi

9. RAW MANGO  UPMA.

Recipe :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/05//21/

10. LENTILS VEGETABLE UPMA 

Recipe Link :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/Lentils

 

 

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APPLE PANEER BURFI – KIDS LUNCH BOX DESSERT – INSTANT POT

APPLE PANEER BURFI – KIDS LUNCH BOX DESSERT – INSTANT POT

Simple and Easy to prepare Dessert with Apples and Panner. I added few more ingredients so that we will able to bind into Laddo or Cut into pieces. Do try this recipe if you are looking for something new and easy to prepare Dessert to pack for Kids Lunch Box or feed them before going to After school activities. I shared stove top version and INSTANT POT too. Just add the water I mentioned for no burnt bottom. Easy way to prepare Dessert with Zero monitoring. Here is the simple recipe with every day Ingredients from your pantry. 

RECIPE FOR 12  to 15 PIECES. RECIPE looks SIMPLE . Your are going to like the taste of Paneer with Apples and other Ingredients .

PREPARATION TIME : 10 MINUTES ( Gathering Ingredients ) and COOKING TIME : Less than 10 minutes 

INGREDIENTS : 

1 cup – Measuring cup 

1. Paneer – One cup grated or chopped 

2. Apples – 2 ( Chopped)

3. Whole wheat roasted Vermicelli – 1 cup

4. Fine wheat rava or roasted wheat upma mix –  1/2 cup 

5. Water – 1 1/2 cup INSTANT POT and 2 Cups for Stove top

6. Ghee – 2 tbsp

7. Chopped Nuts –  3/4 th cup to 1 cup 

8. Cardamom – 6 cloves

9. Jaggery – 3/4 th cup or accordingly

10 . Raisins – Handful 

STOVE TOP METHOD: 

1. Heat a  wide pan on medium high flame . When warm add 1 tbsp ghee and roast the nuts. Transfer to a Bowl .

2. Add roasted whole wheat Vermicelli and fry for couple minutes.

3. Add 2 measuring cups water . Mix well . Close the lid and cook until Vermicelli is soft. Check in between .

4. Open the lid and add Grated or Chopped Paneer , Chopped apple , Jaggery , roasted nuts, Cardamom powder and Raisins . Mix well .

5. Now slowly add roasted wheat rava or roasted wheat upma mix and cook for couple of minutes . Add ghee. Taste for sweetness and add accordingly . Cool and transfer to a Pyrex Bowl and cut into Pieces .

                            SERVE as a Dessert or pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX . 

INSTANT POT METHOD : 

1. Turn IP on saute mode. When warm add  1 tbsp Ghee . Fry Nuts along with Whole wheat vermicelli for couple of minutes.

2. Add Chopped Apples , grated panner, Jaggery , Cardamom , Raisins and Water. Mix well .

3. Close lid. Manual 5 minutes . NPR . ( 5 to 7 Minutes) .

4. Open lid . Turn IP on saute mode . Add wheat rava  Slowly and Mix . Add One more tbsp Ghee . Mix . Otherwise it will stick to bottom . Cook for couple of minutes.

5. Remove inner pot and keep on trivet. Cool little bit and transfer to a Pyrex Bowl . Cut into pieces.

            SERVE as Dessert or Pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX  or BEFORE going to After school activities .  

MORE RECIPES WITH APPLE :

 1. EGGLESS WHOLE WHEAT APPLE CAKE . NO APF FLOUR , NO BUTTER and No WHITE SUGAR 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/Eggless 

2. MIXED MILK PUDDING WITH APPLE

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/Mixed

3. APPLE CINNAMON MUFFINS

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/Apple 

4. GRAHAM CRACKER FRUIT CAKE

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/08/05/Graham cracker 

5. DESSERT WITH APPLE 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/Dessert 

SPINACH BIRYANI – INSTANT POT- KIDS LUNCH BOX/WEEKEND LUNCH

Spinach Biryani – INSTANT POT – Kids Lunch Box/Weekend Lunch. Serve or Pack with Carrot raita ( Carrot and vegetables with Yogurt) , Mango Pickle and Papad.

Do you like preparing One pot meal for Weekend Lunch and for Kids Lunch Box. I like One pot meals as they are easy to cook and  taste good Warm or at Room temperature.  I use to prepare this in Rice cooker . For today’s  Lunch I tried in Instant pot . Done in less time and perfectly cooked ( all the ingredients I added) . I added Biryani masala . You can skip if you want to feed to your toddler or if your kids doesn’t like the smell of Biryani Masala . Still taste good without it . Whole Garam Masala will flavor the rice. Serve with Carrot Raita . Soak Channa dal so it will cook along with rice  . Here is the Simple recipe . 

Recipe for Carrot raita : Add grated carrot ( 5 ) to 2 cups of Yogurt ( curd) , Finely chopped Onion , chopped tomato ( 1) and finely chopped Coriander . Heat 1/2 tbsp Oil . When warm enough add 1/2 cumin seeds. Cool and add to yogurt with little salt. 

Pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX with VEGETABLE RAITA:

Recipe for 3 . Preparation and Cooking time – Less than 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS :

1. Basmati rice – 1 cup

2. Water – 1 1/2 cup

3. Channa dal -1/2 cup

4. Spinach – 3 to 4 handfuls ( finely chopped) and Finely chopped Coriander and Mint ( Add at the end ) 

5. Tomatoes -2 ( Chopped – 12 pieces), Onion – thinly sliced and Potato – Peeled and cubed 

6. Ginger – 1/2 tbsp and Garlic ( 4 ) – Crushed and Green chilli paste – 1 tbsp

7. Biryani Masala – 1/2 to 1 tbsp , Red chilli powder or SAMBAR POWDER 

8. Salt

9. Whole Garam Masala – 3 to 5  Cloves , 3 Cardamom , Bay leaves – 2 , Cinnamon stick –  1 or 2 small , Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

10 . Oil – 2 tbsp and Ghee – 1 tbsp

METHOD : 

1.Soak rice and Channa dal . Wash 3 to 4 times and add Water n  Salt .Taste water for Salt and add accordingly .

2.Turn IP into saute mode . When warm add Oil and Ghee followed by Cumin seeds and Whole Garam Masala. Add ginger , Garlic paste and Green chilli paste  . Fry for a minute. Add thinly sliced Onions and Potato . Fry for Couple of minutes.

3. Add chopped Spinach . Fry for a minute . Add cubed Potato .

4. Add water with rice and Channa dal ,Biryani masala and Chopped Tomatoes.

5. Cancel Saute . Close IP with Sealing . Rice mode . NPR ( 5 minutes) . Once done Open the lid and Mix gently . Add chopped Coriander and Mint . 

                     Serve with Carrot raita , Mango Pickle and Papad.

SPAGHETTI WITH CHERRY TOMATO SAUCE – INSTANT POT – 5 INGREDIENTS -KIDS LUNCH BOX/DINNER

Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato sauce – Instant Pot –  5 INGREDIENTS -Kids Lunch Box 

Easy and fast Lunch Box idea for Busy mornings. Bonus – If you have older kids they can prepare their Lunch Box. Easy to prepare One pot meal in IP . Nothing fancy about this recipe but taste delicious in LUNCH Box with all the ingredients I added .  I’m encouraging my daughter ( She is good at Baking) to learn Basic Cooking. So she can prepare her Lunch Box when I’m not around. It will be moist with the extra sauce that can be absorbed by spaghetti by Lunch time.Don’t miss any ingredient to enjoy this tasty pasta.  Spices and Marinara sauce not only adds flavor but taste good too . Spinach for extra nutrition and easy way to make kids eat greens is to hide in their favorite sauce. Mozzarella for little cheesy taste. Here is the Simple recipe. 

Pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX : One pot meal .

Recipe for 2 . Preparation and Cooking time : 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS :

1. Sphagetti – 4 Handfuls

2. Cherry Tomatoes – 25 and Shallots – 4 ( thinly sliced) , Crushed garlic cloves – 6 , Ginger – Chopped ( 1 tbsp )  and Chopped Spinach – 3 handfuls 

3. Oil – 1 tbsp

4. Marinara Sauce – 4 tbsp or 1/4 th Cup or Tomato sauce or Pizza sauce 

5. Water – 2 Measuring cups 

6 . Mozarella cheese

7. Black pepper and Mixed herbs – 1 /2 tbsp each , Sambar powder – 1/2 tbsp , Red pepper flakes 

METHOD :

1.Turn IP on saute mode . Add Oil . When warm enough add Crushed Garlic , Red pepper flakes and Shallots.

2. When shallots turn light Brown add Cherry tomatoes. Season with Salt and 1/2 tbsp Sambar powder . Mix well .

3. Add Broken Spaghetti and Water.  Close the lid. Cancel Saute mode . Vent closed . 

4. Manual 5 minutes . Unplug when you see Low .  NPR ( 5 minutes)

5. Add Chopped spinach , Black pepper, Mixed herbs, Pizza sauce  and Mozarella cheese. Mix well . Taste for Salt and Spices and add accordingly .

 

JOWAR VEGETABLE UPMA – KIDS LUNCH BOX/DINNER

Jowar Vegetable Upma – Kids Lunch Box /Dinner with Plain Yogurt , Coconut Pistachio Ladoo and Sliced cucumber 

We like to eat IDLI ( Steamed cakes prepared with Lentils and Grains) for Breakfast. I tried 10 different Idli recipes( I shared Link at the end of my post) for Breakfast and sometimes I pack for Kids Lunch Box. (They taste good at room temperature. I pack with Mixed Nuts chutney or Coconut raita. Perfect combination for idli ). When ever I prepare Idli for Breakfast I cook extra for Dinner. We eat for Breakfast . For Dinner I crumble idli ‘s and add good amount of Vegetables , raw mango or juice of Lime and cooked Beans . It almost taste like Lime Rice but a healthy version . My kids like to eat with Plain Yogurt and I don’t need  to worry about feeding vegetables for dinner/Weekend Lunch . In today’s recipe I prepared Idli with Lentils and Jowar flour . Ferment Overnight for soft and fluffy Idli’s  . Here is the Simple recipe you can prepare in less time if you have cooked Idli’s ( Preparing Idli is not difficult. Soak ( 3 hours) , Grind( 5 minutes in a regular Blender ) and Ferment over night ( Fermentation helps in Protein digestion) 

             Jowar is high in fiber compared to other grains . Whole jowar kernels can be steamed , Boiled , ground into flour and can can be added to prepare Roti’s ( Indian Bread) . It is good for people trying to loose weight . High in fiber which lowers the risk of Obesity , Diabetes , Cholesterol and digestive problems . One serving of Jowar contains 12 grams of dietary fiber which is 43 percent daily allowance of fiber for average adult as recommended . Jowar contains tannins an agent found in the coating of the seeds in dark jowar grains which prevents the body from absorbing the protein , vitamins and minerals . Remove the seed coating of jowar prior to eating or consume only Yellow or white Jowar which contains relatively low quantities of tannins.

Pack for Kids Lunch Box with Plain Yogurt( Curd) , Sliced Cucumber and Coconut Pistachio Ladoo  or Fruit .

Recipe Link for Coconut Pistachio Ladoo:

Recipe Link :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/Coconut 

Recipe for 4 . Preparation time : 15 minutes  Cooking time : 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS : 

 

1. Crumbled Jowar Idli’s – 8 

Recipe Link for JOWAR IDLI :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/Jowar

2. Onion – Medium ( finely chopped)

3. Grated carrots and vegetables of your choice

4. Green peas – One cup cooked 

5. Green chillies – 3 ( Mild or zero spicy) and Ginger – chopped small piece

6. Oil – 2 tbsp

7. Roasted Peanuts – Handful

8. curry leaves and Finely chopped coriander

9. Seasoning – Black Split Urad dal , Mustard seeds and Cumin seeds – 1/2 tbsp each , Hing – Pinch and Broken Red chillies – 4

10 . Grated Raw mango or Juice of Lime . 11. Rasam Powder or Curry Powder or sambar powder – 1/2 tbsp to 1 tbs 

METHOD: 

1. Heat 2  tbsp Oil and add Mustard seeds followed by Black split Urad dal , Cumin seeds, Broken red chillies , Green chillies , Ginger , curry leaves and Onions .

2. Once Onions are light Brown add finely chopped vegetables .

3. When vegetables are cooked add Green Peas, Grated carrots and Crumbled Jowar idli . Mix gently . Add salt and Curry powder .

4. Switch off the stove .

5. Add finely chopped coriander leaves, Grated raw mango or Juice of Lime and roasted Peanuts. Mix well . Taste for salt and spices and add accordingly . 

 

 

RED KIDNEY BEANS PAKORA (NOT DEEP FRIED) – KIDS LUNCH BOX WITH SWEET RICE( RICE COOKER RECIPE)

Red Kidney Beans Pakora (Not Deep Fried) – Kids Lunch Box  with Sweet Rice ( Rice cooker recipe) 

 I always keep some Cooked Beans in refrigerator to add for Salads or Chaat or for quick snacking. Thinking how to pack Red kidney Beans in Kids Lunch Box.   I bought Paniyaram pan recently and I’m using it to fry pakora’s instead of Shallow frying. As Red kidney Beans are cooked there is no need to shallow fry and these Pakora’s absorb very less Oil ,I used   tbsp Oil to fry these Pakora’s  . If you don’t have the paniyaram pan , shape them like patties and pan fry them . This weekend I bought roasted Upma mix( Wheat) from grocery store. I mixed with mashed Red kidney Beans to absorb the moisture and at the same time it will help in binding with other ingredients.  If you don’t have roasted upma mix you can use Semolina ( Sooji)  or Fine wheat rava or Bread slices  . Prepare as shown in the picture and refrigerate . Mix in the morning before cooking. Along with it I packed Sweet rice (  I cooked in Rice cooker . It took 15 minutes . ) It tastes  like prasadam offered in temples. My kids liked the combination.  I try new recipes for Weekend Lunch and then pack in the following week . Need very few ingredients to prepare the Sweet Rice. Here is the Simple recipe for Red Kidney beans Pakora and Sweet rice . 

NOTE : You can prepare both recipes  night before and refrigerate. Warm for one minute before packing for Kids Lunch Box. My elder goes early before 7 A.m . Sometimes I cook night before and refrigerate. You can cook fresh in the morning .  

I like packing these in Lunch Box because they are easy to prepare and taked 10 minutes to prepare 3 Lunch Boxes and taste good at room temperature. 

Most of the focus on nutrition tends to be on reducing fat intake and increasing  the consumption of vitamin rich foods and protein is easily overlooked. As person ages and during certain life stages like pregnancy , protein intake becomes especially crucial for health and proper body function. Like any dietary component low protein levels can have serious health consequences . If the body doesn’t get enough protein it starts breaking down muscle , which can result in loss of muscle mass. According to Harvard School of Public Health lack of protein can also negatively affect growth , immunity and the heart and respiratory systems.  Since the  body  can’t store Protein it must be continually replenished through foods . Quality protein can be found in foods like Legumes – Add a serving of 1/2 cup of cooked dried beans to your daily intake for a healthy protein boost of about 7 grams. Source – HM 

Pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX with Ketchup or Dates tamarind chutney ,  SWEET RICE , Cucumber and fruit . 

Recipe for 12 Pakora’s .

Preparation and Cooking time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS : 

1. Cooked and Mashed Red kidney beans – One Measuring cup

2.  Oats or Roasted Upma mix ( Wheat rava ) or Semolina( Sooji ) or Whole wheat Bread ( 4 slices )  or Fine wheat rava  – 1 cup

3.  Cooked and Mashed Potato – 1 

4. Yogurt( Curd) – 2 tbsp

5. Curry powder – 1 tbsp or Rasam powder or Sambar powder 

6. Green chilli paste 

7. Chopped vegetables, Onions , Grated Carrots , Chopped Spinach 

8. Salt to taste

9. Oil – One tbsp 

METHOD :

METHOD :

1. Mix Cooked and Mashed Red kidney Beans , Mashed Potato , Chopped vegetables, grated Carrot , Chopped Spinach , Curd , Salt , Curry powder, green chilli paste, Ginger and garlic , Roasted Upma mix or Semolina ( Sooji) or Bread slices . Taste for salt and Spices and add accordingly . Keep aside for 10 minutes  without mixing chopped vegetables .

2. Divide into 12 equal portions and shape like ball and Grease with Oil .

3.  Grease the cavities of Paniyaram pan with little Oil .Heat Paniyaram pan  on Medium heat. When warm enough place each ball in the cavities. Cook on all sides .

4. Keep an eye otherwise they will get burnt.

5. When it brown on all sides transfer to a plate . Cool and pack in Lunch Box with Ketchup or Dates Tamarind Chutney .

RECIPE FOR SWEET RICE IN RICE COOKER – Cooking time – 15 minutes . You can cook night before and refrigerate. Warm for One minute before Packing into Kids Lunch Box.

1. Soak 1/2 cup Basamti rice for Half hour to One hour . Wash and transfer to Rice cooker Bowl.Add 1 1/2 cup milk , 4 tbsp Jaggery ( Brown sugar) . Mix well . Taste for sweetness and add accordingly .

2. Add handful or two handfuls of roasted cashews , Almonds and Pistachio’s . 4 powdered cardamom  , Handful raisins and 1/2 tbsp ghee.

3. It will take less than 15 minutes .

                    Cool and pack for Lunch Box with Red kidney pakora.  KIDS are going to like this combination. TRY for Weekend Lunch before packing for Kids Lunch Box .