What my kids love to eat!

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One of the things that we mothers obsess over the most, is what our kids are eating, and not eating, in a day. Feels like a solid win when they finish off a meal, or like to try a new food, or ask to be fed! We are quite familiar with that nagging feeling that stings us at the back of our heads, when our kids go on about their day with just getting a few bites down. And how that feeling changes into one where we are almost skipping with joy when they have a had a full, healthy meal! Yup, we have all been there! i feel you sisters.

My elder one never had a good relationship with food, except for the time when he was a baby and would happily slurp down all kinds of purees and semi-solids I made for him. But as he turned 2, feeding him became quite a struggle. He became extremely picky and would never try anything that wasn’t part of his daily meals. There came a time when he was about 3, that his mealtimes were the toughest part of my day. It was a fight every time, which sometimes he won, sometimes I. But I hated being a part of that battle, win or lose.

Fast forward to the time when we came to Riyadh, and now suddenly he is always hungry and enjoys his food, asks for more! Continuously talks about different food and recipes. So if there is one thing I have learned after my few years of mothering is that those difficult stages don’t last forever; a few days, weeks or months, but it gets better eventually. I still need to practice a lot of patience, but I am getting better at picking my battles with the kids, whats worth fighting for, and when should I give in and just let it pass. Believe me, you need to do that for your own sanity.

My younger one, thankfully, always loved food. But on his own terms. He knows what he wants, when he wants, and we can never make him do otherwise! Some days, he will finish off all his meals, and snatch away anything we are eating. Other days, he will only take a few bites and push everything away. I have learned to go with his own flow. Its not like I have much choice, he is not the one to get distracted by airplane bites.

The important thing is to understand and accept that I cannot change who they are, but I can adapt their mealtimes according to their liking. So i have a few staple meals for them that they have come to love. Which are easy to make and also get finished off plates!

Before I share the simple recipes for some of their meals, I would like to keep it in record that their first and foremost food love is PARATHA! So “Anda Paratha” is often one of their meals any given day, haha. My kids love their bread. Be it tandoori roti, homemade paratha, naan, toast etc. So I usually pair it with some scrambled or fried eggs and everyone is happy!

img_7678Sesame-crumbed Fish Fillets

This is one of the fool proof meal that my kids love to eat! Sesame-crusted, breaded, pan fried fish fillets. I usually make it once a week and they get their fish-portions filled up. Its super yummy too, so i often make more to have leftovers for us too. Its a family favorite!

It doesn’t take much time to prepare, but a fair number of dishes and bowls get dirty in the process so there is some washing up to do afterwards. A small price to pay for happy, filled tummies.img_7671

YOU WILL NEED:

150gm fish fillet

1 beaten egg

1/2 cup flour

1 cup bread crumbs

2 tbsp sesame seeds

salt and pepper

1 tsp lemon juice

1tbsp soy sauce

some oil to shallow/pan fry

HOW TO MAKE:

First prepare you fish fillet. Pat it dry with paper towels and cut up into smaller rectangles or squares. Marinate with the lemon juice and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

Take three medium size bowls. Put beaten flour, egg and bread crumbs in the bowls respectively. Mix sesame seeds with the bread crumbs.

Coat your seasoned, prepared fish pieces first with flour, then egg and finally crumbs. Shake off the excessive coating at each step or it becomes too gluggy.

Heat up some oil in a shallow pan, just enough to coat the pan bottom completely. Fry the fish pieces about 3-4 mins on each side, until it gets golden and crispy. Enjoy!

img_7456Cheesy Pasta with Veggies

This is my goto meal for the kids whenever I am running short on time. It takes max 15 mins to prepare and even lesser time to gobble down. Its so soft and creamy in texture that it doesn’t require much chewing, ideal for those pressed-for-time scenarios.

YOU WILL NEED:

1/2 cup pasta (preferably the smallest kind available)

1 tbsp butter

20 gm cheddar cheese

1/4 cup milk

salt and pepper

1/4 frozen veggies (or any fresh veggies you like)img_7477

HOW TO MAKE:

My kids love pasta! I once found ABC pasta at the store (that you can see in the photos) and it was such a hit with Hamza. I have to admit, i found it pretty fun myself. But generally, i used to pick smaller size pasta for kids, easier to eat. Lately, they are loving spaghettis, penne pasta, macaroni, basically any shape or size, so I don’t get separate ones for them. And generally we all enjoy the same pasta meal for dinner. I keep some boiled pasta aside before mixing it with sauce and later take half of the boiled and half with the sauce for them, so they get a milder version of it.

But this particular version i often make just for the kids when i am in a hurry.img_7442Boil the pasta in salted water till al dente. Strain and keep aside. Boil the veggies that you are using (i often make it with sausages too, and sometimes just plan without anything added). Melt some butter in a small saucepan. Add milk. When its warm, add shredded cheese to it. Season with salt and pepper and you creamy sauce is ready. Toss in the pasta and veggies and enjoy!

img_7134Battered Chicken Pops

Fried chicken with kids is always a hit! I serve it with rice or corns or any dinner bread.

YOU WILL NEED:

100 gm boneless chicken

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp vinegar

salt and pepper

For batter:

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup corn flour

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

salt and pepper

1/2 cup bread crumbs

HOW TO MAKE:

Cut your chicken into cubes or strips. Marinate with soy sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper. You can use any flavor to marinate that you like, but i usually keep it simple for kids.

Prepare the batter by mixing flour, corn flour, salt and pepper, beaten egg. Add milk slowly Β while stirring. You may need less or more quantity of milk, depending on the consistency of the batter. It shouldn’t be too thick, nor too runny. Should coat the back side of a wooden spoon.

Dip your chicken pieces first in the batter. Make sure they are coated thoroughly. And then coat with bread crumbs.

Heat oil in a frying pan. Deep fry the chicken pieces till they are golden.Β img_7137

I am always on the lookout for new recipes to try for the kids. What do your kids like to eat? And whats the one thing they simply can’t stand? I would love to know. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Hira says:

    My son loves to have oats porridge. what i do is make some chicken stock weekly and freeze it. I then use a cup of stock daily to make the porridge. After boiling the stock, i add shredded boiled chicken, 4 to 5 tbsp of quacker oats and an egg and cook for about 5 to 7 mins. I then add a pich of salt n pepper and voila its ready!

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    1. Abeer says:

      that seems like a good healthy recipe. thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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  2. mumdiarycom says:

    Great post Abeer and lovely ideas. I myself am planning a post of toddler meal ideas and it is coming along well, the pictures are not as good as yours though! Do give it a read when it is published.

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    1. Abeer says:

      Thankyou so much! Ofcourse i will. And dont worry about the photos, you will get there in a little time and practice. Looking forward! πŸ˜€

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