Circa : 2015, June 1st
Vacation’s over, school just about to start……. And while we get set for the new academic year with loads of excitement and anticipation, we don’t want to let go of the ultra-fun summer holidays.
Just as the vacation is about to end, we persuade mom to allow us that one last ‘friends over’. Impressed by our marketing and persuasion skills, Mom agreesJ. Yipppppiieee!
Mom has to make phone calls to moms of 6 of our friends. As we overhear mom’s telecon with co-moms, we realise they all share the same sentiment…. finally school reopens next week and they get the much needed relief after two frenzy filled months. And yes, another topic that all moms can engage into an endless banter about is the fact that we don’t eat our veggies, keep inventing excuses to skip eating healthy nutritious food and look for every possible reason to lay our hands on some yummy and favourite food stuff – pizza (yumm), pastry (drooool), Chicken burger? (slurrrp)!! Man! This list can go on and on….
Let’s get things clear….Veggies are boring… it’s the absolute and established truth of this world…. Well at least in the world of kids! …. So give us a break please!!!
Well…… time we start changing this perception, sweeties!! And what could be a better occasion to begin this, than your own ‘friends over’. I am going to have to dish out something so that the two of you as well as your friends eat your veggies and lick your fingers too!! J
Yes of course I am going to serve you and your friends the all-time favourite Mango milkshake, but how about some yummy juicy wraps with oodles of cheese and some exotic veggies to go with it????
Cool! So it’s the Greens n Cheese Wraps that you all are going to love!
To get going with the wraps, you will need…..
400gm thoroughly cleaned and roughly chopped Broccoli florets
100gm zucchini, finely chopped
4-6 leaves of spinach, each cut into half
15-20 pickled black olives, sliced
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 tsp Fresh chopped or dried oregano
1 tsp Fresh chopped or dried basil
1 tsp chilli flakes
5-6 Cheese slices
3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup or Salsa Sauce
6 tortillas (or Fresh whole wheat Rotis)
Olive Oil for sautéing
Salt as per taste
Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan, add chopped garlic, oregano, basil and chilli flakes and fry for about a minute. Add broccoli, zucchini, olives, spinach and salt. Sauté for about 7-8 minutes till the broccoli florets are medium tender. Add the ketchup or Salsa sauce, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Spread the tortilla on a flat microwaveable dish. Cut the cheese slices into 1-2 cm strips and spread them across the surface of the tortilla. Microwave for about 15 sec or till the cheese is at melting point. Remove from microwave, position the broccoli-zucchini stuffing along the diameter line, fold about half an inch from the bottom and roll it to make a wrap.
I was serving the kids, so I folded half an inch from the bottom as well as top before rolling and then I cut the wrap into half. Easy to hold and eat for kids. Also works in avoiding wastage in case tummies get full half way through a wrap!
These turned out absolutely yummy!! The kids enjoyed a hearty and exciting meal. And there wasn’t a single complaint about having to eat greens and veggies. Happy kids, happy parents!
Since the core target segment here, were kids, my wraps were liberal with cheese and low on the spicy quotient.
If serving adults, you may want to skip the cheese and spread hot n sweet chilli sauce or a low fat mayo on the tortilla. Adding finely sliced bell peppers to the stuffing will add a depth of flavour to it. And if you like a spicy kick, consider adding pickled jalapenos to the stir fry.
I am all set to go creative with my cuisine in order to give the veggies, a thrust upwards in the kids’ hierarchy of food preferences. Are you too???
Go creative…. And do wonders with veggies in your very own kitchen!
I will be back soon with more….till then… S’long!