Waffles with the goodness of beetroot for breakfast provides one with the nutrition and energy needed to begin your day. This recipe is great for kids who aren’t keen on finishing their lunchboxes.
Eating right is such an essential part of growing up, but I wonder how much is actually done to teach its importance. I believe the first step is to understand food aesthetics and its effects on the choices we make.
Food that looks great tastes good. Is that right? What do you think?
Let’s start with a simple exercise. Google the picture of a tomato, potato, mint or orange
What did you find?
The brightest red tomato, shiny clean potato, freshest of mint and perfectly round orange.
Even when we close our eyes and imagine, this is what we see. This what we perceive as the best. Pictures in books and the internet tell the same story. However, the reality is different. Our perception of the most exquisite food can be misleading.
I feel worried as a parent whether my son will be able able to able to peel off this smokescreen and look beyond.
I remember as a child while tending our tiny kitchen garden, my dad would pick even those vegetables that had insects. We used to chop off the infested portion and use the rest. Deformed potatoes and carrots were a prized harvest of the day. Vegetables and fruits were not chosen for their shiny appearance. They are harvested or bought to be consumed for nutrition, and the quality is judged by its relative freshness.
I sometimes feel my job as food stylist withholds me to tell you the whole story, but as an agriculturalist, it’s incumbent on me do so.
So, let’s teach the new generation the value of real food and choose wisely.
Beetroot waffles with coconut cream
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
- Beetroot 150 gms
- Flour 80 gms
- Coconut cream 400 gms
- Canola oil 2 tbsp
- Eggs 2
- Vanilla essence 1 tsp
- Baking powder 1tsp
- Baking soda ¼ tsp
- Honey 4 tbsp
- Grate the beetroot and cook it over medium heat till all the water evaporates.
- Blend the cooked beetroot with half the coconut cream. Add a little water if required.
- In a bowl measure flour, add the beet and coconut cream mixture. Mix till everything is well combined. Add the eggs, oil, vanilla, baking powder, and soda.
- Preheat the waffle maker and cook the waffles as per the instructions of your waffle maker.
- You can use maple syrup or any other sweeter over your waffles. However, we love pairing these with leftover coconut cream combined with honey.