Healthy Lunch box recipes

August 1st, 2018

While kids are prepping up for the new academic year, mommies are already stressing about what to pack in their little ones’ lunch boxes this year. It is always a challenge to maintain a balance between what your child wants versus what your child needs!

India Gate steps into the shoes of the struggling mommies to help them with some quick tips & healthy yet lip smacking recipes using the nutrient rich, high protein superfood, Quinoa.

  • Carry water/quinoa milk/quinoa smoothie than packed juices and beverages.
  • Replace wheat flour with quinoa flour to make cookies to serve your kids a healthy snack.
  • Replace pasta and cheese bakes with quinoa.
  • Quinoa pancakes and burritos are fun!
  • Quinoa granola bars are perfect dose of protein and energy for kids. Make and store them.
  • Replace wheat flour with high protein quinoa for cupcakes.
  • Quinoa cakes are easy to do for birthdays too, next time you place an order be specific about the ingredients to the baker.
  • If rice is the staple of your family, use the alternative quinoa instead.

Quinoa and Zucchini Risotto

A filling dish, that is both tasty and nutritious with a light and lovely flavour. The super-grain, quinoa, makes this dish a super-food. No compromises are made on the flavour or the nutrition with this quinoa salad recipe, so indulge-guilt free!

Cook Time: 20 mins

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients:

  • Garlic finely chopped - 2
  • Onion chopped - 1 tbsp
  • Quinoa (parboil - 7 to 8 mins ) - 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable stock- 1 cup
  • Yellow and green zucchini (cut half pieces each) very small diced (brunoise)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper (optional)
  • Butter - 1 tsp
  • Feta cheese - 3 tsps (or as much as you like)

Method:

  • Start by taking oil into a hot pan, sauté the onions and garlic for around 2 minutes and make sure it doesn't get any color.
  • Add the quinoa and one ladle of the stock, stirring it constantly. Cook till all the stock is used up and the quinoa is completely cooked (You might need more or less stock depending on how well your quinoa is cooked).
  • Add the finely chopped zucchini and cook for around another minute. After which you finish it with butter and serve garnished, with feta cheese on top.

Healthy Paneer & Quinoa on Toast

A little something your child is sure to enjoy. With quinoa being a part of this recipe, it is made more nutritious without any compromises on the flavor. Healthy Paneer & Quinoa on Toast can be prepared in less than 10 minutes, making this the perfect tiffin snack!

Cook Time: 10 mins

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients:

  • Curry powder ½ tblspn
  • Cumin powder 1 tspn
  • Red Chilli Powder ½ tspn
  • Oil 20ml
  • Butter 20g
  • Chopped onions 80g
  • Quinoa 80g
  • Paneer 100g
  • Chopped Tomato 20g
  • Coriander 10g
  • Toasted bread slices 4

Method:

  • Sweat the onions, add spices, tomatoes, paneer and cooked quinoa for 5 minutes. Check seasoning.
  • Fold in a generous amount of chopped coriander.

Quinoa Pancakes

We many a times stop our little ones from indulging in sweet. Homemade quinoa pancakes ensure you are giving your child something they love filled with healthy nutrient.

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa flour 1/2 cup
  • Baking powder- 1 tsp
  • Almond powder- 2 tbsps
  • Corn flour- 1 to 1 1/2 tbsps
  • Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
  • Milk- 1/4 th cup
  • Egg- 1
  • Honey- 1 tbsp

Method:

  • After gathering all your ingredients, begin by sieving together all the dry ingredients.
  • Then whisk Vanilla, honey and egg yolk in milk. After you are done, fold in the dry ingredients to form a batter that is neither too thick nor thin.
  • Now comes the part where patience is key. On a low flame pour the mix according to how big or small you want your pancake to be without butter. And in a couple of minutes according how you like your pancakes prepared, get them out of the vessel and Voila!
  • The final product can be served with Maple syrup, Chocolate syrup or fresh whipped cream!

Veg Quinoa Frankie

Kids love frankies, although it may not generally be termed as a healthy food but adding quinoa to this famous roll can make it more nutritious without compromising on flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 onion
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 400 gms black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 400 gms diced tomatoes, drained
  • 8 tortillas
  • 2 tablespoon Taco seasoning
  • Shredded yellow and mozzarella cheese
  • Sour cream

Method:

  • Begin by cooking quinoa according to the package instructions.
  • Then, sauté the thinly sliced onion and bell pepper with taco seasoning over medium heat for say about 7-10 minutes.
  • After which you proceed to mix the quinoa with beans, diced tomatoes, and remaining taco seasoning. Then stir well to combine.
  • Assemble the burritos: put the quinoa mixture with sautéed onion/pepper and both the cheese, on to tortillas. Roll up, tucking both sides.
  • The perfect combination is when served with sour cream.

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