Showing posts with label Easy Recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easy Recipes. Show all posts

Saturday, July 8, 2017

#PakNaPak na Healthy Recipes by Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil + Giveaway (July 2017)


Most kids nowadays are picky eaters and my sons are no exception. There are days when our menu just keeps on rotating over and over and that includes Fried Chicken and Fish and sandwiches that are so easy to prepare. Paps and I do our very best to be creative in preparing our meals to encourage our kids to eat more healthy food choices but sometimes we are too tired and busy to sustain our habit. Nevertheless, we still do our best to extend our effort.

It is obvious that food preparation takes time and it is our duty as parents to do it properly no matter how very busy and exhausted we are. Hindi basta nakasanayan ay the best na.

Just recently, a friend from Uni-Pak sent me a gift bag with cans of Mackerel in Natural Oil and a desk calendar with recipes on it just in time when we were thinking of other interesting and healthy quick and easy meals to cook. I really felt happy and relieved because Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil could give us hearty meals in no time.

Why is Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil healthy and safe? An oily fish such as mackerel is known to help fight cardiovascular disease, dementia, loss of vision, and prostrate cancer. It's one of the best sources of protein, selenium, vitamins B and D, and omega-3 fatty acids--- vitamins, minerals, and fat that are necessary for good health. Uni-Pak is a flagship brand of SLORD Development Corporation, the company that specializes in toll-packing quality canned goods that is trusted by domestic and international companies since 1985. 

Moving on, here are two of the great-tasting and healthy dishes that I cooked using Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil:


***Uni-Pak Mackerel Sisig***

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Ingredients


1 can of 425 Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil, drained and flaked
3-4 cloves garlic
1 medium-sized onion, minced
1 piece red chili (siling labuyo), minced
oil or 1/8 stick of butter for frying
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon soy sauce or liquid seasoning

Optional seasoning
2 pieces kalamansi
spring onions


Procedure

1. In a cooking pan, heat oil or butter.
2. Saute garlic and onion.
3. Put in Uni-Pak Mackerel flakes, liquid seasoning or soy sauce, and red chili. Cook for 3-5 minutes
4. Remove from heat and transfer it to serving plate.
5. Put kalamansi, mayonnaise, and spring onion. Mix well.

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***Uni-Pak Healthy Mackerel Sandwich***

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Ingredients

1 can of 425g Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil, drained and flaked
2 tablespoons red onions, minced
1 tablespoon lemon or calamansi juice
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
8 slices white or wheat bread
lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber (optional)
salt, sugar, and pepper, to taste



Procedure

1. Mix the mackerel, minced onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and pepper.
2. Spread the mackerel mixture on slices of bread.
3. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber and close the sandwiches.



These recipes are so easy to prepare and so delicious and nutritious that even busy individuals can do hastily and picky eaters can appreciate. They can save the day from being chaotic! Hindi rin siya malansa. Kaya basta Mackerel, dapat tatak Uni-Pak!


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Do you want to get a #PakNaPak na Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil gift pack for free and cook your own #TatakUnipak recipes? Uni-Pak is giving away a gift pack to one of you and it's so easy to join. Just do the following steps:

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The giveaway is open to my readers residing in the Philippines only. You don't have to be my social media account followers to join. Giveaway period is from July 8 to 21, 2017 only. Winner will be chosen by random.org.

I'll announce the winner on my Facebook Page on July 23, 2017 and he/she will be notified through Facebook private message on the same day. Uni-Pak/SLORD Development Corporation will be responsible in shipping the prize to the winner. Thanks and good luck!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nong's Thai Kitchen- 84 Classic Recipes That Are Quick, Healthy, and Delicious by Nongkran Daks & Alexandra Greeley


One of my most favorite cuisines of all time is Thai preferably Sea Food Fried Rice, Chili Beef, and Red Wine Beef Stew. 

This enticing Seafood Fried Rice photo is owned by Miss Lesly of  The BuckEat List blog. She loves S.R. Thai Cuisine too!

Our college days in University of Santo Tomas would not be complete without tasting the food from different restaurants and food joints around the campus. I tasted the above-mentioned dishes in S.R. Thai Cuisine located in Padre Noval Street. During special occasions, group/class meetings, it was one of our top choices not just due to the peaceful ambiance but most especially due to the scrumptious budget-friendly meals that it serves.

Paps, who was my college classmate, would  always wanted to come back to dine there with our eldest. It was a sort of exposing him to our past. Due to that, he began to like Thai food. Unfortunately, S.R. Thai Cuisine closed and I heard from a good friend that the owner together with his family already migrated to USA. Its closure broke my heart. But despite of missing Thai food, I didn't even try cooking any at home. I don't know why.

Well, my love for Thai food and the good memories that it has given me and my family have come to live again when the cookbook,  Nong's Thai Kitchen 84 Classic Recipes That Are Quick, Healthy, and Delicious by Nongkran Daks & Alexandra Greeley has landed on my hands. This makes me inspired to prepare my favorites in the comforts of our home.

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I love everything about this extraordinary Thai cook book. The ingredients are easy to find in our country, since the dishes are close to Filipino cuisine. For the special ingredients that are commonly used in Thai dishes, basic recipes, methods, and techniques are written clearly and supported with photos like the ingredients so they are very easy to follow. 

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If you love eating authentic Thai dishes whether you are a pro or non-pro in cooking, this book can get you covered. As I've mentioned, there are 84 yummy dishes to choose from which include Thai appetizers and finger food; salads; poultry, meat, and seafood; curries; noodles and rice dishes; vegetarian dishes; desserts and drinks. Everything you need to know and cook that is Thai, is written in this book. It is the cookbook that I recommend if you want to learn more and cook Thai dishes on a whim!

Like Easy Chinese Recipes by Bee Yinn Low, I am so impressed with how the authors, contributors, and people behind this amazing cookbook compiled, cooked, photographed, and described everything in detail to come up with this masterpiece. 

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Every cook from starters to professionals can surely be motivated to try every single dish found in it. If you are a foodie like I do, the colored photographs can make you drool and when you read on how the dishes are made, definitely you'll be surprised that they  are easy to make! We can surely enjoy authentic home cooked Thai dishes without breaking our pockets and taking so much of our time. Nice! Very nice indeed!

I strongly agree that the recipes in Nong's Thai Kitchen- 84 Classic Recipes That Are Quick, Healthy, and Delicious can capture the hearts, minds, and palates of different people from all walks of life and race. There is a balance of salty, spicy, sweet, and sour tastes of the recipes which are lovingly and passionately composed to provide explosion of flavors and textures. 

If you are a home cook or you know someone who loves cooking, I recommend that you should have a copy of this cookbook for your own or a loved-one's perusal. It's a useful tool to be added in your cookbook collection.

It's available online at $14.95 in www.tuttlepublishing.com and here in Philippines through leading bookstores like Fully Booked (Rockwell and The Fort) and National Bookstore (SM Mega Mall, SM North Edsa, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Galleria).  By the way, Tuttle Publishing offers free shipping if you order books worth $35.00. Aside from this book, there are so many amazing reads available there. 

For more updates, you may join Tuttle Publishing's growing community on Facebook and Instagram.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Aunt Cely's Easy Homemade Cheese Pimiento


My sister-in-law, Lady, is married to my brother for four years but we haven't seen each other in person because they live in the US of A. When time permits, because both of us are so busy with mom duties, we usually exchange messages on Viber. Both of us have so much in common. We both love staying at home with our family, crafting of all sorts, experimenting in the kitchen, sight seeing, reading books, and watching movies at home. Frugality and simplicity make us jive. We enjoy simple pleasures in life and appreciate the blessings that we receive no matter how small they may be. Like me, I know that she is also married to a good guy (I hope so. His husband is my one and only little brother! He has to be a good dad and hubby because if not, kukurutin ko talaga siya sa singit! LOL!). 

Our family is our top priority and we are doing our best in all that we do. Despite our very hectic schedule, we see to it that we prepare meals that are yummy and healthy. 

Just recently, I saw on my niece's Instagram account that she prepared Cheese Pimiento, a cheese spread recipe that was passed on to her by her Aunt Cely. Looking at the photo made me drool! It was such a long time since I prepared that spread, Mom and Paps' favorite. I promised her and myself that I would cook it because I thought that her aunt's version was better than one of my most-viewed recipe, my no cook Easy Homemade Cheese Pimiento.

A few weeks later (Boy, I was so forgetful!), I remembered her recipe because we had lots of bread but no spread. I immediately asked Paps to buy the ingredients. Then it was fast! I cooked my own version of Aunt Cely's Cheese Pimiento in less than 30 minutes. It was so Y-U-M-M-Y! All the people who tasted it told me that it was the best tasting Cheese Pimiento that they ever tried. I'm not exaggerating.

With Lady's permission, here is the recipe:


Ingredients

3 bars (230 grams) Eden Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 bar (200 grams) Magnolia Butter
approximately 3 tablespoons Alaska Condensada 
1 big red bell pepper, minced





Procedure

1. In low flame, melt the butter.


2. When butter is almost melted, put the minced red bell pepper. Saute it until almost wilted. Stir occasionally.

3. Put grated cheddar cheese and cook until they melt. Stir continuously. Put condensed milk.

4. Remove the pan from the stove and let it cool down.

5. Transfer in a clean glass container.

Look how rich it is! It tastes really, really good!

Lady preferred to blend the cooked mixture through a food processor or blender  to make it smoother

Courtesy: @babysakura20 on Instagram

In our case, we wanted red bell pepper chunks in our spread so we omitted that procedure. You may add condensed milk based on your preferred sweetness.

This Cheese Pimiento is perfect as spread on toast or crackers and also a perfect dip for veggies, nachos, and chips.



When Lady asked me our feedback, all I could tell her was, "Panalo! (Winner) We love it!" 

Thank you, Sis, for sharing your aunt's recipe to me! It's one of the quickest, easiest, and yummy recipes that I've tried that can surely satisfy every palate.


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"Cheese is milk's leap toward immortality." - Clifton Fadiman
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sugar Blend Spaghetti

Today is mother's day and it's my 12th. Unlike other families who go out to celebrate to eat out or have a staycation, as usual, we choose to stay at home and do the stuff that we do daily. For me, everyday is mother's day and it's not just today that it should be celebrated. I believe that each day must be lived to the fullest as if it's our last and honestly it's one of the reasons why I am not used to considering any occasion pertaining to myself as something huge or shall I say, a big deal?

But of course, Paps reminded me again this morning that we should practice celebrating Mother's Day so that the kids would appreciate celebrating occasions even if they would be very simple. It could also be a venue to create good family memories with a dash of something special which honestly I didn't have much while growing up. I have already mentioned in one of my blog posts why but anyway, I don't want to spoil the day. It's mother's day and it's my day. Paps cooked one of his specialties but this time, used Sugar Blend instead of brown or white sugar.

Here it is:

Ingredients

1 kilo Del Monte or Dole sweet style spaghetti sauce 
1 head garlic, minced
2 medium red onions, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
3/4 kilo ground pork
2 big carrots, grated
2 tablespoons minced coriander (optional)
165g bar Eden Cheese, grated
1/4 kilo tomato, halved
400g  Jolly button mushrooms
1 kilo spaghetti, cooked al dente 
dash of McCormick dried basil and oregano
Sugar Blend, measurement depends on your taste preference
water 
salt, optional 
 


Procedure

 1. Boil meat together with onion, coriander (optional), and pepper  until oil comes out. Fry until light brown.

2. Saute meat with garlic and mushrooms.

3. Add in carrots, halved tomatoes, and water until ingredients are slightly submerged. Stir occasionally while cooking in medium fire.

4.  Once it's cooked, put spaghetti sauce, grated cheese, dried basil, dried oregano, and sugar. Let it simmer. To adjust the taste depending on your preference, add Sugar Blend or salt.  
   

Paps doesn't mince the tomatoes always to preserve their juices. Both of us love eating them chunky while we press and mash them before serving the spaghetti to our kids. 

Instead of approximately five tablespoons of brown or white sugar, Paps put 2 1/2 tablespoons of Sugar Blend only. That would mean that he only used 1/2 the amount of sugar that was equivalent to 50% less calories! Yay!

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Sugar Blend makes our healthy beverages and dishes even healthier. To know more about Sugar Blend, I have already shared it together with my Quick and Easy Sugar Blend Polvoron Recipe that my kids like so much too.

Happy mother's day to all amazing mom's out there! Let's cherish every moment with our family and be thankful to have the best vocation in the world despite the pains and challenges that go with it. Let's also keep in mind that our painful childhood memories in any way should not affect negatively the manner we raise our kids.  Enjoy your day! Love, love...


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Quick and Easy Sugar Blend Graham Polvoron

It is such an honor to be contacted and have a collaboration with Carbon Digital, one of the trusted PR agencies in the country, and Merisant Company, a global leader for table-top sweeteners on the launch of its newest product, Sugar Blend

Merisant Company manufactures some of the world’s most-loved sweetener brands such as Equal, Canderel, and Pure Via. With Sugar Blend, it is indeed geared towards becoming the leading provider of “Sweetness that is Healthy for consumers.”



Do you know that sugar ranks number five in the top 20 most commonly consumed food products in Filipino households? It is based the 2013 Food Consumption Survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST). With this information in mind along with the conscious effort to serve and give more value to consumers, Merisant has come up with a versatile and affordable sweetener product that can bring healthy sweetness to our daily food and drinks, and that is Sugar Blend.

The new Sugar Blend can be used for baking, cooking, and sweetening, but what makes it special is it uses only half the amount and even has half the calories based on serving comparison with the regular sugar.  It’s made with sugar and a high-intensity sweetener called sucralose. For one teaspoon only, it can provide sweetness that is equivalent to two teaspoons of sugar. How wonderful!

Sugar Blend can be added in all types of desserts as well as other everyday dishes where sweetness is needed. It also works well with beverages such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices, and other refreshments.



My husband and I only want the best for our family most especially when it comes to preparing delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals. Our kids also prefer sauces and food that are a little sweet. Sometimes we give them treats because we only live once and we don’t want them to be deprived. Afterall, too much of everything is bad. Giving them just the right amount of everything especially sweets and desserts is okay. So know I am going to share a very quick and easy to make Graham Polvoron recipe that my sister-in-law shared to us which family enjoys so much and I hope yours too.

Ingredients

2 cups crushed Graham Crackers
1 cup flour
½ cup Sugar Blend
1 cup melted butter
Add-ons (optional)- dried fruits, nuts, mini marshmallows, mini chocolate candies



Procedure

1. Toast the flour in a pan with continuous stirring until slightly brown.

2. Mix the toasted flour and crushed Graham crackers together. Sift them to make them finer and separate the lumpy portions to crush them further.

3. Add in Sugar Blend and hot melted butter so that sugar can melt easily. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Let it cool at room temperature.

4. Once the mixture is cold, you may add dried fruits, nuts, mini marshmallows, mini chocolate candies as you wish. Mix thoroughly.

5. Form into candies using Polvoron molder and wrap in cut cellophane or Japanese paper.



In the original recipe, 1 cup of sugar is required to sweeten the Polvoron mix. With Sugar Blend, I only need to put 1/2 cup which means I only use 1/2 the amount of sugar which is also 50% less calories. Great! Now we can enjoy a healthier Graham Polvoron! Awesome!




In the weeks to come, I will share more recipes using Sugar Blend! If you try this, I hope you can give me your feedback by commenting below! Enjoy!



Friday, March 18, 2016

Taste the Sour-Savory Goodness of the new AJI-SINIGANG® Cube

One of our family's favorite Filipino dishes is Sinigang. It can be Pork, Fish, or Shrimp Sinigang. Patuk na patok sa mga kids! It's healthy and easy to prepare, perfect for very busy moms who want to feed their families a nutritious and hearty meal. You just boil all the ingredients together and that's it! 

City settlers like us are used to using Sinigang mixes as alternatives to real Tamarind because it's hard to find or not readily available in the Metro. 

Just recently, I got news from Mommy Lanie Lluch, Head of Mommy Bloggers Philippines, that Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation already launched an interesting product that could give our favorite Sinigang an exciting twist!


 
Let me share the details to you straight from Ajinomoto itself, Mars at Pards! Wow! May kasama pang easy Sinigang recipe!

Sinigang Soup is a ‘must’ in most Pinoy households’ weekly menu. The whole family enjoys a bowl of warm and refreshing Sinigang dish in hot or cold weather conditions. It has been observed though that most people using sinigang mixes available in the market would need to add other savory and meaty seasonings i.e. pork cube and all-in-one seasonings to achieve the ideal Sinigang taste, which is not just about sourness but savory taste as well.

The new Ajinomoto® Sinigang Cube is all that you will ever need to cook Sinigang with the preferred blend of sour-savory (asim-linamnam) taste. It is perfect in providing the balanced rich, savory deliciousness and appetizing sourness to any sinigang dish. Each cube is “ZoopSiksik™” because it is packed with the right level of tamarind sourness and savory taste from meaty extracts.

AJI-SINIGANG® Cube is available in single 13g pillow pack cube for Php5.00 and 8 pieces of 13g packed in resealable stand-up pouch for Php38.00. 



ASIM-LINAMLINAM PORK SINIGANG

Ingredients

2       pieces  AJI-SINIGANG® Cube
½      kilo      Pork liempo, Sinigang cut
90     grams  Tomato, quartered
30     grams  Onion, quartered
1 ½   liter      Water
90     grams  Gabi
80     grams  Labanos, sliced diagonally
45     grams  String beans, cut into 1 ½”
90     grams  Kangkong
1       piece   Green chili


Procedure

BOIL pork in water for 40-50 minutes until tender. 


SIMMER. Add gabi and simmer for 6 minutes.


SEASON AND SIMMER. Add AJI-SINIGANG® Cubes and other vegetables. Simmer for 5 minutes until cooked.

 


I will surely and truly try using AJI-SINIGANG® Cube! I'm so excited! Kayo, Mars at Pards, try ninyo rin! Balitaan ninyo ako, ha?

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Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Established in 1958, APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local toll manufacturers using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® Seasoned Crumbs®, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Sinigang Cube and “amino Fres-C” Instant Drink Mix.

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