I have two growing-up kids, a 15-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter. Both are quite active kids. They have their huge circle of friends, like all the other kids do. Whenever they come to my home, they are hungry! Kids play a lot, are growing up, and hence are eternally hungry. Also, they don’t want to waste time eating up elaborate stuff, they simply want to play and chat! Moreover, they want their snacks to be tasty. As a mother, I don’t want to compromise on their health as much as I can.
Here are a few ideas of quick-fix snacks recipes for the growing up active children. You don’t have to worry about making elaborate meals or snacks as moms these days are busy too.
1. Keep a stock of few things always readily available in your fridge. Boiled potatoes; vegetables like capsicum, bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, cheese slices, cheese spread, sandwich spread, pasta and pizza sauce, pizza bread, brown bread. For non-vegetarian friends of your kids, you can keep boiled eggs, boiled and shredded chicken. Always have onions handy too. Also store olive oil and butter. You can also make green sandwich chutney and store it in the fridge for a few days. Kids love tomato ketchup, so keep it too! For really instant snacks, keep readily available Bhel mix and fries (not to be given daily though). Store atta dough in the fridge as well as kids love paranthas and puris. Kids love Nutella and jam, so don’t forget to make them readily available at home. For quick-fix fried rice always store cooked rice in the fridge. For desserts, store chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
2. For a quick sandwich, you can keep a cheese slice between two bread slices, toast it on the tawa with slight butter and olive oil and give it to the children. For quick veg sandwich, apply sandwich spread on the bread slice, keep cut onion slices, boiled potato slices, cucumber and tomato slices, sprinkle chat masala, salt (optional as sandwich spread already has salt in it). Toast it on the tawa with slight butter/olive oil and see the kids relish the sandwich. You can use green chutney on one layer of the bread to give a tangy taste with the same veggie combination. For non-veg lovers, make chicken sandwich by substituting the veggies with boiled and shredded chicken or boiled and sliced eggs.
3. Make a quick aloo sabzi by adding jeera, diced onion, and tomatoes in a kadhai with heated oil. Add diced boiled potatoes. Add salt, jeera powder, little red chilly powder, kasoori methi and add water as per the consistency desired. Make puris to go with it. Make a quick aloo parantha stuffing by mashing boiled potatoes, add finely chopped onions, green chillies (you can avoid it if not desired), finely chopped coriander leaves, salt, red chilly powder, amchur powder, jeera powder. Mix it well. Keep it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. Roll out piping hot delicious aloo paranthas for the kids. For the non-veg lovers, make an egg batter in a similar fashion as the aloo parantha stuffing and make yummy egg paranthas.
4. My daughter loves this fried rice recipe of mine. Heat oil/butter in a kadhai, add diced onions, capsicum and bell peppers. Add cooked rice, add salt, pepper and piri piri mix (readily available in market). Mix them well and tangy spicy piri piri rice is ready! For giving the fried rice a Chinese touch, add mix vegetables, a hint of soya sauce, vinegar, and chilly sauce. Add shredded chicken for non-veg lovers. Kids will relish this fried rice.
5. Storing ice cream will help you many ways. You can simply serve the kids ice cream. Drizzle it with chocolate syrup. Make milk shake by mixing the ice cream with milk and blending it in a blender. You can cut fruits and mix it with ice cream to give it a healthy touch.
You can try many other permutations and combinations. So, the next time the kids say “Aunty, we are hungry”, try these recipes out!