Stuffed Pork with Arugula and Mashed Cheezy Cauliflower

I was watching TV the other day and saw KFC’s new sales pitch, which basically says, don’t miss out on family moments while you’re cooking, just order KFC and spend time with your family. I find that quite sad. While it is important to spend time with your family, i think cooking is part of that, get your kids involved as much as you can, cooking is a life skill and is a great bonding moment. Also, do you think i will remember about that time my mom ordered Fried chicken, or that time my mom made her special meatballs for me?

Anyways, this is why I tweeted the other day to ask mothers (or fathers, whoever prepares the meals in the family – but predominantly in the world and especially in the Philippines, it’s still the moms – i’m not being stereotypical here haha, look at me, i’m the one who cooks), to ask them what they wanted to see on the blog and how I could maybe help a little.

I’m a firm believer that children need to be exposed to different types of flavours and ingredients at a young age, so that they will be more open minded with food and alleviate your job in the kitchen. Again, this is your responsibility because children will always ask for what they are comfortable with, which is why you’ll probably be asked over and over again for chicken joy and rice, but if you succumb to this demand, they will only be used to eating that.

The way my parents did it, was to make sure that this kind of kiddie food (pasta bolognaise, fried chicken, fried rice, pork chops, barbecue, etc) were presented to me as treats every Sunday or for special occasions (probably congratulating me for not being a brat during that particular week), but every other day I was made to eat normal everyday “adult” food. The result? I was eating snails, frog legs, all seafood and meats, and every kind of vegetable by the age of 10.

For example if you have a baby, instead of making him/her eat puréed fruits, why not give them pureed spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots? Or instead of candy, have them eat frozen peas (when they are older of course) trust me it works.

Growing up is all about how our mind is conditioned by immediate influences and the people around us. So if you want your child to eat more veggies and appreciate all food more, you need to be a sneaky little kitchen ninja and slowly incorporate these flavours in their food. Once the flavour is there, then you can slowly start working on the visual aspect. I find children very visual, so this might be a little more difficult, but should be a little easier once they realise that green gloop on their plate (spinach) actually tastes wonderful.

Hope you enjoy this sneaky pork loin dish that’s stuffed with cooked arugula, well seasoned and served with fake mashed potatoes, which is really made with steamed cauliflower and flavoured with chicken stock and cheese. It looks like pork steak and potatoes, but it’s healthier and packed with veggies.

Let me know if you want to see more! What do you wish your child would eat?

Click more for the video instructions!!

For 2 servings: Steam about 2 whole bunches of cauliflower florets and 1/3 of a peeled potato until tender. In a small pot fry off some chopped garlic (1 tbsp) with olive oil, a tsp of butter and ½ cup of chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add  in 2tbsp of sour cream, 2 tbsp of emmental cheese and 2tbsp of grated cheddar. Melt the whole thing. Pulse the cauliflower until it becomes like wet sand. Add in the liquid and pulse until it becomes like mashed potatoes, season with salt and pepper, and add more cream or cheese if you want to.

For 1 portion of pork take a 200g slab of pork loin and flatten it out, until about 1/3 inch thick, season the inside with some salt, pepper, Spanish paprika, 1tsp of mustard and some thyme. Season the other side with salt and pepper. Fry off 2 handfuls of arugula until welted and the bitterness is gone. Place it in the inner side of the pork and just fold over. Fry off on high on one side for colour, reduce the heat and cook on medium until the pork is cooked through (it should still be slightly pink – you can check by opening it up).

To serve top off with more cheese or EVOO.




    1. Marvin September 14, 2012 at 4:40 am

      Good thinking! It that way kids can learn how to eat veggies and other healthy food the fun fat kid way. Haha good job erwan.

    1. Gina September 14, 2012 at 4:55 am

      KFC makes me shake my head as well. My left eyebrow instantly shoot up when I saw that commercial. The mother was just 2 feet away from her family and yet she thinks she misses time with them. Haven’t they ever heard of talking instead of using the Ipad?

      Well anyway thanks for the Cheesy Mash Cauliflower can’t wait to make some! Must remember to substitute sweet potatoes though.

    1. Justin September 14, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Haha! This post is really interesting. I usually don’t write comments, but I must agree to you about the KFC commercial. They’re so wrong in saying that family bonding will be special in that way! Maling-mali :p

    1. Jame September 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Awesome recipe..Simple yet healthy for my kid..good job!..never thought that ur going to make some dishes like that(for kids)..u love kids?..
      ..i really enjoy ur way of cooking..keep it up..Godbless.. ;)

    1. Sheryl September 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Help! Recipe for a very picky five year old kid who does not eat anything but rice with sabaw only (sinigang, tinola, adobo, nilaga) doesn’t like pork, hotdog only fish and fried chicken in ample amount.. She likes to help me in the kitchen, and i want to cook new recipe with her that she will surely love to eat. Thanks.

    1. Therese September 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Studies also show that when parents make a conscious effort to include their children in preparing meals, the children are more likely to eat it.

      I love the idea of cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes.

    1. Joanne September 16, 2012 at 12:53 am

      True. One of my favorite family moments occurred when my parents and I were cooking in the kitchen together. Three different styles appeared on the dining table that day.

    1. Chen September 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Hi Erwan!
      Can you share any recipe with simple ingredients that can be found in any household? Thanks! BTW, I’m an avid fan of your blog! Keep it up! :)

    1. vicky September 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Thanks for this recipe, will definitely try this for my very picky sons.
      Love your blog :)

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    1. Imee October 14, 2012 at 3:06 am

      Hi Erwan, thanks so much for a healthy recipes always. By the way, is there any other alternative veg to use aside from Arugula on this recipe?

      1. Erwan October 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

        spinach or kang kong even! any green that wilts and tastes neutral wilted.

    1. kathleen November 2, 2012 at 6:01 am

      Hi Erwan,
      Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will try this for my kids. They love cauliflower! God bless!

      1. Erwan November 20, 2012 at 3:14 am

        awesome, thank you!

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    1. Sheilah December 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

      More recipes for kids please!!!

    1. jona July 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Hi erwan this is surely a wonderful recipe. May be you can help me with my son’s appetite. He is 4 and only eats rice with mango or rice with pineapple and sometimes just oranges. He hates all kinds of meat or any cooked food that has odd color ie. Adobo.. and oh he likes corn so most of the time i grab frozen one at Carrefour.
      I always prepare our meal but he never eats it. I hope you can share recipes which i can try. We live here in Qatar somewhere in the middle east so most of the cuisines are arabic but also most european and asian food influence are known. Thanks.

    1. Jeng April 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Erwan,
      I have been following your blog recently since I wanted to change the way I cook and the way my family eat. So far, all the recipes that I have tried from your blog are a hit to my son and my hubby. They used to frown whenever I cook the usual healthy stuff for them, but now my son has been asking for more healthy food and it really makes me happy. I hope you’ll post more recipes like this one because as a mom, it definitely makes my job so much easier. More power to you!

      1. Erwan April 21, 2015 at 9:03 pm

        Glad to hear that Jeng! Thanks for dropping by!




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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