Snacks? ! ;-)

Healthy Snacks? For KIDS!?. Feeding children is no joke. Become a little smarter than your kids by evoking your creativity to sneak health into their favorite snacks. Through visual appeal half the battle is won. With just a bit of planning, the necessary ingredients will be on hand for hassle-free nourishment. Snacks are a terrific way to satisfy hunger and get all the vitamins and nutrients the body needs. When you make something yourself, you get to control the ingredients and put in what's good for you! As with everything, moderation is the key to smart snacking. A handful of walnuts make great brain food. On the other hand, a whole bag will end up at the waist!

Depending on the time at hand - to eat them, a snack can be savored leisurely or rushed through; or anything in between. Plan and use leftovers creatively for unique snacks.

Popeye Pasta



Ingredients:

1 cup Penne Pasta

1 cup Sweet Corn

3 cups Spinach

1 Green Chili

3 tbsp Olive Oil

1 Onion, chop finely

2 Tbsp Wheat flour

2 cups Milk

½ tsp Chili flakes

Salt and Pepper to taste


Method:

Boil 4 cups water in a deep pan. Add ½ tsp salt and 1 tsp oil to it. Drop pasta in it and cook for 7 minutes. Drain and rinse in running water.

Wash and microwave spinach with green chili for 3 minutes. Cool slightly and blend to a puree.

Cook corn in the microwave for 2 minutes with salt to taste.

Heat 2 Tbsp oil and sauté onions until pink. Add corn and sauté.

Add in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.

When the raw smell disappears, add milk and stir cook until saucy. Heat 2 tsp oil in another pan. Add chili flakes and pasta. Heat through.

Mix spinach purée and pasta into the corn mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer to a glass dish/baking dish.

Grill for 3 minutes to heat through.

Can also serve on toast.

Make-Ahead

Pasta can be cooked ahead, tossed with oil and kept in the refrigerator for a few days. To make this dish just heat pasta in microwave and toss with the rest of the ingredients.

Spinach puree and corn can be stored in the freezer - in single use containers.

Cooking For Kids is a monthly event started by Sharmi, hosted this month by Divya.

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