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Using Frozen Scallops and Mussels from MIDA Food

Frozen scallops, mussels, and other seafood like softshell crabs and prawns are now increasingly available in the supermarket. Back in the day, these food items are a novelty and is reserved for a few. But now, places like S&R carry these frozen seafood products. I usually see brands like Pacific Bay and after some research on Facebook, learned that this brand is under MIDA Food.

MIDA Food has been the leading distributor in the Philippine seafood industry for 20 years. For the home cooks like us, MIDA Food developed the Pacific Bay brand offers freshly-packed seafood items, like peeled & deveined shrimp, tuna belly, tuna steaks, scallop meat, salmon steaks, whole clams, crabstick, and cream dory fillet, as well as Atlantic cod portions, bacalao loins, Chilean seabass, softshell crab, Gindara steaks and halibut fillet and steaks.

While all of those sound intimidating at first, they are actually simple to prepare. Here’s my first time cooking scallops and mussels from MIDA Food.

Easy Scallop Pasta with Malunggay by Mommy Lace

  • Frozen scallops (10 pcs. or any quantity preferred)
  • Olive oil (3 tbsp)
  • Butter (1 tbsp)
  • Garlic (as little or many as you want)
  • Spaghetti or any kind of long or curly pasta. I used angel hair pasta in this recipe. (480 grams)
  • All-purpose cream (1 tetra pack or 250ml)
  • Malunggay leaves
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package instructions, but reduce cooking time by 2-3 minutes. Set aside. Heat pan, make sure it’s very hot before adding olive oil and butter. Sear the scallops one side first for 5 minutes each side. Reduce heat. Add the garlic.  Season with salt and pepper. Add all-purpose cream, malunggay leaves, stir, and quickly add the pasta noodles before turning off the heat.

Easy & Simple Baked Mussels or Tahong by Mommy Lace

  • Frozen, one shell green mussels
  • Garlic
  • Melted butter
  • Grated processed cheese – I just use local brand cheese
  • Pepper to taste

Line green mussels on a tray. Using a teaspoon, sprinkle each with melted cheese. Top each with garlic and grated cheese. Sprinkle pepper as desired. Bake in turbo broiler or convection oven at 375F for 15 minutes, checking every now and then.

Oh diba? Kayang- kaya! I thought only restaurants could serve these dishes. Note it was my first time preparing these recipes, I even made a twist by adding malunggay to the scallop pasta and made the baked mussels more economical by using ordinary cheese!

It’s very easy because the seafood I used were already cleaned, prepared, and ready to cook. Of course, don’t forget to properly thaw the frozen seafood. I take them out of the freezer 2-3 hours before cooking or move them from the freezer to the refrigerator overnight.

Happy cooking Mommy!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

NEW S&R Roaster’s Best Marinated Chicken cooks in 30 minutes

With our kids back to school, mothers like me find ourselves in the kitchen for longer hours. There’s just so many meals and snacks to plan and prepare. My son is in gradeschool and I need to feed him breakfast and lunch before class, I also have to prepare snacks for recess, then another snack when he returns, and the family dinner. Edi wow!

Aside from conscious planning, meal preparation, and lots of Ziploc freezing – here’s a new #KitchenHack for us moms! It’ll help save us some time from planning, preparation, and cooking – and I found it at S&R. It’s called the S&R Roaster’s Best Marinated Chicken Cut-Ups.

Here they are in my freezer and ever since, I have reduced my trips to the supermarket. I also like how my freezer looks very organized with all my stock from S&R.

Sealed in Freshness, leak-proof seal, and anti-freezer burn packaging.

As you can see, I kind of like Bounty Fresh because I also have their Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Breast Teriyaki – also available at S&R. I only stock few pork products because of the price and the shortage. Chicken can have different flavors while it is also healthy, economical, and easy to cook.

REVIEW: S&R Roaster’s Best Marinated Chicken

This pre-marinated chicken cut ups that are exclusively available at S&R comes in 4 different flavors: Lemongrass, Butter Garlic, Classic Roast and Hot n’ Spicy. My recommendation is the Butter Garlic followed by the Hot n’ Spicy marinade.

Roaster’s Best are available in different cuts but I prefer the breast and wings combination. If your kids like drumstick, that’s also available.

Preparation – it’s very easy to prepare, just take it out from the freezer to that at least an hour before you cook it. This frees up a lot of time for moms to do other things such as helping with homework or dressing the kids up for school.

Cooking Method – S&R’s Roaster’s Best chicken can be fried or cooked via turbo broiler/roaster. I use my turbo broiler which is a plug and use gadget that’s very convenient. Roaster’s Best packaging includes instructions and it’s 15 minutes per side at around 225 C’.

I can cook a lot of chicken pieces in just 30 minutes!

Quality and Taste – first of all I am surprised how Roaster’s Best chicken has that perfect chicken skin that doesn’t tear up! I think these are the most beautiful chicken I have ever roasted. As long as you follow the prescribed time and temperature setting, you will ALWAYS end up with golden and juicy chicken with the best chicken skin ever!

I’ve cooked two packages of Roaster’s Best already, here’s a photo of the hot and spicy variant that I prepared for my husband and I. It’s as perfect as the Garlic Butter Roasted Chicken plus, the taste and excitement of flavors is restaurant quality.

Perfect for date night at home!

Mommy Lace Tip: You can cook 1 package/tray of Roaster’s Best and just Ziploc, refrigerate to serve and reheat for future meals or packed lunch. This has saved me a lot of time and money. If you want to keep it longer, you can freeze the roasted chicken cut-ups too. In my experience, the taste doesn’t change at all and I can tell the chicken is very fresh because it doesn’t easily spoil. The meat is so tender and juicy, you won’t regret serving it to family, friends, and house guests.

I also like serving it with atsara for the full roasted chicken experience.

I’m already planning a picnic but this time, I’d like to try doing a barbecue with the Lemongrass variant.

Mommy, I hope you try the S&R Roaster’s Best Chicken by Bounty Fresh too. It’ll make your life easier, at least for select days when you choose to serve this for your family.

Happy cooking and good luck in your kitchen endeavors, Mommy!

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Positive Aging with Boost Optimum, Mobilis, and Energis

There is a new oral nutritional supplement for older adults, age 50 years old and above. Study shows that Filipinos are expected to live longer and that aging is not like what it used to be. For those born from 1946-1964, also known as Baby Boomers – life continue to be exciting and adventurous beyond 50.

One of the important factors of course is having the health, strength, and vitality to face aging positively. When we feel good, we are more positive about life and willing to try new things regardless of our age. Proper nutrition is important for adults to have the ability to continuing their passion and finding new ones.

One of my fitness goals is to remain strong and active even in my golden years!

Oral Nutritional Supplements

Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) are not just designed for sick adults. In fact, to avoid being sick and fragile, a person should seek to fill the gaps on one’s nutritional needs. Oral nutritional supplements that come in powder formula is an easy way to do this. Each person has different needs, at my age – I drink protein shakes to help build muscle to develop strength.

For older adults, muscle mass naturally declines. Energy levels need to be restored and depleted nutrients need to be replaced. For each need, there is a right adult nutrition supplement for you.

Boost Optimum | 405 grams | Price: Php 605.82

Boost Optimum oral nutritional supplement has 50% whey protein that contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass and helps muscles recover from injury or illness. This drink containes Vitamins E, B6, and B12. Boost Optimum also keeps the gut healthy with probiotics and prebiotics.

Boost Mobilis | 405 grams | Price: Php 605.82

Boost Mobilis is an oral nutritional supplement that is targeted for joint, muscles, and bone. It is also high in quality protein, calcium, vitamins C, and D. Boost Mobilis is also low in calories, gluten-free, with no added sugar.

Boost Energis| 405 grams | Price: Php 605.82

Boost Energis is an adult nutritional supplement drink that can help improve strength. It is targered for vitality, energy, and strength. It already contains 20 viatmins and minerals, rich in vitamins B2, B6, and B12. Energis is high in quality protein, calciium, potassium, and magnesium.

This is also a good variant for those who want a gluten-free, no added sugar, and low calorie oral nutritional supplement.

Boost is not only convenient but can actually replace meals (meal replacement) for times when you’re unable to eat your regular meals. It’s a good way to get required daily allowance of calories, vitamins, and minerals into the body.

Boost Optimum Vanilla Recipe by Mommy Lace

I got Boost Optimum for my loved ones who are older than myself and tasted it for the first time. The Vanilla flavor is very tasty and is even better when you prepare it blended, with ice for example.

I enjoyed this smoothie after a workout, it is okay to drink Boost even if you’re not yet 50! The protein content would be great for muscle building. Here’s the recipe I made:

5 Tbsp Boost Optimum Vanilla

1 cup (250ml) water

1 big frozen banana

1 handful of romaine lettuce (or any type of lettuce)

Using a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until it turns into a smoothie – about 30 seconds. The frozen banana saves you from using ice cubes and makes your smoothie even more creamy delicious!

You can also find more recipes at the Boost Philippines Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nestleboostph/ .

Stay healthy and strong everybody!

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

#SunShorts Remind Filipino Moms about Financial Planning

40% of Filipino parents are insufficiently prepared to fund their children’s education. Isa ka ba sa kanila? I’d like to answer no but to be honest, I’m still working, saving, and investing hard to have enough for my son’s education – up until college!

Nag-iiba talaga ang pananaw natin sa buhay once we become parents. One of our biggest worry and fear is the inability to send our children to college. Are you tired of worrying and living in fear of the future? Or, are you trying to ignore this fear and be content with being “kapos” from time to time?

June is Financial Independence month and to raise awareness on the benefits of investing, Sun Life Philippines is releasing 3 short digital films. One of the Sun Shorts released is entitled “She Said, She Said” and it is designed for parents like us who are unsure if we’re doing the right thing. Tama nga ba?

WATCH: She Said, She Said

Filipino moms can be as strong as Wonder Woman

This short film reminds me of how strong us Filipino moms can become. Once we become parents, we suddenly harness super powers and can take on two, three, or more jobs – even before our child is born. There are times I couldn’t believe how I pulled things through and thank God for the grace He gives us everyday. Parang milagro talaga!

Like the mother in the film, I’m sure many of us have experienced working multiple jobs while chopping vegetables, getting our child ready for school, and still manage to look presentable to the outside world. Kailangan e! No one else can understand our need to secure our family’s basic necessities other than ourselves. This is why we opt to do everything by ourselves and most of the time, there’s no other choice.

Making time, money work for you and not against you

Sa dami ng trabaho, something’s got to give. Most of the time, it’s spending quality time with our children. Gustuhin man natin makipag-usap at makipag-laro all day, we have grown-up responsibilities to fulfill – in fact, I often tell myself “No rest for the wicked” in other words, “walang tulugan!”. Maglaro pa kaya?

Time flies! This is me and my son. Photo taken 6 years apart.

In the short film, we see how scarcity of time can lead to communication gap between mother and child. It also reminded me how teenagers will need even more attention but in a different way. My son is just 7 so this is a great preview of what things might be. Syempre, I hope that with financial planning and budgeting – I would be able to afford more time with my son as he grows up.

The mother in the film actually made the right move to make a financial instrument like an endowment plan to serve as her “partner” even if she is a single mom. Because of this, she was able to send her daughter to school but of course, she had to work hard and make sacrifices along the way.

What is an Endowment Plan?

Based on my experience, I got an endowment plan for my son when he was 0 years old. This was with Sun Life Philippines as well. An endowment plan is a combination of investment and insurance with guaranteed benefit to be paid out over an agreed period of time.

It has insurance because in case something happens to the provider, in our case – the mother, the investment continues as if the mother is still alive and paying the insurance premiums. This ensures that your child’s benefit is protected. The riders may vary but at that time, I got the Sun PesoProvider10 which we’re still paying for up to this day.

Can you imagine if all Filipino moms would explore how financial products can help secure their children’s education and future? Syempre, there is no such thing as certainty in life but making our money and time work for us is a better strategy than not doing anything and saying “bahala na”. Nakakatakot yan!

Disclaimer: I am not a registered financial planner, please visit http://www.sunlife.com.ph/ for more information and reach out to one of their qualified financial advisors.

You’re still the best Mom!

At the end of the day, regardless of our financial status and capability, we are still the best moms for our children. They look up to us and we should be inspired to become good role models for them to follow – especially when it comes to being diligent and driven in making ends and more meet for a brighter future.

This short film, She Said, She Said understands what us moms go through, that motherhood is not all flowers and rainbows. For me, motherhood is a beautiful picture that is painted with equal amounts of love and sacrifice, happiness and sadness, enjoyment and hardship. The modern Filipino mom can be a strong, independent, driven, and financially secure. We have a lot to learn but the journey to financial freedom also starts with the first step.

That first step can be as simple as being inspired by a story like She Said, She Said. Go ahead, ask questions and start building a brighter future! You can do it Mommy, you are as strong as Wonder Woman and more!

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Joy Ride by NutriAsia and our Fry & Shake Chicken!

Last weekend, my family and I were in Luneta to celebrate Independence Day. It was amazing to find lots of activities, booths, and programs for everyone. This colorful and truly Pinoy food truck was a standout.

It’s called the Joy Ride and if you’re instagramming it, you use #JoyRidePH. The novelty of food trucks is that they don’t stay in one place for a long time. The Joy Ride by NutriAsia food truck will travel and park around Metro Manila, so says one of the staff serving mouthwatering but easy to eat food!

In just a few minutes, we found ourselves lining up the food truck. Each food item is very affordable (from P40-P80 each ) and is proudly Filipino in taste but with a twist!

Here’s what we had:

Spicy Adoburrito Wrap, Pinoy Chicken Slider, Siga Bagnet Wrap, and the bestselling Skinny Chix.

If you catch Joy Ride, I recommend the Spicy Adoburrito Wrap eaten with Skinny Chix. Skinny chix is crispy and juicy chicken skin that comes in smoked barbecue, cheese, and sour cream flavor.

Also ask for these Locally Blended Juice Drink. The Guyabano is a bestseller but I only got Dalandan. It’s a refreshing homegrown fruit juice made with locally sourced fruits. This is also a product of NutriAsia.

Promodizers were in the area and explained to us that the flavoring for Skinny Chix is actually Nutri Asia’s recently launched, first-in-the-market Golden Fiesta Big Crunch Fry and Shake. It’s a 3 in 1 product where you get a batter poweder mix, cheese (or barbecue, sour cream) powder, and a bag you can shake and flavor your food in. Hooray for free samples!

How To Use Golden Fiesta Fry and Shake

So we were able to get all 3 flavors at the Joy Ride booth. It’s been a week since and just awhile ago, I was able to use Fry and Shake for the first time!

The food truck inspired me to create my own version of Skinny Chix but healthier. So for my son’s lunch, I prepared my Fry and Shake Cheesy Chicken Breasts! I used the batter mix and after frying, poured the cheese powder in the free shaker bag.

Then, I dropped in the chicken breasts one by one and shake them all up until the chicken is covered in cheese. Tada!

I serve them with UFC Banana Ketchup and my son loves it. Perfect for meals before kids go to school or pambaon that’ll fill their stomach and give them energy for a long time.

WATCH: How to Use Golden Fiesta Big Crunch Fry & Shake Mix

My grade schooler also can’t wait for us to use the other cheese, barbecue, and sour cream in making potato wedges at home – much cheaper vs. buying from the stall! Plus, this product comes with the batter mix that you can dip just about anything in that you’d like to fry, potatoes included.

Sometimes we need to inject creativity in the kitchen and try new things. Buti nalang na-inspire ako by this Joy Ride Food Truck! I hope that we bump into the food truck again for an amazing #foodspiration experience.

Happy cooking and eating, Mommy and Baby!

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Nadai Fujisoba – What to Order, Menu, & Prices!

Tag-ulan nanaman and that means, it’s the best time to enjoy hot soup and noodles! My husband and I found ourselves stranded in SM Aura as the rain poured heavily outside. All we could think of was ramen but we both know that a bowl of ramen can be expensive. Walking around, we checked out the restaurants at the Ground Floor of SM Aura.

Nadia Fujisoba at SM Aura, Ground Floor

Nadai Fujisoba had a very interesting store front. They even have an interactive screen where people like us can check out their menu and of course, prices. We were surprised how affordable their ramen was, which it turns out is actually Japanese Udon. According to the staff, Japanese Udon uses buckwheat noodles which is more affordable than ramen but is actually more healthy!

I was sold, mura na, healthy pa! So we decided to have our accidental date at Nadai Fujisoba and here’s what we ordered.

What to Order at Nadai Fujisoba Menu

Here’s all that we ordered at Nadai Fujisoba, we got carried-away by the affordability plus – gutom talaga kami! But of all the items, here are my top 4 must-order at Nadai Fujisoba.

1. Aka Fuji Udon P280 – this is the spicy version of Fujisoba’s bestselling udon. It’s perfect for the rainy days and I like how the red miso paste with chili makes this dish exciting to eat. Sometimes, eating a bowl of noodles can be quickly satiating but this Japanese Udon was great until we reached the bottom!

Tip: Enjoy a bowl to share so you and your date or companion can taste a variety of Japanese Udon. It was fun tasting different versions and talking what our favorite was.

2. Ebi Ten Tempura P240 – each serving at P240 already lets you enjoy 3 huge pieces of prawn tempura. It was very light yet tasty, one of the best tempura I had! Nadai Fujisoba made me forget all the other tempuras I had in my life, ganon kasarap!

This is perfect to enjoy side by side with your Japanese Udon noodles. Very satisfying and enjoyable to take slurps of your soup and soft udon noodles, then follow with this crispy tempura dipped in sauce.

3. Salmon Belly Donburi P280 – new on the menu, this rice meal is so good on its own. For just P280, you can enjoy melt in your mouth salmon belly in tasty teriyaki sauce. If you’re on a budget and want to dine at Nadai Fujisoba, this is it!

4. Matcha Ice Cream P100 – at Nadai Fujisoba, you can stay for dessert. Their matcha ice cream is worth trying, it is quality matcha that’s very creamy and flavorful. I’ve tasted other matcha ice cream from other restaurants that are not as tasty and in fact, not really feel like ice cream but are very icy. Nadai Fujisoba’s matcha ice cream will not disappoint, it’s very packed with matcha flavor, creamy, and stays solid long until it melts in the warmth of your mouth.

The only thing I hope Nadai Fujisoba would have is coffee! We coffee addicts love to enjoy good food with coffee, maybe Nadai Fujisoba can introduce Japanese coffee in their menu? I can only imagine enjoying their rice meals with hot coffee, they also have pudding but it was sold out during our visit.

Overall, our Japanese Udon experience at Nadai Fujisoba in SM Aura was fantastic. We didn’t expect the quality of food at such affordable prices, lalo na yung Salmon Belly Donburi and Aka Fuji Udon! We can’t wait to come back again and bring our son with us.

Domo Arigato Nadai Fujisoba!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.