All snack-in-a-box

In case you want to go browsing through different posts, look them all up here. I’ve stopped collating them by date here, ‘coz it really doesn’t matter :).

cucumber patternCarrots and cucumbers when methi roti gets too dry for kiddo. Neeti had a tip about adding yogurt to methi roti dough to keep the rotis moist. Good idea! The carrot flowers are inch long pieces with the pattern cut out on the sides. Just stack them where there is space. The little box is sugar for the rotis. For the cucumber, peel off the skin in alternate strips, slice, and then arrange in an alternating pattern.

peda namkeenKuch meetha, kuch namkeen is in our genes by now I guess. For an Indian, it’s an oft heard phrase at just about every occasion! Carrying it into Sid’s snack box with a peda (milk sweet) sliced into a flower shape – you can do this with any sweet of any shape. Just get jittery with a knife! And some murukku (fried savoury)… You can pack two of those sweets to keep them from moving around in the box.

rasta_fruitThere are so many ways in which you can get creative with packing a snack. Starting with making funny faces! Apples and pears, a grape sliced in two…make this funny man. I know, the body looks like a poncho, but it’s still cute :).

cran cookies strawberriesIf you’ve made or bought cookies and want to pack them for a snack, they can seem a bit dry. Pair them up with fruit that go with the cookies. If not in taste, in color! Here cranberry and oat cookies are paired with strawberries dusted with caster sugar.

fruitsA fruit medley is always enticing. Oranges or sweet lime, combined with other juicy fruits like grapes, pomegranates make up this colorful snack box.

toothpick saladDiscovering toothpicks has given way to a slew of snack box ideas. Pierce fruit, salad veggies –  what ever your kids like, and make it a little more fun to eat.

toothpick roll 3Toothpick chapathi rolls and cut them up to make it easier for your kiddos to polish them off! See the full process here.

marble cake pita chipsMarble cake and pita chips are a great snack. Baked pita chips are far more healthier than fried potato crisps. get baked crisps whenever you can. And these days corn or wheat crisps are available in almost all supermarkets.

choc cake cookieSome days are chocolate days! And once in a while, I will indulge Sid in chocolate. He’s not the kind who loves nuts and a variety of things in the chocolate so the scope is quite limited – to plain chocolate cake :) most times. Today’s snack box has thin slivers of home made chocolate cake and one chocolate chip cookie center stage.

cucumber carrotA cucumber stick snack gets a twisted carroty smile.

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Corn CanapesCanapes are available in supermarkets in Bengaluru these days. Baked, so they’re healthy. And they’re so versatile you can practically do anything you want with them. This snack has a corn filling. Bake the canapes in a microwave on high for 2 minutes to get them crisp. Saute the fresh corn, add some salt and pepper and fill ’em up.

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potato wedgesPotato wedges, a favourite at weekend breakfasts goes in the snack box. Why not, no? Potatoes are good for kids and what ever’s good, goes! Just chop them into chunks with the skin on and either bake in a 245 deg heated oven with olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano brushed on, for 20 minutes. Or pan fry with very little olive oil for the same taste and texture. Dollop in some cream cheese to dip them in.

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salad shapesMini cookie cutters on carrots and cucumber slices! After cutting up some lovely stars, crescent moons, clovers, and flowers, I didn’t have the heart to chuck or just cram into MY mouth the lovely rings that were left over from the cutting. So I plonked some of those into his snack box too. Sid loved it. He said he and his friends tried to match the shapes to their rings, and had fun doing that!

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Apples cheese chikkiOn a day that I reach into the fridge and find only apples and cheese, that’s what goes into the box! Some home made chikki saves the day.

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baby corn

This one is baby corn, sauted for a few minutes, with some chopped spring onions, salt and pepper, and light soy sauce. It’s accompanied by some julienned carrot.

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Jul 19, 2010

applesnackA simple arrangement of green and red apple slices for a snack today! Sid saw it and said I hope my friends don’t ask me for apple today… (yay!)

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Jul 07, 2010

raw baby corn apples grapesSid’s snack today has baby corn sprinkled with a little salt, red globe grapes and two wee baby apples. I did get the “why are you sending only fruits mom” question today, followed by a “kurkure” wail… X

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Jul 06, 2010

strawberries, cheese and cookiesThese days I’m trying to add fruit into every snack box that Sid takes to school. Today’s snack has 3 sliced strawberries sprinkled with sugar, 2 different colored cheese slices alternated and 4 biscuits.

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