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Lunch Box Recipe: Chicken Quinoa Meatballs

Quinoa is high and protein and the only plant-base super food that contains 9 amino acids in one product.

So.. I find sneaky opportunities to add quinoa to any dish – fried rice, chicken porridge,  and now MEATBALLS!

Chicken Quinoa Meatballs

My kids squirmed at the sight of quinoa because it tastes weird. I declare this a #MomWin because the little humans I feed did not complain at all.

I am making a big batch to freeze to keep me sane on a lazy day.

Chicken Quinoa Meatballs

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Inspired by the recipe of Kates Carlata

Baked Chicken Quinoa Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 kg ground chicken
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp all spice powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

 

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C. Grease baking dish with oil.
  2. In a bowl, mix quinoa, bread crumbs, all spice, turmeric, salt, black pepper and garlic paste. Mixture should be on the salty side at this point because we still need to add ground chicken.
  3. Add ground chicken, sesame oil, soy sauce and egg to your spice mixture. Form 1 ball and fry for you to taste. Adjust taste according to your liking.
  4. Form mixture into balls. Place on greased pan close to one another but not touching.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.  

*My husband thinks a bit more of salt is needed, I liked it the way it is. As suggested above, fry a small batch to adjust taste to your liking.

*Serve plain, on pasta or drizzle with your favorite sauce. I will server meatballs with some  teriyaki sauce and mashed potato in a few days.

Go watch! La Perle by Dragone

Last month, we had the opportunity to watch La Perle at Al Habtoor City. It was AMAZING! well more than amazing really, no photo or video you see online will do any justice to what the show has to offer. If you are clueless on what it is, read up!

La Perle by Dragone

is the first permanent show in the region, produced by cultural creative company Dragone, directed by the legendary artistic director Franco Dragone and brought to Dubai by the Al Habtoor Group. La Perle is a live entertainment, taking place in a tailor-made aqua theatre.

So many things are happening in the show, don’t dare blink or you will end up missing something. One moment someone is walking on the ceiling then you will notice another performer gracefully dancing at the corner.

Aqua Theatre

The stage gets flooded and dry in a few seconds. I was scared that performers might fall in the pool while doing their routine. At one point, it was raining!

More snippets of the show can be seen on my Instagram highlights, here.

And more on our channel.

La Perle Fun Facts

Dragone is a cultural creation company founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Franco
Dragone, in La Louvière, Belgium. Today one of the world’s most sought-after artistic
directors, he is renowned for having invented a new genre in the 1980’s and 90’s. The
shows he created during his early days (Saltimbanco, Quidam, Mystère, Alegria, O)
forever changed the face of live entertainment in Las Vegas and, decades later, these
shows still receive nightly standing ovations.

La Perle has 65 artists with special skills, hailing from different countries. They can be seen diving from a height of 25 metres.

During the duration of the show, 3 scuba divers are present under water to ensure the safety of the artists.

The show lasts approximately 90 minutes without intermission.

The Family Pack

La Perle has introduced a new family package that will make it much more affordable for the whole family to watch the show.  The Family Pack provide an exclusive discount on tickets for 4-10 people.

Tickets don’t come cheap, the best offer for a family of four like ours can cost as low as AED 1260 for the Silver seats. Kids as young as 2 years old are welcome, it provides entertainment to all age group.  Also, a rare occurence is that PHOTOGRAPHY and taking videos without flash is allowed.

Consider watching La Perle to celebrate a special occasion. We are definitely watching the show again.

To check out more details on the packages visit La Perle’s website.

Ticket bookings:

Visit http://www.laperle.com, or go through the dedicated Box Office: 800 LAPERLE (800
517373)/+971 4 437 0123, boxoffice@laperle.com or via PlatinumList.com.

The show takes place twice a night, five days a week. Performances run from Tuesday to Friday at 7:00pm and 9:30pm, and Saturday at 4pm and 7pm, so there’s a show for everyone!

 

Disclaimer: Our family was invited to watch La Perle. All views and opinios are my own. 

 

Essential Oils – Fab or Fad?

I consider myself skeptic to ways that claims to be the “solution” to everyday issues. Growing up, my mindset was if you have issues with your health, you should go see a doctor and have yourself examined then finally go home with medicines prescribed to you.

However, this all changed when I became a mom, the instinct to protect my child from what could possibly hurt him kicked in. Enrolled myself to a Lamaze class to prepare my body for natural birth, consumed organic products and had my mind set to breastfeeding my child. Well, not everything went according to plan – both kids born via CS, I was on bed rest for a whole month, crazy nausea until the day I gave birth; breastfeeding was painful and I was only able to produce good amount of milk on the 3rd month; cloth diapers – which I still believe is economical and ecologically a sound choice; baby wearing and going all organic for the food my kids consume. Going “all natural” is not easy.

I eventually gave in to chicken nuggets and the likes. A much convenient path.

Then, a health scare happened last May 2016 where I found myself a frequent visitor of the hospital’s emergency room. It was a very difficult time because it was just us, Daddy took a charge of the home front while I stay in the hospital until the doctors examine what was wrong. The solution was for me to undergo a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy to remove my gallbladder and an Endoscopy to remove a stone from my bile duct. Went home with strict instructions to make better choices.

Then, the kids seemingly endless and recurring bout of respiratory issues which always worsen at the beginning of each school year. I find myself going home with at least 5 kinds of medicine for each kid every time we see our pediatrician. A cycle I want to end.

I have to make better choices.

My cousins back in the Philippines have been sharing some changes in their daily routine – diffusing essential oils and making oil blends that they massage on my nephews and nieces. I bought some bottles of essential oils readily available in the stores here in Dubai which they have suggested to improve my kids respiratory.

It did have good effect on us because we have better sleep and the kids usual snotty nose has did not need any medication. But when I started reading how it was sourced and produced, the information was vague. The bottles sat on our cupboard almost forgotten.

Good friend and fellow mommy blogger, Sheila of ABandMe let me experience her collection of essential oils when I expressed that I have been having sleep problem because of my stiff neck. This all happened casually when our daughters had a playdate. We left with sample bottles of essential oils she wanted us to try.

Within the two weeks of using the samples Sheila gave me, I noticed that my kids did not complain of stuffy nose at dawn and we had better quality of sleep. Even with just 5 hours of sleep I woke feeling fully rested like I completed 10 hours of deep sleep.

essential oils dubai

We have been using essential oils since September 2016 and there is no stopping me from incorporating it on our daily life. Kids have been looking forward to our oil bonding where a stroke a blend of oils across their spine and in their tippy toes. My husband requests (demands) that I diffuse oils for bedtime. Our pediatrician is happy that the kids have a stronger immune system and is happy to send us home with instructions to drink lots of water, eat healthy and just use medicine when I see that they really need it.

Is it fab or fad?

While essential oil seem like a fad because a lot of people are talking about it, I now understand.  A person who experience something that have positively affected them, you have the natural urge to share it oh so passionately. My friends can attest to this, I have been sharing my oils to almost every one I meet.

My family have been enjoying the fabulous benefits of essential oils.  Let me know if you want to know more, you have found a happy “oily mama” here.

 

 

How to make a Fairy Lantern

This month the PPS Design Team will create projects with HOPE as a theme.

My kids believe in fairies and making wishes. I do too. I want to keep that magic of hope burning inside them until they grow old and have kids of their own.

The kids really liked the idea of having their own fairy lanterns. Their very own fairy to watch over them and whisper their hopes and dreams before they sleep at night.

DIYFairyLantern

You need few materials and most of it is already available in your existing craft supply. All you need is a little imagination and the easy steps you will find at the Pretty Paper Studio blog.

DIY Fairy Lantern

I really hope that the easy crafts we make will inspire you to do crafting with your kids. Once you’re done, make sure to tag our social media handles @PPSUAE and @cuddlesandcrumbs with the hashtags #ppsuae #prettypaperstudio #madewithppsuae.

 

 

Lunch Box Recipe: Egg Sandwich

You need this recipe.

I always plan ahead when it comes to our weekly meals and lunch box. Having leftovers stashed on the freezer is a lifesaver on days where I am just overwhelmed with responsibilities and just fail to plan ahead.

egg sandwich lunch box

On mornings when I only have a few minutes to spare, Egg Sandwich is a no fuss recipe to prepare and pack.

Egg Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bread
  • 3 hard boiled egg, peeled
  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice hard boiled egg, place in a bowl.
  2. Mash with fork. Add 4 tbsp of mayonnaise and mix. If not moist enough to your liking add about 1/2 tbsp more.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the egg mixture on bread.

If you are making a sandwich for one person ratio of egg and mayo is 1:1.

Lunch Box Details

  • Box: PlanetBox Rover
  • Hunter Foods Vegetable Chips
  • LunchBox Love notes
  • Fruits: Grapes & Oranges

egg sandwich lunch box

 

Kids Corner: Unboxing Hatchimals CollEGGtibles

Any toy presented in egg like containers was the one constant toy on every kids (I know) wishlist. MissChloe belong to the bunch of kids who gave us hints that this is the toy that would really make her super happy!

But.

We were boring parents and refused to buy her one. Why? We already have a lot of toys and she already own one Hatchimal.

She did not give up and solved the problem by saving up her weekly allowance and earnings from selling cupcakes. Her savings was more than enough for her to buy half of the toys in her wishlist.

We helped her hatched her first batch and I do admit that it was quite exciting to finally see what was inside.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles unboxing

Does your kid own one?

One Little Word for 2018

Happy 2018!

I know that I have been sharing few and far between posts in 2017. I plan to do so MUCH more blogging this year. I’ve missed sharing stories with you. So if you’re still here, THANK YOU for sticking around.

The last quarter of 2017 bought so many realization. Friends leaving Dubai for good. Companies downsizing. That we at some stage will move on from working overseas and our expat life.

The only constant in life is change.

 

“Courage” was a word I have been pondering on since the start of the year. I discovered this when I participated in our oil group’s “what will I manifest in 2018” game, you just need to take a screenshot and whatever word or phrase appears is what you are suppose to manifest this year. I won’t let predictions define me or my day, but the word stayed with me. I prayed about it and the word “courage” just kept coming back to me. I knew it was the right one. If you want to check out what you might need to manifest this year, click here.

 

courage:

1. mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

2. fearlessness, dauntlessness, intrepidity, pluck, spirit.

 

I will have the courage to DO things that will make me happy. I will show courage in situations that I have no control. To have the courage to let go of stressful tasks. To have the courage to see the blessing in difficult situations. Courage to create and do more things that will make me a better version of me.

My friend, Neelu inspired me to choose the one word that you would intentionally live with for the year. Read her post here.

Courage. Yep, this just fits right for me this 2018.

What is your one little word?

 

How to make Christmas Shadow Box

ho! ho! ho!  December is my absolute favorite month

 

Head over to our photo tutorial on the Pretty Paper Studio Blog to see how we made this beautiful Christmas display. I really hope that the easy crafts we make will inspire you to do crafting with your kids.

Chloe and her friends had fun making this month’s craft. We had glitters everywhere and sang carols up until we were done.

Once you’re done, make sure to tag our social media handles @PPSUAE and @cuddlesandcrumbs with the hashtags #ppsuae #prettypaperstudio #madewithppsuae.