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.
- 1 glass of milk
- 1 Lemon
- 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.
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.
- 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)
- Grate the veggies (you can add any other vegetables as well according to your child’s liking).
- Heat the pan, add olive oil and grated veggies.
- Saute a little, add paneer, salt, black pepper, and oregano.
- Mix well and take off the flame, and it’s done.
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.