I now have a challenge to the food blogging community at large.
Help me come up with a set of easy to prepare menu items to tempt my son's taste buds.
These are my constraints:
2. Commonly available ingredients only - I live in Chennai, TN
3. Should be good to eat after sitting for 4-5 hours in an unrefrigerated lunch box
4. Should not take more than 45 minutes to prepare.
5. Should be easy to eat for a 5 year old - no messy burritos type foods.
6. Should be nutritious (I know, that goes without saying)
7. No frying
8. Shd preferably have passed a kid's test for acceptability ;)
Please post your recipes or links to the aforementiond recipes by the end of July i.e 27th July
Thanks a lot!
Todays lunch was almost successful - the lil darling's only complaint when he got off his school van was, he didnt have enough time to eat.
1 cup of pasta
1 cup of dried chickpeas, soaked over night and pressure cooked until soft
1/2 head cauliflower cut i…
I was meandering through some of the foodblog links I follow on Sunday. Somehow I ended up in a silicon valley article about how cool Google is even down to the cafeteria facilities for its employees! Then I read about one of their chef's making Kombucha and what an awesome health drink it is. The cook in me had to find out how to do it right here in Chennai and I actually garnered a few email addresses in Bangalore, Hyd, Mumbai supplying the yeast bacteria mix for making the drink. I was hemming and hawing over when and who to write for the precious starter when I had to run to my favourite organic store - Econut in Besantnagar - to buy more dates for Gau. They had bottles of kombucha in their refrigerator! I rushed back home to see what this so called miracle food tastes like - a lil bit like highly diluted carbonated beer (or is all beer carbonated?). The vinegar adds a surprisingly fresh taste to the drink. Hubby loved it, I dont try such things on Gau.
I found it! A tool to plan my menu every week! From the justbento page!
Each page is split into breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and notes for pre-prep. I abhor the idea of printing a page and pasting on the fridge, so I am either going to spend on a whiteboard or simply work with soft copies.
I know I don't quite pack my lunch into a bento box, but I think traditional Indian dabbas or their plastic tupperware equivalent my son loves work just as well. I do plan out a protein, carbohydrate and vegetabes and/or fruits for each lunch box. The traditional college tiffen box of pulisaatham or lemon rice does not pass muster in my house. The biggest hurdle for me is the time - my son gets a meagre 25 min for lunch and he plays half that time.