Category Archives: School Lunches

Chicken teriyaki noodles recipe

So, I’m on a roll – both here and in the kitchen! ­čÖé┬áLast night I prepared Chicken Teriyaki tossed in fresh noodles for dinner. So voila – I have a chicken teriyaki noodles recipe!

chicken teriyaki noodles recipe

As always, it’s easy, quick, and a hit with my family. (Naks! Yes, they’re my biggest and only fans.) Here’s my chicken teriyaki noodles recipe. Continue reading Chicken teriyaki noodles recipe

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Steamed black bean spareribs recipe

I recently rediscovered this steamed black bean spareribs recipe that I used to cook years ago, when my family was small and I had more time to experiment in the kitchen. The renewed interest was inspired by this Hong Kong style sparerib recipe.

Steamed spareribs are easy and convenient for busy households. The meat is prepared ahead of time, and left to marinate in the fridge. In the morning, simply cook in a steamer while you go about your other tasks before sending the kids off to school.

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Steamed black bean spareribs recipe:

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Menu planning for school days

Here’s something new that I’ve been doing since school started two weeks ago – menu planning! Yup, in my almost 16 years of motherly existence, this is the first time that I’m actually planning meals seriously.

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The kids, being older and wiser, just won’t settle for alternating fried egg and tocino breakfasts now. Adobo lunch boxes don’t excite them anymore either. To make sure the menu doesn’t get tiring, we thought of planning the meals.

Menu planning actually isn’t as intimidating as it appears. Here’s how we do it.

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Homemade longganisa recipe

Because my son is atopic and has many food allergies, we’ve avoided eating food with preservatives as much as we can for the longest time. That means hotdogs, commercial tocino and longganisa, Spam, ham, instant noodles, and a lot of other convenient foodstuff are off the list.┬áThis homemade┬álongganisa recipe is a family favorite, along with our chicken tocino recipe.

Family #breakfast – #homemade #longganisa, and fried eggs by Vera!

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homemade longganisa recipe skinless

Our homemade skinless longganisa recipe (Filipino sausage) is sweet-spicy and garlicky.

I got this longganisa recipe from an old Food Magazine issue that dates back to October 2001. The page is now crumpled and dirty from all the kitchen-handling. Continue reading Homemade longganisa recipe

Healthy lunch cooking demo with Nadine Tengco

Like most mommies, I try to give my kids yummy and nutritious school lunches most of the time. But my two girls are growing up, and their taste buds are becoming more discriminating – demanding could be a fitter term. They easily get bored with their school lunches so I need to vary the menu. So when I got invited to a cooking demo with Nadine Tengco, health guru and nutritionist, I couldn’t pass up.

Last week I watched Chef Bruce Lim whip up an easy but delish Asian Stir-fried pasta dish. A few weeks back, there was a Korean cooking demo at the girls’ school where I learned how to make Korean seafood rice roll and authentic Chap Chae (which I’ve yet to blog about, by the way).

So last Friday, I went to a cooking demo with Ms. Nadine Tengco on healthy lunch box recipes at SM North Edsa Active Fun.

Healthy lunch cooking demo with Nadine Tengco Soyami Chips

Nadine Tengco, a US-certified nutritionist, is the fitness nutritionist of the TV show Pinoy Biggest Loser. She advocates eating – yes, eating – ┬áinstead of reducing food intake to lose weight. (Hmmm, I like her a lot na!)

Friday’s cooking demo with Nadine Tengco was all about healthy school lunch boxes. Nadine showed us how to prepare healthy snacks that kids can bring to school and actually eat (not give away to classmates, hehe) using Soyami Chips.

Healthy lunch cooking demo with Nadine Tengco Apples Morales Soyami Chips
Top: Ms. Apples Morales of Soyami and Active Fun assists Ms. Nadine Tengco during the cooking demo. Bottom (photo courtesy of Soyami Marketing): The mommy bloggers pose with Apple.

Adding soya is an excellent way of improving the nutritional value of a meal. It helps to decrease fat and cholesterol, while increasing fiber content. Soyami Chips are MSG-free, GMO-free, transfat-free, and made from 100% soya. So adding Soyami to our kids’ school lunches is an easy and yummy way of making their meals more nutritious.

Healthy lunch recipes cooking demo with Nadine Tengco
Sneaky Mac n’ Cheese, Sneaky Tuna Nuggets make sneaky-healthy school snacks.

Here are the recipes.

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