“Eat Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper.” – I am sure most of you would have heard/read this old saying countless times. The basic idea behind the phrase is that the first meal of the day should be the biggest as it is what jump starts the day in terms of nutritional needs of the body. As the day goes by, one should reduce portion sizes as metabolism tends to slow down.
What most of us fail to understand or can not manage (thanks to our hectic work lives) is a healthy breakfast. We know its benefits, we know its productive and all the rest but who has the time! After struggling to find ways to ditch processed breakfast foods (read masala oats, corn flakes, bread), I have compiled a list of simple 10-minute recipes that help me put a fresh, piping hot spread on the table every morning for my family. Oh what joy it is to see them digging into it heartily! 🙂
Here goes two of my super quick, low calorie, healthy breakfast recipes – for kids and adults alike:
Corn Meal Upma Recipe:
The good old Upma gets a makeover with Cornmeal! Cornmeal means “makki ka atta.” This is a low calorie, healthy recipe that guarantees a good start to the day.
- 1 cup cornmeal.
- French beans.
- ½ or 1 small carrot (chopped finely).
- 1 cup Capsicum (chopped finely).
- 1 potato (chopped finely).
- 1 onion (chopped finely).
- ½ cup Green Peas.
- 2 tbsp oil.
- Lemon juice (of 1 lemon).
- Spices: Mustard seeds, Curry Leaves, Salt, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric, Coriander Powder.
- Boil all vegetables (except onions) together and keep aside.
Tip: To add more color to this breakfast recipe, use capsicum of red, green and yellow color together.
- Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. As they splutter add onions. Fry for 2 mins till they turn pink.
- Now, add boiled vegetables. Mix well and cook for 1 minute.
- Add spices, mix and put the lid onto the pan so that the veggies steam for 2 minutes and spices blend well.
- Remove the lid and add cornmeal. Mix thoroughly. Add water to smoothen the consistency and avoid any lumps.
- Steam for another minute or two.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and sprinkle some lime juice. Serve hot.
Rava Utthapam Recipe in Microwave – Ready in 4 minutes!
A tasty, quick recipe without a drop of oil! Onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves add to the taste and flavour in this recipe.
- Rava/sooji 1 Cup.
- 1 medium sized Onion (chopped).
- 1 medium sized tomato (chopped).
- 1 green chilly (chopped or sliced).
- Salt to taste.
- Wash rava/sooji and keep aside.
- Chop onion, tomato, coriander leaves and green chillies.
- In a bowl, mix the veggies with sooji, add salt as per your taste and keep aside for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, bring out your microwave tawa and spread this thick paste of rava on it. With this quantity of rava mixture, you can make 2 medium sized uttapams.
- Once the paste is spread evenly, cook in microwave on 100% power for about 4-5 minutes.
- Serve this yummy rava uttapam breakfast recipe with tomato ketchup or coconut chutney on the side. I once ate home made rava uttapam with mango chutney and it tasted good – a taste worth experimenting with.
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hi shireen…i like the recipes, though i dont consider them healthy. as in, the main ingredients like cornmeal and sooji are high GI foods. also, certain vitamins are fat soluble, so they need a little oil to get absorbed by the body..
Thanks for reading through the recipes and posting your question.
I will start answering your question by going back to the first line of my post i.e. ‘eat breakfast like a king’. One should consume a filling breakfast that is not only slightly higher in carbohydrates but also provides other essential nutrients. Carbs make up about 76% of the caloric content in cornmeal. This means, that having it for breakfast will ensure you a good, energetic start to the day. At the same time, cornmeal is also rich in dietary fiber which explains why such a breakfast will help you feel satiated for long and curb hunger pangs. Now coming to Rava, which we Indians have been used to eating for breakfast since I’m not sure how many years 😉 Rava besides being filling is also a rich source of proteins, cards, Vit B and Iron. My main consideration for posting this rava uttapam recipe is that it is OIL FREE and is cooked in 4-5 minutes flat in a microwave!
Hope you try out the recipes and other ones on my blog too! Looking forward to more of such engaging discussions with you! 🙂
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Awesome post, I so needed some breakfast recipes.
I was really fascinated and interested to read further by ur first heading.. *haan ji* ur recipes seem a great start for every morning without sacrificing taste as they taste yummyilicious delicious as well as healthy as far as i am concerned. *haan ji* looking forward to read more such posts from u regrading weight watching without dieting duirng winters n son on.. *haan ji* *clap* *clap* nice attempt buddy!!
Totalyy agree with u Neetu,these r healthy recipes *hifive* bcz i learn the meaning of healthy food from missfit *specs*
Thanks so much Neetu! I am kind of just starting off with my blog and such positive feedback really means a lot to me 🙂
*thankyou* shireen for solving my breakfast prob nd these r really superb recipes *haan ji*
Glad to have solved ur prob Mona! 🙂
*thankyou* for sharing these recipes with us.. *clap*
these are just amazing recipes shireen. cant wait to try them. and you mad ethen sound so easy. i am sure a lot of effort goes in making these. 🙂
Hey Rati! Thanks for your comment.
I won’t say I am a big fan of your blogs and your personal style because I’m sure you get to hear this a zillion times every day! 🙂 Instead what I’m going to say is that – I am flattered you read my recipes! N no, they are really not difficult. Easily available ingredients and easy to cook. I totally love microwave cooking and am right now trying to make all Indian sweets in a healthy, low oil way in microwave. Will share those recipes when I am done experimenting! 🙂
Pls also do a post for skinny people too *thankyou* in advance
I’d be glad to do that Divya but the only pre-requisite is that IMBB team has to be willing to take another guest post from me rofl
these sound really nice Shireen..tasty, healthy and can be quickly prepared too!! *clap* *clap* thanks for sharing with us..looking forward to more from you 🙂
Thanks Shri! I am experimenting with low calorie microwave versions of Indian sweets recipes. Hope to share them here soon!
These recipes i needed badly…. since i am studying here in Germany.. and daily i get confuse with breakfast “What to Eat” ….. and ingredients i can get everything here, Now i got choices Thanks Shireen..your the saviour
Hey Shirley! Glad to know I cud save u from the daily problem..I can well imagine your plight as I studied in a hostel for almost 9 years and hated the mess food!