Coarsely peel then grate 1/2 kg. Taiwan kamote. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in 3 finely chopped scallions, greens only, 2 large eggs, and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Drop rounded tablespoons of the chunky batter into a frying pan on medium-low heat and flatten to form a pancake. Fry on each side about 4-5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
Meanwhile, season 2 cream dory fish fillets with extra virgin olive oil, capers, and calamansi. Slice fish fillets into fingers. Grill on an oiled grill pan until opaque.
Pack pancakes with sour cream and fish fingers.
Baon trick: Mix carrots into the kamote mixture, too.
4. Baked Veggie Macaroni
Makes 6 servings Takes 30 minutes
Sauté 1 chopped medium onion in extra virgin olive oil. Add 4 minced garlic cloves; do not brown.
Add veggies: 1 chopped small head of broccoli, 1 chopped large zucchini, 8 chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped unskinned eggplant, 1 chopped large green bell pepper, 1 coarsely grated large carrot, and a handful of freshly chopped basil leaves. Sauté until softened; cool for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and cook 1 400-gram pack of macaroni shells. Blend sautéed vegetables in blender or food processor until puréed. Drain pasta.
Mix sauce with cooked shells. Top with mozzarella cheese and basil; bake.
Pack with garlic bread and fruits.
Baon trick: Salt and pepper each additional vegetable that’s added to the mix.
5. Three-Bean White Chicken Chili
Makes 6 servings Takes 20 minutes
Sauté 1 chopped medium onion and 3 minced garlic cloves. Add 300 grams chopped boneless chicken breast, and cook all the way through.
Add 1 400-gram can each cannellini beans, pink beans, and baked beans or in equal parts, if not using the entire can.
Season with a dash each of ground cumin, ground sage, salt and pepper to taste.
Finish with 1 227-gram can drained pineapple tidbits.
Pack with steamed rice, steamed broccoli florets, and homemade chocolate chip cookies as a snack.
Baon trick: Use your choice of canned beans and lean meat like ground turkey, or swap white rice with brown for a healthier option.
This article was originally published in the June 2015 issue of Good Housekeeping Philippines magazine.