Some back to school lunch ideas with a multicultural twist
Its back to school time here in the US, and many parts of the world and if you are looking for some ideas to serve some multicultural lunches for your toddler, preschooler or kid, here are some ideas. These are based on stuff I used to like as a child and still like. Do add some ideas to this list so that we can have a good reference here for those days when we draw a blank.
Rolls: A Calcutta tradition, updated In the US you call them wraps.
- Take a roti or a parantha or a whole wheat tortilla (Just comment on this post if you need a recipe for roti or parantha)
- You can use these dry or just saute them lightly on one side in a few drops of oil to make them crispier. I like the dry version.
- If you like, you can beat and egg, and saute the covering in the egg and few drops of oil – thats how they often do it in the Calcutta road side stalls of my childhood.
The fillings: The variations on these are endless. Here are a few suggestions.
- Take some boiled chicken, chopped onions, a little bit of garlic. Add salt and any herb you have in hand like Dhania or cilantro and saute all the ingredients together. Squirt some lime juice as you wrap it up.
- You can use leftover cooked or roast chicken but its not really neccessary. I like the simple taste in this one.
- You can add veggies such as chopped carrots, cabbage etc if you like to the above.
- For a vegetarian filling: You can use potato (acts as a binder) mashed, carrots, peas, beans, soya bean chunks (instead of mashed) and use the same saute and wrap process as above. The
- You can also use tofu/cooked paneer sauteed with bell peppers and salt
Quick Chow Mein
- Boil and drain the noodles according to package directions. Add a few oil drops to keep them from sticking together.
- Add finely chopped veggies such as grated carrots, cabbage, beans, sprouts based on the childs choice and yours
- Saute the mix with some salt or soya sauce
- If you like you can add boiled chicken or chopped hard boiled eggs or chopped omlette to the mix.
Simple Sweet Semolina and Roti:
A little bit of a sweet favorite. You can make Suji as per the Indian and vegetarian baby food recipe post. Just serve sufficient amount in a container with roti/ parantha on the side. Makes a quick snack too, after coming home. You can serve some leftover veggies or salad on the side.
I also had written a post on multicultural toddler snacks and lunch ideas and had got some great suggestions in the comments section. Dont forget to look at the comments.
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