An attempt to invigorate our family's nutrition through creative cooking.
Our home has a mom, a dad, a born in 2008 girl and a boy in '10 boy. . We did a lot of baby led weaning which meant we mostly fed our babies realer than food, rather than jar food but now it is real food and we try to incorporate the kids in helping to cook a few times a week, as well as food that is healthy.
Our recipes are mostly vegetarian, and often Indian inspired!
1 c toor dal (split yellow)
1 tbsp oil (I use coconut oil)
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 dash hing
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric
1 chopped tomato
Fresh coriander to taste
Rinse dahl twice ensuring you've picked through any rocks that may have made through processing.
Place into pressure cooker with 1.5 parts water
Pressure cook for 4 whistles
After the 4 whistles shut off the flame.
In a separate deep pan or wok add:
When oil is hot add in black mustard seeds
When it pops add in hing
Add in salt
I also sometimes add a little sugar and cumin seeds but it isn't necessary.
Add in crushed garlic
Add in tomato and two cups water (more if you prefer more liquidy dal)
Mix and add in cooked dal.
Bring to a boil.
Garnish with fresh coriander
With this move, it was important to keep some of "home" to help prevent homesickness and also the more deeper concern of culture shock. One of the easiest reminders of home is food! So I made an easy noodle soup and the kids enjoyed it, as did I!
3 cups uncooked spiral noodles
3 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion
bunch of organic spinach
onion salt (2 tbsp, divided)
2 carrots julienne-style or shaved with a peeler
2 tbsp dried tomato powder (you can also use 1 c tomato sauce)
in a pot, make your noodles as per normal instructions, adding in 1 tbsp onion salt.
After 5 minutes of boiling add in the carrot.
When noodles are done, drain all except 1 cup of the remaining water.
Stir in dried tomato powder, allowing the powder to combine well.
- note if using tomato sauce, drain completely and add in sauce -
While that is cooking, saute the crushed garlic in oil.
Add in diced onion.
When onion is transparent, add spinach, stirring well.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp onion salt and stir well
Turn off and keep covered.
Combine the two pots together.
Hot pasta salad, easy and colorful! Add in chili pepper flakes for more punch.
As mentioned in my rice recipe post, we are cooking with only a microwave as of late, because of this, and the lack of processed food even if we wanted it, I'm trying to be creative. <br>
Microwave lentils recipe
1.5 c washed lentils (tripled washed)
2 c water
2 garlic cloves
dash of red chili powder
dash of turmeric powder
Red onion to taste
Wash lentils. I used filtered water due to the water source here being suspect.
Cover with water.
Add diced potato
Stir and microwave for 10 minutes
While microwaving, blend remaining items.
Pour blended mixture into bowl of lentils. Stir well. Use a little extra water to get the rest of the mixture out and add to lentils
Microwave for 5 minutes. Stir and check lentils. If soft, then enjoy! Otherwise, microwave 2 more minutes or to your liking. You can also add additional water to make this more as a "soup" and microwave for approximately 30 minutes total. Lentils will then "mush" into a soup upon stirring.
Here it is served. My kids asked for ketchup with it so I said "why not" and added it. It brought down the temperature as well so they could eat it right away, which they did, on the microwave rice I made before this!
We are currently in an apartment that has a stove but no gas, so our cooking options are limited. Luckily the microwave can double as a convection oven, so we have some options. However, we lack pots/pans so we're limited again to "big" Correlle serving bowls. Here is how I made rice in the microwave.
To make rice in the microwave, wash rice three times. I used filtered water, just in case, since I'm in India.
Make Microwave Rice
Add two parts water to the rinsed rice.
Toss with salt, lightly.
Microwave on high for 10 minutes.
Microwave for another 5 minutes.
Cover and allow water to absorb. Serve warm/hot. I served mine with dal, which I also made in the microwave.