Breakfast Challenge – Day 0

off late I’ve been tired of trying to get my 5 and a 1/2 year old to eat his breakfast without making a fuss or a face first thing in the morning. A morning rhythm that seemed like a seamless ritual is now turing out to be quite the emotional tug of war resulting in tears and unsavory words. Sigh! why is he growing up this quick, where is my baby?!

Anyhow, since he seemed so bored and unhappy with what his mother was dishing out for breakfast I decided to give him the reigns. I asked him to design his own breakfast menu for a whole week. The only condition was that he HAD to choose a breakfast item and the other, he couldn’t repeat anything.

He was thrilled at the prospect of eating what HE WANTED TO for breakfast. He went straight to the drawing board and started scribbling away rather enthusiastically. This is when I break in cold sweat realizing I must stick to my promise and what exactly am I trying to achieve here? What’s the point of this exercise? Well, that’s just something I will have to wait to find out. 

The Breakfast list:

His breakfast list was the cutest thing I’d ever seen. Not a bone in me wanted to correct those cute little errors. My challenge in this whole situation now is to convert all his choices that he considers as amazing breakfast options to what I think a healthy food choice might be  (this is in my opinion only, I am not a nutritionist or judging anyone else’s choices).

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He picked the following:

Monday: Appé Pancakes. Appé or appam or uppappam is a traditional Indian snack either made savory or sweet. There are days when I use the pancake batter in the appé pan (I’ll enclose a pic in the next post), which both the kids find fascinating.

Tuesday: Waffles.

Wednesday: Cereal.

Thursday: Fruit Bowl (hahah…my saving grace this one!!)

Friday: Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

Saturday: Dosa.

Sunday: Egg Mayo Sandwich.

PS: Secretly I am overjoyed that at least 3 of the 7 days have items that I will not have to alter!

Like I mentioned earlier, I’ll just have to wait and watch if my little experiment helps me get rid of his morning breakfast blues OR this was just something that ended up increasing my work!

Either way it’d have provided enough content for me to cover 8 days! haha…. So please stay Tuned IN for the week for daily recipe updates.

Thanks for reading!

 

One Pot Noodle Soup

When you have a toddler and an infant below a year, one pot dishes really come to your rescue, especially with the limited amount of time I seem to have at hand to tend to ALL their needs. haha!

Trilok wanted noodles for dinner I wanted him to have his veggies we compromised and I made him some noodle soup. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! This one’s a breeze to make and is pretty tasty too.

Recipe courtesy, my super mom BFF from Winty’s Kitchen on Instagram.

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Here’s what you will need:

A bunch of veggies chopped coarsely. One can use absolutely anything!

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery sticks small
  • Cauliflower
  • French Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic pods
  • Salt and pepper to tase
  • Butter for a quick stir fry
  • Noodles (one could select the whole wheat kinds too)

Method:

  • Sauté the veg in deep sauce pan, add the seasoning and dunk in the veggies and noodles for a bit.
  • Add a couple of cups of water to immerse the veggies and noodles in completely and let it all come to a boil. Keep a watch and let it remain soupy.
  • Keep a watch and do not let everything overcook. My son likes a little crunch to his veg so I keep it that way. Plus I wouldn’t want the noodles to turn into an overcooked mush.
  • Serve warm.

It makes for a really yum dinner for adults too. Pop in some dinner rolls with garlic butter in the oven and the whole family is good to go!

Bon Appétit folks!