Fried Rice with Salad Greens

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!

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Ingredients:

  • 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
  • Pepper
  • Sour cream
  • Parmesan, shaved
  • Ghee for stir frying

One could add, mushrooms, eggs or any other ingredient to the mix.

Method:

  • 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

 

 

Food Groups & Portions Classification

I’ve been wanting to make this entry for a while now and I am glad I’ve finally put it up.

How often have we mums struggled to figure out what portions of food to offer to our toddlers? Especially when their need for food can range from ‘endless pit’ to ‘don’t even want to look’! I am almost always wondering about the portion sizes to offer to T. Though as a thumb rule I don’t force him to eat. I figured if he’s hungry he will eat it, if not I’ll try again later. I don’t particularly go about presenting him with several options unless he is sick or there is a genuine reason for me to ‘cave in’.

A report on the infanttoddlerforum.org states that ‘Parents can be reassured that when young children eat a variety of foods in amounts within the range of portion sizes recommended, they are eating adequately. Knowing that the small portion sizes of some foods at the lower end of the ranges are adequate can reassure parents who worry that their young children are not eating enough of certain foods.’  Now thats comforting to know isn’t it?

Here’s a portions to age chart I’ve put together after a little research. I try my best to give him all the food groups in a day. Though, may not be in the same serving sizes mentioned. But then again each child is different and the amount they eat will vary from day to day!

How do you manage your toddler’s food portions? I’d Love to know.

Thank you for reading.

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