Our Veggie Eats

All about the food we eat at home, pack in our lunch boxes, and try everywhere else…. And feel it's blog worthy!

Vegetarian pizza

Vegetarian pizza

Vegetarian pizza

Everyone loves pizza. But to make it a healthy lunchbox item, I started making homemade pizza crust by using 50:50 ratio of whole wheat and All Purpose flours. Starting off with a healthier crust, I top the base with vegetables, baked beans and cheese. Vegetarian pizza went into her lunchbox on Thursday. Packed along with grapes and chocolate milk. Friday was a day off at school, so it’s turning out to be one of those lovely long weekends.

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Vegetarian Pizza recipe

Vegetarian Pizza

Flour – 2 cups (1 cup whole wheat, 1 cup All Purpose)

Yeast – 2 and 1/4 tsp

Warm water – 1 cup (water temp should be comfortable to touch)

Sugar – 2 tsp

Salt – 1/2 to 1 tsp depending on taste

Olive oil – about 1Tbsp

1. Dissolve sugar in the warm water and add yeast. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.

2. Add half of the oil and salt and stir.

3. Combine the flours and start adding slowly and mixing into a dough. Add more flour as necessary (AP or wheat upto 1/2 cup) if it is sticky and knead 5-7 minutes to get a soft, smooth dough. Use some olive oil while kneading to keep the dough from sticking to fingers.

4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and let it rest in a warm place for 30-45 minutes. The dough will double in size.

5. Punch the dough down and divide into 2 balls of equal size. Roll out each ball into approx 10 inch diameter with the help of a rolling pin and some flour to prevent sticking. Put the base on a pizza baking sheet.

6. Punch some holes with a fork, top it with pizza sauce, veggies and cheese and bake in a maximum preheated oven for approx 8 to 10 minutes.

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Chole Tikki Chaat take 2

Potato and chick peas

Chole Tikki Chaat

Chole Tikki Chaat is a mouthwatering sweet and spicy street food of India. It has mashed potato patties, topped with chole (curried chick peas), green and red chutneys and some finely diced onions. Green chutney is made with mint and coriander and red chutney has dates, tamarind and spices.   As I made this for Tuesday’s evening snack, I repurposed the leftover curried chickpeas into a stew for her Wednesday lunchbox along with Aloo Parathas ( Indian flatbread with potato filling). She loved it as the stew was packed in a thermos and was still warm at lunchtime.

 

 

 
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Tuesday

In today’s lunchbox it is veggie burger with caramelized onions and red bell peppers, cheese and ketchup on the side. If you have been reading my earlier posts you must be wondering “what’s with the caramelized onions?” Well, it works for her as she doesn’t care for mustard or dressings. It adds flavor and moisture to burgers, wraps etc. For dessert, carrot cupcake that she helped make over the weekend. She generously sprinkled it with powdered sugar this morning before it went into her lunchbox 🙂

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Monday

Here’s a funny story. As my daughter has grossed herself out by taking PBJ sandwiches every other day of the week the previous year, just the mention of it yesterday night as a suggestion for her lunchbox sent her into a big Noooooooooooooo scream. After all, she reminded me, It’s PE day and I’ll be very hungry. PBJ’s will just NOT work. She was OK with Indian vegetarian lunch of parathas (Indian flat bread) with peas and onion curry (In India, curry is the term used for vegetable). This Indian lunch packs nicely like burritos and is easy for kids to eat. My daughter loves this curry. I am just hoping that she will also eat the parathas I painstakingly made this morning 😉  

 

Paratha with Peas and Onion curry 

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Friday

Thanks to PE, yesterdays lunch was a success.TGIF. Started off by making Indian savory pancakes with potato filling (masala dosa) for breakfast. What can I say – I love Fridays.

Masala Dosa

Masala Dosa

For lunch, it was lentil stew with onions, carrots and spinach mildly spiced with ground coriander, turmeric and cayenne. To go with it some fresh, homemade Indian flatbread (paratha) with date and tamarind chutney. The chutney is sweet and sour and pairs well with savory dishes. She loves lentil stew and will eat it with rice or parathas. I am hoping that the swim lesson will make her sufficiently hungry to do justice to todays’  lunch.

Lentil Stew and Parathas 

Weekend’s here. I don’t have to think about her lunchbox for the next two days. Bliss!

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Thursday

Okay, yesterday’s lunch was quite successful. Most of it was eaten.

I wonder why I didn’t get much sleep last night…..must be the excitement of creating this blog. Might as well enjoy the buzz while it lasts. Anyways, as I was up early, I decided to make crepes with Nutella for breakfast. I used oat flour instead of All Purpose flour to make it healthy. Someone smelled pancakes and was all smiles this morning before they left for school!

For lunch, as she had PE today and is usually hungry enough to eat a complicated lunch, I sent her a small thermos of butternut squash soup and a veggie sausage sandwich with caramelized onions. These are tried and tested recipes at home as she does not enjoy savory surprises in her lunchbox. Sweet surprises are welcome and I do pack them occasionally as she has demonstrated that she can be a smart young lady who will eat dessert only after the main course. She is a big fan of “Chopped” on Food Network channel and truly enjoys 3 course meals 🙂

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Wednesday

Woke up with no ideas whatsoever for her lunchbox. Yesterday evening was busy as she had after school swim lessons and was in no mood to help her ever beleaguered mom. I was busy in the evening making dinner and packing lunch for my husband to take to work the next day. So I put her lunchbox decision on the back burner. Happens often.

So this morning, I opened the refrigerator and stared at it for a good minute. I know this as the ref started beeping because I had it open too long! Then I spotted some tortillas and as quesadillas filled with veggies is one of my daughters favorites (at least when she is at home) I decided to make some. Sauteed some yellow and green bell peppers with onions and seasonings as she likes these veggies. Grilled the tortillas, spread some pizza sauce, topped it with some mozzarella and viola, done for today! Packed it along with chocolate soy milk (about 100 ml) . Hopefully all bases covered in terms of nutrition and fingers crossed that it will be eaten.

  

 

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Vegetarian Lunchbox

A bright new school day and it’s time to pack a healthy vegetarian lunchbox for an elementary school kid. A day by day look at what gets packed and why.

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