Here’s yet another bento set lunch for my girls prepared this week, something that’s quick to prepare and does not need elaborate preparation and cooking. For busy working mums like me, you can cook a big portion and deep freeze in smaller portions for future consumption. The Terriyaki chicken strips go well along with rice and noodles.
De-boned chicken drumsticks cooked with Terriyaki sauce, garlic and organic cabbage, Japanese style – on top of a slice of low-sugar wholemeal walnut bread spread with Tesco’s mayonaise made with free-range chicken eggs, mango as starter and chocolate cake for dessert, washed down with a mug of chilled Ribena with Refresh.
I had several tries cooking this Terriyaki chicken recently but the texture of the chicken in the earlier rounds were a pretty dry. This time, I cut the chicken drumstick meat into smaller and thinner strips and marinated them with a little corn flour along with Terriyaki sauce, pepper and a dash of Lea & Perrin sauce. And voila, the chicken meat turned out juicy and very flavourful. Another lesson learned – use chicken drumstick to cook instead of chicken breast. My 2 older fussy pots had no complaints this time 😀
Here is yet another Bento set for this week for the girls…
Sushi bread. I replaced the vinegar Japanese rice with wholemeal walnut bread. Fillings are the same – ultra thin crispy fried eggs, Japanese cucumber and a spread of mayo. Starter was organic papaya and dessert – organic purple and yellow corn tortilla chips, washed down with a bottle of less-sugar Vitagen.
Happy weekend peeps! My hubs and I will be attending a reunion of my alma mater mates, the first ever after having left school 21 years ago (I had to use the calculator to count how long I had left school LOL!). It’s going to be a big event, held at a restaurant at the roof top of Lot 10. I’m pretty excited to meet all my old classmates and school mates of MGS Ipoh, many of whom I have not crossed path with for 21 years!
I prepared something really healthy for lunch for the kiddos a few days ago:
A salad of boiled brocolli, potatoes, hard boiled eggs, tuna, onions, mayo, cherry tomatoes and jullienned cucumbers…
I got the idea of potato – brocolli salad from the Japanese restaurant that we frequent to. This set of cup, bowl and tray were bought from Daiso @ Tokyo Street. All are made in Japan.
Sherilyn’s bento set, which she hearts 😀
Her bento set consists of freshly made juice (carrot, celery, guava and green apple), half slice of toasted bread with homemade kaya and half slice of bread with herbs and cheese and a plate of brocolli salad.
Healthy mou? I’ll bet many kiddos will shun away from this bento set. Would your kids turn their thumbs down on this?
Today I made pancakes for the girls. Normally I would use organic wholemeal flour but the other day, I bought a pack of PanJack pancake flour to try. For added nutrients and protein, I added 2 big scoops of milk powder and 3 eggs into the batter.
The result was REWARDING! My girls loved the pancakes. They were crispy on the sides and soft in the middle. I also added some scraped block Cheddar cheese into the batter and used butter to fry the pancakes, which made the pancakes really fragrant and mouth watering. The wafting aroma of the butter melting in the pan as it cooks the pancake batter can really drown someone who is on a low carb diet… and seduce her to succumb to a whole slice of the delish sinful morsel. Yup, I succumbed to a whole slice of the sinful delight… with drizzles of maple syrup too *guilty !!*
I whipped this up for the kids’ lunch last week. It was so lip smacking delish that they all requested for it again the next day!
Here’s the pot of soup made from lightly pan fried anchovies and chicken bones, boiled for an hour. While the pot of soup is wholesome, the commercially made fish balls and fish cakes ain’t that nutritionally sound as they are loaded with MSG, salt and food additives… and my kids love these fish balls the most.
A bowl of Udon noodles with fish balls, fish cakes, chicken breast and Chinese cabbage. The blue bowl of noodles is for Baby. I didn’t give her any of the salty fish balls but only the chicken meat, which she absolutely loved.
Whenever there is pasta, spaghetti or noodles, I will have no problem getting Baby to eat her meals on her own. She can kuai kuai sit on her booster seat at the dining table and chomp down the bowl of noodles or pasta in a jiffy by herself. But my mil says Baby is Chinese and she has to learn to eat rice coz Chinese eat rice. For the past 2 days, I have had no luck getting her to eat rice with dishes. She would only eat a couple of spoonfuls, then she would turn her head away when I bring the spoonful of rice to her mouth. The rice ended up in the bin and she ended up eating bread with cheese spread.
A few days ago, I cooked chicken porridge and threw in some diced carrots and french beans. This is what happened:
This little rascal had absolutely no interest in the porridge which I find very tasty and played with it with both her hands.
She squashed and squashed the porridge and then clapped her porridge filled hands!!! It was a total mess everywhere and she needed a shower immediately after dinner. The remaining crockpot of porridge went into my maid’s tummy.
Yesterday I made her mushroom pasta with diced carrots and voila, she whacked the bowl of pasta by herself, no problem, fuss-free and stress-free!
Ever since Alycia started Standard 1, her appetite has been at an all-time low, especially during lunch. Most of the food that she previously liked and could whack a big bowl, she can’t even finish half a bowl now. I guess the lack of shut-eye, rushing and a change in the time which she normally had her lunch all caused the body system to go out-of-sync a little. I was really frustrated that she disliked everything that I cooked. So I told her that I will not cook spaghetti, pasta, Mac n Cheese or fried noodles for lunch anymore. I asked her what she liked to eat and she said sandwiches! Oh well, that’s music to my ears coz I don’t have to sweat it out in front of the hot stove to prepare hot piping meals for her. So here’s what I prepared for lunch for my 2 older gals :
Tuna-hard boiled egg-onion mayo (I use Japanese mayo, which tastes better than regular mayo) …
… with star-shaped cheese on top of the lightly toasted multi-grain slice of bread for a better appeal for kids. Alycia and Sherilyn loved it and whacked everything, including the crumbs 😀 So sup sup sui (easy peasy) for me and I don’t have to cook hahah!!!
One afternoon last week, I was searching for lunch ideas for Baby. All her cooked frozen food in the freezer were utilized and I was too lazy to cook. Plus, I didn’t want Baby to get sick of eating pasta, spaghetti, green tea or buckwheat noodles and fried vermicelli all the time. So I prepared something really simple, nice and light for her, which she really liked:
Chawan Mushi with free-range chicken egg (Japanese steamed egg) flavored with a dash of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Acid, Anlene high-calcium strawberry flavored yoghurt and a small bowl of soup of the day. Though this may look like a snack rather than a lunch, that’s all my Baby’s tummy can hold. She has a very tiny tummy and if I ever try forcing more food in, I am rest assured to see her regurgitated food spewing out at the dining table at the end of her meal 🙁
My girls don’t really fancy porridge, unless the porridge is cooked with tons of ingredients and is full of flavor and tasty like this one:
Porridge with roasted pork ribs, abalone, chicken (marinated with sesame seed oil and sea salt) and dried oysters.
Even Baby who dislikes porridge and mushy stuff loved this porridge and whacked off 2 full bowls – 1 bowl for lunch and 1 bowl for dinner. Her bowl of porridge is behind the big bowl of porridge in the picture. I chopped up some stir-fried veggie for her too.
I whipped up this meal for Baby last week – fish bolognaise pasta and she LOVED it. I had only intended to cook this for Baby but it turned out that my 2 older gals loved them too. Next time, I shall cook this for everyone. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my kids enjoy my creations.
I chopped up 2 medium sized organic tomatoes and 1 medium sized big onion. Then brown them in olive oil for about 5 minutes in a non-stick pan. With the spatula, push them to the side of the pan. Then lightly brown the fish which I had earlier marinated with some sea salt and McCormick mixed herbs for about 5 minutes. I also added 2 teaspoons of Leggo’s bolognaise sauce.
While I cooked the above, my maid boiled the Heinz ABCs, 123s pasta in another pot.
Here’s Baby’s fish bolognaise with ‘tau kok lup’ — one bowl is for lunch and another for dinner….
While my maid and I cooked inside the dry kitchen, my mil cooked ‘tau kok lup’ in the kitchen outside. She also cooked a pot of sweet potato porridge. The ‘tau kok lup’ is to go with the sweet potato porridge. ‘Tau kok lup’ is made up of chicken breast, long beans, carrots, dried mushrooms, preserved dried radish, shrimps – all cut up into small cubes. My mil also toasted some peanuts in the oven to toss them over the ‘tau kok lup’. This is another hit with the kids, me inclusive!
I cooked extra portions, put them into small containers and deep freeze them. These will be handy on Sundays when I don’t have the time to cook.
Ma Yau fish slice with organic Japanese pumpkin (this type of pumpkin tastes very much better than regular local ones), McCormick mixed herbs and butter. This is before steaming.
This is how it looks like after 8 minutes of steaming in the pot.
Baby spoon-feeding herself. There was also a bowl of soup to wash down her meal. Baby eats like a kitten and can’t eat a lot in one sitting, so she eats a few small meals in a day. Feed her too much, I’m rest assured that her regurgitated food will spew out like lava from a volcano.
She liked it so much, she licked the bowl clean!
Sometimes I steam the fish with brocolli and carrots. With the mixed herbs, butter and a pinch of salt, the dish tastes really good. Even I like it. It’s so easy and quick to prepare this meal and it’s bursting with nutrients too.
Whenever I run out of lunch ideas, sandwiches and toasts will always be served and they are a great hit with my 2 older gals too. Here’s what we had this week:
Tuna and hard boiled kampung chicken (free range chicken) eggs all mashed up and mixed with a heap of Philadelphia Light cheese spread, in replacement of the fattening mayonaise. I had forgotten to chop up some raw cabbage to add into the mixture. Raw cabbage in that tuna-egg-cheese combination tastes good, like coleslaw.
Then splatter the yummy tuna-eggs-cheese spread on 2 slices of walnut-wholemeal toasted bread and cut into triangles. Insert a slice of cheese and some cool Japanese cucumbers. Yums, Alycia loved this and said that it tasted as good as the ones from restaurants.
And this was my lunch on another day :
Bolognaise meat sauce on a slice of multi-grain-seed toast, sprinkled with some grated Parmesan cheese. So yummy! It tasted like a cross between pizza and canape.
I whipped up a very tasty pasta dish using Campbell’s mushroom soup for the girls the other day. I used elbow macaroni and Disney’s Princess veggie pasta. This is so easy peasy to cook and the girls all loved them, especially rascal #2 who wanted to eat the pasta for 2 days straight and asked for it again and again!
First, cook the macaroni and pasta al dente.
Then, pour one sachet of Campbell’s mushroom soup (I buy the ones without added MSG) into a pot and add water. Bring to a boil.
I also marinated 2 slices of ma yau fish with some mixed herbs and a pinch of salt.
When the soup is boiling, put in the already cooked pasta and elbow macaroni into the soup. Toss in the fish too. Stir so that the pasta, fish and soup will not stick to the pot.
10 – 15 minutes later, lunch is ready!
The herbs fish went very well with the pasta and macaroni in the mushroom soup. This is such an easy to cook and tasty dish for kids. I am glad that Baby and Sherilyn, my 2 very picky eaters loved this dish.
Next, I am going to post about a new dish that I had whipped up for Baby, which she loved to bits. Even older kids and adults would love it. It’s so quick and easy to prepare (I only cook easy and quick dishes, no time to fix elaborate meals) and very nutritious too. It’s steamed fish and pumpkin with mixed herbs and butter. Stay tuned for this post!
Sometime early this year, my sil from New Zealand gave me a box of gluten-free buckwheat pancake flour. Last week, I finally made the pancakes for my girls.
I used 1/2 the packet of pancake flour. I added 3 eggs, 2 tablespoon of Aly and Sher’s Dutch Lady 456 milk powder and a pinch of salt into the flour and poured water to form a batter. Then heat up my non-stick pan, put in some President butter and poured the mixture into the pan.
When the pancakes were ready, I used my My Melody cookie/bread cutter and cut them into these:
The My Melody shaped buckwheat pancakes were for Sherilyn. She gets turned on by bread / pancakes / fried eggs / fruits cut into cute shapes, but not Alycia. Alycia only gets turned on by tasty food… appearance doesn’t really appeal to her.
And that’s how Sher ate the pancakes – by slathering kaya and putting cheese on top.
I made extra portions, put them in glider food storage bags and stored them in the freezer for future quickie lunches. When I am in lazy mood to cook, I just need to thaw the pancakes, put them into the toaster oven and lunch is served!
On our way home after lunch on a hot afternoon, my 3 girls dozed off in the car. The moment I placed Baby on the bed when we reached home, she shrieked! So I figured she needed my boop or someone to hug and that’s what I gave her:
My big big huggable bolster with her hands and legs wrapped round it lol! And it worked…. she felt so comfy, did not utter a sound and continued to sleep until this clean freak mummy wiped her face and hands with a wet hanky. I can’t stand my kids sleeping on the bed right after they are back from an outing coz they sit everywhere and touch everything when they are outside.
For the past 3 days, Baby seems to have lost interest in her food. She seems to feel full whenever she’s spoon-fed with Pediasure in the morning. For 2 mornings straight, she puked her milk out when I was finished feeding her! Toddlers her age should be drinking about 8 ounces of milk during each feed but she’s only drinking 3-4 ounces each feed, twice a day. She used to be able to drink 3-4 ounces of Pediasure in the morning, together with 1/2 an egg yolk with butter, some biscuits or bread and about 10ml of orange-flavored Scotts Emulsion cod liver oil (which she actually likes). But these few days, she seems to hate everything that she’s been eating or drinking EXCEPT for mummy’s milkie!! I am really amazed how she can still suckle and suckle my tits like she’s really famished right after her lunch or dinner!
This is one of Baby’s favorite food now :
Heinz iron-enriched ABCs, 123s pasta with homecooked spagheti sauce and minced meat, with a little sprinkle of ground mozarella cheese and ground raw almond for that extra protein. I guess she likes it because of the mozarella cheese, which is a tad salty.
But I know that if she’s fed with this pasta 2 days in a row, she’ll puke at the sight of it on the 3rd day! This little fler wants OUR food, food that tastes good and is salty! And she likes to taste something different everyday. And oh yes, yesterday after painfully eating half her bowl of green tea noodles with fish, brocolli and soup, her eyes beamed when I gave her 1/4 slice of walnut wholemeal bread. That’s it, I told my maid not to cook anything for Baby to eat today. Just feed her with soup (which thankfully is her all-time favorite) and bread – twice a day! Her eating habit is looking more and more like Sherilyn’s, oh gawd!
Mac n cheese is one dish that my girls will never ever get fed up with. Most of the time, I cook it for them from scratch using their formula milk powder or fresh milk, butter, cheddar cheese and grated parmesan cheese. But sometimes I use San Remo instant Macaroni Cheese (supposedly no MSG).
The other day I cooked San Remo mac n cheese and added 1/2 a can of tuna fish for that added calcium and protein.
Also blanched some french beans for some fibre, phytochemicals and more protein.
Verdict : They loved it and licked their platter clean! Though not quite a nutritionally sound meal but it’s one that would surely bring excitement and smiles to my girls’ faces.