Rearranging My Life day 2

Na traffic ako today sa kusina. I was in my dressing room getting ready around 9am already when Claudia told me: “Mom, can you cook my lunch for school? I need it by 11:00am before I leave for school.”

So,  naging kusinera muna ako bago naging businesswoman.

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Spicy tuna cakes

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and her favorite raw Kale & shiitake mushroom salad

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Being a mother should always come first before anything else.


    • Spicy Tuna Cakes

      Recipe from the Nom Nom Paleo™ app for the iPad
      Makes : 12 cakes

      Hands-On Time : 20 min

      Total Time : 45 min

      You don’t normally associate canned fish with yams and jalapeño peppers, but let me tell you: These hot ‘n spicy tuna cakes are a revelation. They’re tender and sweet, but with a wickedly peppery bite that sneaks up on you. Eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — or whip up an extra-big batch for your next Paleo shindig.


      1 large garnet yam / sweet potato (12-14 ounces)
      3 scallions finely chopped (about ⅓ cup)
      2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
      2 tablespoons Ghee, plus 1 additional tablespoon for greasing muffin tins
      10 ounces canned albacore tuna, drained
      Kosher salt
      Freshly ground pepper
      Zest from ½ medium lemon (about ½ teaspoon)
      1 tablespoon jalapeño pepper, finely diced (about ½ a medium jalapeño pepper)
      2 large pastured eggs
      ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

      Preparation Steps:

      Prick the entire surface of the yam with a knife. (Try not to stab yourself.)[1 large garnet yam / sweet potato]
      Cook the yam in the microwave oven on high for 5 minutes, or until the yam is soft to the touch. (If you’re nuking more than 1 yam at a time, they’ll take a few minutes longer to cook.)
      In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350°F and finely chop the scallions and cilantro.[3 scallions, finely chopped 2 T cilantro, finely chopped]
      Melt 1 tablespoon of Ghee — 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave should do it.[1 T Ghee]
      Use the Ghee to grease a 12-cup regular-sized muffin tin (or two 6-cup muffin tins). If you threw away your muffin tin when you went Paleo, use silicone baking cups on a rimmed baking tray.
      In a large bowl, mix together the tuna, scallions, and cilantro.[10 oz canned albacore tuna, drained]
      Once the yam is cool enough to handle, peel it, and…
      Mash the flesh and measure out 1⅓ cup.
      Add the mashed yam to the tuna mixture, and gently stir to combine. Don’t overwork the ingredients — keep the chunks of fish intact as much as possible. Season with salt and pepper to taste.[salt pepper]
      Throw in the lemon zest, jalapeño, and two tablespoons of melted Ghee.[zest from ½ medium lemon 1 T jalapeño, finely diced 2 T Ghee]
      Lastly, add the eggs and red pepper flakes.[2 eggs ½ tsp red pepper flakes]
      Scoop a quarter cup of the mixture into each greased muffin tin cup (or silicone baking cup) and flatten with a spoon or your fingers.
      Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Once they’ve set…
      Check to see if an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly. If so, they’re ready.
      Transfer the cakes to a wire rack to cool. The easiest way I’ve found to get them out is to put the wire rack on top of the muffin tin, flip everything upside-down, and tap it on the kitchen counter.
      These spicy tuna cakes can be eaten right out of the oven, or…
      You can also pan-fry them in some melted fat in a skillet over medium heat to crisp the edges and give the cakes a bit of crunch.
      Trust me: These little cakes are packin’ heat.

  • true, Ms. Tina. the most important role of a woman in her lifetime is being a mother!

  • Ms. Tina, I love your term “natraffic” even though its just inside the house. It cracked me up and almost woke up my kids…hehehe.

    Where do you buy your kale? I order mine but its weekly and I then tend to overstock…grrr. I only got access to chinese kale and was looking for the curly or another type. Yours look divine! ❤

  • How did you prepare the shiitake for the salad? Did you grill or saute it before mixing with the other ingredients?

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