We had beef skewers tonight. The boys had the same thing except theirs are not as colorful as ours! (@^◡^)

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A plate of quinoa and shrimp with all the green goodies in my refrigerator for dinner tonight. Quinoa is not the boys’ favorite. Luckily they are not picky eaters (well, one of them is, but he doesn’t have a choice). The picky eater normally eat whatever’s on his plate. He was taught at a very young age not to waste food, so even though he doesn’t like it, he will finish the food on his plate (that’s the trick).

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Tonight’s theme is all about leftovers. I had some leftover meatballs which I used for the burger. My burger bun recipe makes like 10 buns, so I gave some to my sister and made smaller versions for the next day’s meal. The boys enjoyed it with a plate of fettuccini and tilapia fillet. The leftover eggplant and tomato we had yesterday, I roasted it with some cheese for our low carb version.

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The boys’ requested for another hamburger meal. We had it last week and they thoroughly enjoyed it. So today I tried a different variation – with chicken patties. Same bread, same idea.

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Mr. Piggy and I had it with the ‘eggplant’ buns instead, which was just as good. (◕‿◕)♡  I’m salivating just staring at the picture.

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Enjoying some homemade wontons (wrapped by the boys) for dinner tonight. Unfortunately, Mr. Piggy and I will have the low-carb version (which was wrapped with napa cabbage). We’re getting there!

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Happy 4th – celebrating with some homemade food – pizza and salad, with some fruits.

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This week –

  1. Boys are on their second week of their virtual tutoring. So far it’s going pretty smoothly for the most part. Tuesdays and Thursdays are their ‘off days.’ To limit Ah Lo’s screen time, he selected painting as one of the activities. Hopefully this helps calm his nerves.
  2. Mr. Piggy is getting better delegating his chores to the kids, especially when he sees them moping around. Mr. Piggy solicited Dai Bee to clean the stove range (not the most glamorous chore!) He tried to run, but couldn’t…
  3. Now that the newspapers are hanging around the nook table within the boys’ reach, I don’t need to remind them to read it. They pick it up automatically, and this opened so many in depth conversations during mealtimes.
  4. I’ve been making Ah Lo learn three Chinese words a day Monday – Thursdays. Fridays are test days. The words accumulate every week so he has to remember more words.

Today’s lunch and dinner. So I spent at least 30 minutes a week meal planning. I buy a bunch of groceries (usually what’s on sale). I find doing a weekly planner helps, especially when I’m busy. Every night, I would look at the menu and need to prepare whatever kind of food for the next day (i.e bring the food from freezer to defrost). However sometimes I get food unexpectedly, so I have to be flexible with the menu.

This week my sister gave us some tofu. So I searched online to see what I can do with it. By popular demand, I cooked the tofu and mixed it with peanut sauce. It twas a good match!

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For dinner, I made pulled pork (using Instant pot) with homemade buns. I decided at last minute to add some fries to it. Luckily I had some sweet potatoes at home. I roasted them in the oven, so not all of them turned out crispy, but at least it’s the healthier version.

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Found this recipe from Food Network:

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Mariande:

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek or other chili-garlic sauce

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From buns to patties, this is my first time making a burger at home. I’ve made patties before, not t this extent. This time, I learned a lot from YouTube and prepared my own hamburger patty. Initially I didn’t think I have time to make the hamburger buns, but gave it a try. Glad I did because these turned out so good. So good that I don’t think I will buy ones in the bag anymore!

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For the healthier version, Mr. Piggy and I have the portobello buns instead (which IMHO, taste even better).