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Freshly Foods Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Wrap

Freshly Foods – My Emergency Food Stash

Do you have those days where you just don’t have any idea on what to feed your family? I have plenty. I try my best to plan our weekly menu but sometimes life as a stay-at-home mom gets in the way. Why? I wear several hats – a chef, blogger, main cleaner, teacher (my eldest it seems have exams every week), playmate and referee…are just a few hats I wear. It is overwhelming. As much as I want to prepare fresh cooked food every meal time for my bunch (kids + husband), I sometimes just don’t have the energy (and time) to do it.  So I rely on store bought frozen food a few times a week (specially for lunch box) to get by. Choosing the right one is quite a bit of a challenge because I have to make sure that it is not made of junk and that my kids will eat it. While shopping at Lulu Hypermarket we chanced upon the tasting booth of Freshly Foods  a company that prides itself for producing premium and MDM free food products. My kids loved everything at …

#LetsMakeLunchFun for our Family

I have been using the hashtag #LetsMakeLunchFun on Instagram for a while now, with an aim to challenge myself and inspire others to prepare healthy fun lunch box food for our kids.  Last September 2016, I invited my IG followers to use the hashtag and join me in my little campaign. The challenge to pack a healthier school food began when my son asked me to pack extra food for his friends. To make things clear, all his friends bring packed lunch in school but it consist mostly of sandwich, cupcakes or cookies and a juice box. Absolutely nothing wrong with the food they have but I think what makes our packed lunch different is the way it is prepared. #LetsMakeLunchFun is not limited to lunch box packing, it can be any meal – breakfast, snack or dinner. Remember that our goal is to make our family eat healthier, one meal at a time. If you have eventually managed to make your child eat a food they usually avoid is a big achievement. “I like that you have a lot of food to choose from.” My kids are good eater …

barbecue chicken bento lunch box

Bento Lunch Box Menu January 8-12

Rice is a big part of our meals and this week I packed mostly rice meals for Kuya V. Our recipe used for the week is pan grilled bbq chicken and banana oatmeal cupcake. Join our lunch box packing FB group via this link. The aim of #LetsMakeLunchFun community is to inspire and help families prepare and pack healthier meal. This is the last week for you to win a Yumbox Panino from us! Details over at our Instagram post, here. Sunday– January 8: pan grilled chicken, banana roll-ups, carrots and strawberry. Monday– January 9: beef tapa, boiled quail eggs, rice, carrots, kiwi and watermelon Tuesday – January 10: chicken popcorn, carrots, strawberry and blueberries. Wednesday – January 11: hotdog sushi rolls, fruits and banana oatmeal cupcake. Thursday – January 12: sausage tortilla, fruits, carrots and chocolate wafers You can follow us on Instagram, @cuddlesandcrumbs for more lunchbox ideas and feel free to use #LetsMakeLunchFun hashtag on all your packed meals.

mama sitas barbecue chicken

Recipe: Pan Grilled Chicken

One concern I had before moving to Dubai was availability of ingredients and products I was used to using specially when it comes to cooking. I packed a good stash of ready made sauce mix to make caldereta and sinigang. Why? I was not a confident cook because while I helped in the kitchen someone always did the cooking for me. The good news is Filipino products is widely available in small and major groceries here – your favorite Pinoy corned beef, canned tuna, suka, toyo and Mama Sita’s oyster sauce are sold here. Now lets get on to this super easy Pan Grilled Chicken recipe. Made easy with the use of store bought Mama Sita’s barbecue marinade. YES, I admit and take no shame of me using ready made food flavorings specially when I just spent the rest of my free time watching Elementary. How easy is this you ask? Wash and pat dry chicken thighs (I prefer dark meat), place on a container with lid, pour enough Mama Sita’s barbecue marinate to cover chicken, keep in your …

Bento Lunch Box Menu January 2-5

First week back to school for 2017 was last January 2. We were still on a holiday mood and forgot to go for our weekly grocery shopping, so this weeks kids lunch box consist mostly of leftover holiday food like ham. Join our lunch box packing FB group via this link. The aim of #LetsMakeLunchFun community is to inspire and help families pack / prepare a healthier meal Monday – January 2: ham and cheese sandwich, yoghurt and fruits. Tuesday – January 3: pizza pinwheels filled with pepperoni and cheese Wednesday – January4: cream cheese sandwich for both Thursday – January 5: a repeat of what we packed yesterday   Did you notice something new in your Yumbox boxes? Both kids received a new Yumbox and Camelback bottles with their name and chosen design from Kilani Kreations. Kilani Kreations can personalize your existing yumbox or directly order a new one from them. For more details visit their Instagram and Facebook pages. Make sure you follow our accounts on Instagram, @cuddlesandcrumbs for more lunchbox ideas and use #LetsMakeLunchFun hashtag on …

Garlic and Herb Hassleback Potatoes from Spinneys

In the Philippines we celebrate Christmas season the longest, from September until January. Yes, by September Filipino families start decorating for the season, carols are played and countdown begins. My first Christmas dinner for 2016 happened last November 21 with Spinneys Dubai. It definitely kicked off festivities on a high note, Chef Mark and his team prepared a delicious spread of minced pies, turkey, roasted beef ribeye paired with yummy sides of stuffing, hasselback potatoes, vegetables and all the trimmings you could possible think off. Photo Credit: Spinneys Dubai We also got some tips and tricks on how to prepare a stress-free Christmas menu from Chef Mark Evans and lovely food presentation from Spinneys Food Magazine editors Amy and Emily. I am all for a stress-free Christmas menu preparation this year, no more spending long hours in the kitchen because I’m ordering some food lovingly prepared by the experts. With just 16 days till Christmas day, Spinneys is giving us the option skip the panic of shopping for ingredients with a variety of delectable treats like a whole crown turkey with …

ham croissant lunchbox mini yumbox

Bento Lunch Box Menu November 6-10

I created a lunch box packing FB group, you can join via this link. The aim of #LetsMakeLunchFun community is to inspire and help families pack / prepare a healthier lunch. Sunday – November 6: Leftover roast chicken and fried rice for today. Monday – November 7: I was planning to pack spam musubi only to find out that I don’t have the main ingredient in my kitchen, so hotdog was use to fill rice wrap instead. Cut one musubi differently that was a perfect shape for eyes. Tuesday – November 8: We have homemade chicken fingers for todays lunch. To make one at home just marinate chicken breast on a yoghurt mix with salt, pepper, garlic powder and five spice. Roll on breadcrumbs the next day and pan fry or bake. Wednesday – November 9: Store bought butter croissant with ham and mixed berry smoothie. Thursday – November 10: Both kids packed homemade chicken nuggets.

turkey sandwich bento lunchbox

Bento Lunchbox Menu November 1-3

Here is what we packed for school lunch this week. Most of the lunches packed are straight forward and made cute with some food picks and separators. My kids now know that all the food decorations must come back home with them and if a friend asks they need to ask Mama first. Tuesday – November 1: My kids are crazy over dimsum’s – siomai in particular. I try my best to re-create wantons and siomai at home but both kids would also comment that it does not look or taste the same. Even though they would reassure me that the ones I prepare are better, I know that they would always prefer store/restaurant dimsum.   Wednesday – November 2: We have dinner leftovers for Vierte’s school lunch and Chloe asked for sandwich. How cute are these animal food separators! Adding them sure did make the lunch box happy. Thursday – November 3: One of the easiest pack lunch to date is making use of leftover food, which seems to be the theme this week. …