Eggplant With Pork Bits Adobo

In one of my previous posts, I have mentioned that my kids eat eggplant but they differ in how it is cooked. Another challenge for the Mom, right? Every morning, I get to watch a morning show called “Magandang Buhay” whish is hosted by celebrity moms, Melai Cantiveros, Karla Estrada and Jolina Magdangal. In one of their most recent episodes, they tackled about how important it is to eat healthy and still prepare affordable dishes for the family. Their guest, Lassy, cooked Adobong Talong ala Lassy and I find it really mouth watering.

Right before fetching my younger daughter from school, I went to the market and bought few pieces of eggplant. Glad it is not that much expensive from the store I often buy veggies from. I was excited to prepare that same dish for dinner, and so I did.

Again, I had to twist the recipe I saw from Lassy. I sautéd the pork bits with the onion and garlic before adding the vinegar and soy sauce. I also added a tablespoon of Oyster sauce and sesame seeds for garnish. Because, why not?

The girls did not bother the fact they are eating eggplant cooked the way they have not tasted it before…they totally liked it! Makes me wanna tell myself that I am good at cooking, haha! kidding aside, I do love cooking for this fambam I call mine!

FMS Photo A Day: September 4 Sauce

September 4 | Sauce

This is how I want my LAING, a little saucy and not too spicy. I didn’t crush those chili but hubby did when he took some on to his plate.

Laing is one of the many delicious dishes that hails from Bicol. It is made with dried Taro leaves, coconut milk, shrimp paste and chili. There are several versions of Laing out there, but mine is not that spicy. I also had to skip adding the shrimp paste this time and used pork bits instead. Our daughters had requested a non spicy version, so this Mom had to give in. Chili is so expensive nowadays, so YES to their request! Those two pieces you see in the photo had been in the fridge before the price soared in its highest. How much is it in the market? Php 800-1000 per kilo!

Chicken with Creamy Corn and Potatoes

As a Mom, have you ever experienced asking yourself what dish to prepare for your family as soon as you open your eyes in the morning? It is quite challenging especially if you are a working Mom, right? Even if you are like me who work from home, it is really a test.  There are many things to consider in preparing everyday dishes for the whole family. It has to be healthy. It has to be something that everyone will eat… and appreciate – a bonus!

One morning, I already know I am to make Chicken Afritada but I only have half kilo of chicken thighs and few potatoes. I also found a can of corn kernels in the shelf so I had to search for a recipe I can use these ingredients I readily have. Simply because I felt too lazy to go out and buy few more missing ingredients to go for the Afritada dish I originally planned. I found Chicken with Creamy Corn and Potatoes from Kraft Recipes and it caught my attention. Although I did not follow their recipe exactly, it was my inspiration.


I only had the ingredients I have already mentioned, used butter, added cheddar cheese, ground pepper, and cream cheese. It was a breeze cooking this particular recipe. And that is what I have accomplished! The girls really liked it!

Online access to different recipes is truly a big help to many moms, including myself. I found another recipe from the same website and will sure try that some other time.

Okra Poppers

My daughters eat veggies, but there are some slime-y ones that they sometimes hesitate tasting. One of which is Okra and eggplant. They do eat eggplants depending on the was it was cooked. My elder daughter likes it fried or mixed with pork & “bagoong”, while my younger daughter likes it in “Paksiw” and when cooked the “torta” way. There are many ways how to incorporate eggplants in different dishes but it is quite hard to do that with Okra.

My husband has recently shared a post about the health benefits of Okra and the girls were put up in a challenge. Eat Okra more often! Like the girls, I grew up hesitant with this particular veggie, so I myself is challenged too. I decided to look for a recipe that would allow me and the girls to eat Okra, willingly and happily. I found different techniques and recipes for Okra Poppers and this is what I came up with:

15 pods okra, sliced in bite-size pieces
1 egg, beaten
150g all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Soak okra in egg for 5 to 10 minutes. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Coat okra pieces evenly and fry in the pre-heated vegetable oil until golden brown.

It was a hit! It was simple but the fambam loved it! This particular dish is perfect as an appetizer.

Breakfast: Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Breakfast: Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

One morning, I decided to serve both K & Roey Banana oatmeal. K ended up eating both servings and Roey ate Bananas instead. K got used to eating anything you serve her, believe it or not. My Mama has really helped a lot in her eating habits. She may be skinny but I am thankful that she is not sickly as well. Both my kids, actually. Thanks to HIM! Because, health is definitely a priority for me, and then education.

Roey, on the other hand, is the picky eater, she is not skinny though. She has just learned ( I don’t know where!) to say no to any food she thinks to be yucky! Unfortunately, the oatmeal I served them was one. So, the Mom in me was given a challenge. How can I make this kid eat oatmeal?

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Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Since I have been seeing oatmeal biscuit recipes online, why not try one? So, I ended up with these Banana-Raisin Oatmeal cookie cups the next morning and was very satisfied with the result.

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soft on the inside
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I love it Mom! It’s so fluffy…uhm…chewy!

She ate 2 cookie cups for breakfast and kept coming back to the fridge until every cookie is gone. K enjoyed the cookie cups too. Too bad I was out of flour and only ended up with 18 pieces that day. I also made a Choco Banana Oatmeal cupcake after few days for a variety. And will sure explore more healthy baking and cooking innovations for my loves.
How about you?

Hope you can share your Mommy-moves and creative tactics in serving your kids healthy breakfast or snacks, I would sure appreciate that!

Thanks in advance and happy baking or cooking and then eating! Ha! Ha!

Serve The Kids with Fun!

Gingerbreadman shaped bread

 

A number of parents have already ventured into Bento. Be it their kids’ snack or lunch at school. I have not tried Bento-ing or experimenting in serving my daughters with cute looking packed foods. But, I guess this was one of the firsts. I used my gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter to serve both my girls with peanut butter sandwiches. The scraps satisfied me, I have no problem with that.

Since I have been Pinterest-ing for quite sometime now, I have seen pretty cute and clever ideas how to serve kids with fun and healthy snacks. From the simplest to the most creative ideas, Pinterest have it! So, if you have that calling to be creative in the foods you serve to your kids, have fun with Bento and Pinterest too!

Snacks and Sweets

 

 

Every Mom wants to serve her child/children all the healthy foods there is and it would bring her so much joy if the kids would like it and enjoy! I never had trouble giving veggies and fruits to my girls. They’re both curious and experimental (with the different tastes), I may say. Now that they’re able to help me out with little things and chores, I ensure to compensate them (okay, reward is the word) with healthy snacks.

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Nutty Banana cake

 

And I give in to sweets too, sometimes. In the next photo, lucky Roey has a 70 grams of assorted candies. That includes caramel fudge cubes I requested. Ha Ha!

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Roey at the Candy Corner SM Nova branch

So, do you given in to their sweets requests too?

Simply Healthy, Simply Happy!

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Cooked a simple yet healthy lunch for the family one day last January. For a stay/work from home Mom like me, it is quite hard sometimes to think and prepare the family’s meal of the day. Especially if you have a picky eater, a curious toddler and a spouse that loves to alternate most all-time-Filipino-dishes. Not to mention a slightly tight budget. I have to set my own choice most of the time… not until this particular day when I did not ask for their meal requests. I gave in to mine! To my surprise, they all liked it too! I am just glad that both my girls eat veggies. They may be both picky at times but does not say NO to veggies.

In the Kitchen: Beef Kare-Kare

In the Kitchen: Beef Kare-Kare

I have cousins who do really good in terms of cooking. There may not be a chef in our clan but a lot of them (excluding me since I only have the interest but not the skill) really can make delicious dishes. We have been teasing one cousin to put up a catering business – this excites me in all honesty. I just wish she would soon agree and have the guts and capital to start the business.

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I have been wanting to serve the family something out of the usual dish we have everyday and so I thought of Kare-Kare. Kare-Kare originated from Pampanga, Philippines. Kapampangans use either oxtail, tripe or beef but there were sophisticated variations which use chicken.  This Filipino dish is normally served during special occasions as it somehow requires some time from preparation to cooking.

I decided to use beef since it was my first time and I was just to use Del Monte Quick n Easy Kare-Kare mix I bought from the grocery. I have added string beans, eggplant and Pechay leaves (Chinese Cabbage) to complete the stew. Thanks to Del Monte as my first attempt in cooking Kare-Kare turned out yummy, easy and quick! I was saved from the stress and effort in preparing the peanut sauce which I truly doubt to perfect. One huge off point though – I forgot the Bagoong (Shrimp Paste)! This dish wouldn’t be complete without the shrimp paste. Well then, next time will be perfect!

My Tabletop Electric Oven

My tabletop electric oven was a gift. I have been eyeing a beautiful oven from the appliance center for a long time but saving to get it will take a lot longer. So, with a friend”s suggestion, and since I am not really planning on using it for business purposes (using it now just for my kids), I told Ronald (yes, he”s the financier for this oven) that I would go for this one.

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I have been Pinterest inspired! As soon as I have read the manual for this tabletop oven, I started baking! I have had my share of baking failures but have a atoledo.com lot of successful ones too.

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Most of my baked goodies were Chocolate and Banana flavored and Carrot too. I make them during weekends so it will be ready as school snack for my elder daughter, K. I would always let her bring more than she could eat so she can share some to her friends too. Or sometimes, I remind her to eat (if there are leftovers) as afternoon snack while she is travelling home bound.

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Last Christmas season, I got the chance to frequently use my tabletop oven – served its purpose very well for some goodies which we made and gave as gifts. I am sure that this oven will last for quite long, besides it being durable (a testimonial of my baker friend, Iris of Project Happiness ), I have been extra careful using it. =)