What are some healthy “baon” ideas your kids can take to school?
- Pandesal with Sardine Omelet and Cheese
- Tuna Cakes
- Sardine Salad Sandwich
- Canned Tuna Fritters
Vacation is almost over and your kids will soon go back to school. Once again, you’ll be thinking hard about what your kids should take to eat there. As a parent, you’ll strive for the very best, both in how it tastes and how healthy it is.
By doing so, you are ensuring that they eat healthy as they go to school. As much as possible, stray away from serving them junk foods and giving them sickly sweet treats. The best baon ideas should be something that will re-energize them!
Here are some examples of what you can cook:
Pandesal with Sardine Omelet and Cheese
Are you running out of time? Here’s a very simple recipe that will take about 5 minutes! There are no complexities in cooking this dish. It’s by far the easiest to prepare out of all of the dishes on this list.
- 1 can Sardines in Natural Oil
- Cooking oil
- Green onion
- Mashed the sardines until they become flakes.
- Beat your eggs.
- Chopped the cilantro, green onions, and onions.
- Over medium heat, heat the cooking oil on a pan. Then, sauté the chopped onions.
- Add the sardines and stir with the onions for about 3 minutes. Be sure that all the liquid is gone.
- Add the cilantro next and start stirring once again.
- Pour in the eggs and mix the ingredients around the pan.
- Stir in the chopped green onions.
- Fry for about 3-5 minutes. Then, transfer to a plate.
- Half the pandesal and add the omelet and cheese.
Simple yet very tasty, this dish is sure to be a favorite of your children once they taste it!
- 1 potato, mashed
- 1 can Tuna Flakes in Oil
- 1/3 green onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
- ¼ tsp. salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- Peel the potato and cut into 1-inch chunks. Boil for 10 minutes.
- Mash and place in a large bowl. Do not add butter or milk.
- Drain sardines. Pat them dry and mash them together with potatoes with a fork.
- Add onion, parsley, salt, and pepper
- Mash and mix them well.
- Shape into 3-inch patties. (4 pieces)
- Gently press tops and bottoms into bread crumbs
- Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Sauté for about 5 minutes, turning once at the midpoint.
You can alter how these tuna cakes look like. If you have any molds at home, you can mold them into different shapes, numbers, or letters! Make it appealing to eat and your kid will get hungry just by looking at it!
This is perfect with rice and a dipping sauce of your choice.
Sardine Salad Sandwich
This dish is basically a salad on bread, and it also retains all of its healthiness. For some children, it will be the first of many encounters with salads.
- 2 cans Sardines in Natural Oil
- 2 stalks of celery (kintsay), finely chopped
- ½ red onion, finely chopped
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp. fresh dill (eneldo)
- 1 tbsp. lemon/kalamansi juice
- 1 tsp. yellow mustard
- Salt and pepper
- Toasted bread
- Tomatoes, sliced
- Cucumber, sliced
- Combine the sardines, celery, red onion, mayonnaise, dill, lemon/kalamansi juice, mustard, ¼ salt, and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Mash it well with a fork.
- Sandwich the sardine salad between the bread slices along with the lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.
A sandwich for lunch is not that rare in the Philippines. This dish won’t be any different. It is filled with flavor and is very healthy with all the vegetables in it. A sardine salad sandwich might just be what your kid needs to fall in love with healthy foods in general.
Canned Tuna Fritters
Canned tuna are the ultimate budget saver. It is so flexible that it can be incorporated into almost any kind of dish.
- 1 can Spanish Style Tuna
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- A pinch of black pepper
- 4 cup oil for frying
- Open canned tuna and drain all the sauce. Transfer tuna to a bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add the eggs, flour, salt, pepper, and mix thoroughly
- Heat oil in a skillet. Drop mixture by the spoonful, then flatten and fry for about 30 seconds each side.
- Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
- Serve with your choice of dipping sauce.
It is easy to cook, and very flavorful. It is perfect as a baon for your kids or even for your husband any day.
School is so close and packed lunches will be the first thing that comes into minds of the moms out there. Hopefully, these recipes will be useful for you in keeping your child’s mind and body healthy!