Aug 19, 2014

Creamy Veggie Toast

                     Neil my BABY is now almost 4 years old. He has some activity happening every week in school where in parents need to do, make or send something creative. His school celebrated Mother's day and had requested the moms to make and bring along a healthy snack dish for kids....
Here's what I made ....
                         Creamy veggie toast is simple way of sneaking in nutrients of vegetables in smooth cheesy milky goodness full of vitamin D served on whole-wheat brown toast. It’s easy to prepare and full packed with nutrition and taste.
Serves : 2
  •  8 slices brown bread
  •  2 slices of cheese slices
  •  250 ml whole milk
  •  2 tbsp. whole-wheat flour
  •  2 tbsp. olive oil
  •  1 tbsp. butter
  •  1 tbsp. Italian mixed herbs
  •  2 tbsp chopped garlic
  •  ½ cup boiled sweetcorn
  •  ½ cup cubed paneer
  •  ¼ cup thinly sliced red capsicum
  •  ¼ cup thinly sliced yellow capsicum
  •  ¼ cup coarsely grated carrot
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • In a skillet, melt 1 tbsp butter along with 1 tbsp olive oil. Add whole-wheat flour and roast it till flour becomes golden for about 2 min on medium flame.
  • Once flour is cooked, turn off stove and let it cool down a bit for 2 min. Add the milk to flour- butter mixture (roux) and whisk well to ensure no lumps are present.
  • Place the skillet back on stove top and cook on medium flame till mixture starts to thicken, stirring all the time. Add salt, pepper and mixed herbs to taste. Our easy creamy white sauce is ready. 
  • In another skillet, pour 1 tbsp olive oil, once heated add chopped garlic and saute till it is golden brown. Add all the vegetables and cook on medium flame for 4-5 min till the vegetables are cooked.
  • Now, pour white sauce over the vegetables and add cubed paneer and cook with the lid covered for 3-4 min on low flame.
  • Meanwhile, cut each brown bread slice into 4 squares. Also cut the cheese slices into small squares.
  • To assemble the creamy veggie toast, we place a tbsp. of creamy veggie mixture over the brown bread squares, place a small cheese slice on the top.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 170 C for 8-10 min till the cheese on top is melted golden crust and the toasts are crispy toasted. You can toast them on stove top as well on low flame and covered, to ensure cheese melts and bread is toasted 
  •   Serve with tomato sauce and voila, your child is waiting to devour these creamy veggie squares.

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