There is nothing like home-cooked food now, is there? It is not only healthy, but also nutritious and yummy. But not all of us young parents know how to ace it in the kitchen. That's why have prepared a list of three easy Singaporean home-cooked food that your kids will love.
3 Singaporean home-cooked food recipes
So what's the wait? Let's take a look at each of these Singaporean home-cooked food recipes.
#1 Healthy mini chicken wanton (potstickers)
Why it's healthy: These lightly pan-fried wantons are full of veggies and packed with protein. They also require minimum effort so you can just whip it up within minutes while your child is having a nap. The best thing is that you can include any kind of veggie you like them to have as stuffing. Trust me, your little ones won't notice!
How to make: Cook ground chicken until completely done. Drain off any fat. Return chicken to pan and add broccoli slaw. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened. Add garlic, ginger and soy sauce, cook for 1 more minute.
#2 Alphabet soto ayam (Chicken noodle soup)
Why it's healthy: Instead of giving your child the typical mee soto dish with yellow noodles, try changing it up with a twist – add alphabet pastas instead! You can also cut down on the amount of oil and salt in the broth!
How to make: Click here for soto ayam recipe!
#3 Stir fried beef with green beans and broccoli
Why it's healthy: This is a great way to trick your toddler into eating his veggies! Make sure to soften the beef and cut it into suitable bite-sized pieces before serving it up to him.
How to make: Marinate beef strips in Tamari sauce for at least an hour, or overnight. If you don't have time, don't worry- just let it marinate while you cut up the veggies and it will still have added flavour.
For this Singaporean home-cooked food, heat your oil in a wok or big based fry pan and then add the meat. Brown it lightly cooking for 1 – 2 minutes. Add veggies and garlic and stir through before adding the oyster sauce. Cook for about 3 minutes and you're done!
#4 Beehoon soup mix
Why it’s healthy: Who doesn't love a warm beehoon soup? It's boiled, so it's guaranteed a healthier choice for your baby. And the ingredients are fairly easy to find at your nearby mama shop. Careful though, this soul food will leave your little one yelling for more.
How to make: Boil chicken bones and meat, carrots and onions to create a soup, then add seaweed, fishcake, tau pok, egg yolk and shrimp wonton. Top off with sesame oil/ seeds for an enhanced flavour, and yes add some salt too. If you’re lazy but want good-flavoured soup, use ready-made chicken stock in the soup.
#5 Sugar-free green tea coconut ice cream
Why it's healthy: Your tots will love this one. The best thing about it is that it's sugar free! What's not healthy about that? With only a few ingredients, you'll get to make this amazingly simple healthy dessert every mum will swear by.
How to make: Into a blender container, pour coconut milk. Add pitted dates, matcha green tea powder, and salt. Turn the blender on for 2 minutes. Make sure that the dates are fully dissolved into the coconut milk.
Pour the coconut mixture into a bowl, and place the bowl in the fridge for 1 hour to cool. Pour the cooled coconut mixture into an ice cream churn, and churn until the ice cream is the consistency of soft serve ice cream. The churning process will take about 30 minutes.
If you don't have an ice cream churner, use a wooden spoon and stir every few alternate hours in between the freezing time.
Store the ice cream in a sealed container in the freezer. When you are ready to eat the ice cream, just thaw it on the counter for 15 minutes. Scoop it up into a cone instead of serving it in a bowl – kids love that!
Any other recipes to share? We would love to hear from you!
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