Nutritious ‘n’ Yummy

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The importance of nutrition cannot be underestimated, more so for growing kids. Since snack break at schools is an integral meal-time for kids, it is important that they eat the right things. Here, award-winning cooking expert and cookbook author Nita Mehta shares two recipes for right nutrition.

Yummy hot dogs
Hot dog buns are a good shape for a child to hold. These are filled with cheesy grated veggies.

Serves 4
4 hot dogs buns – sliced horizontally into two pieces from the middle 1/2 cup grated carrot, 2 tbsp finely chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped cabbage, 3 tsp of tomato ketchup, 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese 2 tbsp of softened butter or mayonnaise, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper

1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl except hot dog buns.

2. Spread the mixture evenly over the base of the hot dog buns. Cover with the top piece.

3. Arrange the hot dogs over a greased baking dish and bake in a preheated hot oven at 1800C for 10-15 minutes or until crisp. Serve hot.

Quick wheat pasta

The grated cheese flavours, the grated bottle gourd (ghiya), making that unpopular vegetable invisible in taste and texture! “Yum…There is so much lovely cheese,” they will say!

Serves 2-3

2 cups whole wheat fusilli pasta 1 tbsp butter, 1 spring onion – chopped diagonally, keeps greens separate 2 tbsp cornflour dissolved in 1/2 cup milk 1 cup grated bottle gourd (ghiya) dudhi or zucchini, 1/2 cup grated cauliflower 1/2 cup finely grated cheddar cheese, 1/2 tbsp salt, 1/4 tbsp pepper

1 To boil pasta, boil 6 cups water with 1 tsp salt. Add pasta and boil for 10-12 minutes till soft. Strain. Sprinkle 1 tbsp olive oil. Keep aside.

2. Head butter in a non-stick pan, add the white of spring onion and saute for a minute. Add ghiya and cauliflower. Stir for 3-4 minutes.

3. Mix milk and cornflour. Add to the vegetables in the pan. Mix well.

4. Add cheese & pasta. Add greens of spring onions. Sprinkle salt and pepper and mix well. Serve immediately.

Your school cafeteria menu should be created to ensure that
students receive proper nutrients as they need to think clearly,
concentrate on learning, and perform well in class.