• Serve Noche Buena Like a Chef with the Laudicos

    See what these top chefs feed their little ones, and then chow down on their easy, kid-friendly recipes for the holidays.
    by Paulynn Chang-Afable .
  • Chefs Rolando and Jackie Laudico

    Parents of Orlando, 6, and Keona, 3

    Owners, Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino, Bfast, and Patisserie Filipino

    “Orlando likes fried rice so we combined two of their favorite ingredients: shrimp and rice. We always have leftover paella from catering, so it’s easy to make a fried rice dish with it. You can make this dish with any leftover rice you have - it’s basically a simple fried rice with lots of shrimp!”

     

    My kids’ favorite food are: shrimp, eggs, rice, pasta, and noodle dishes. 

    The healthy stuff we prepare at home are: steamed dishes like fish, and food that doesn’t require any frying. We avoid junk food and unhealthy products. Most of the cookies they eat are home-baked and oatmeal- and brown sugar-based, so they’re healthy. For snacks, we feed them a lot of fruits, yogurt, and milk products. We avoid processed and instant food. We don’t stock up on big packs of chips from the grocery—out of sight, out of mind. 

    When pressed for time, the easiest thing to whip up is: leftovers made into pasta or fried rice! Shrimp and fish also don’t take a lot of time to cook. 

    In the pantry, you should never run out of: eggs and milk. We think eggs are one of the healthiest, most complete foods. It has the good fats, the good cholesterol. Since kids’ brains, muscles, and bones are developing, eggs and milk are essential. Pasta is also very easy to prepare and has a long shelf life. Kids love eating noodles in all forms! They also like to eat cheese and fruits, which are very important.

    We get our kids to eat their greens by: associating the vegetables with something familiar, something fun. We tell them that  broccoli are little trees or that Bugs Bunny eats a lot of carrots. Naaaliw sila. When they were small, we’d purée carrots and put it in spaghetti sauce. 

     

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