It's always such a difficult project to keep thinking up new, healthy and wholesome snacks to feed ravenous kids these day, especially when they are home for the holidays! My son is in his early teens - the growing stage - and has a voracious appetite. All he seems to think about is food - and wants variety to boot!
My mother adept at creating a huge assortment of foods for us when we came home from school, and during the holidays. I remember her churning out oodles of food for us at a moments notice - albeit, these snacks were not always healthy :) . Unfortunately for me, I have not inherited this wonderful ability from her - but I do keep trying. This delicious and healthy snack bread cups recipe is an adaptation from one of my favorite Chefs - Tarla Dalal, who invents wonderful vegetarian recipes.
Zesty Bread Cups
Makes about 10 cups.
8 slices of whole wheat bread
3 tsp low fat butter or olive oil
1-2 cups sweetcorn. cooked
1/4 cup chopped onions or scallions
1/4 cup chopped green/red bell pepper
1-2 finely chopped green chillis (to taste)
1 cup low fat milk
1 tbsp cornflour
1-2 tsp olive oil
salt to taste
dash of paprika or chilli powder (optional)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese or any of your choice
Remove crust from the slices of bread, and steam then in a steamer for about 8 minutes. Roll out each slice to flatten it a bit with a rolling pin, and press gently into the cavity of a greased muffin tin, or a muffin cup. Brush each slice with melted butter or olive oil, and bake in a preheated oven at 400 deg F, for about 8-10 mins until crisp and golden brown.
In a pan, add the oil and saute the onions until golden. Add the green pepper and green chillis and saute a few minutes. Add the corn, milk, cornflour, salt and paprika & cook until the mixture thickens. Fill a little of the mixture into each toast and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400 deg F for 5 - 10 mins until the cheese melts.
This dish makes a great healthy snack, starter or hors d'oeuvre. The ingredients can easily be substituted with your own favorite cooked vegetables. This recipe is vegetarian, but chopped, cooked ham or chicken could easily be incorporated for variety!