Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tomato and Egg Omelette 番茄炒蛋

This is a super simple yet nutritious dish that my little ones really like, so I thought it is worth posting here to share.

Tomato is one of the super foods that is low in fat, calories, high in fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, antioxidant protection and most importantly it contains Lycopene, a substance that is said to help in fighting cancer. Studies suggested that our bodies absorbed more Lycopene from cooked or processed tomatoes, so apart from snacking on cherry tomatoes, cooking them is one good option. You may refer to the reference links at the bottom of this post for the benefits of tomatoes.

I used cherry tomatoes (also known as tomatinas which means baby tomato) instead of the normal tomatoes as they are naturally sweet and are great to be used for salad or eaten raw as guilt-free snack.

Love the cheerful color combination on our dinning table. 

Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 5 min
Serving for: 3 person

20 cherry tomatoes, wash and cut into 4.
3 medium size eggs
A pinch of salt
A pinch of sugar 
A dash of pepper

The Making:
1. Beat the eggs, add the salt & pepper and mix well.
2. Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a non stick pan, cook the Omelete and cut them up roughly with the spatula. Cook approximately 30 seconds until the Omelete is semi-done and dish them aside.
3. In the same pan, toss in the tomatoes and let them cook for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with drops of sugar (optional but I find it taste better). Press the tomatoes lightly with the back of the spatula to release the water within.
4. Toss in the Omelete, stir to mix well and your dish is now ready to serve. 

Simple, healthy dish within 10 minutes!

My little ones does not like raw tomatoes, so cooking them with the omelette is one way of allowing them to absorb the goodness of tomatoes without me havingto persuade  or bribe them into eating this little red veggie.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Caterpillar Sushi Rice 毛毛虫寿司饭团

When we were having our vacation in New Zealand, my little girl missed eating rice after days of munching on western food. Since sushi stores are easily available, we bought her sushi with teriyaki chicken as alternative and she was pretty satisfied.

Back at home now, I had a sudden inspiration of making sushi for the duo by merging it with the famous Malacca chicken rice balls. Never heard of this famous dish? Find out more about it here http://www.melaka3.com/2012/09/top-3-malaccan-favourite-chicken-rice.html, you shall give it a try whenever you visit Malacca, the heritage state of Malaysia besides Penang. 

So here it is, the caterpillar sushi rice consist of honey glazed mushroom chicken fillet and sushi rice. Served with some omelet cooked by my little handsome and drops of pumpkin seeds for that spring feel.

My duo absolutely loved the "caterpillar" and couldn't wait to grab the rice balls when dinner was served. The plate was emptied within half an hour and they even asked for more chicken fillet, or as my girl called it, 肉肉.

Here's the serving for hub and I. Nothing fancy, just simple handmade sushi rolls.

Sometimes it only takes a little twist in the food presentation to boost the little ones' appetite and inspiration.

For the sushi recipe, refer here: 

For the honey glazed chicken fillet, refer the recipe here: http://food4littleones.blogspot.com/2013/09/oriental-style-chicken-fillet-with.html

I made a little change by adding honey this time, just pour a small cup of diluted honey onto the chicken fillet and let the fillet shimmered for about 10 minutes before serving. The honey will be absorbed into the meat and give a nice aroma. 

• To avoid risk of chocking do supervise the little ones while eating and teach them to eat properly.
• To roll the sushi into rice balls without having the rice sticking all over your hands, just dab some water on your palms before you start working on the rice. It's that simple! *wink*

Atadaki masu! (Let's dine!)