5 Must-Have Kitchen Staples for Preparing Restaurant-Caliber Breakfasts Every Day

Time always seems to go fast in the morning. With you and everyone busy preparing for school or work, it can be easy to fall into the pattern of serving your family with something quick and easy for breakfast. For many, this often means placing a box or two of cereals and milk on the table and letting your kids choose which one to put in their bowls.

Although cereals are healthy breakfast staples, it is not wise to serve these every day at home. This is because your kids will get bored of eating the same thing over and over again. In addition, you won’t help your children get more nutrients and explore more foods if you don’t diversify their breakfast meals.

To ensure you serve a healthy and restaurant-quality breakfast every day, make sure you always keep a stock of these ingredients in your pantry:

1.    Eggs

Eggs should be a staple in your pantry since they are not only great for breakfast; you can use them for other meals, too. They are one of the most versatile ingredients you can use to serve nutritious, tasty, and exciting dishes every day.

You can cook fried or scrambled eggs within two to three minutes. Serve the eggs with toast and your kids will have something filling and healthy for breakfast.

If you have more time, you can make omelets. Simply add some vegetables and cheese in the eggs and you add more nutrients to their first meal of the day.

There are other amazing breakfast dishes you can make with eggs as well. These include egg sandwiches, French toast and frittatas, to name a few.

2.    Oats

Oats are healthy, inexpensive, and easy to cook. They are packed with fiber, protein, iron, and other vitamins and minerals.

You won’t have to spend a lot of time cooking oatmeal as well. Rolled oats can be cooked in five minutes. Serve the oatmeal with milk, fresh fruits, and honey, and your kids will have something nutritious and hearty to start their day.

Overnight oatmeal is also quite popular today. Simply place the cooked oatmeal in small jars with milk, sweetener (honey or agave), spices, and nuts or seeds and leave them in the fridge overnight. You can then serve the prepared oatmeal as they are in the morning.

3.    Bread

When you store bread in the freezer, you can preserve its freshness and flavor for several weeks. To serve the bread in the morning, toast them and add some eggs on the side.

You can also use the toasted bread to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Add some fresh fruits to make this simple meal healthier.

Another way to serve bread for breakfast is to make a cheese and tomato sandwich and heat this in the oven. It will only take you a few minutes to prepare this dish and your kids will love eating something that tastes like pizza early in the morning.

Lastly, to make French toast, you need bread. This means stocking up on pre-sliced white loaf or wheat bread, which usually has longer expiry dates.

4.    Tortillas

You can add more variety to your kids’ breakfast meals by preparing dishes using tortillas.

Tortilla recipes are quite easy and quick to make as well. A breakfast burrito, for instance, takes only several minutes to prepare. Simply cook scrambled eggs, place them in a tortilla, add some tomatoes and cheese, and roll it up.

If you and your kids love huevos rancheros, pile some eggs, cheese, salsa, and black beans on a tortilla. It will only take you 10 minutes to prepare this simple yet hearty dish.

5.    Cheese

Lastly, everything always tastes better with cheese, so always stock up on different types of this dairy product in the fridge.

American cheese, goat cheese, feta, Colby Jack, and cheddar are some of the types of cheese that taste great on eggs and bread. All your tortilla-based recipes also call for cheese, so make sure you never run out of this ingredient.

With the right ingredients at hand, you will always be inspired to whip up something healthy and tasty every morning. And with the right recipes, you won’t have to spend a long time making these dishes that everyone will love.

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Top 10 cuisines of India – How many have you tried?

India is a land of innumerable cultures which gives birth to a number of traditions. All these traditions and beliefs collectively affect the preparation dishes region – wise. Each state and even each district in India has its own cuisine and a signature dish. The Indian food menu consists of bursting flavours of fragrant spices and a unique blend of locally produced fresh ingredients. From the northern region to the southern region of India each dish has its own authenticity and feel to it. From Bengali, north eastern and Mughlai to South Indian and Gujarati, each preparation of dish is extremely distinct from each other.

Here are the top 10 cuisines of India which you must try:

  1. Biryani

Biryani

This mixed and flavourful rice dish finds its origin among the muslim population of the Indian subcontinent. This delectable cuisine is created by utilizing the use of some of the most fragrant spices, rice and other herbs which gives a delicious punch to the whole dish. People have the option of either putting their choice of meat (like mutton, chicken or prawns) or an assortment of vegetables (like carrots, cauliflower and mushrooms). To garnish this boiled eggs are also included in the dish.

  1. Dhokla

This famous Gujarati dish is not only a favourite in the state of Gujarat but has been admired and accepted by foodies from all across the subcontinent. This classic vegetarian food item is created using split chickpeas and a fermented batter which is then laced in delicious and flavorful spices like asafetida (hing), coriander, ginger and mustard seeds. This dish is generally eaten in the form of a healthy breakfast meal or as an evening snack and is consumed along with green and red chutney.

  1. Masala dosa

Masala Dosa

This is a staple food item in the southern region of India but has been widely accepted throughout the subcontinent. Packed with the goodness of flavourful traditional stuffing of mashed and spiced potatoes and covered with crispy lentil or rice covering, this authentic south Indian cuisine is served with coconut chutney, red chutney and a flavor packed sambhar. This dish can be taken as a form of breakfast or a main course. Either way Masala dosa is one of the most sought after dishes in India currently.

  1. Tandoori chicken

Tandoori Chicken

This chicken dish is one of the most loved non vegetarian preparations especially in the northern part of India. literally meaning Barbecue chicken, this dish is served primarily as an appetiser and is presented with freshly cut onion rings, green chutney and sometimes raita for some delicious kick of flavor. This dish requires marinating of chicken in spices like turmeric, red chilli powder, curd, tandoori masala and other fragrant spices. After marinating for preferably overnight the succulent chicken pieces are then barbecued over an open flame giving it an extra hint of flavor.

  1. Machher jhol

Machher jhol

This fish curry dish is a traditional Bengali and odia stew where each bite contains a burst of flavors. Seasoned liberally with onions, garlic, turmeric and ginger, complete with tomatoes which give the entire preparation a reddish hue and potatoes which are used as a thickening agent, this dish is the most loved cuisine for Bengalis. You can choose from the available selection of fishes like Catla, Hilsa or Rohu for the preparation of this dish. Experience the magical flavours of Bengal and Odisha.

  1. Thukpa

Having being originated in the eastern part of Tibet, thukpa has found its way among one of the most loved and savoured North Eastern cuisines. Thukpa is basically a flavor packed and extremely healthy noodle soup which is a beautiful blend of different ingredients which are used in its preparation like –  chilli powder, coriander powder and other spicy masalas. You have the option of customizing the ingredients and contents of the soup as per your liking (vegetarian or non vegetarian) and for this reason this north eastern cuisine has received a lot of attention, especially from the people living on the hills.

  1. Rogan josh

Rogan josh

Originated in Kashmir and made popular during the reign of Mughal empire, Rogan josh is a delectable mutton curry dish. During the preparation this dish people employ the usage of large and juicy meat chunks which is cooked along with yogurt, a hoard of fragrant spices and herbs that are crushed together among other exotic, flavorful and fragrant spices. However the hero of the dish still remains the authentic dried, de seeded, red chillies which gives the entire dish a power and unique kick of flavors. This dish is consumed as a part of the main course during lunch or dinner along with some butter naan or white steamed rice.

  1. Malai kofta

Malai kofta

This branch of meatball is only found in the Indian subcontinent where the entire dish is customised according to the local ingredients found in the region. The simplest kofta form is made up of ground meat (keema) which is later mixed with a number of fragrant and delicious herbs and spices. Sometimes while simmering down its gravy people also add white eggs to give it some more depth of flavor. This dish is readily available in numerous restaurants and is prepared in almost every Indian household on a daily basis. The flavorful curry goes perfectly with either hot, steaming rotis, naan or with jeera rice.

  1. Shahi paneer

Shahi paneer

This is one of the most loved paneer dishes in India which is made up of some of the most fragrant available spices and herbs along with juicy tomatoes and cashews which forms the base of shahi gravy. Cubes of paneer are dunked inside an extremely flavor packed yellowish curry which is extremely flavorful and lip smacking. This dish goes well with a side of steaming hot rotis or steaming white rice. There a several shahi paneer masalas available in the market which enhances the overall flavor of the dish and is used frequently during its preparation.

  1. Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala

This has to be the unparalleled winner in the best Indian dishes list. Chicken tikka masala boasts of loud flavours like yogurt, coconut, cream and tomatoes which cuts through the simple flavors of herbs and spices seasoning. In this case proper marinating of the boneless chicken is vital since the resultant chicken dish needs to be packed with flavors. Crispy, reddish chicken on the outside and juicy flavoursome chicken from the inside makes chicken tikka masala one of the most sought after chicken dishes of India.

Idiyappam – How to make south Indian breakfast

Idiyappam

How To Make Idiyappam, Kerala style sevai recipe

This is the best food that tastes good, healthy and easily digestible. Made from rice atta, this can be given to people of all age like small kids to senior citizens and even those who have digestion problems and patients. It is double baked making it most healthy and taste can be varied based on individual choice.

Kids will also like this as it is different to look and can be garnished to make it attractive. Idiyappam is one of the most favorite traditional foods of Kerala and Karnataka, which is getting back to the kitchen after a short gap.

Here I am giving the recipe for this yummy food in a simple way so that you can try it at home.

Ingredients :

  • Rice Flour – 1 Cup
  • Salt – one pinch
  • Oil – 3 spoons
  • Water – 2 cups

Preparation :

Add one cup of water to 1 cup rice flour and make a paste. In a thick bottomed vessel heat ½ cup of water with 1 spoon oil and salt. When the water starts boiling add the flour paste and keep stirring continuously to make a homogeneous paste. When it is done, add the balance ½ cup water and close with a lid and leave it on low flame for 5 minutes. Now open the lid and stir till the water gets mixed to form the homogeneous dough. Switch off the stove and allow some time to cool. When it is cool, knead the dough with 2 spoons oil and make small round balls.

Idiyappam recipe

Now in a wide mouthed vessel take 3-4 cups of water and boil it. Add these balls into the boiling water and wait for 5 minutes. When the balls are hot, pick it with a spoon and put it in the Idiyappam machine and press it to form noodles.

Yummy, soft and healthy Idiyappam is ready. This is the base which is bland. Hence we need to add spices to it as per our choice. We can make it sweet or spicy and both will be good.

  • Sweet versions: You can add grated coconut, jaggery and garnish it with cashew and raisins. It can also be relished with Coconut and jaggery kheer. Some people add jaggery and Fried white sesame seed powder to this which gives a unique taste.
  • The spicy version: Take some oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, after they splutter add 2-3 green chilies, a little turmeric, curry leaves, chopped coriander leaves. Add idiyappam to this and add little salt and lemon juice to taste. Garnish with cashew and/ or groundnut.
  • Some people eat it with coconut milk mixed with jaggery and boiled, some with chutney which also tastes awesome.

The main benefit of Idiyappam is that it is double baked and soft hence easy to digest. If you have Idiyappam pressing machine, it is very easy to prepare this and kids will also love this for its looks.

Special note:

Kerala dishes are incomplete without coconut. So adding coconut milk for cooking Idiyappam instead of water makes it tastier and softer. You can use kneader to knead the dough to get a smooth texture.

 

 

Healthy Meals You Can Make in 5 Minutes

You know how important it is to eat nutritious, balanced meals. But if you’re anything like most of us, you sometimes reach for a meal or snack that’s more convenient and quick than it is healthy. It’s tough to always eat well when you’re on the go from morning until night.

Luckily, you don’t have to choose between convenience and your health. There are plenty of meals out there that are quick, easy, and healthy all at once. By learning a few new standby recipes and keeping the right ingredients on hand, you can throw together tasty meals in a snap, and you won’t have to suffer through any guilt or food hangovers later. Quite the opposite – the right food choices will keep you feeling energetic for hours.

Sound good? Here are three quick and healthy meals you can learn to make today.

Berry Smoothie Bowl

blueberry smoothie with chia seeds and fresh berry

Do you have frozen fruit, peanut butter powder, cashew milk, and a blender? If so, you can throw together this refreshing smoothie bowl in just minutes. It might taste like dessert, but this smoothie bowl is packed with filling fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants. The recipe is also easy to tweak based on whatever you’ve got on hand. As written, this is a vegan-friendly recipe, but if you’re not vegan, you could try replacing the cashew milk with Greek yogurt. You can also vary the fruits you include or try topping the bowl with different garnishes.

To make this smoothie bowl, you will need:

  • 3 or 4 frozen bananas
  • 1/3 cup (or a handful) frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup (or a handful) frozen raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder
  • 1/4 cup cashew milk
  • Granola, extra berries, or molasses for garnishing

Toss all of your fruit, cashew milk, and peanut butter powder into a blender. Blend until smooth. This might be easier if you break up your frozen bananas first. Put the smoothie in a bowl, add whatever toppings you like, and enjoy.

5-Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug

If you have five extra minutes and some leftovers in your fridge, you can whip up this fast and easy egg-and-cheese mug for breakfast (or any other meal, really). Besides being super-convenient and minimizing cleanup, one extra benefit of making this meal in a mug is that it’s portable – you can zap it in the microwave and then bring it with you on your way to work or school. What’s not to like?

To make this mug of cheesy goodness, you’ll need:

  • About 1 cup stale bread, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup cooked, chopped meat
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped vegetables (like spinach, mushrooms, or bell pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Start by tearing up your bread and chopping your meat and vegetables finely. Next, microwave the butter in the bottom of a large mug until it melts, about 20 seconds. Whisk in your egg, milk, salt, and pepper. Add your chopped meat and vegetables and your shredded cheese. Then mix in the bread, making sure all the pieces are coated with the egg mixture. Let the bread soak undisturbed for one minute. Then microwave the whole mug for 90 seconds, or until the center is cooked through.

No-Bake Coconut Protein Bites

Coconut Bites

Raw Homemade Healthy Gluten Free Date Bites with Cherry and Chocolate

These sweet, satisfying protein bites make a great quick breakfast or snack. If you tend to crave a pick-me-up during the afternoon slump, try whipping up a batch of these bites so you won’t be tempted to visit the vending machine. They’re also highly customizable, so you can experiment with adding your favorite ingredients!

To make these protein bites, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender. Mix until the ingredients are combined into a dough. Roll the dough into balls – this recipe makes about 14. For best texture, store in the fridge or the freezer.

Guest post by Jason Malone

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