Creating pleasurable meals and snacks for the kids can sometimes be a challenge. For one, they tend to love meat more than vegetables. Also, when at home, they are inclined to finish their school homework first that gathering them to eat together seem impossible. Funny that sometimes, too, they do not want to eat just because the food does not look appealing. Be that as it may, it is still important that children develop a positive attitude toward food. And to make it happen, moms or cooks of the house should make each dish tempting. Again, that becomes our challenge.
Momi Berlin would love to share with you a few proven techniques to make each mealtime a pleasant experience.
5 Tips to make mealtime Sarsaya
Grow vegetables and herbs at home
We started to grow some vegetables and herbs at home. This makes my boys excited to harvest them when I ask them to. We have calamansi for our pancit and even morning juice. We got some bell pepper for our pininyahang manok or chopsuey. We also started growing our own eggplant for our morning tortang talong dish. Growing vegetables at our front yard encourages my boys to appreciate them more. They are also swayed to eat a variety of dish with those produce as ingredients. It thrills them as well to take at least a few bite of squash, for instance, if they helped to plant or harvest them.
Engage kids in meal preparation
I have noticed that my boys tend to wolf down the food they helped prepare or create. They could do small tasks in the kitchen like mixing the sauce or measuring the ingredients. Sometimes, I ask them to cut off the knobby ends of the string beans or wash the vegetables for me. This not only makes them knowledgeable about food preparation but also boost their self-confidence.
Make meal time pleasant
Eating as a family makes a lot of difference. It fosters warmth, love, and security. It becomes a venue to throw on jokes and even exchange stories about school, work, or simply anything under the sun. It creates connection and a sense of belongingness. Sharing food in a calm and pleasant manner makes each member of the family enjoy his food more.
Vibrant colors and shapes affect the senses
Children are children. Though they claim to be grown ups already, they are still attracted to colorful meals. A bowl of vibrant chicken pastel could make a difference. The orange carrots, red and green bell pepper, green sayote, and yellowish potato entice the kids to finish the dish enthusiastically. Often, they would even taste an unknown vegetable just because of its unusual cut or shape.
Flavorful dish always win
Children eat what they like. Often, they despise bitter tastes. To enhance the flavor of most dishes I cook, I rely on my secret ingredient – oyster sauce. It makes me my stir fries salty and sweet, just perfect for my kids to enjoy and ask for a second serving. Because of its thick, syrupy texture, oyster sauce makes my chicken and pork adobo a favorite among the boys. Oyster sauce clings well to any dish that each meat or vegetable oozes with truly satisfying taste.
The flavorful difference of cooking with Sarsaya Oyster Sauce
Very timely that my favorite seasoning brand recently launched its newest product, Sarsaya Oyster Sauce. Sarsaya Oyster Sauce is concentrated from real oysters, complete with seasonings to provide a delicious blend of savory, sweet, and salty taste to any dish. Very unique to the brand is its taste that perfectly suits the Filipino’s preference. It clings well to any dish and adds that delectable and authentic oyster flavor that enhances simple dishes.
During the launch, Chef Mac Rodrigo made a live cooking demonstration. He prepared Filipino favorites Ginisarsayang Kangkong with Tokwa and his own recipe Thai Style Stir Fried Chicken. He used Sarsaya Oyster Sauce for both dishes. And truly, the richness of this latest product turned even ordinary dishes extra special and flavorful. It is for this reason that Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) chose Coco Martin as Sarsaya Oyster Sauce endorser. He is determined yet modest in the face of success – the same qualities that espouse APC. That despite being one of the most sought-after actors nowadays, Coco Martin remains humble. The quality his grandmother taught him, the same way that the latter taught him how to appreciate cooking.
Make mealtime sarsaya
I attended the press launch of the Sarsaya Oyster Sauce with my little one. We got to bring home sample goodies from Ajinomoto. I tried the Sarsaya Oyster Sauce this morning as I cook Bistek Tagalog for my boys. Honestly, I love the improved taste of my Bistek Tagalog. And I am confident that as my kids eat their lunch at the school, they would taste the difference. Surely as well, they would request for the same dish come dinner. That for me is making their mealtime experience pleasant. Thanks, Sarsaya Oyster Sauce.
Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.