Aaj khane mein kya hai?

As a working mother, the evening 6 ‘o’clock bell gave me a pit-in-the-stomach feeling almost every day as I dreaded that one question my munchkins threw at me as soon as I entered home, ‘What’s for dinner tonight mom?’. I wish I could run off to my mom too and just ask her the same question and just relax in her comfy abode! But the mother hen in me would be quick to spring back into action making me feel guilty and rush into the kitchen!!

Well, call it right or wrong, most of us have always pictured our moms as givers of love, attention and most importantly delicious food! Working moms or non working moms, food at home always has images of our moms. Dinner is the most important meal in most homes because its family time too. Every family wants tasty and different recipes every day.

As a mother you want to provide healthy food to your kids too. Along with healthy, it gets tough to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. Boring everyday food is dreaded not only by your kids but your partner too. If one kid loves ladies fingers, the other one hates it. So how do you mix and match to everyone’s likes and dislikes in a jiffy and provide something healthy, tasty and different every day?

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Mothers tend to get clueless most of the time as to what to cook for dinner..but, they forget they are multitaskers too. With just a few hacks and interesting changes, everyday food can be made tasty and droolworthy.

These few tips listed below can help us plan our daily meals which will win words (if not certificates) of appreciation by our families:

  1. Plan ahead and plan weekly: This saves upto 75% of your hassles. Try to go groceryshopping every weekend. This will always keep your fridge stocked. Always buy different vegetables than what you got last week. This will prevent repetition and no one will get bored eating the same stuff. You should always jot down your weekly menu or at least fix days for 6 varieties of veggies for dinner. If you know it has to be spinach this Friday, then you only have to think about making it in an interesting way. Half of your dinner is made when you have pre-decided what to make that day.

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  1. Rolls, healthy pizzas and healthy burgers: If chapattis and paranthas sound boring every day, then turn them into interesting rolls. A dash of ketchup or tamarind paste along with some healthy green vegetable can turn any roti sabji into an interesting veggie roll. A cheese sprinkling on top can make it droolworthy and lipsmacking. Similarly, try making a parantha pizza and a burger with a carrot n peas filling. Most of the time, you don’t have to even tell them about the ingredients.

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  1. Tasty greens: Ever tried palak bhaaji instead of regular potato bhaaji. Kids most of the time like the name of the interesting dish rather than the taste. Tell them that’s it’s your new innovation and they might love your palak bhaaji. Similarly bottle gourd and ridge gourd can be churned in your gravies instead of only onions and tomatoes.
  2. Lentils and pulses in a sneaky avatar: My son hates daal chawal. For him it’s a punishment food. So how do I make pulses go into his system! I make lentil pancakes and daal ka parantha. Food innovation is easy. As a mother you know what your child relishes. Just try to replicate their favourite dish with some healthy goodness.

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  1. More of proteins and less of carbs: Balance all their food groups every day. A paneer pizza is not only healthy but tasty too. Switch the regular bread base with just a thin cottage cheese base and your child will get his daily dose of protein.
  2. Air frying instead of oil frying: Did you know fryums can be microwaved or air-fried too. Kids just love to munch on these snacks. Try to make them as oil free as possible and let them munch on it the whole day.
  3. GPRS: All the smart kids of today would love the concept of GPRS- grilled, poached, roasted and steamed. Just make it your new mantra for food and your kids would definitely and eagerly follow it. More of grilling, poaching, roasting and steaming. Involve your kids in your dinner menu and present it in an interesting way.

These few changes in dinner will make you all look forward to ‘Aaj khaane mein kya hai?’

Akansha is the Founder and Consultant at Beyond the Weighing Scale. With a wide range of expertise and skills, she is adept to speak about nutrition, health, lifestyle management and physical activity. She is a popular food columnist, a passionate foodie, a health enthusiast, an avid traveler and a happy yogi.



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