The round-up of 'Kid's Delight - Fruits in Any Form' is here finally. I thank Srivalli for letting me host the event with my chosen theme. And also for all the patience to put up with the delay in publishing the round up :)

Thanks to my fellow bloggers who have come up with some amazing ideas on how to incorporate fruits in our daily diet and also please the kid's palate. 

Please go through all the entries at leisure and gather some mouth watering ideas on how to sneak in fruits in your kids' diet and make it enjoyable too.  I hope these ideas will make your life easier in making sure the kids eat their fair share of fruits.

They are listed in the order I received them.

Mirelle who blogs at Schizo Chef sends in these refreshing summer time specials..

Watermelon Salsa

Banana Goji Berry Yogurt Pops

Come y Bebe - Tropical Fruit Salad

Praba Bubesh of Praba's Yummy Experiments sends in 

Honeydew Basil Lime Juice

Canteloupe Carrot Juice

Oats,Kodo Millet and Mango Crinkle Cookies / Varagu Mambazha Cookies

Priya Srinivasan who blogs at I Camp in My Kitchen sends in 

No Churn Orange & Saffron Ice-cream

No Churn Pomegranate Ice-cream

Orange & Apricot Cinnamon Swirl bread

Archana of The Mad Scientist's Kitchen sends in Avocado Shake

Pravina who blogs at IndoGlobalFood sends in Blueberry Lemonade

Kalyani who blogs at Sizzling Taste buds sends her yummy fruity treats

Apple Crumble

Pear and Pomegranate Salad

Muskmelon Cucumber Cooler

Pavani who blogs at Cooks Hideout sends some fruity delights...

Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

Srivalli who blogs at Spicing Your Life and Cooking 4 All Seasons sends these creations..

Sushma who blogs at sends some treats after some confusion over my email id. 

Blueberry sorbet

Papaya Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Chocolate chip Cupcakes

And finally some from my space..

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Posted by Harini R on Saturday, July 25, 2015
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Pineapple Mint Mojito

Day 3 Week 2 of BM #54 - 

Here is a fantastic cooler appropriate for all ages on a hot summer day. This Mojito is so versatile that the ingredients can be altered as needed or as per availability.

Instead of Pineapple Juice, Mango, Orange and/or Strawberry juices can be substituted. Spinach Juice can be added as well. Each of the above juices gives a different flavor and makes a delightful drink. Even the sodas can be adjusted/substituted as needed.

My personal favorite happens to be mango-orange-spinach :). Thanks to Pooja for treating us to this fantastic coolant and also letting me take pictures.

Recipe Source Pooja
Ingredients - 

Pineapple Juice 1 cup
Lemonade 3 Cups
Ginger Ale 1 12 oz can
Lime/Lemon flavored Soda 1 12 oz can
Mint Leaves coarsely crushed few
Lemon Wedges few
Lime/Lemon Zest 1 tsp
Ice Cubes few

Pineapple Mint Mojito

Method Of Preparation -

Mix all the ingredients in a pitcher and let it sit for a few minutes. Taste and adjust the flavors as preferred.

While serving, wet the rims of the glasses and dip the wet rims in salt. 

Pour in the Mojito making sure there are some crushed mint leaves and lemon wedges in each glass.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 54. 

Preparation Time 10 min
Makes 7-8 cups

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Posted by Harini R on Sunday, July 12, 2015

Nutella Vermicelli Kheer

Day 2 Week 2 of BM #54 - 

This version of Nutella kheer takes the ordinary Vermicelli Kheer (Semiya Payasam) to a whole new level. I must say it is a must try for chocolate lovers.

Also since it uses very simple ingredients and can be made in a jiffy, it is a perfect treat for students living in Dorms/Hostels.

Nutella Vermicelli Kheer

Recipe Inspiration from here
Ingredients - 

Milk 1 1/2 cups
Vermicelli, Roasted
Sugar 1 Tbsp (or more to taste)
Nutella 1 tsp + more if desired
Almonds and Cashews, chopped (Optional)

Nutella Vermicelli Kheer

Method Of Preparation -

In a microwave safe bowl (which can hold atleast 4 cups), combine 1 cup of milk and roasted vermicelli. Microwave it for 3 minutes making sure the milk doesn't boil over.

Mix well and nuke it in 30 second spurts until the vermicelli is cooked well. It takes about 6-7 minutes for the vermicelli to cook.

Add sugar and chopped nuts to the vermicelli mixture and whisk well.

In a separate bowl, whisk nutella and the remaining 1/2 cup of milk.

Pour the nutella milk into the vermicelli milk and microwave it on high for another minute or two mixing it in between.

The kheer is ready to be served hot. The kids wanted it cold, so I let it cool on the counter for a few minutes and put it in the freezer for a few minutes and served them the cold kheer.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 54. 

Preparation Time 10 min + Cooling time 30 min
Makes 1 1/2 cups

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Stewed Apples

Day 1 Week 2 For BM #54 -

This week, I shall showcase some easy to make recipes suitable for students in Dorms/Hostels who have limited access to various gadgets. I am assuming they have access to a refrigerator and a microwave.

I have never been in a hostel or dorm in my life. But I used to envy my brother when he was sent to a hostel for his high school studies. Though he never faced any difficulties with the quality or quantity of food, I cannot say so about some of my cousins and friends who had a tough time getting through their time in hostels.

Stewed Apples

I know many of them used to stealthily make Maggi using an immersion heater as that was the only type of electrical device allowed in their rooms. Now Maggi being out of shelves, I can only imagine the plight of students in such situations.

I had the liberty to serve these stewed apples on top of Tortilla chips as well as on ice cream as a topping. Trust me - it makes an interesting variation to the mundane chips and ice cream :)

These stewed apples can be made on stove top also except the time needed will have to be checked out. I shall update if I ever make it on stove top. This microwave preparation took me less time than taking these pictures :).

Stewed Apples

Recipe Inspiration from here
Ingredients - 

Apple 1 peeled, cored and chopped to bite size 
Water 1 Tbsp
Sugar 1 tsp (I felt I could have omitted the sugar as the apple was sweet by itself but was skeptical if the syrup would be the right consistency without the sugar)
Cinnamon Powder 1/4 tsp
Cornstarch 1/4 tsp
Lime/Lemon Zest as needed (Optional but recommended)
Almonds Chopped/Cashews Chopped/Raisins 1 tsp (Optional but recommended)

Stewed Apples

Method Of Preparation -

In a microwave safe bowl, add water, cornstarch, cinnamon powder, lime zest and sugar and mix well. (Add in the raisins if using)

Toss the chopped apples in the mixture making sure that all the pieces are coated with the sugar-cinnamon mixture.

Cover the bowl with a paper towel and microwave it for 2 minutes on high.

If needed microwave it for a few more seconds if the sugar syrup is not thick enough.

Sprinkle chopped nuts and serve it as is or 

- On top of tortilla chips for an interesting snack.
- With ice cream to make a delightful dessert. 
- On top of oatmeal. 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 54. 

Preparation Time 5 min
Serves 2-3

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Posted by Harini R on Friday, July 10, 2015
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