Vegetable bread cups
Bread has spread its taste all over the world for a long time and we know it is here to stay. Now, people are reluctant to have bread everyday on their table because it has gained a bad reputation as an unhealthy food. We cannot eliminate bread totally from our diet so, choosing the right kind of bread is the trick.
Butter on crispy bread is a delicacy in itself and combined with toppings and spreads it can go a long way. Here is my kid friendly healthy snack. Toast some bread slices in muffin cups, sneak some vegetables into it, hide it under generous cheese topping and add green beans as handles. This serving of vegetables in a basket is easy and a fun way to charm the little ones. The fillings could be pretty much whatever you please. Dry fruits & nuts, left over meat, vegetable salad or fresh fruits with chocolate shavings…anything edible!
When my daughter came home after classes, I gave her the veggie filled bread baskets. She glanced at it and went, “Ha ha! these are for kids.”
I said, “Eat it.”
She looked at it again, pulled at the handle of the basket, “This a whole green bean!”
“Ew, there is corn in it!”
“Just eat it!”
She is not a kid anymore, but…do they really grow up?
- 6 slices of day old multi-grain bread
- 2 cups mixed vegetables – carrot, bell pepper, onion, corn, peas, potatoes, etc.
- 6 green beans
- salt to taste
- pepper powder
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp olive oil/ melted butter
- Chop off brown edges of the bread and using a rolling pin flatten it.
- Brush with butter or olive oil and press into the muffin cups (make a small cut on 2 sides so as to overlap and form a cup).
- Bake for a few min until edges brown (350° F for about 10 minutes).
- Remove it from the oven and let the baskets cool.
- Dice vegetables (carrot, bell pepper, onion, potatoes, etc.)
- Roast sesame seeds in a little oil.
- Sauté the vegetables in olive oil, add salt and pepper powder.
- Spoon veggies into cups and top with cheese of your choice.
- If you add a lot of cheese, send the cups back to the oven to broil until cheese melts.
- Microwave whole green beans for a minute sprinkling some water and salt. (Select curved pods. It makes bursting sounds when the beans inside the pod explode…just stop and continue.)
- Insert the beans like handles for the baskets.
Add ketchup, plum, sweet onion, honey mustard or chilli sauce to add more flavour. This could be a wonderful snack for children’s parties. Bread cups can be made ahead and stored in air tight containers to fill with different stuffings. If filled with fruits, nuts and cream it becomes an instant dessert. How handy!
What could be more enticing than a basket full of veggies after some cold, snow fun?