Filling Hungry Teen Bellies


Not sure what to cook for your teenagers? Do you have a fussy teenager at home who loves to eat junk outside as opposed to eating healthy at home? Worry not, we’re here for you! When you have a fussy teen in the house, you don’t want to spend too much time slaving over a hot stove, because chances are they’ll turn their nose up at your latest made-with-love meals. Possibly, you go through the take it or leave it moment every week night! So skip the tuck shop costing you a fortune and fill the teenager’s dinner plate or lunch boxes with these delicious meal deals with much needed superfood veggies, herbs hidden in the tastiest way possible. Here are a few wholesome, power packed, nutritious, family-favourite dinners that are sure to be a hit with your fussy teenager. Also if you’re a cool teenager who loves to cook, read on! 

Aditi Govitrikar gives us a few fancy yet sumptuous recipes to get the difficult eaters eating. 

Parmesan Tossed Broccoli

Serving Size: 1
Preparation Time: 5-10
Cooking Time: 10-12


  1. Broccoli, cut into florets and blanched 1 big
  2. Olive oil 2 tbsp
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Parmesan cheese powder 2 tsps
  5. Chopped garlic 1 tbsp
  6. Red chilli flakes ½ tsp
  7. Fresh thyme 1-2 sprigs
  8. Garnish: Almonds, slivered 4-5

* Heat olive oil in a pan, add chopped garlic and sauté till golden brown.
* Add red chilli flakes, fresh thyme and sauté for a minute.
* Add broccoli and sauté for a 2-3 minute. Add parmesan powder and salt and mix well.
* Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with almond slivers.
* Serve hot.

Lentil With Pumpkin Soup


  1. Lentils, soaked 1 cup
  2. Pumpkin, peeled and cut into cubes ½ kg
  3. Oil 2 tbsp
  4. Chopped Garlic 1 tsp
  5. Sliced onion 1 medium
  6. Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  7. Garam Masala powder 1 tsp
  8. Cumin Powder 1 tsp
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Red chilli powder ½ tsp



  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add garlic and sauté till pink.
  2. Add sliced onions and sauté till transparent.
  3. Add cumin powder, garam masala powder, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and mix well.
  4. Add soaked arhar dal and mix well. Add pumpkin and mix well.
  5. Add sufficient water. Cover and cook till 4 whistles. Cool the mixture for some time.
  6. Grind the pumpkin and dal mixture into a grinder till smooth.
  7. Serve hot garnish with mint sprig.

Spinach & Beetroot Flatbreads

Serving Size: 4
Prep Time: 10 Mins
Cooking Time: 10-15 Mins
Equipment Needed: Wok, Bowl

* Whole wheat flour 2 cups
* Spinach leaves, chopped 6-8
* Salt to taste
* Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
* Ginger chilli paste 2 tsp
* Oil for deep-frying
For Green chutney
* Mint
* Fresh coriander leaves
* Green Chillies
* Ginger-chilli paste
* Salt to taste


  1. Heat oil in a wok.
  2. Place whole wheat flour into a glass bowl.
  3. Add roughly chop spinach leaves and grated beetroot.
  4. Add red chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder, ginger-chilli paste and sufficient water and knead a semi firm dough.
  5. Divide the dough into equal portions and roll them into thick round flat breads.
  6. Deep fry the flat breads till cooked. Remove on absorbent paper.
  7. Repeat the procedure for the remaining.
  8. For Green Chutney, blend together mint, fresh coriander leaves, green chillies, ginger-chilli paste for flavour, salt and little water in a blender.
  9. Serve hot with green chutney or hummus.
  10. Soya Brown Rice

    Serving Size: 4
    Cooking Materials: Pan/Wok
    Prep Time: 3-4 hours
    Cooking Time: 10-12 mins


    1. Olive oil 2 tbsp
    2. Chopped garlic 1 tsp
    3. Chopped onion 1 medium
    4. Cumin seeds 1 tsp
    5. Turmeric powder ½ tsp
    6. Pav bhaji Masala 1 tsp
    7. Red chilli powder ½ tsp
    8. Dry Mango powder ½ tsp
    9. Tomato, chopped ½ no
    10. Soya Granules, soaked 1 cup
    11. Green Peas 2 tbsp
    12. Cooked Brown Rice 1 cup
    13. Fresh coriander leaves 1 tbsp
    14. For garnishing: Few fresh coriander leaves


    1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick wok, add chopped garlic, chopped onion, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, pav bhaji masala, red chilli powder, dry mango powder.
    2. Chop tomato and saute till half cook. Add soya granuales and saute till half minute.
    3. Add green peas and saute for a minute. Add salt and sauce.
    4. Add brown rice and mix well and cook for a minute.
    5. Add chopped fresh coriander leaves and mix well.
    6. Transfer into a serving plate and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

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