The holidays are ON in full swing. And the heat is hitting us the maximum. So, going out for lunch is totally out of question.
During school days, I remember making one breakfast, one lunch, one snack and one dinner. And if I am smart enough, I can even mix and match and do away with only 3 times cooking in a day.
But holiday times are stressful times. Because no one knows when the hunger pang will hit. So, its best to be ready to satisfy those hungry tummies, whenever they demand food.
Here’s my technique, to beat the summer blues of many mothers – “What to do to keep the food flowing from the kitchen ???”
– I’ve stocked 2 to 3 flavours of Tang, which the girls can do at their own will and wish.
– The refrigerator stocks some fruit squashes, which can be made as an alternative to Tang. You see, the kids need variety. Lemon Tang and Lemon Squash are two entirely different flavours for them. 😉
– The aam panna is ready and fresh to be gobbled up to quench the thirst in these heat prone days. Tikuli, thank you for that wonderful recipe. 🙂
– Apart from these, Slice / Frooti / Nimbooz make a trip to the fridge quite often.
If there is something to which a kid can’t say no, then its the ice-cream. Keep two-three flavours stocked, so that ice-cream sundaes can be made with ease. Also the Hershey’s Chocolate sauce and Strawberry sauce come in handy when you feel the need to give flavours to the plain vanilla.
This is the easiest snack, which can be made so easily and is definitely a best option compared to chips and other fried stuff. Generally, it’s a good idea to prepare the stuffing, so that kids can make different combos, to suit their needs and tastes.
1. Grate cabbage & carrot finely, add mayonnaise, some salt and pepper powder and mix well.
2. Boil and peel potatoes. Mash them well. In a pan, add a tspn of oil, put in some jeera, one onion finely cut and fry for a minute. Add the mashed potatoes, salt, red chilli powder, jeera powder, garam masala to taste. Mix well.
3. One bunch of mint leaves, one bunch of coriander leaves, 2 to 3 green chillies – depending upon taste, one lemon juice, salt – grind well in a mixie and store in a air-tight container. Of course, Tupperware. 😉
4. Sliced cucumbers, tomatoes.
5. Nutella Chocolate Sauce – this is the best therapy to beat stress on hot summer days.
Now, any of the above said stuffing can be used to make yummy sandwiches whenever the tummy asks for it. It can either be grilled for a crisper outer or done for 10 to 20 sec in a micro, for a softer outer layer. One side butter and the other side stuffing is certainly yummy, according to tasting experts at home. 🙂 Go for the Nutella sauce, to make sweet sandwiches – OMG, they are yummy, according to experts at home. 🙂
Stock fruits of different colours and flavours like water melons, mango, papaya, banana. They can be had plain or made into a juice, accordingly. Cold Banana milk shake / Mango Milk Shake / Water melon juice with lemon are some of the best combos to have during summers.
1. Stock a lot of the small puris, used to make pani puris. Make a hole in the puris, use stuffing no 2 as stuffing for the puri. Add a tspn of bhel puri chutney which is readily available in market. Pour in dahi with salt, red chilli powder. Decorate with tomato sauce and sev and serve the best home-made dahi puri. It’s cool to have dahi.
2. Bhel puri is one of the easiest snack to make at home, all by kids. Allow their imagination to take lead and let them create magic.
3. Previous day’s chappathi can be made into yummy Frankie.
4. Dosa and egg on top is just too yummy to avoid.
All these are happening at my home, this summer. So, whats cooking at your home ?????