Porridge and Colorful Veggie

Having a toddler around is really fun mainly when you love to experiment in the kitchen developing new recipe or modifying from the old one. Though sometimes the fun is coming along with frustrating too when your work in the kitchen is not suit to his* taste. I’m blessed for having a not picky eater son, but like any toddler in the world, he has his period when he doesn’t want to eat at all.

My son loves to eat vegetables (I’m really a happy mommy); spinach, broccoli and green bean are his fav. I make them as soup, stir fry, casserole or hid them in any kind of nugget. Sometimes he is enjoying eating veggies only by steaming them. The recipe of colorful veggie below I created when he was on his I-don’t-want-to-eat-at-all period and it saved me from being an impatient mommy :D
And how about the porridge? It is always be our (me and my family) comfort food. He loves to eat it, I think it’s because I craved for porridge while I was pregnant with him. Maybe, who knows?

Porridge and Colorful Veggies
recipe by me

Ingredients:
Porridge:
2 cup of mix (brown + white) rice
1 pandan leaf, knotted
2 salam leaf
1 liter of homemade chicken broth
Salt, sugar and white pepper powder as needed
1 tbsp butter
Fried shallot as garnish

Colorful Veggies:
1 small broccoli head, chopped in bite-size pieces
50 gr carrot, cut into cube form
50 gr green bean, angle sliced
1 clove of garlic, finely sliced
1 small size tomato, chopped
50 gr cheddar cheese, grated
Hot water as needed

Direction:
Porridge:
1. Combine the mix rice, chicken broth, salam and pandan leaves in a rice cooker, turn it on (like when you cook rice).
2. Add butter when the porridge is almost done. Season with salt, white pepper powder and sugar as needed, then mix well. Add water if necessary. Continue to cook until set.

Colorful Veggies:
1. Heat oil in a wok pan.
2. Sauté garlic until fragrant. Add broccoli, carrot and green bean. Sauté until half cooked.
3. Add water and half of grated cheese. Close the lid and continue cooking over small heat.
4. Add tomato, stir well. Remove from the heat.

Serving Suggestion:
Place porridge in a bowl. Top with colorful veggies. Garnish with fried shallot and grated cheese. Serve warm.

Easy right? Hope these two recipes can save your time in dealing with your kid.

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* the term his is used purely because I have a son, it can be her too of course ;)

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