Healthy sweet-potato dessert

At times its good to try different things and create some healthy food. Healthy eating is in everyone’s mind these days and we all trying to incorporate easy to make healthy recipes in our cooking.

I’m happy to share this sugar-free oats and sweet potato mithai that I made few days back. Honestly speaking I wouldn’t have used oats in preparing this sweet. Since I was running out of mawa I used oats in the filling.

Sweet-potato-baked-dessert

Normally I always keep mawa in my refrigerator as my family is fond of mawa sweets like chandrakala, suji and gond ki barfee or parwal ki mithai.

I was glad with the taste and texture of rolls with addition of oats in it. Surprisingly family didn’t find out that it contained oats. I later on disclosed I have used oats. 🙂

Oats is very versatile and blends seamlessly. Like in this oats and banana pancakes kids won’t even come to know that this delicious and gorgeous looking pancakes have oats and banana in them.

Coming back to this desert I made it as healthy as possible. Like there is no frying, no sugar and no refined flour as well. Here is the list of ingredients and by having a look at ingredients you will realize what I’m saying is so true.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potato: 2 (medium size)
  • Cottage cheese: ¼ cup
  • Milk: ½ cup
  • Oats: 1/4 cup
  • Ghee (clarified butter):1 tbsp
  • Rose extract: 1/4 tsp
  • Honey: ¼ cup
  • Dry rose leaves
  • Almond flakes: 1 tsp
  • Pistachio flakes: 1 tsp

Procedure:

  • In a pan keep milk for boiling. Once milk start boiling add oats in it and steamer on low heat just like we make porridge. In 5 minutes oats will get cooked and porridge will be ready. Take it off flame when you get thick stick paste kind consistency.
  • Add cottage cheese, honey, almond and pistachio flakes and Mix it thoroughly. Once blended take it off the flame.

Cottage cheese can be easily made at home, you can read the how to make cottage cheese procedure. Cottage cheese is very nutritious and should be included in our diets. Kids simply love these healthy cottage cheese muffins.

  • Let few steam escape and add rose extract and dry rose leaves. Mix it so that rose flavor is well blended in filling. The filling is ready and will look like this. Taste of filling itself was delicious and tasted like dry rabdi.

oats-sweet-potato-mithai-filling

  • Now we proceed for the outer layer of this healthy dessert. Clean and peel sweet potato. Make thin slices of sweet potato and soak them in water. Soaking in water will prevent slices from getting black.

Sweet-potato-slices

  • Put one spoon of filling in center of each sweet potato slice and roll it.
  • Pierce a toothpick to secure the roll. Repeat the process and make as many rolls as you want.

sweet-potato-dessert

  • Grease a baking tray with ghee or unsalted butter. Arrange these rolls in tray for baking brush these rolls slightly with melted ghee.
  • Preheat the oven @ 200C. Bake these rolls for 15 minutes.
  • On baking sweet potatoes will become tender. As each oven behaves differently you need to confirm if they are cooked by touching them. If they are under-cooked bake them for 10 more minutes.

Garnish them with rose petals before serving.

sugarless-sweet-potato-dessert

I hope you enjoy making these healthy dessert. If you are looking for sugar-free sweets do try these sugar-less peanut ladoo.

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Italian Veggie Potato

Last weak it was all about Holi festival, meaning lot’s of food and fun with colors. After having sweet Chandrakala and fried Spicy Samosas along with other festival food, today I was in mood to make something healthy and easy-to-make breakfast.

A look inside my fridge gave me a bowl of home-made cottage cheese (paneer) and some boiled potatoes. Just before closing the fridge I also caught glance of jar of home-made pizza sauce.

Last weak I got tomatoes at reasonable rate, so had made pizza sauce and kept it in fridge – it always comes handy. So, with these ingredients I thought why not try something new with Italian flavor.

Fortunately, the attempt was successful as it was loved by all in my family. Happy smiles on everyone’s face encouraged me to share this simple yet healthy recipe. It’s nutritious and if you have boiled potato and cottage cheese ready with you then it gets ready in no time.

Italian Veggie Potato

Here is the list of ingredients:

  • Chopped onion: ¼ cup
  • Chopped capsicum: ¼ cup
  • Chopped tomatoes: ½ cup
  • Chopped boiled potatoes: ½ cup
  • Cottage cheese: ½ cup
  • Pizza sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil: 1 tbsp
  • Oregano: ½ tsp
  • Black pepper: ¼ tsp
  • Salt as per taste

Italian Veggie Potato - Ingredients

Procedure

  • Toss the chopped onions, capsicum and tomatoes in olive oil on medium flame. Once the vegetables become tender, add chopped boiled potatoes. You can very well add vegetables of your choice. Anything like carrots, cabbage, olives, corn will also blend beautifully.

Italian Veggie Potato - Tossing

I had only these vegetables available today, so went ahead with these only. No matter how much I plan in night for the next day’s breakfast, what gets finally on table is decided once I get in kitchen and say good morning to fridge. 🙂

  • Add some pizza sauce. I have used home-made pizza sauce here. You can alternatively go with tomato ketchup as well. Mix thoroughly and add cottage cheese. Again, you can also add paneer cubes or cheese of your choice. It’s your dish, personalize it the way you want.
  • Sprinkle some oregano, black pepper and salt. Blend everything together and your dish is ready.

Italian Veggie Potato - Seasoning

Serve immediately. You can serve it with bread toast. In my opinion, this dish is versatile enough to be munched on its own or served as a side-dish or as a sabzi.

Italian Veggie Potato - ready to be served

I had leftover of this dish, so we had it in our lunch with multi-grain paratha and it tasted good.

If you happen to like it do suggest me a better name for it – I still feel it can be called something better. For me making a recipe is easier than naming it. So please help! 🙂

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Veggies Paneer for Kids

As a mother I know how difficult it is to make her child drink a glass of milk. I am sure you’ll not disagree if I say it’s no less than a battle in itself.

After weaning my daughter, all I wanted was that she at least had one small glass of milk to start with. But even this simple task became a headache for me. I tried all possible methods but all was in vain – she would just not drink milk.

Tried different flavors like – rose syrup, saffron, warm chocolate, Bournvita, but all was just a waste of time and effort. I was really on pins and needles.

So one fine day, on her regular vaccine-visit I asked her pediatrician for any solution. However, to my surprise, doctor opined that it’s normal for kids to dislike milk post weaning phase.

Her simple advice was to stop forcing my child to drink milk. Instead, her suggestion was to give her milk only when she demands. She will eventually start drinking once she grows up.

But having said that, she did mention to include other calcium-rich dairy products in her diet – like paneer (cottage cheese), curd etc.

This gave me an idea that instead of literally running behind her with the glass of milk, why not experiment different and importantly interesting (at least for her) recipes with calcium-rich dairy products.

So, in this post I will tell you about one of the many recipes I tried out (she really loved it) with homemade paneer. Best part is, it’s rich in protein and calcium, along with being very easy to make.

So, here we go…

Firstly, I’ll tell how to make paneer at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 glass of milk
  • 1 Lemon

Procedure:

  • Boil the glass of milk.
  • Add few drops of lemon juice in it and stir well. You can use vinegar or citric acid as well, however I prefer using natural ingredients as much as possible.
  • Once the milk curdles up, take it off the flame after few boils.
  • Let it cool and then strain the water.
Strained cottage cheese
Strained Paneer

Now, let’s move on to the main recipe. This particular preparation can be made in no time and makes good breakfast or evening snack option for kids.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup paneer
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil/butter/ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of black pepper (from my personal experience I can say that taste of black pepper is usually liked by kids, and in small amount it’s healthy too)
  • A pinch of oregano (optional)

Procedure:

  • Grate the veggies (you can add any other vegetables as well according to your child’s liking).
Grated Vegetables
Grated Vegetables
  • Heat the pan, add olive oil and grated veggies.

Grated vegetables in pan

  • Saute a little, add paneer, salt, black pepper, and oregano.

Paneer mixed with Vegetables

  • Mix well and take off the flame, and it’s done.
Veggies Paneer
Final Recipe – Veggies Paneer

It’s not just simple to make, it tastes good as well. It’s not only liked by my daughter but my husband has also become its fan. You can use this mix as sandwich-filling or to make an open-toast as well. There can be multiple combinations. You just need to wear your thinking cap.