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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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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 Chicken Tocino Recipe

I am sharing with you my homemade chicken tocino recipe. This is what my children and husband had in their lunch boxes today.

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Homemade chicken tocino is a healthier and less expensive alternative to store-bought tocino.  Here is our homemade chicken tocino recipe. Continue reading Homemade Chicken Tocino Recipe

Homemade chicken nuggets recipe

This is my simple, preservative-free chicken nuggets recipe.

Yesterday, The Filipino Mom Blog launched quietly its first meme –  the Lunch Box Meme.

This meme aims for moms and wives to share lunch box ideas, as it often becomes too easy to run out of them. Every Tuesday for the whole month of November, we’re doing this. If you think it’s a great idea and would like to share, please join us! Read how to join here.

Yesterday, my kids had homemade chicken nuggets for school lunch.

Every time VGood sees the TV ad of a famous chicken nuggets brand –  the ones that come in alphabets and different shapes – she’d say “Gusto kong baon yan!” But I doubt the quality, as in actual meat content, of commercial chicken nuggets. Of course they are full of starchy extenders, artificial flavors, and, the worst part, meat trimmings. Ugh.

I thought – why don’t I make my own? So I improvised my own chicken nuggets recipe. I bought some breast fillets, pounded them with a meat hammer to tenderize, cut into small pieces, and marinated with salt and pepper overnight. The chicken pieces were battered by dipping in beaten eggs and then in bread crumbs. Frying was done quickly (under one minute) in very hot oil.

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Cheese and Sausage Meatloaf | Weekend Cook

My first experiment on Cheese and Sausage Meatloaf was a hit with my 3 biggest fans – Patchy, VGood and Hub (lol, who else??) – except that there was a lot of meat juices (“nag sabaw”). On my second attempt, I drained the ground meat well before mixing it with the other ingredients. This seemed to do the trick.

cheese and sausage meatloaf for school baon idea

This cheese and sausage meatloaf is fuss-free , can be prepared ahead of time, tastes good whether warm or cold, and makes for great school lunch (baon).

Plus it’s a sneaky way to disguise fiber – there’s a cupful of oatmeal in there! Leftovers also make great sandwich fillers.

And because I used oatmeal instead of wheat flour, this is a gluten free meatloaf recipe!

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