Category: Lunch

Factors to Consider in Meal Planning

Meal planning is a technique that every household should utilize. It is a very comprehensive plan of what to eat and the products or ingredients necessary in cooking. It is an organized system of identifying recipes and for a certain period of time. It requires a skill to identify needs of a person of his entire family and taking into consideration of several factors that would affect planning activity.

Factors would include: health needs, economic factors, religious practices, dietary concerns, environmental factors and time and ability to cook.

Health needs.

It is necessary to include all the food groups to ensure optimum nutrition. It is very important that we include in our meals the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that our bodies require.

Economic factors.

We have to consider our budget and the prices of the ingredients. Budget is foremost the principal factor because you cannot cook what you cannot afford.

Religious practices.

Some religion or faith has restrictions on what they are allowed to eat. Muslims cannot eat pork and Jews are obliged to observe Kashrut practices. Hindus do not eat beef because of the view of the that cows are sacred.

Dietary concerns.

Certain diseases such as diabetes and hypertension restricts or limits an individual’s food intake. They are not allowed to eat fatty foods and even sweets. Another consideration would be allergies that would yield unwanted reactions when trigger foods are consumed.

Environmental factors.

This would include the kitchen materials and equipments that would give you the capacity to cook certain food.

Time

If you have ample time to prepare food then you can go ahead and cook extravagant dishes, however when you have limited time you can opt for easy to do recipes than relying on fast food or instant products.

Ability to cook.

The most modifiable factor. They say you cannot cook if you don’t know what you are doing. However you can research videos or follow cook books to help you prepare the dish that you want.

When you have considered all the factors of course you make sure that your cooking in variety while also acknowledging your family’s preference. Play with texture and color as well as temperature. Add fun to the activity by making it a recreational hobby which involves family members.

Chicken Stuffed Omelette (Indian Style Recipe)

Stuffed Omelette is very popular in United States where people have this item for a heavy breakfast and even lunch/dinner. In USA, the omelette is actually always stuffed with various optional components like pepper, chicken, tomato, mushroom, beef, bacon, cheese and what not. Chicken Stuffed Omelette Recipe that I am going to tell you here is an Indian version of the (more) delicious stuffed omelette. The preparation is not that difficult and is ideal when you are bored with usual omelette and want to experiment a bit.

Ingredients

  • 200gm minced chicken (keema)
  • 1 small size finely chopped onion
  • 1 small size finely chopped tomato
  • 2 teaspoon of very finely chopped capsicum (green pepper)
  • 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 3 egg
  • 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon of milk

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cooking Time: 30 min

Serves: 2

How to make Chicken Stuffed Omelette

1. Take a non-stick frying pan heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil add 1 small size chopped onion, 2 teaspoons of finely chopped green pepper (capsicum), 1 clove of garlic finely chopped and fry for 5 mins until the onion become soft.

2. Put 200gm minced chicken (properly washed and drained excess water off) into the pan (step 1) fry for about 10 mins until it becomes lightly brown in color and fully tender.

3. Now add finely chopped tomato and stir for a few minutes. Then add 1 tablespoon soya sauce, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon red chili powder and salt to taste into the pan (step 1) and fry for another few mins. Put the stuffing aside.

4. To make the omelette, break 3 egg into the bowl beat it with 1/4 teaspoon soya sauce and salt to taste. Add 2 teaspoon of milk to make the omelette soft and fluffy.

5. Take the same non-stick pan heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil put the omelette mixture (step 4) into the pan and make a omelette in medium low flame. Cook both sides till it become brown in color.

6. Put the stuffing in one side of the omelette and fold it in semi circle form and cut it in two equal parts from the middle.

Chicken Stuffed Omelette is ready to serve hot for lunch/dinner with rice or chappati.

To view larger recipe photos, accompanying side dishes and discussions, visit Best of Kanchan’s blog.