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Bento Box : Healthy School Meal Ideas for Picky Eaters

 I believe that as a mom, we don’t need to please our fussy eaters instead we need to correct this attitude before it get worse.  I used to brag that my daughter Peachy was very adventurous in terms of eating but yet as she grows older, she tends to stay longer on the table. 

Remember that picky eater is not a disease or a big problem, it’s a mindset that our children grows within themselves since we give what they wanted and give in to their whining. Remember that kids should eat what we serve in our dining table and avoid any snacks before meal time.

School is the perfect time to introduce a new meal to your kids.  We need to provide our kids healthy options during their school meals, it doesn’t need to be complete in nutritional requirements since they can get them at home during breakfast and dinner but also we can go without the usual sandwiches, cookies and hamburgers.  Another good thing about home made lunch is you will be assured that your kids is eating healthy foods and it’s more practical and affordable too but of course you need a little extra effort and time preparing them.

Learn how to help your picky eater by finding recipes and  ideas for kids that you know they will like. Start with their favorite and incorporate other foods that you think will spark their interest. Keep the servings or portion sizes very small only as to avoid additional pressure for them to finish especially if snack or lunch time is very short.

  • The bento box lunch  is now making a phenomenal hit among parents and kids alike. Because of their different designs  and the cute , interesting presentation of the food, kids would most likely eat what you prepare.
  • Here’s another rule that would surely guide every mom, allow your child’s taste be your guide on food preparation.  Get them involved in doing their meals and give her the opportunity to make her own choices but not forgetting that it needs to be healthy and within means or your budget. 
  • Make your kids school lunches healthy and fun with  the new  PORKSAVOR™ All-in-One Seasoning Mix which  is made from natural pork meat extract and bone broth, complete with spices and seasonings to bring out the deliciousness of home-cooked dishes that will help your picky eater. 

Here are two healthy school meal recipes that you can try on your kids. My daughter loves it and i believe your kids will also do.healthy vegetable lunch

 Healthy and Hearty  Bento (Pork Savor Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry)

Prep time :  8 mins

Cook time 10 mins

Total time : 18 mins.

Healthy Benefits: Good sources of vitamins C , vitamin A, and can help fight  cancer.

Ingredients:

1 small pc. of Cauli flower
1/2 cup fresh broccoli
1 small yellow pepper/ or green pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup sliced canned mushrooms
1 pack (Ajinomoto Pork Savor all in one seasoning mix)
8 pcs of chicharo (snow peas)
1 small carrots – chopped in to small pieces
3 tablespoon – butter

Directions: 

Prepare and cut your vegetables into small pieces.
Cut your broccoli and cauliflower into  florets.

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Heat your skillet , pan or wok in a medium warm.
Add the butter and let it melt. ( i used butter instead of cooking oil for additional taste)

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Once the butter melted, add the garlic, onions and mushroom on the pan.
Add the broccoli and cauliflower and carrots, stir it to avoid sticking.
Stir in the sweat peas and yellow bell pepper.
Add the New Pork Savor all in one seasoning to achieve the taste of pork and complete spices in your dish.

(I purposely didn’t add pork in this dish like I usually does because I believe that the Pork Savor would do the work)

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Stir more until the vegetables are cooked.  (I don’t use any salt or additional pepper for this dish and let the pork savor do it’s work. )

Dish out and prepare them on your kids bento box.

quick and healthy bento box

(from top left, you can see my Pork Savor Vegetable meal inside the yellow bell pepper. I added some sliced carrots.  The colored rings are colorful cereals and raisins for her snacks.  Rice is designed with seasoned seaweeds and the mushrooms from the vegetable recipe was added on the side. Fruits are always a delight to her and this complete her lunch and snacks for the day) 

Here is another packed lunched recipe that your kids would love. This time, it’s a combination of pork and vegetable meal.  This takes more time to prepare since we have three different recipe but it’s actually very easy.

Pork Savor Veggie and Pork Delight 

Crispy Fried Kangkong 

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Healthy Benefits : Good source of vitamins B & C, iron

Ingredients :

5 big pieces of kangkong or water spinach

Pork Savor All In One Seasoning Mix

1 small egg

1 small cup of  bread crumbs

Directions:

Prepare the kangkong or water spinach.

Beat the egg and add the new Pork Savor All in one Seasoning (to achieve the taste of a complete seasonings and add the real pork flavor in your dish)

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Now, dip each of your kangkong (water spinach) in the egg and rolled it on your bread crumbs.  (this way the bread crumbs would stay on your kangkong)

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Fried them until medium brown.  Set aside.

Now, let’s cook  dried pork adobo in Pork Savor All in One Seasoning.   This was cooked as your usual adobo with water but instead of using soy sauce, i only add a little bit of vinegar and of course the new Ajinomoto Pork Savor  bring out the taste of the pork .

DRIED PORK  ADOBO 

Ingredients :

1 cup of pork

Pork Savor All in one Seasoning

Small amount of vinegar

1/4 cup of water

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

pork adobo with pork savor

 

Direction:

Bring the pork into a boil with the water until the water dries out.

Simmer the pork into a low fire.  Add the vinegar and let the pork cook on it’s oil.  Add the remaining vegetable oil.

Cook the pork until it’s slightly dark brown.  Set aside.

Now, it’s time to prepare the dishes into your kids meal box.

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Here, you can find the Fried Crispy Kangkong  and on top of it, I placed the Dried Pork Adobo and add a portion of Ginisang ampalaya with egg and small pieces of apple on the side. 

Now, here’s a full  picture of my daughter’s meal box.

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Bento meals aims to create colorful and healthy meals and and it is surely a lot of fun  to make. Eating a packed lunch takes time to adjust for your picky eaters but just like in anything, when it becomes a habit, I know in time, they will definitely like the idea especially when my daughter told me that her classmates would ask some of her baon which she would gladly offer to them.

Now, bringing out the best on your pork dishes is very easy since Pork Savor all in one seasoning mix is made from natural pork meat and bone extract complete with spices and seasonings. So, you don’t need to add additional pork broth or salt and pepper and the best part, it’s very affordable for only Php. 2.00 .  This is indeed a lot of savings, don’t you think?

So, what about you, do you have some ideas of healthy school meals for your children?  Share them with me here in my comment section and I would gladly take it into consideration and try it one of this days.

Disclosure :  This post is created for Ajinomoto Pork Savor Blogger Challenge.  I did not receive a compensation on this post but some products for me to try.  All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements. I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

PR: Savor the deliciousness of the new Porksavor

Filipinos love food with strong meaty flavors, which is why saucy, soupy or stir-fried dishes would usually be accentuated with pork meat or broth. It is for this reason that Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) came up with a new product called Porksavor™ All-in-One Seasoning.

Porksavor™ is made from natural pork meat extract and bone broth, complete with spices and seasonings to bring out the deliciousness of home-cooked dishes. The new Porksavor™ is available in 8-gram packs for only PhP 2.00 Suggested Retail Price (SRP). It is truly an affordable way to draw pork flavor goodness in dishes without the cholesterol.

Here are some appetizing recipes that you can try using Porksavor™ All-in-One Seasoning:

1. In a bowl, soak bihon in water for 15-20 minutes. Strain and set aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan, sauté garlic, onions and pork for 1 minute over low heat.

3. Add water and soy sauce. Bring to a boil and add soaked pancit bihon. Mix well.

4. Add carrots and sayote, stir-fry in medium heat for 2 minutes.

1. Prepare the broth by boiling 1.5 liters of water seasoned with 3 packs of Porksavor™.

2. In a bowl, soak the bihon until it is covered with water for 15-20 minutes. Strain and separate the noodles and set aside.

3. Combine the hot broth and the bihon noodles in your serving bowl.

4. Top the soup with the prepared meat and vegetables. You may adjust the quantity of toppings as desired.

Suggestions: You may replace toasted garlic with 1 tablespoon of ginger cut in strips or add drops of sesame oil.

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Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Established in 1958, APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local toll manufacturers using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJINO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix,

Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR™ All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® Seasoned Crumbs, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Sinigang and FRES-C® Concentrated Powdered Drink Mix.

All about my pet : Missing our dear chi-chi

It’s been a while since our pet dog , “chic-chi” passed away.  She was with us for almost eight years and letting her go is really been a crucial to me.  I cried for days and was not able to comprehend the thought that she was really gone.  Reading this EntirelyPets , that tell all about your pet, makes me missed her again, although the pain is not as much as before, it still made me sad somehow because she has been a good companion to me especially on lonely days and nights that we are both alone to cheer each other. 

I consider her as my first child since our daughter arrived to us several years upon acquiring her.  She made me smile, she made me laugh and this cute little dog made our days indeed happy but I guess, as the saying goes,  all dogs goes to heaven and i’m just happy that she’s up there, looking down at me and cheering me on days that I’m lonely.

 

9 Classic Candy Favorites That Sell Like Crazy

There are multiple generations of people that have fond memories of snacking on their favorite candy as a child. Many of these candies have withstood the test of time and changing tastes. It seems that some things never go out of style and that includes nostalgic candy favorites. Selecting these candies to sell at events or to raise funds is a great way to make easy money. Kids, teens and adults all buy this these classics because they are lots of fun and taste delicious.

Bubble Gum

Bubble gum remains an all time favorite no matter what form it takes. The traditional bubble gum is pink in color and is either round or square shaped. Alternative versions are gumballs with their hard candy shell and soft centers, and small nuggets that come in a pouch package. Many kids practice chewing and blowing bubbles for hours.

Sweet and Sour Chewy 

Gumdrops are probably the original soft and chewy candy. The concept has expanded over the years to include a wide array soft chewy treats that have a sweet or tangy sour flavor. The popularity of gummy candies shaped like bears spawned another candy craze. Now days gummy candies come in all sorts of flavors and shapes.



Lollipops

Lollipops have come to represent the innocence of childhood. No one can argue that putting flavored hard candy on a stick was a genius idea. It is the ultimate portable candy that can be savored for as long as you like.

Licorice

Licorice is both old-fashioned and modern. In years past, kids only had black or red licorice to eat. Now there are flavors like apple and grape. Shoestring licorice is long, thin and extremely appealing to kids.

Hard Candy With Soft Centers

Hard candy with a surprise soft center is a favorite of many. Two types of candy are paired together beautifully. Eating these creates a sense of anticipation that is only satisfied when reaching the chewy center.

Jaw Breakers

You would think that a candy that alludes to breaking one’s jaw would cause trepidation. Instead, people love them because they are big, colorful and a little challenging to eat.

Powdered Straw Candy

There is something extra fun about pouring a bunch of flavored candy powder in your mouth and letting it dissolve.

Classic concession stand candy is always a hit with any type of crowd that is young or young at heart.

Whose the best? Traders Joe Speculoos vs Lotus Biscoff

It’s been a while since the popularity of Traders Joe and Biscoff Cookie spread and yes this post is way too behind but I guess, it’s okay to be late than never post it at all.

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Traders Joe and Lotus has been spreading sweetness not just in the United States but all over the world but reading the labels, i actually found out that it was not originally made in the United States but in Europe.   This popular cookie spread originated in Belgium and Netherlands and i guess just like the famous words, the rest is history.

Peanut butter has been a part of many breakfast in thousands of homes but this cookie butter is indeed far more yummy than the usual peanut butter.

But whose better?  Trader’s Joe Speculoos or Lotus Biscoff?

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Traders Joe Speculoos Cookie Butter

Made with crushed biscuits, you can actually feel the cookies when you eat them.  I chose the crunchy cookie rather than the sweet one since we are not really into very sweet taste.

The first time you dig inside the bottle, you will not yet notice the bits of cookies but upon eating it, you will certainly feel the cookies melting and crunching in your mouth. 

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 You can see that the color of the two cookie spreads are different.  Both has the same calorie content, but of course you have to think about your health and not indulge too much.  But don’t worry because both of them claims to have “no artificial flavors and preservatives”.

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Lotus Biscoff Cookie butter

I have read that Lotus Biscoff is a combination of coffee and butter which seems the perfect reason why my taste but prefers it.  Another thing is , Biscoff cookie spread is more tastier and creamier, you can look at the picture above and below.

traders joeAlthough it’s not as affordable as the peanut butter, you can find distributor or even supermarkets selling this two spread now, so i guess the price are already getting competitive and the masses can able to afford it.

Both are delicious and tempting and great to spread on pancakes, waffles, sandwiches and even if you want a speculoos or Biscoff cake perhaps.  Or you can also add this to your favorite viand just like what I have recently cooked.

Kare Kare with Trader's Joe cookie butter

Kare Kare with Trader’s Joe cookie spread

So, what do you think is the best among the two?  Be the judge or better yet, let me repeat this phrase from Trader’s Joe,  “all you have to do is taste it to understand” .

Journey of a Food Porn and Passionate Working Mom

I love to eat, maybe the same reason why I become as big as today. Although, I could not boast that I’m a great cook, i know that my cooking is far good than others I know , must be because I always believe that cooking is a passion. When you put your heart into something, it will turn out good. Not my creation is perfect but with constant practice they can become better and what matters most is that my family believes in me.

For a busy mom like me, it would be a precious chance to create a good food for my family after all it’s a mother’s desire to give the best for her family, to keep them healthy and happy all the time.

Morning would be perfect with my fave breakfast and a happy smile from my family. Although I have never tried to create a delicious breakfast such as this, i am always fascinated on learning especially because it’s our fave.

This is my first time to try to cook “fresh spring rolls” lumpiang sariwa. It turns good and the kids so love it. I am a passionate woman, i do believe that cooking is not just a mother’s job but if you put your heart on it, each meal even it’s simple will bring happiness.


Bicol is well known for it’s sili and hot and spicy foods. This one is my version of hot cheezy fingers which is really hot but very tempting.


A family that eats together, stays together.  Each province has something to be proud of. Ours is this delicious laing.

Who says hot and cold could not be paired together? I so love coffee, I could not live each day without drinking one.

Creating a Wonderful Spring Wedding

Marriages and weddings are indeed one of the celebrated occasions in life. It is an end of a love story and a start of a happy ending. Spring on the other hand is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. It is the most colorful of all the seasons, a more than enough reason to celebrate life and living and the most awaited season for event planning services.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a wedding celebrated during spring? The weather would be lovely and the flowers would be in bloom. The sun would shine so brightly and butterflies would decorate your wedding receptions. Getting married during spring season will make any wedding celebration a memorable and lovely one.

You can even have a spring inspired wedding gown. Lace and butterflies would adore the trail of your gown and guests would definitely adore your beauty while you walk on the aisle. You can have fresh and colorful flowers in your wedding reception area. The entourage can even wear flower crowns. What a lovely wedding entourage it will be. Outdoor weddings are also suitable during spring season. Your guests would definitely enjoy fresh air, a cool spring breeze and of course a wonderful experience as you celebrate this special day with your family and love ones.

Having a wedding celebrated during spring will also constantly remind you of the wonderful love story that lead you to your wedding day. A garden wedding would seem to be the most suited wedding them for your wedding but in reality, you could also try out beach inspired or even the classic intimate wedding celebrations. Actually any wedding theme would be a great one when celebrated during the spring season. Start planning your dream wedding right now and book your wedding with a meeting and event planner.