Nutella Mug Cake

Your little one is craving for a homemade cake?

Well, baking a cake can be a real task at times. But, the easy Nutella mug cake recipe below will help you out bake a delightful cake within 2-3 minutes.

Try it out and I am sure your kids will love it. 🙂

 

Best Foods For Baby (and What To Avoid)

It’s an exciting milestone when baby is ready for solids. But what should you feed him or her in the first year? The options are almost endless, but you can’t go wrong with these healthy choices.

When it comes to feeding baby, there’s no “Top 10” list of super foods for moms to print out, stick on the fridge and stick to. (Sorry!) But experts agree that limiting your little one to a few “best” foods in her first year (or any year, for that matter) would actually do her a disservice.

Bananas

Bananas are full of carbohydrates, which provide sustained energy, as well as fiber to support a healthy digestive tract. They’re a perfectly portable baby food, as they come in their own easy-to-peel packaging. When serving bananas to young babies, make sure they are ripe and thoroughly mashed. Older babies can eat chopped bananas as finger food, but they should also be ripe so they’re easy for young eaters to mash and chew.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber and an excellent source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps prevent certain types of cancer and mops up free radicals. Most babies prefer sweet potatoes over other vegetables because of their naturally sweet taste. When cooked and mashed, sweet potatoes make a smooth puree that’s easy to eat, even for babies who are just starting the to transition to solid foods.

Best Age for Sweet Potatoes: Six months and older

Avocados

Avocados are sometimes thought of as a vegetable, but they are actually a fruit! They also contain more nutrients than any of their food-group kin. Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit and are rich in monounsaturated fat — the “good” type of fat that helps prevent heart disease. Make sure you only serve Baby ripe avocados. Wash the outside, then remove the peel and mash well. Since they’re high in fat, avocados can quickly make your baby feel full, so just serve a little on the side with other foods, such as meat or chicken purees.

Best Age for Sweet Potatoes: Six months and older

Meat

Meat—like chicken, lamb or beef—is an excellent source of protein, as well as iron, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and zinc. Just make sure it’s pureed to a smooth texture. Try mixing the pureed meat with breast milk and a favorite veggie puree if you’re preparing it yourself, or buy plain pureed jarred meats.

Best Age for Meat: 7 to 10 months and older

Yogurt

Plain (not vanilla) whole-milk yogurt is another protein-rich option for baby—plus, it contains calcium and beneficial live active cultures.

Best Age for Yogurt: Nine months and older

 

A FEW FIRST YEAR NO-NOS

Honey

Tempted to sweeten up baby’s bland pear sauce with a touch of honey? Don’t.  The tummies of babies under age one simply can’t deactivate the botulism spores that might be in honey. So avoid this food until baby has passed his or her first birthday.

Nuts and Peanuts

You can introduce small amounts of creamy—not chunky—peanut butter when your child is one year old (try spreading a thin layer on a cracker), but avoid nuts in whole form until he or she is 4 years old to prevent choking.

Cow’s Milk

Babies just can’t easily digest cow’s milk, which is one reason why experts recommend waiting until the one-year mark before offering it.

 

 

8 Tips for Cooking with Kids

Cooking can help kids develop essential learning and motor skills. Here are some tips to get them started.

Cooking with kids is worth the time and mess, and even the odd inedible dish. Along with learning skills like chopping, they’re also honing their reading, math, science and problem solving. Here’s how to get your little sous-chef started.

1. Pick a project
Set aside time on a weekend (do not attempt this on a Tuesday night), and tackle a dish together: Browse cookbooks, shop for ingredients and see it through all the way to plating, which engages their artistic side.

2. Don’t hover
Fight the urge to follow your kids around with a cloth, and try not to take over when the quinoa spills. Freedom will make them feel competent and confident. (Remember: To make an omellete, you’ve got to break some eggs. Things will get messy.)

3. Give them power
How should we top the pizza? What should we fill the burrito with? Is there a pasta shape that works best with this kind of sauce? Let kids call the shots. And enjoy the occasional “avant-garde” creation.

4. Start with breakfast
Spend a lazy Sunday morning making the easiest meal of the day: Eggs any style, pancakes or waffles, fruit salad and smoothies.

5. Play with dough
Put her mad Play-Doh skills to good use. Bake bread, twist up pretzels or try something new to you, like naan or English muffins.

6. Engage their senses
Handing her a wooden spoon isn’t the only way to get her cooking. Explore food together: Listen to the sound of bacon frying or a bottle of fizzy water when the top is unscrewed; feel the softness of fresh sage versus spiny rosemary; or blindfold her and have her identify spices by sniffing and condiments by tasting.

7. Keep it active
There are so many tasks to keep little hands busy and give kids a sense of accomplishment: shaking and sprinkling on spices and toppings; pounding chicken cutlets in a zip-top bag with a wooden mallet; crushing bread crumbs or cereal for coating; juicing citrus; cracking eggs; tearing up lettuce; “painting” oil on a pan with a pastry brush; smashing ingredients with a mortar and pestle; crushing nuts; or whisking salad dressing.

8. Any way you slice it
When it comes to knife skills, safety is key. Start small. Getting your kids to cut mushrooms with a butter knife is a good way to start building their skills. (The fancy filigreed carrot sculptures can wait till they’re older.)

Homemade Ice Cream(in a Bag) for Kids

Love ice cream? Homemade ice cream is delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Learn how you can make ice cream in a resealable plastic bag with ingredients already in your kitchen.

What You’ll Need
Ice Cubes
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup Kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint-size ziplock bag
1 gallon-size ziplock bag
Any of your favorite ice cream mixins

Serves 1

Step 1 :- Measure ingredients

Picture of Measure IngredientsCombine the half and half, sugar and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag. Seal the bag tightly, so that none of the liquid will leak out.

Step 2 :- Prepare Ice bag

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Fill the gallon-size ziplock bag halfway with ice cubes. Sprinkle Kosher salt over the ice cubes.

Step 3 :- Zipping bags

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Insert the pint-size bag filled with ingredients into the bag of ice and salt. Seal the gallon-size ziplock bag. If the bag begins to leak, don’t hesitate double bagging it to reduce the mess

Step 4 :- Shake it up !

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Shake the bag for 5-10 minutes until the ice cream mixture begins to harden. Feel the small bag to determine the consistency of your ice cream. Once satisfied with the consistency, remove the small bag from the bag of ice.

Step 5 :- Enjoy !!

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Open the small zip-lock bag and add any desired mixins that you want. I added raspberries to mine. Feel free to eat the ice cream right out of the bag or, if you prefer, scoop it into a bowl.

Enjoy!

CHOCOLATE DONUTS

Crusty, puffy and soggy donuts either covered with sugar or cinnamon or glazed with chocolate are always luscious and attractive. You and you entire family, especially kids will love eating it.

Ingredients for Donuts

For kneading dough:

  • Maida – 2 cup
  • Milk – ¾ cup
  • Butter – ¼ cup
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Dry active yeast – 1 tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp (as per taste)
  • Oil – for frying oil

For glazing donuts:

  • Powdered sugar – ¼ cup
  • Brown chocolate – 100 grams
  • White chocolate – 100 grams

How to make Chocolate Donuts

Firstly knead dough for making doughnuts. Make milk lukewarm; also melt butter a bit so that it gets mixed in flour easily.

Take flour in any big utensil, add sugar, salt, dry active yeast and butter. Mix all ingredients really well. With help of lukewarm milk knead soft dough (we have used more then ½ cup milk). Keep kneading the dough for 5-7 minutes so that it gets soft.

Roll the dough giving it a round shape. Spread some dry flour on the board and place dough on it. With help of rolling pin make a round circle with ½- ¾ cm thickness and cut round doughnuts with help of a glass. Take a small cap of bottle and make holes in the doughnuts. Place doughnuts on a try. Make doughnuts from rest of the dough again in similar manner. Brush all prepared doughnuts with oil so that they don’t get dried.

Cover the doughnuts and keep then aside for 2 hours so that they be come puffy.

After 2 hours take oil in a pan and place it on flame for heating. Gently place 2-3 or as many doughnuts as possible in medium hot oil. Fry on low flame until they turn golden brown in color. Take out fried doughnuts in a plate with absorbent paper. Fry all doughnuts like wise. Dust piping hot doughnuts with powdered sugar.

How to glaze the doughnuts

Melt brown and white chocolate. Take off the bowls with melted chocolates of flame and dip dome doughnuts with white chocolate and rest with brown chocolate.

Make a cone filled with brown chocolate and make line on the white chocolate doughnuts for garnishing and make white chocolate cone for garnishing the brown chocolate doughnuts.

For melting chocolates, heat water in any utensil and place the second utensil with crushed chocolate on its top. Cook on medium flame until chocolate gets pouring consistency. Stir after every 1-2 minutes. After chocolate melts completely take it off flame, let it get frigid and then bring in use.