Kids

Kid-friendly salmon dish

 

If there is one thing we learned from our childhood about food preferences it is this: kids do not like eating fish.  In a recent article from The Roanoke Times,  fish is right up there with liver and Brussels sprouts when listing food that kids hate. Most parents would love their kids to munch on a whole, skin-on, head-on fish or in some other form that is not breaded and shaped like a stick.

Child and Youth Health says that eating fish is good for the health of infants and young children. It aids in building a strong heart and nervous system. It is an excellent source of protein and is rich in important vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D and iodine.

For mothers who would like for their kids to start eating fish without giving them a taste trauma, experimenting with salmon dishes is a good start. Aside from being packed with omega 3 fatty acids, salmon is full of flavor and has a firm texture which kids would absolutely love. You can do a basic recipe or try former Spice Girls member Emma Bunton’s salmon recipe. The Foxy Bingo Celebrity Mum for 2013 shares her recipe for grilled sesame-crusted salmon with a lemon mustard sauce, which is a hit to her two sons, Beau and Tate.

Ingredients:

a salmon steak

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 tbsp sesame seeds

For the sauce:

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

100g low-fat mayonnaise

100g non-fat plain yoghurt

1 to 2 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp drained, prepared horseradish

salt and pepper to taste

First brush both sides of the salmon steak with one tablespoon of olive oil. Season it with salt and pepper. Then, press the sesame seeds onto both sides of the fish. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet pan. Put the salmon steak in the skillet and cook it for 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

While cooking the salmon steak, grate enough lemon zest for half a teaspoon, and squeeze enough fresh lemon juice to measure one tablespoon. Mix the rest of the sauce ingredients, starting with only two teaspoons of lemon juice, in a small serving bowl. Taste and add remaining lemon juice, if desired. Spoon the lemon mustard sauce over the salmon. This is best served with sesame noodle and cucumber salad.

Grilled sesame-crusted salmon

Grilled sesame-crusted salmon

 

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Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Saw this recipe from Facebook and thought this would be a great treat for my kids especially after exam week. After a brief search, it seems that there are a lot of sites that has published this particular recipe, I hope this won’t be deemed copying. (I can’t find the original source, so I can’t give due credits).

Ingredients:
2 lbs chicken tenders or 4 large chicken breasts
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup whole milk
3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Sauce:
1 10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
2 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoon butter

1. Crush crackers. If using chicken breasts and not tenders, cut
each chicken breast into 3 large pieces.
2. Pour the milk, cheese and cracker crumbs into 3 separate small pans.
3. Toss the salt and pepper into the cracker crumbs and stir the mixture
around to combine.
4. Dip each piece of chicken into the milk and then the cheese.
5. Press the cheese into the chicken with your fingers. Then press the cheesy coated chicken into the
cracker crumbs and press it in.
6. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and lay the chicken inside the pan. Sprinkle the dried parsley over the chicken.
7. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.
8. Remove the tin foil, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the edges of the chicken are golden brown
and crispy.
9. In a medium sized sauce pan, combine the cream of chicken
soup, sour cream and butter with a whisk.
10. Stir it over medium high heat until the sauce is nice and hot.
Serve over the chicken.

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Bonding with the Kids

Great bonding moment – watch movies with your kids.

Spending precious moments with the family in leisurely activities is associated with helpful and beneficial emotional bonding within. A family’s home activities such as  playing at the yard, board games as chess, monopoly, even gardening and just watching television together are related to a family’s cohesion or how they bond towards each other.

This is why when we got the time to spend out we also watch movies with the kids. It’s not a must to be out with the kids to have fun but once in a while, it’s that time you take off from work and take them out that they look forward to. Kids grow up so fast, we may never get the chance to take them out if they have their own peers to go out with.

Many studies say that bonding with the kids will prepare them to be proper, moral and more responsible adults. It’s true, I won’t contest that…even without reading such, by experience we will know and see that having a close relationship with children…our children that is, makes them more confident and ready to take on life.

Communication is another important factor when it comes to getting close to your kids. Dinner with the whole family is one of those moments where an opportunity for communication is truly open. Take this time to bond with them by simply asking about how the day went or how they did on that day’s seatworks…these little moments of listening are appreciated by them…they’ll know that you’re there to listen so they open up and do not contain difficulties within themselves.

These little moments matter, especially when they’re older — they can always happily look back to their childhood knowing that “mom and dad have always been there for us.”

 

 

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Madz’s New Pet

My youngest daughter Madeline is a cat lover. She has been begging me numerous times for me to either buy or adopt a cat. I keep turning her down because having a pet is huge responsibility. Last time we adopted a male cat named Custard,   he went missing. We did not know whether he ran away or was stolen.

Two weeks ago, I thought of surprising Madz by buying her a cat stuffed toy. It’s not as good as a real cat but she loves it so much she carries it wherever she goes except when going to school of course. I am planning of giving her a real pet cat when she’s old enough to take care of it. :-)

 

 

Shopping Bag

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Wrong for me, Right for Chai

I recently bought Avon’s mega impact lipstick in divine wine. The main dilemma about ordering from Avon is the inability to try the color first before ordering so it’s like painting in the dark. True enough when I got the lipstick from the Avon lady, the color didn’t suit my lip color or skin tone. It didn’t look flattering or even cute at all.

I was ready to throw it away but then I had this wild idea of trying it on my eldest daughter Chai. Guess what? She rocked it! Her lips looked vibrant in it. I wanted her to keep it but then again it’s not appropriate for kids under 12 to be wearing make-up anyway. I had to give it to a friend. I wish I can say Chai was delighted with the idea. ;-)

Chai's luscious lips gave justice to my impulse buy lipstick.

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Wit

Pronouncing Super Crayon:
Me: “Anong game ‘tong Super Krayon?”
Chai: “Mommy, it’s Super Kreyon.”
Me: “Sorry naman. (embarrassed)”

-Kids grow up so quickly. One day they’re still in their diapers, the next day they’re already smarter than you. LOL. =)

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