Category Archives: Lunch & Dinner Recipes

What’s for Lunch? The Primed Lunch Box Revealed

We all want to fuel ourselves and our loved ones OPTIMALLY for school or work.  Ideally we want to have high quality food and drinks to give us the energy so as to concentrate, learn, be creative and still maintain a positive mood.

In these hectic times it is not always easy to achieve this goal and we search for cheap and convenient ways to save ourselves time.  Unfortunately cheap and easy can have negative health consequences (obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hyper-tension, Alzheimer’s etc.) so it is important to plan and cook ahead of time.

Here are our typical Primed family lunch boxes that provide great fuel for our brains and bodies, fill us up very well, are tasty and don’t spike our blood sugars.

Primed Lunch Box - Lauren and Christian

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Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm Salted Duck Egg Salad

There is no better way to recover from a tough Malaysian Ironman event then to replenish your body with great recovery fuel. My fuel of choice was a hearty and healthy salad full of protein, good fats, minerals, vitamins and probiotics for improved gut health.


Please see this quick and easy Salted Duck Egg Salad recipe that takes less than 5 minutes to assemble.
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Primed Tanigue Kinilaw with Extra Vegetables and Avocado

Kinilaw (also known as Kalawin) is my favorite Primed Filipino dish to prepare and eat. It is a dish loaded with Omega 3, vitamins and minerals and is delicious by itself or served on avocado chunks, kangkong leaves and even wrapped in cabbage leaves. My fondest memories of enjoying this dish was way back in 2002 whilst watching the Football World Cup with Chef Cyrille at the InterContinetal Manila.

It is quite a simple dish to prepare as all you need are fresh ingredients and a sharp knife.

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Malungay, the rich man’s vegetable!

Malunggay used to be known as the poor man’s vegetable in the Philippines. Maybe it is true with respect to material wealth, but those who eat a lot of malunggay are rich in health due to the myriad of health benefits derived from this abundant and wondrous small leaf.

The malunggay tree is known as the miracle tree for good reason. The leaves, stem and even roots have properties that have some of these benefits: anti-ageing, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, increase sperm count and beauty/skin treatment among others.

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Cheap Eats That are Tasty and Healthy – Tuna and Vegetable Sheets Lasagne

It seems as though every meal we have these days includes rice, pasta, noodles or bread. These items are certainly convenient but do they provide you with the optimal nutrition your body needs to thrive and survive? They might be causing inflammation in your body, lethargy or headaches. A great quote I read recently said “Every time you eat or drink you are either fighting disease or feeding it.”

Here is a nutritious and delicious meal that can be then frozen or stored in the fridge for the rest of the week. It contains lots of Omega-3 from the tuna as well as a lot of tasty vegetables.
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Cheap Eats That are Tasty and Healthy – Tuna and Squash Patties

Eating more nutritiously does not necessarily mean it will cost you more. Tuna and squash patties cost less than 20 pesos per pattie.

Canned tuna is a product most people have in their pantry and is often an emergency dish that is combined with rice. However, you can easily create Tuna and Squash Patties that are healthy and suitable for breakfast, snack, lunch or dinner. They are delicious by themselves and also goes well on top of a salad, with kimchi and pickled cucumbers.

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Primed Pica-Pica, Apéritif or Apérot by Chef CiÇou

Pica pica is one of the Tagalog names I like most. Not simply because of the food by itself, but the ambiance that will be. Pica pica is like the aperot in France, and normally these moments are always fun and relaxed. You eat and drink with your family or friends while waiting for your lunch or dinner to be ready.

I love pâtés, pork rillette and pâtés de campagne. All of these are easy to make and are available to buy at Brasserie CiÇou.

These items are so easy and tasty to eat, especially with a crispy warm bread. I decided not to eat bread though, so if like me, you decided to be primed and remove the bread from your diet you can still enjoy some pâtés or rillettes but use other items that are more nutritious than bread. Eggplant goes very well with the chicken liver pâtés for example.

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LASAGNE with Vegetable Sheets (not pasta)

Here is a complete meal in one nutritious slice. It might take a couple of hours of cutting vegetable and other preparations but it is definitely worth the effort. It is also a dish that can be stored in the fridge and eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner on subsequent days.

Traditional lasagne is usually creamy and involves layers of wheat sheets of pasta. As we know, wheat contains gluten, to which a growing number of people have difficulty digesting and choose to avoid. If you are like me and want to reduce (or eliminate) grains and/or gluten in your diet then here is an alternative to the traditional lasagne.

By substituting the pasta sheets with zucchini, squash and eggplant sheets you are making this dish far healthier. You are choosing higher quality foods that won’t spike your blood sugar and are therefore fuelling your body with optimal sources of calories.

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Stuffed Vegetables  or “Les FARÇIES”

This a dish that my mom (like any French mom) cooks in France. There is a lot of variation, depending on which part of France you come from.  There is some preparation, but the finished dish is so yummy that you forget all the hard work when you dig into this beautiful and healthy dish and see the smiling faces of your friends and family.

This is a complete meal!  Firstly, there is the meat: ground pork, beef or any poultry, like chicken or duck, even certain fish like Lapu-Lapu or prawns, etc. Secondly, the vegetables used can be any kind of vegetables (this allows you to be creative in choosing your vegetables) and the combination of both makes it a primed recipe.

You can also be creative with this dish by adding some spices to make it more to your liking. So are we ready? Then follow me into my kitchen for the recipe and preparation.

Here we go.

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