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10 fireless no-cook recipes for kids that don’t need you to slave over the gas oven!

We all know cooking isn’t the most pleasant part of our lives. But when you have children who are constantly hungry (how?!) you can’t help but cook something. But what if we told you that you can still feed your child, and make him stop complaining, without cooking at all? Yes, these fireless cooking recipes make sure you don’t have to stand before a hot, flaming gas every time your child screams he is hungry.

1. Chilled cucumber soup

Source: The Healthy Foodie

Your child is possibly only used to hot soups. Surprise them with this chilled soup that is very filling and healthy!

You need: 

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp yogurt, heaped
  • 7-8 mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups chicken stock 

To make this,

  1. Blend the chopped cucumbers in a mixie.
  2. Add chicken stock yogurt, mint, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Blend it all together.
  3. Keep it in the fridge to cool.
  4. Add the chilled cucumber soup in individual bowls.
  5. Sprinkle the chopped cucumber, mint, and grated parmesan on it. For the final touch drizzle some olive oil.
  6. Serve with breadsticks

2. Sprouts Chaat

Source: Archana’s Kitchen

Everyone knows how children just love chaats! The tangy, slightly hot, slightly sweet taste of chaats make them surefire winners when it comes to children, and the advantage of this chaat is that it is super healthy!

You need:

  • 1 cup kaala channa-sprouted
  • 1 cup soya beans-boiled
  • 1 cup moong daal-sprouted
  • 1 cup rajma
  • 1 cup paneer-diced
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves-chopped
  • Green chillies-chopped to taste
  • 1 cup onions-chopped fine
  • 1 cup tomato-de-seeded and chopped fine
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chaat masala
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds-roasted and ground
  • Lemon juice to taste 

To make this:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and serve.
  2. You can also add a little curd or sonth ki chutney if so desired.
  3. You can vary the combinations according to your liking or choose only moong sprouts if you like.

3. Biscuit cake

Source: Happy Foods Tube

This is for all those times when your children just want cake but you have neither the time, nor the energy to bake one!

You need:

  • 10 chocolate biscuits
  • ½ cup milk
  • 5-6 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Slivered almonds

To make this:

  1. Crush the chocolate biscuits in a grinder till you get a fine consistency.
  2. Take a bowl and add the powdered biscuits, milk, sugar and butter in it.
  3. Mix these ingredients with a whisker.
  4. Pour this mixture into the baking tray and set it properly. Garnish with slivered almonds
  5. Now, place the tray in the freezer for 20-25 minutes, and then transfer it to refrigerator section for an hour.
  6. When it’s done perfectly, cut into pastry pieces and serve.
  7. You can also chopped nuts in this. 

4. Peanut Butter Apple Sandwich

Source: Krema Nut Company

An excellent snack for your child because it contains everything healthy – fruit, whole wheat Bread and nut butter.

You need:

  • 2 slices brown bread
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter, or to taste
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and grated or sliced

To make this:

  1. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Place grated apple onto one slice, and place the other peanut butter slice of bread on top. Or you can place the apples on the same side as peanut butter and use jam on the other slice. 
  3. Serve immediately.

5. Chocolate Sandesh

This Bengali favourite is a wonderful way to satisfy the sweet cravings of your child without letting them have high-fat dairy products. This recipe uses low-fat paneer, which is healthier, and easy to work with.

You need: 

  • 1 cup freshly made low-fat paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

To make this:

  1. Combine the paneer and sugar in a deep bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla essence and mix well till the mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a round, flat circle.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and serve chilled. You can sprinkle some chopped almonds on top. 

6. Schezwan Paneer Sandwich

Source: TarlaDalal

It’s got heat, it’s tangy, and it’s everything kids want after getting back home from school or after play in the evening!

You need: 

  • 2 brown bread slices
  • To Be Mixed Together Into Sour Cream
  • 1/8 cup thick curds
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 

For the Schezwan Paneer Stuffing

  • 1 tbsp schezwan sauce
  • 1/8 cup chopped paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1/8 cup chopped capsicum (red , yellow and green)
  • 1/2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • salt to taste

To make this:

  1. Combine the coloured capsicum, schezwan sauce, tomato ketchup and salt in a deep bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the paneer and mix gently. Keep aside.
  3. Mix ingredients for the sour cream and keep aside.
  4. Place 2 bread slices on a clean, dry surface and apply a portion of the sour cream on both the bread slices.
  5. Spread a portion of the schezwan paneer stuffing evenly on a bread slice and sandwich it using another bread slice with the sour cream side facing downwards.
  6. Cut the sandwich diagonally into 2 equal pieces and serve.

7. Pinwheel Sandwich

Source: cbc.ca

Serve your children sandwich but in a completely new way. The combination of tastes in this sandwich makes it quite a tongue tickler too!

You need:

  • 6 bread slices
  • 2 tsp mixed fruit jam
  • 2 tsp cheese spread
  • 1 tsp mustard (rai/ sarson) sauce
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp green chutney
  • a few thinly sliced coloured capsicum (red, yellow and green)
  • 2 tsp finely chopped black olives

To make this:

  1. Remove the crust from all the bread slices and discard them.
  2. Flatten each bread slice using a rolling pin.
  3. Place a bread slice on a clean, dry surface and spread 1 tsp of jam over it.
  4. Place another bread slice over it and spread 1 tsp of cheese spread and ½ tsp of mustard paste.
  5. Put the third bread slice on top and spread ½ tsp of butter and ½ tsp of green chutney
  6. Place a few capsicum slices on one side of the sandwich and top it with 1 tsp of olives spread evenly over it.
  7. Tightly roll the bread slices from the capsicum and to the other end to make a roll.
  8. Cut the roll into bite-sized portions using a sharp knife.

8. No bake cheesecake

Source: Kraft Recipes

Who doesn’t love a cheesecake? This no-bake version of a cheesecake would be a huge hit with both children and adults.

You need: 

  • 1 cup Marie biscuits (fine crumbs)
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (chilled)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Few slices of fresh fruit of your choice

To make this: 

  1. First line a cake pan with wax paper or parchment paper.
  2. Mix cookie crumbs and butter well to combine.
  3. Transfer the mix to prepared pan and press evenly to make it very firm. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually add the cream, and lemon juice and continue beating until stiff peak forms.
  5. Spread the cream cheese evenly over crust, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 3 days.
  6. Just before serving top with fruits.

9. Fruit Sushi

Source: Upstate Ramblings

This is a really good snack for your children. For one, it is attractive to look at, which makes it a hit with children. Secondly, the bananas and pomegranates in this help with your child’s potassium levels and help to kill intestinal worms and cure infections.

You need:

  • 1 banana
  • 3-4 blueberries or strawberries
  • Pomegranate seeds

To make this:

  1. Cut the banana into bite-size pieces
  2. Using a small knife, scoop out the centre of each piece.
  3. Put a blueberry, or a sliced strawberry or even some peanut butter into the hole
  4. Put on an attractive plate and sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on it.
  5. You can also serve this with a drizzle of honey or with some honey on the side as a dip.

10. Chocolate Fruit Pizza

Source: Rhodes Bake-N-Serv

If your children are not big fans of a bowl of fruit, this is a fabulous way to get them to eat a lot of fruits!

You need:

  • 1 cup – almonds, whole
  • 15 medium – dates
  • 2 tablespoon – coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon – cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup – cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup – hung curd
  • 1/3 tablespoon – orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon – orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • Seasonal fruits of your choice

To make this:

  1. First, make the base by blitzing the almonds in a food processor until they have broken down into a fine consistency, almost like almond flour. Add the dates, melted coconut oil, cocoa powder and vanilla extract and continue to blitz until the dates have been finely chopped and everything is well combined.
  2. Press the mixture into a dish and place in the fridge for an hour to set. If you don’t have much time then you can put it in the freezer for 15 – 20 minutes.
  3. Make the filling by mixing the cream cheese, hung curd, orange juice and zest and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Now spread this mixture on the top of the pizza base and then decorate with the fruit topping of your choice.
  4. If you are using sweet fruits, you can also use a sour cream filling. See the recipe for Schezwan Paneer Sandwich to know how to.

Feature image: Kidspot



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