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  • Mom Shares 10 Recipes When She Gets the 'Bahala Ka Na sa Ulam' Answer

    A mom shares quick, easy, and healthy recipes that her whole family enjoys.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Mom Shares 10 Recipes When She Gets the 'Bahala Ka Na sa Ulam' Answer
PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin
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  • A lot of you are busy preparing for your Noche Buena and Media Noche feasts. But we know it doesn't end there because every member of your family is on a holiday break, and that means food — lots of it — and meal planning.

    We enlisted the help of Lorraine Llorin, a blogger who runs the Facebook page Super Momma. A former nurse turned full-time work-at-home mom, she admits meal planning had always been a dilemma in their household, especially because her family — her husband and three children — loves to eat.

    Whenever she feels inspired to cook, Lorraine takes photos of their daily meals and uploads it on her “#OUFTD” (Our Ulam for the Day) album on her page. “I want to help fellow mommies who get ‘bahala ka na sa ulam’ answers from their husbands and children,” she tells SmartParenting.com.ph.

    Lorraine with her kids Aleighna, Jon, and Jolo.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Lorraine Llorin
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    How to plan your meals efficiently

    Lorraine shares she spends anywhere between a Php100 to Php1,000 per meal. “The Php100 meal is for when the budget is tight — ‘petsa de peligro’ as they say, haha! The Php1,000 is when I want to make our meals extra special.”

    When planning meals, Lorraine ensures there’s protein, vegetables, and fruits. She says, “I buy our food at the public market because it’s fresh plus it’s cheaper. Also, I like to have so many selections and to [be able to] haggle, haha!”

    Lorraine says that meals should be flexible — it can be cooked even if the required ingredients aren’t complete. “I also make sure that we balance what we eat every week. There should be days when we eat fish, seafood, vegetables, and meat,” she shares. She also plans meals for ‘petsa de peligro.’

    Because she does not have a helper or a yaya to help around the house, Lorraine says that it's important to choose 'ulam' that's quick and easy to make. "Every second of my life counts especially when feeding my kids' hungry tummies!"

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    Don’t know what to cook? Here are recipes for a week’s worth of meals:

    Adobong Pusit

    Lorraine recommends adobong pusit to be paired with gising gising.
    PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin

    Ingredients
    Fresh squid
    Onion
    Garlic
    Oyster sauce
    Soy sauce
    Green chili pepper (optional)
    Bay leaf
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions
    1. Clean the squid. Remove the spine and eyes.
    2. Prepare all the ingredients.
    3. Put everything in the pan, let it simmer for 5 to 8 minutes until the squid turns white. DON’T overcook this one as it may be tough to eat.

    Lorraine notes that she doesn’t sauté the squid anymore since her method produces a tastier and more flavorful meal.

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    Gising Gising

    Lorraine likes cooking gising gising because it's so easy to prepare.
    PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin

    Ingredients
    String beans, ends trimmed and cut into ½ inches
    Ground pork
    Garlic
    Onion
    Coconut milk
    Shrimp paste
    Soy sauce
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Chili pepper (optional)

    Instructions
    1. Prepare and clean all the ingredients.
    2. Simmer the ground pork until cooked. Remove from pan and set aside.
    3. Sauté the onion and garlic in the pan with the oil from the pork. Add shrimp paste.
    4. Add coconut oil and let it simmer. Add ground pork and beans. Bring into a boil.
    5. Add a tablespoon of soy sauce.
    6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Add chili pepper and serve.

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    Beef Stir Fry with Broccoli and Eggplant

    Lorraine makes sure her cooked meals are balanced by adding vegetables into the mix.
    PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin

    Ingredients
    Garlic, minced
    Broccoli
    Eggplant
    Beef strips
    Oyster Sauce
    Soy sauce
    Salt and pepper
    Vegetable oil (around 1 tbsp)
    Water
    Cornstarch
    Sesame Oil

    Instructions
    1. Prepare all ingredients. Wash the vegetables thoroughly.
    2. Sauté garlic until brown. Add beef strips. Sauté until cooked.
    3. Add water with a teaspoon of cornstarch. This will thicken the soup’s consistency. Add oyster sauce and soy sauce.
    4. Add broccoli and aubergine and let it simmer until slightly translucent.
    5. Add salt pepper to taste.
    6. Drizzle with sesame oil before serving.
    7. Serve with hot rice. Enjoy!

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    Okoy

    Okoy tastes best when dipped in vinegar. Yum!
    PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin

    Ingredients
    Fresh shrimps (hibe)
    Egg
    White pepper
    Salt
    Egg
    All-purpose flour
    Bean sprout
    Vegetable oil

    Instructions
    1. Prepare shrimps. Make sure to remove the shell.
    2. Put all ingredients except vegetable oil in a mixing bowl. Mix all ingredients together.
    3. Heat the pan and add vegetable oil. Form patties and fry until golden brown.
    4. Serve with vinegar or sukang pinakurat. Enjoy!

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    Laswa

    Laswa is Lorraine's 'petsa de peligro' meal. "You can prepare this for only Php100," she says.
    PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin

    Ingredients
    Alugbati
    Squash
    Okra
    Squash blossoms
    Malunggay leaves
    Water
    Broth cubes

    Instructions
    1. Bring water to a boil. Add broth.
    2. Add squash, boil until half cooked.
    3. Add okra and let simmer for a few seconds.
    4. Add all the leaves and let simmer again.
    5. Serve.

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    Tonkatsu

    For an even easier time, Lorraine suggests tonkatsu sauces that can be bought in supermarkets.
    PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin

    Ingredients
    Pork loin slices
    Kalamansi or lemon
    Iodized salt
    Ground black pepper
    All-purpose flour
    Eggs, beaten
    Panko bread crumbs
    Shredded cabbage
    Vegetable oil for frying

    For the sauce
    Worcestershire sauce
    Water
    Sake (optional)
    Ginger, minced and pounded
    Garlic, minced and pounded
    Brown sugar
    Tomato sauce

    Instructions
    1. Rub salt and white pepper and squeeze kalamansi on the meat. Marinate for 30 minutes.
    2. Coat the meat in flour and dip in egg mixture. Coat the meat with bread crumbs. Make sure to coat meat well.
    3. Deep fry in medium heat until brown on each side (around 5 minutes). Avoid cooking on high heat as this will burn the bread crumbs.
    4. Put in serving tray and allow to cool.
    5. Combine all sauce ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer until mixture thickens.
    6. Drizzle meat with sauce and serve with shredded cabbage.

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    Ginataang puso ng saging

    Apart from being healthy, this dish is quick and easy to prepare.
    PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin

    Ingredients
    Puso ng saging, shredded
    Garlic, minced
    Onion, minced
    Salt
    Pepper
    Soy sauce
    Vinegar
    Coconut milk
    Chili pepper (optional)
    Vegetable oil
    Bay leaf

    Instructions
    1. Prepare the ingredients. Place the shredded puso ng saging in a bowl with water and salt. Soak for 10 minutes.
    2. Wash the puso ng saging in running water and squeeze out excess water. Do three times to remove the ‘dagta.’
    3. Saute garlic and onion in a pan until brown. Add coconut milk and let it simmer for approximately 5 minutes. Add puso ng saging. Let it simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent the coconut oil from curdling.
    4. Add a teaspoon of soy sauce, salt and pepper, and bay leaf.
    5. If the puso ng saging is already translucent, add vinegar and simmer for three more minutes.
    6. Remove from heat and serve.

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    Bangus Steak

    Cutting down on meat? Use bangus as an alternative to beef steak.
    PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin

    Ingredients
    Bangus, daing cut
    White onion, sliced
    Garlic, minced
    Soy Sauce
    Salt
    White Pepper
    Vegetable oil

    Instructions
    1. Season the bangus with salt and pepper. Let it sit for 10 minutes before frying.
    2. Heat the pan and fry the bangus.
    3. In a separate pan, sauté garlic. Add water, soy sauce and white pepper. Add the bangus and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
    4. Add onion slices on top and serve.

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    Ginisang Ampalaya with Egg

    Lorraine shares that you need to be consistent if you want your kids to start eating veggies. "Serve vegetables or fruits in every meal to make it part of their routine."
    PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin

    Ingredients
    Ampalaya, sliced ¼ inches thick
    2 Eggs
    Vegetable oil
    Salt
    Onion, quartered
    Garlic, minced

    Instructions
    1. Prepare the ingredients. Remove ampalaya seeds. Wash ampalaya in water with salt and rinse to lessen the bitter taste.
    2. Heat the pan. Sauté garlic and onion. Do not overcook onion.
    3. Add ampalaya and drizzle with salt. When the ampalaya is semi-translucent, add the eggs and continuously mix until cooked.

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    Sweet and Sour Fish

    Lorraine used lapu-lapu for this meal. Her kids love it when it's made with a lot of soup!
    PHOTO BY Lorraine Llorin

    Ingredients
    Fish (any kind will do)
    Carrots, sliced in thin strips
    Celery, sliced in strips
    Onion, quartered
    Garlic, minced
    Tomato Paste
    Tomatoes, sliced in thin strips
    Cornstarch
    Pineapple chunks
    Salt
    Pepper
    Water

    Instructions
    1.Season the fish with salt and white pepper. Set aside for 10 minutes to let the flavor sit.
    2. Fry the fish in vegetable oil. Set aside.

    For the sauce
    1. Sauté the garlic in vegetable oil, until brown. Add garlic and tomatoes. Sauté until slightly translucent.
    2. Add water and tomato paste. Simmer for 5 minutes.
    3. Add cornstarch. Let it simmer until the mixture is thick.
    4. Add carrots and celery and pineapple chunks as well as the juice. Let it simmer for one minute.
    5. Add the fish.
    6. Add pepper (optional).
    7. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

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