T has now transitioned to eating proper solids, by which I mean food that is not semi mashed. Although, his breakfast and snacks range from french toasts and omelettes to cut fruits and cutlets. I kept him for the longest time on puréed veggie combos mixed with rice (un-mashed) for his main meals. This was purely because he was having the two portions of veggies without any fuss and somewhere I wasn’t ready to change that up. Though I knew when the time came for the full transition we’d just know, and here we are!
This deliciously simple recipe allows you to truly mix up those leafy greens and one can add just about anything to the rice and make it super healthy. I’ve proclaimed my love for the leafy greens before, and I think this one does complete justice!
- Rice (brown/white) this could be substituted with quinoa, buckwheat or dahlia even
- Spring onions, finely chopped
- Spinach, finely chopped
- Lettuce, finely chopped
- Celery stalk, finely chopped
- Garlic salt
- Sour cream
- Parmesan, shaved
- Ghee for stir frying
One could add, mushrooms, eggs or any other ingredient to the mix.
- Boil the rice on the stove top until cooked and separates to the touch
- In a pan add some ghee (in proportion to the measurements of the ingredients) and bring up the heat
- When ready, toss in the chopped greens and cook for about a minute on medium heat
- Add the seasonings and the rice
- Put in a dollop of sour cream
- Stir fry it for about a minute more and turn off the heat
- Finish off with parmesan shavings
- Serve warm
It’s been about a week since I’ve started us, ‘T’ included, on Green Smoothies. Both Rajiv and I are trying to kick the morning caffeine and replace it with a much healthier option. They are super healthy, excellent for the immune system and what better way to get ALL the nutrition and fibre from the greens and fruits than consuming it raw? Also, with ‘T’ slowly transitioning to the food we eat, this medley of greens puts to rest my concerns over whether or not he’s getting enough out of his diet.
There are several benefits of consuming green smoothies. Apart from being packed with nutrition, they are said to be a great source of non-dairy calcium, magnesium and Vitamin C and are a huge booster to the immune system too!
So I am only too glad to start him off on a smoothie a day. I’ve started with smaller amounts and shall gradually increase the quantity.
There are a few precautions I’d recommend while starting your LO on a raw smoothie:
- Thoroughly wash the greens and fruits in diluted vinegar and water or potassium permanganate crystals dissolved in water. Be careful while using the crystals. You need only a VERY LITTLE amount. The washing will ensure there is no pesticide residue or bacteria on the food. Read more on washing your veggies with potassium permanganate.
- Start with the easiest combinations. The ones you know will work. I started with spinach and banana in water as a base. One fruit or veg at a time will also help you rule out any possible food allergies.
- Start with smaller quantities first and increase gradually.
Here’s a little chart I’ve put together on how to fix your toddler a Green Smoothie