Nate’s favorite dish of all time has gotta be sweet & sour pork. It is his default order whenever we eat at Tien Ma’s and all other Chinese eating places. He can finish one order that is usually good for 2 or 3 persons to share. So, of course, I need to perfect my sweet & sour pork recipe, para naman hindi nakakahiya sa anak ko. Hehe.
The most important ingredient in a good sweet & sour pork recipe is the pork, siyempre. It has to be tender, well seasoned, and not overcooked. I use porkloin and buy it from the meat shop already cut into steaks or chops. I then slice the chops into 3 x 1 inch strips.
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.
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.
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. This homemade longganisa recipe is a family favorite, along with our chicken tocino recipe.
I don’t blame Pinterest for the long hours wasted pinning and repinning. It’s a wonderful place! Pinterest is where I find gorgeous home decor, helpful housekeeping tips, and lots of yummy recipes. And it’s so easy to file away stuff you find – just pin to a board and hope you’d remember to go back and actually try them out in real life. 😀 But this french toast bake recipe looked too yummy and easy to just leave it forgotten at my FOOD! board.
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.
So last Friday, I went to a cooking demo with Ms. Nadine Tengco on healthy lunch box recipes at SM North Edsa Active Fun.
Nadine Tengco, a US-certified nutritionist, is the fitness nutritionist of the TV show Pinoy Biggest Loser. She advocates eating – yes, eating – instead 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.
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.