It's been on my mind for a while but I was just procrastinating. It's the same story every day, last year it was different this year it is a different fancy. I am talking about Konda's fancy to what she wants to eat for her breakfast and lunch. I feel so guilty if I pack the same food for lunch too. But she insists so and I am so short of ideas basically if you ask me.
Last year she was fond of dosas and would only want that for all meals. Even if I refuse to pack that, she would insist she wants only that. That too with ketchup of all dips. This year the fancy has turned to bread. For a while she was fine with jams, then it was the cheese, then it was bread pizza, finally landed on simple ghee toasted slices or with cheese spreads.
Whatever might the spread be, it was only bread. She even asked me why I won't send her bread for lunch. I said I consider bread slices to be something of a light filling, two slices of bread would hardly mean a wholesome meal for a growing kid. She wants to differ on that.
She even cajoled me to pack her some Maggi. Till now I have never budged on that. I don't mind feeding Maggi for breakfast, served hot. But never for a cold meal. Occasionally I pack her those pasta treats, hoping it will be a little better. But I know better, it's just that kids love these but we can never agree on them. She is fine with eating Idli but it is only with one side dish she likes.
The same goes for Dosa, she likes to eat only with Carrot Kurma or few specific Kurmas that I make with Dosas. Now I can't be making only these every other day right. She dislikes Upma, Pongal, or any of that heavy stuff, so there is no way I can sneak these into her lunch box.
The same goes for their snacks too. The other day I was talking to Kamala when she expressed how she wishes I come back with another series on the Kids special event. She said she was finding it hard to get ideas for her kids too. Many of you had expressed the same thought. So naturally, I decided why not make this a monthly event, where we all can pool in and discuss which worked and which didn't. And of course, share the recipe on the blog for all to benefit from it.
Kids I have seen are more receptive to dishes served beautifully and in a different way. It works out, even more, when they make it themselves. I was shocked and surprised when Konda spread the most perfect paper dosa last night. I was just not ready to accept that she can handle a ladle or a hot pan!
I never allow her into the kitchen for this fear. And she always keeps complaining that I never allow her to do any cooking. Finally, I realized she can make beautiful dosas, it was simply beyond me. She was more receptive when I said she got to eat one of what I make too.
Well, I say that right now my most pressing task is to prepare something that my 8 yr old daughter eats. Most of what my daughter eats or what I make for my kids are already posted. I am part of an online group that shares the most interesting and useful information.
Some of what I am going to share here are ideas from that group, I have forever wanted to try a few of those dishes listed, though most are what I already prepare, at least the Indian varieties.
Below are basically some ideas that came to mind. Indian Dishes are what I would normally prepare.
Rice Roti with Veggies
Dosa - Regular, Rava, Adai, Moong dal, Wheat, Ragi, Oats, Cheese
Parathas with different vegetable stuffing with mild masala
Cracked wheat/Bulgar upma
Idli - Rava or regular
Puffed rice upma (uggani)
Mini Idly / Mini Dosa with/without Vegetables
Fruits with yogurt
Bagel and cheese
Bread with cheese spread
Bread with table butter and cucumber
French Toast with maple syrup
Frozen pancakes/homemade ones
Oats with milk and fruit
Peanut butter jelly sandwich
Egg - Scrambled, Boiled, Omelette
The ones in italics refer to what I make. I will be most happy to get tried and tested recipes for the rest.
New ideas other than what is listed here can also be sent for the event. I have listed only what came to my mind!
Coming to the event part, this event aims to be different! How different you ask? Here's how it is.
- First, you can share something that your kid eats and I will try it out and feature them here.
- Second, you can post something that you know is a kid's favorite and I will do a round-up by the last date.
Ok for this month, the theme is going to be Wholesome Breakfast dishes. And you are most welcome to share your ideas. I have already listed the items that I already prepare/know. So I will be looking for ideas from all of you. If you find something missing here you can share the recipe in the comment section. I will prepare those and feed my kids. You can also prepare those and post them in your blog for the event.
End of the month, I will feature all the dishes that I prepared and were accepted by kids, plus the entries you send in. Of course, these will be again tried by me.
I can see that this may be confusing, if so please ask. I know I can end up being confusing at times!
Guidelines for the event:
Leave in the comment section, new ideas for me to prepare during the month.
Once done, you can fill in your details in the form below for the event (if you face a problem please mail me, I will address it)
Link back to this announcement and add the logo so that we spread the news on the event.
The dish prepared should have been accepted by your own kid, a kid from your family or friends. Or even something that you loved eating as a kid. (Because the idea is to tell my kids that another kid loved this, thereby making them eat it, thank you!)
The last date for the entries is 15th Feb 2010. You can send in as many entries as you can.
Other ideas and suggestions are most welcome. I am hoping you will help me get better ideas!