Monday, June 17, 2013

Coursera's "Just Cook" a Balanced Dinner

Welcome to Week 3 lesson of Maya Adam's Child Nutrition and Cooking, an online course offered by Coursera.

The discussion includes:
Preparing lunch for kiddos: 
According to Maya Adam, studies shows that visual exposure to fruits and vegetables increases children's willingness to consume them. Important point I got was that since kids tend to get hungry at school from any school activities, we need to take advantage of their hunger by putting good food in their lunches. The easier for them to eat their lunches, the better :D (You may want to slice the mango into serving slices than just put the whole mango in their lunchbox)

Preparing home-made chicken nuggets:
Another helpful tip from Maya Adam was that its better to prepare the food at home than to buy the processed food. She shared her version of home-made chicken nuggets. 

Shopping for vegetables:
Tag your kids along when you go for vegetable shopping.

Roasted vegetables:
Another option on how to cook and prepare vegetables.

Baking cupcakes:
It not necessarily needed to be exact in the ingredients as long as you get the right consistency of the batter, then its good to go. 

For the Week 3 assignment, we we're task to create a balance dinner.
Here's what I submitted: 
Rice with Chicken Adobo and Unripe Jackfruit stewed in Coconut Milk
As usual, rice is again part of my dinner meal.
In Making Chicken Adobo:
In a pot, put all the ingredients
- chicken (cut into serving pieces)
- sliced garlic
- sliced onions
- enough soy sauce
- enough vinegar
- enough water
- salt, pepper and brown sugar to taste
Bring to boil over medium heat.
Once in a while, flip the chicken and continue to simmer until chicken is cook.
Taste the sauce and adjust if needed based on your preference.
You know its done when the chicken is cook and the sauce is already thickened into dark brown color.

In Making Unripe Jackfuit cooked in Coconut Milk:
In a pot, bring to boil the following ingredients
- sliced unripe jackfuit
- coconut milk (thin)
- sliced ginger
- sliced onions
- salt to taste
Simmer until the jackfruit is cook
Add the remaining coconut milk and sliced spring onions
Stir and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve. Enjoy

For the rice cakes wrapped in banana leaf (commonly known as "Suman"), I bought this at the store that specifically sell Filipino sweet delicacies. This is one of the best Filipino delicacy. If you like what you just read please click to send a quick vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs- The best mommy blog directory featuring top mom bloggers


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    1. maya's lecture can be viewed here: