Friday, October 26, 2018

Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil - Lemon n spice Kids Lunchbox Ideas

In her Planetbox today: Pasta with garlic and oil, grapes, Sharp Cheddar cheese, Aussie bites, veggie straws, and vitamin gummies

Pasta with Garlic and Olive oil

How to make Garlic and oil Pasta?
Cooking time : 15minutes, Serves : 1 kid


1/4Cup : Pasta
1tsp : Unsalted butter
1tsp : Olive oil
1 grated Garlic
1 fresh basil leaf or a dash of Italian seasoning
Salt and Pepper
2 tbsp: Parmesan cheese

Pasta with Garlic and Olive oil
Directions : 

1. Bring 4 to 5 cups water to boil in large pot. Add pasta and 1 tsp salt and cook, stirring often, until al dente. Drain pasta and keep aside.

2. In a saute pan, heat butter, olive oil, and garlic over medium heat until fragrant. Add in the pasta, basil, salt, pepper and toss to coat with the oil. Top with Parmesan cheese for serving.
Pasta with Garlic and Olive oil
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Honey Baked chicken - Lemon n Spice Kids Lunchbox ideas

There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to become a good one !!!

I like to cook. Well, most days :) .  This is the 4th week  of Rithika's 3rd grade and I was able to send homemade lunch everyday morning with her at 8.00am. Last year I used to drop her hot lunch at the school lunch table around 11.45 and she will eat it during the lunch break from 12.00 pm to 12.30pm. Same sort of food, but lots of work for me like driving again, coming back, again pickup at 2.30 etc. This year we started bicycling to school and it feels absolutely wonderful. A little bit of exercise in the morning and we reach before the first bell with more planning.

Beetroot chips, apples, baked chicken, baby spinach and blueberries, Raisins

In her Planetbox today :
  • Beetroot chips
  • Apples
  • Baked Chicken 
  • Baby spinach and blueberries
  • Raisins
Baked chicken Recipe for kids lunchbox :

Clean and cut one chicken thigh into small pieces. In a bowl, mix 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp Pepper powder, 1/2 tsp of ginger garlic paste, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp of honey. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and combine well. Transfer to a sheet tray lined with foil and Bake in a 400F preheated oven for 25  minutes. Insert toothpicks on each piece to make it easy to eat. (I marinate the chicken pieces previous night and keep in the lower bottom of the refrigerator overnight to save time in the morning)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Foolproof Appam (easy version of traditional Appam) - Lemon n spice Kids Lunchbox series

My refrigerator has Appam and Dosa batter today. It's always easy if we have such a backup option in the morning to do an easy and fast lunchbox. I added 1 extra teaspoon of sugar to the appam batter to make it extra sweet as Rithika doesn't like to take curry to school. Then plated the lunchbox with cocktail cucumbers, Onam special sarkkavaratti (Kerala chips made with raw plantain), grapes and multivitamin gummies.

Appam - Lemon n spice Kids Lunchbox series

Foolproof Appam recipe / Paalappam recipe/ Vellayappam recipe/ How to make a small batch of soft Appam batter? Kerala soft appam batter recipe


2 Cups: Raw rice/ Pachari / Sona masoori rice / Basmati rice/ Kolam
1 Cup : Poha / Aval / Cooked rice
1 Cup : Grated coconut
3/4tsp Salt 
1tsp dry active yeast (i always use Fleischmann yeast as it never disappoints me)
2tbsp Sugar


1. Wash and soak rice for minimum 4 hours. 

2.  Dissolve dry yeast and sugar in 1/4 cup lukewarm water for 30min or till its frothy.  At the same time, soak Poha in 1 cup water and keep aside to become soft (15minutes).

3. To the blender add the sugar-yeast mixture, coconut, drained soaked rice, salt, and Poha. Grind it to a fine paste. (I use my Vitamix)

3. Now transfer the batter to a large vessel with a tight lid and let it ferment for 2 1/2  to 3 hours in a warm place.(I keep it in the oven with the oven lights on.) 

4. Heat Appachatti / Kadai and smear little coconut oil on it.Pour one spoon full of batter  and rotate the pan in circular manner to get the shape of appam. Put a tight lid on it and allow to cook the center and golden crisp on the border.

Note : 
You can leave the batter overnight, but yeast works the best in its first 4-5 hours. So i dont leave it overnight. If you want to leave it overnight reduce the quantity of yeast from 1 tsp to 1/2 tsp.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Super soft Iddli and Tomato Chutney -Lemon n spice Kids lunchbox ideas

In her Planet box today : 2 Iddli's (each cut into quarters), Tomato chutney, Plum, Banana chips, carrots and pumpkin seeds

Super soft Iddli and Tomato Chutney -Lemon n spice Kids lunchbox ideas

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