Do you dread the evening time when your children are back from school hungry and tired and you have to wrack your brains trying to come up with snack ideas for them?? If yes, then you are not alone. But, don’t worry anymore. With a little bit of planning, you can come up with these snacks in no time.
- Bread Pizza: Who doesn’t love cheesy hot pizzas?! You don’t need any fancy pizza base to bake a pizza. All you need are a few slices of bread and your favourite pizza sauce and toppings. Grate some mozzarella cheese on top to get that cheesy bite your child enjoys so much. Here is a recipe for Bread pizza. http://www.tarladalal.com/Bread-Pizza-(-Snack-)-5237r
2. Idli Upma: This is an easy snack to make when you have leftover idlis idling in your fridge. This recipe needs idlis that are in room temperature or refrigerated. So, you need to plan ahead and make a few extra idlis when you make them for breakfast. Here is a sample recipe for Idli upma. http://www.rakskitchen.net/2015/02/idli-upma-recipe-easy-south-indian-idli.html
3. Cream cheese sandwich: If your child is in the mood for light and fluffy sandwiches, you cannot go wrong with cream cheese sandwiches. Pick a cucumber and some bell peppers, a bowl of cream cheese and few slices of bread; you are ready to make these. Opt for whole wheat bread as a healthier choice. Here is a starter recipe for a cream cheese sandwich. http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/cream-cheese-sandwiches/
4. Tofu-Chickpea patties: If you are looking for a protein-rich snack for your growing child, here is a perfect recipe for you. This recipe needs a bit of planning as you need to soak the chickpeas for about 6 hours before you can use them. Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas and mash them with tofu and spices of your choice. Cook the patties on a skillet with a bit of oil and they are done. These patties go well with tomato sauce or coriander chutney. Here is an easy recipe for tofu-chickpea patties for you to follow. http://www.archanaskitchen.com/tofu-and-chickpea-patties-recipe-cutlets
5. Bread Pakodas: Pakodas made out of bread?! What’s not to love?! This yummy snack is so easy to make and so easy to eat too. A few slices of bread and besan flour and spices of your choice. Deep fried in oil for a yummy evening snack. Pair it with chutney or sauce and your kids will thank you. Here is a recipe for bread pakora. http://www.tarladalal.com/Bread-Pakoda-(-Tiffin-Treats-for-Kids-)-33093r
6. Punugulu: This is an easy to make snack if you have dosa batter handy. Dosa batter, fresh or fermented, can be used. Add spices of your choice and small amounts of it in oil. Add curry leaves for that extra flavor that will fill the nostrils and your child’s tummy. Here is a recipe for you to try. http://www.sailusfood.com/2012/07/21/punugulu-recipe-with-dosa-batter/
With a little bit of planning ahead, you can make these easy recipes as evening snacks for your child. Keep the snacks ready when they get back from school and enjoy the happiness on their face when they devour your cooking and lick their plates clean!