How I Cook for My Family in Singapore (Sort of)

As I trudged up the roughly 45 degree angle incline to the Bukit Timah summit, my two children behind me, aggressively walking and whining for all to hear, I thought to myself, “How else can I torture the children today?” And that, dear friends, is when I began thinking of what we should have for dinner that night.

First, I must give credit where credit is due, this is not an original recipe. This particular version is from a blog called Persnickety Fitness and it was my sister who found it, who passed it to my mom, who then shared it with me. With it also came the promise of it being “kid friendly” but my children are usually up for the challenge of proving such claims wrong.

Before I can give you the recipe I must first give you a detailed and obnoxious account of how I sourced my ingredients directly from nature the grocery store. I went to Cold Storage along with roughly 500,000 of my nearest and dearest neighbors who were also coming up with ways to disappoint their family. As I ducked and weaved through the produce section, I realized that A. Politeness will get me nowhere and, B. The family can fend for themselves.

Now, for this recipe you will need two bags of coleslaw mix because who has time to shred vegetables? You will also need two pounds (or 0.9 kg, who knows? I feel like I only just began to grasp the Imperial measurement standards and now I have to learn the metric system and honestly, now I understand why granny would just say use a “pinch” of this or a “dash” of that) of either ground turkey or ground chicken. I went with ground chicken because it was the first thing I saw and shopping is cutthroat. Later, I remembered I preferred using fresh ginger but didn’t want to risk my life going back to the produce section so I found the ground ginger instead. But, if you value your life less than I do, and really think fresh ginger will make all the difference (it will) then be sure to grab it.

Finally, get in the checkout line and then remember you also need soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic. Oh, and maybe some brown rice! By the time you return to the checkout line for the third time remember that you also needed milk but life’s too short and proceed with your purchase as-is. Now it’s time to go home and cook a meal that only you and your significant other will enjoy.

Low Carb Crackslaw
(From Persnickety Fitness)

Prep Time:
Depends on if you got that fresh ginger. If not, then like, two minutes prep time.

Cook Time:
20 minutes but if you’re like me, you need to triple that.

Total Time:
Indeterminate because who knows what could go wrong.

Serving Size:
Supposedly 10


  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 lbs. ground chicken or turkey (your choice on meat)
  • 2 bags coleslaw mix
  • 4 green onion
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp ground ginger (did I mention that I think fresh ginger is better?)
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Brown the meat in the sesame oil.
  2. Stir in the bags of coleslaw mix.
  3. Add green onion, garlic, soy sauce, and ginger.
  4. Cook vegetables to desired crunch level.

*I do typically serve this with brown rice and pot stickers or dumplings because depending on the pickiness level of the children that day at least I know they’re eating something.

Nutritional Content: Calories per serving 116.6, Fat Per Serving 13.2g, Carbs Per Serving 2.85g (Net Carbs 1.95g), Fiber per serving 0.9g, Protein per serving 8.4g


In all reality, the children actually do eat this dinner but it takes a minute as they look at it, try it, and then remember that they like it. For such a simple dish it’s very easy to prepare and quite delicious. Each bite is infused with meaty goodness, excellent fiber, and nutritional vegetables. Adding an additional dash of soy sauce or even a hint of siracha takes this dinner to a whole new level.

Marcus’s gorgeous dinner date, POV.

Published by Lauren Tepaske

I am a full-time mom and wife with a penchant for writing a humorous point-of-view of daily life.

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