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Getting kids to fall back in love with food

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Caramelized carrots and paneer (tofu)

Getting kids to eat despite the many odds is a daunting task very often.  It only gets harder after sickness or change in environment.  Here is a recipe that makes it easier on the parent at the dining table. Caramelized carrots and paneer (Indian style cottage cheese, substitute: tofu) make for a wholesome meal. When veggies are cut like french fries, the chances of kids eating it goes higher and the added sugar (through caramelization) only increases this chance :).

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Kind of food: Main course/ snack / side dish.
How long: 10 min

Makes: 1 cup
Pots & pans:
one pan

Ingredients
1 tsp ghee or butter
1 cup carrots cut into long strips (like french fries)
1/2 cup paneer  or tofu cut in similar shape as carrots
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1/4 tsp salt (or as per taste)
1 Tbsp sugar

How to make
On medium heat add butter or ghee to the pan. Add the carrots, salt and pepper and toss for the spices to mix thoroughly. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 3-5 minutes until cooked yet crunchy. Add the paneer or tofu and toss.  Now add the sugar and toss for 30 seconds until the sugar melts.  Turn off the heat and let it sit in the pan for a couple more minutes. The sugar would caramelize and coat the carrots and paneer in the residual heat.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Serving ideas:
Serve this as is with tooth picks for older kids and plastic forks for younger kids.  It is the visual appeal that will make your sales successful.  So plate it in a appealing manner and call it something fun (e.g. caramel fries!).

Tips, tricks and alternatives:
This dish is ideal when kids recover from illness due to its whole some nature and the sugar coating on top :).

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March 11, 2009 at 9:21 am 1 comment

Roasted baby carrots

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This is a easy side dish with absolutely no chopping.  This side dish can be done in the time it takes to grill meat/chicken or prepare rice or pasta. Further, this recipe when done mimics french fires and appeals to kids easily.

Roasted Carrots

Kind of Food: Side dish
How long: 30 min
Makes: 2 Quart or 8 cups
Pots & Pans: Oven safe shallow dish, aluminum foil

Ingredients
2 lbs baby carrot
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp of your favorite garam masala or curry powder
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp of sesame oil (optional)
1 Tbsp of your favorite dried herb (mint or curry leaf)

How to make
Pre-heat the oven to 500 (the highest setting).  While the oven in getting warm, toss the baby carrot with olive oil, salt, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and your favorite garam masala or curry powder.  Place the carrots in a single layer on a greased oven safe dish and cover it with aluminum foil. Cook the carrots in the oven for 10 minutes until soft.  Remove the carrots from the oven and toss it with your choice dried herb and  sesame oil, then leave it open in the oven for 1 – 2 minutes until you can begin to smell the aroma of the herb.  Note:  This last step is completely optional. Its handy to also use a kitchen timer to keep track of cooking time too.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Catering to adult palate
Add more of red chilly powder to kick it up a notch.  Madras curry powder with dried curry leaves makes for a very interesting combination.

Tips, Tricks & Alternatives
The left overs work for a wonderful snack or filling for a wrap or sandwich (be sure to dice the left over roasted carrots).
Left overs can be pureed for soups too.  Check for sail boats on orange sea and creamy curried pumpkin soup.
Roasted sweet potatoes, beets can be made using this recipe.

Serving ideas
Serve with rice and dal or with grilled meat or chicken.
Can be served as an appetizer (finger food).

November 21, 2008 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment


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