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Happy Mondays and Eggless Wholewheat Baked Empanadas

And Monday was closed with a bang ! The Wholewheat Empanadas that I packed for my son’s snack were a hit with not just him but also his friends 🙂 He has come back with requests for more of them and soon. What a lovely and healthy tiffin snack option this is – will upload recipe soon but let me tell you that the baked version is the way to go . Such amazing texture and crust. And the delicious filling makes it complete. Nothing else could have made for a Happy Monday !

P.S. let me ask you a quick question- what’s that red sauce that you are on the plate ? Not your regular tomato sauce or salsa or even tomato garlic chutney! Take a guess 🙂

This is the first time I attempted baking Wholewheat Eggless Empanadas.

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Recipe –

Ingredients –

For the Empanada Dough –

  • 1 cups wholewheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt , 1/4 tsp dried chives, 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 50 gms unsalted cold butter cut into pieces
  • 3-4 tablespoons of ice-cold water

For the Filling I used ( you can be as creative with the filling as you want to).

2 boiled potatoes mashed, 2-3 florets of broccoli roughly chopped, salt and white pepper – All sauteed together in 1 tbsp of olive oil.

Method –

  1. Mix the wholewheat flour, salt and spices. Add the butter and rub it slowly into this mix until it looks like coarse bread crumbs. Add water one tbsp at a time until the dough comes together. 
    Make the dough into a ball. Cover it in cling wrap and keep in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 
    When you want to bake it, roll the dough out very thin and then cut small round shapes. Add a few tablespoons of filling in the center of each disc.
    Fold the disc and press lightly to seal completely. Then use a fork to press the edges.
    Brush the tops with some melted butter-milk mixture. Place on a lightly greased baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes at 175 degrees C.
    Eat hot !
    If anyone wants to know about the Tomato-Dates Chutney – its a simple mix of chopped tomato (1 ),  1 tsp of panchphoron spice mix, 2-3 dates chopped, a small piece of green chilly, a pinch of salt, 2-3 mint leaves in ghee. In some versions jaggery is also added, I didnt add it since it was sweet enough for me. Then roughly grind it.

Let me know how your bake turns out ! This dough can be frozen and kept for 10 days too for baking later.

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Taking your kids along & Oats-Buckwheat Granola Bars !

About 10 days ago I had the community meetup for Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community which is a 23,000 member healthy baking community that I started in November 2014.

As with most events, I almost always take my little ones along. My son has been at many events, presentations, client meetings with me. And now so is my daughter.

It’s not as effortless as it seems to hold a baby in one arm and speak about a variety of things particularly in front of many people. A baby is usually unpredictable and might decide to play with you in the middle of your talk. She might get unnerved with the crowd in front and cry. She might also decide to join the discussion by interspersing it with baby chatter. And you have to learn to smile through it. Even as your arm aches and the shoulder becomes frozen. Because you truly want to be in two places at the same time – with your baby and in the place you are speaking at. And you can make it work with such steps 🙂 but it’s never effortless. Never an easy way to do this. But always fun!

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And because women play such versatile roles and many of them at that, let me share a healthy and super versatile snack.

Why are granola bars such a popular healthy bake? Everyone usually has many versions of it.
It works with a range of ingredients.
It works for kids and adults alike.
It can be made vegan or gluten-free too.
It packs a lot of goodness in one tiny bite – that alone is enough reason to bake and store them.
So here is one of my versions  –
Ingredients –
1 cup of roasted oats,
1/4 cup of buckwheat flour,
Some chia seeds,melon seeds, sunflower seeds,almonds, cranberries – as per your preference.
1/2 cup raw unrefined sugar and 1 tbsp liquid jaggery.
Melted butter to just bring it together a bit.
Method –
Pack it tightly into a square baking tin. Bake at 160 degrees C for 30  minutes and cut it into squares. Bake an additional 5-7 minutes. Cool off , remove the squares and eat or store in air tight container.
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Being “in the moment” & Gluten-free , Butter-free Spinach Caramelized Onion Quiche

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Every so often one thinks and over-thinks how to manage a crazy schedule with two little kids – who are little enough to find joy in the most ordinary things in life together. Yet a little apart in age to move onto different things that hold their interest.

My son is now in the phase where he loves the story of ‘Black Beauty’, the horse and his life journey. And we are reading it over and over again. And we are carrying it to bed so that he can hug the book and sleep. My daughter is mainly treating books as a chew toy when no one is watching and at times trying to turn the pages to discover what’s inside.
And yet, he decided to keep away his book and try and flip through the pages of his sister’s book with her. She in turn , despite being so tiny has figured out that when we are reading out his story book, she can also actually join in by listening !

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As adults there are so many times when we refuse to give up what we love doing just for a few hours to try and be with the other person and do what they truly want to do.

But children ? They can drop what they enjoy doing with unbelievable ease, and move onto another thing that makes the other person happy and immediately get engrossed in that.

May we all find the quality to be in the moment , be involved and be engrossed in what someone else loves doing – even if it is not what we might like.

Happy week ahead to all of you 🙂

For this time, here is a recipe that is super simple. It’s quick to mix and bake. Contains loads of spinach and some great spices . And a hint of Millet flour . It’s a great recipe to add to your collection of mealtime bakes and get more spinach into your child’s foodplate !

Pick up a fork and dig into these yum crustless glutenfree , butterfree Spinach and Caramelized Onion Quiche.

Ingredients –

1 bunch of spinach washed and chopped finely

2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely

1 large onion sliced thinly and caramelized till they are brown

1 cup milk

2 eggs

2 tbsp jowar/sorghum flour

1 tbsp oil

Seasoned with salt, paprika and thyme as per your requirement.

Method – Beat the eggs nicely and add the seasoning, as well as the chopped garlic. Add milk and beat well. Add the jowar flour and oil, mix well. Add the onions and spinach. Mix well.

Pour it into ramekins or tart tins. Sprinkle some cheese ( optional). Bake for 20-25 minutes at 175 degrees C.

 

 

 

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Sunday evening conversations & Gluten-free Pizza topped with barbecue chicken

gluten free Pizza topped with barbecue chicken. The base is made of jowar sorghum millet , foxtail millet grains and fresh amaranth leavesMondays are not the most exciting days unless you truly enjoy what you do for a living. Sometimes it becomes better because of conversations that you have had the previous evening just as the weekend was winding down.

One such conversation while I sipped my #tea was with my 5 year old. I usually try and ask him what he wants in his #snack box and we negotiate or re-negotiate to come to a common ground on what we both are comfortable with 🙂 Now, remember I am not aiming to win the parent of the year award and so these are tough discussions about why store-bought chips cannot be a part of the box. But there are many moments which fill my heart with pride for the child I am raising – I told him that I will give him paneer / cottage cheese as one of the items for a snack on his #tiffin . He responded back saying that he wanted to eat #foxnuts / makhana . And as if to convince me he added ‘those are as healthy as paneer, Mamma’ . Truly speaking those are healthier and I realised that the slow and often challenging process of inculcating #healthyeating in #children is finally paying off ! 

On that note, let me share yet another one of my little boy’s favourites – a healthy pizza made with a base that you can’t imagine and topped with barbeque chicken.

Baked gluten free Pizza topped with barbecue chicken. The base is made of jowar / sorghum millet , foxtail millet grains and fresh amaranth leaves !

1 cup jowar

1/2 cup coarsely ground foxtail millet

1/2 cup chopped amaranth leaves ( red ones)

1 green chilly and 2 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp oil

Salt as per preference

1 tsp paprika powder for flavour

Warm water

For Topping – Homemade Pizza Sauce, Grated cheese, corn, capsicum, barbeque chicken pieces / shredded portions.

Mix the flours and the spices. Add the chopped leaves, green chilly and garlic and grind well.  Add to the flour-spice mix. Then add the oil and mix till it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add warm water to bring together the dough. Let it rest for 30 minutes.

Roll it out into rectangles, cut the pizza slices / triangles and bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees C, for 15-20 minutes until crisp. Remove and cool entirely, before storing in air tight containers.

Use with any toppings of your preference, and bake again for 10-12 minutes with the topping.