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Kids fun meals with pulses

Posted:  Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pulse savoury for your kids

Feeding kids can be satisfying as well as stressful to moms. It feels great to watch kids relish healthy and home-made foods. Pulses, which are very essential in a kids meal, with small innovations can quickly be transformed into a delicious and nutritious meal or side dish.

Here are some awesome pulse based recipes filled with fun and creative ideas for giving kids the foods they love.

Protein dips or spreads!!

Burgers, meatballs, hummus tops favourite list of kids. Hummus very popular dip, prepared with chickpeas is relished by many children. Varieties of cooked lentils or beans hummus can garnish the toasted pita or sliced veggies, or spread on a sandwich. Lentils, beans and pulse mixture can be an excellent substitute for meat to prepare veggie patties, meatless meatballs, or sandwiches.

Amend the texture –

Make pulse food more palatable by just fixing the “mushy” texture of beans, as many kids hate it. Soaked dried beans are preferred over canned beans since cooking not only reduce mushiness, also produce a much more palatable texture.

Let your little ones become chefs -

Kid’s involvement in buying their favourite pulse till cook and serve can create more interest. Just a helping hand while mixing or shaping pulse recipes like veggie patties and so on will make them more excited for trying their creative dish.

Fun, play with food

Leave kids free for creative plating, garnishing, making shapes or happy faces, shooting stars using beans, peas and lentils, which are easy to handle or arrange on a plate.

Super soups and sauces

Cooked pulses such as lentils, beans and peas can easily be disguised into soups, stews and sauces. They contribute for better taste, flavour, texture for the preparations mainly making them more healthy and nutritious.

Don’t forget the dessert

Beans are added into many desserts as they do not alter flavour, can add richness and moistness to baked foods. Sweet bean pastes usually are used in as mooncakes and steamed buns, whereas cooked black beans is an replacer for eggs in many choco cakes and brownie recipes. Pureed red beans added with brown sugar will be an creative dessert, which kids can relish the most.

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