What I like about it? Comparing to the usual potato chips, these crackers are higher in fibre. It is also a good introduction for people who hasn't had chickpeas before, although the product doesn't like anything like whole chickpeas itself.
What I don't like about it? It is still high in sodium, and the package stated that it contains milk or milk product , making it not suitable for those who choose a plant-based diet.
As a dietitian and a mum-of-2, I often hear the familiar complaints from other mum.'My child just won't eat vegetables', 'I have tried everything. They just won't eat anything green.'. You would notice that this list doesn't contain a lot of 'greens' however they are full of vegetables and legumes. Key is perseverance. Make these vegetarian meal a normal family meal - not a 'special' meal so kids get used to the idea of meat-free meals as a delicious meal on its own.
Here are some tried-and-tested vegetarian recipes from my own family that may help yours:
1. Vegetarian lasagna
Got a family favourite lasagna recipe? Simply replace the minced meat with black beans or lentils. Use any calcium-fortified plant-based milk to make the white sauce if you can.
This is an Indonesian-style warm salad consist of mainly boiled Asian vegetables, green beans, tofu, cucumber and peanut sauce. Find the recipe here. Skip the eggs and the shrimp paste for those who are vegan.
What's like to be a dietitian? This is one question that I got asked all the time. Do you tell people what to eat and what not to eat? Is chocolate okay?
I have been in front line clinical work for the past 16 years. As a health professional, you see people when life is a little challenging at that moment for them - suffering from an acute illness or their long term health issues are catching up on them, sometimes they are experiencing physical and emotional pain, some may have just come out of surgeries or treatments, and sometimes flare-up of uncomfortable conditions.
To me, being a dietitian is not just about food and nutrients. Of course as a dietitian, we keep up with the bodies of evidence and science behind our dietetics recommendations. But often making decisions about food choices and therefore our nutritional intake has nothing to do with science. What we KNOW and what we actually DO can be two very separate things. For instance, I know clearing my front garden no...
This recipe is kids-friendly and is a good way of introducing legumes for the little ones.
It is super easy and tasty.
Dried black beans, 1 cup - soaked for 2 hours, Or 1 can of black beans
1 onion - diced
2 cloves of garlic - minced
1 tomato - diced
1 capsicum - diced
2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 packet of shop bought taco seasoning
1 packet of Taco shells or Papadum* (as seen in this picture)
Mixed green salad on the side
1. If using dried black bean, boil the black bean until soft. Use a pressure cooker or a slow cooker if you have one. If using canned beans, drain and rinse.
2. Cook the onion, garlic, tomato and capsicum in the olive oil until soft. Add in the taco seasoning. Add 1-2 tbsp of water to the consistency that you like. Add the beans until all is cooked through.
3. Serve the bean mixture with either Taco shells or papadum. Serve salad on the side.
* Wondering why I used papadums? Children often find Taco shells very hard to bite, especially if they...