July 10, 2019

Homemade Bacon Recipe


Nowadays, there are many ready-to-cook foods. Some of these are processed meats like hotdogs, bacon, tocino and others. But we still need to consider the healthier options.

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Preparing breakfast is not an easy task especially for working parents. But here is a simple and easy recipe that you can prepare ahead of time - homemade bacon.

This recipe is made of only two ingredients. Pork and salt.

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The thinly-sliced meat can be bought from the supermarket or you can ask them to slice the pork for you.

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Homemade Bacon


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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo pork, thinly-sliced
  • 1/4 cup salt

Direction:

  1. Season the pork with salt and store in the fridge at least three days before cooking.
  2. In a pre-heated pan, lay each slice of meat and cook until golden brown and crispy.
  3. Remove from pan an rest it in a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Serving size: 5-6
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July 8, 2019

Pork Guisantes Recipe

As working parents with kids, planning a day-to-day meal is quite difficult. You always need to think something that is easy to cook, nutritious and the kids will like.

Here is another recipe and hopefully your kids will enjoy this just like ours - Pork Guisantes.
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Pork guisantes has only three main ingredients: pork, green peas, and bell pepper.

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Cooking this will only take less than an hour.

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Pork Guisantes



Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo pork, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


Direction:

  1. Saute onion, garlic and pork until pork becomes light brown.
  2. Add 1 cup of water, green peas and bring to boil.
  3. Pour tomato sauce and add bell pepper.
  4. Continue to simmer until vegetable is cooked and thick sauce is already obtained. 
Serving size: 3-4
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June 29, 2019

Chicken Tinola Recipe


Tinola is one of the famous and easy to cook Filipino dishes. This can be served as an appetizer of part of the main menu. It is commonly made of chicken cooked in broth with papaya and siling labuyo leaves flavored with garlic, ginger, onion and patis or fish sauce.

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Today, there are also other variety of cooking tinola. Some replaces the chicken with pork or fish.

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Papaya can be substituted with sayote or upo.. Instead of siling labuyo leaves, malunggay is used.

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To make the dish more appetizing, a dash of turmeric powder is added to give more color.

Tinolang Manok

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 kilo chicken
  • 1 pc medium papaya, peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 1/2 cup malunggay leaves
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/ 4 cup patis (fish sauce)
  • dash of ground pepper
  • oil for sauteing
  • 2-3 pcs siling haba, optional
Direction
  1. Saute onion, garlic, ginger.
  2. Add chicken, ground pepper, and fish sauce.
  3. Continue sauteing until chicken turned light brown.
  4. Pour in 6 cups of water and add turmeric powder.
  5. Bring to boil and add papaya wedges.
  6. Simmer until papaya is cooked.
  7. Add siling haba and malunggay leaves.
  8. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
Serving Size: 3-4 
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June 15, 2019

Okoy Recipe


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This simple recipe will definitely helps parents, like us, to make their picky eater kids eat vegetable without a hassle.

You don't need special ingredients or method in cooking. Just chop and mix the ingredients, then fry.

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Okoy or ukoy is a Filipino dish consists of different vegetables. The most known variety of okoy is made from squash. Other vegetables like green papaya, carrots, sweet potato or togue (mung bean sprouts) can be also use as the main ingredient.

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This crispy, fried fritters is best paired with spiced vinegar and can be served as merienda or even main course.

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Here's an easy recipe of Okoy.

Okoy

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups julienned squash
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup celery, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried shrimp or hibi, optional
  • Spiced vinegar for dip


Direction:

  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients well except for the spiced vinegar.
  2. Heat oil in a pan.
  3. Put about 1/4 cup of mixture and flatten.
  4. Fry until both sides turn golden brown.
  5. Serve while hot with spiced vinegar.
Serving size: 2-3

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    June 11, 2019

    Spicy Tuyo Sardines Recipe


    Tuyo or salted, dried fish in the Philippines (also known as stockfish in some countries) is used to be considered as a poor man's food because of its cheap price. However, this thinking has been removed over the years because more people of different social status are loving and enjoying it. Especially now that different recipes involving tuyo are being created.

    One of those tuyo recipes is the Spicy Tuyo Sardines.

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    I have been meaning to make tuyo gourmet but since I don't have enough tuyo, I just made spicy tuyo sardines.

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    I think the only difference from tuyo gourmet is that this spicy tuyo sardines has whole fried tuyo instead of stripped.
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    So without further ado, here's an easy recipe of spicy tuto sardines.

    Spicy Tuyo Sardines

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    Ingredients:
    • 10 pieces tuyo, fried
    • 1 cup corn oil
    • 1/4 cup vinegar
    • 1 small carrots, sliced
    • 2 pcs bayleaf
    • 2 pcs garlic gloves
    • 1 tsp black peppercorn
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 tsp chili oil

    Directions:
    1. In a pan, combine together corn oil, vinegar, garlic, bay leaf, peppercorn, garlic and salt.
    2. Gently simmer for 15 minutes.
    3. Add the carrots and chile oil.
    4. Set aside then let it cool.
    5. You may remove the scales and heads of the tuyo then put it inside a dry bottle.
    6. Pour the corn oil mixture until the brim of the bottle and cover.
    7. Serve with rice.
    Serving size: 2-3
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    June 8, 2019

    Airfried Chicken with Mushroom Gravy Recipe


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    Frying is one of the easiest way to cook chicken. This is good for kids baon for school. But cooking chicken the same way over and over, magsasawa din ang mga bata and even working parents that prepare their own food for lunch.

    Also, frequent eating fried chicken is not good for health.

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    A simple twist on fried chicken can make a great difference.

    Instead of deep frying, why not try air-fried chicken using Philips Air Fryer. Another twist is making mushroom gravy rather than pairing it with catsup or any dip.

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    Airfried Chicken with Mushroom Gravy

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    Ingredients:

    • 1 kilo chicken, air fried, set aside
    • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 1 tbsp cooking oil
    • 1 tbsp flour
    • 1 cup button mushroom, sliced
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 1 pc laurel leaf, crushed
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:

    1. Saute onion in butter and  cooking oil until translucent.
    2. Add flour and mix until paste consistency.
    3. Pour in chicken broth, mushrooms, soy sauce, and laurel leaf.
    4. Bring to boil with string continuously.
    5. Simmer until gravy thickens.
    6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Drop air fried chicken and simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
    8. Serve with hot rice.
    Serving size: 5-6
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    June 6, 2019

    Ginisang Pechay Recipe


    Thinking and preparing meals every day? Here is another simple and easy home cooked meal - Ginisang Pechay.

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    This recipe is good for vegetarian since meat has been replaced with tofu or tokwa.

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    Here's an easy recipe of ginisang pechay you can cook for less than 30 minutes.

    Ginisang Pechay

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    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 kilo pechay, chopped
    • 5 pcs. tokwa, fried and cut into dice.
    • 2 pcs. tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • oil for sauteing
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:

    1. Saute onion, garlic and tomatoes.
    2. Add pechay and 1/4 cup of water.
    3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Bring to boil and simmer until the pechay is cooked.
    5. Add fried tokwa and simmer for another minute. 
    Serving size: 3-4
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    May 23, 2019

    Grilled Pork Chop Recipe


    Thinking of what to cook for lunch or dinner?

    Here is a very simple yet savory - Grilled Pork Chop

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    Cooking this is easy as 1-2-3. You can pan grill it.

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    You can also do this healthier by cooking over a griller that can separate the oil coming out from the pork like the Hanaro Square Multi-Roaster. Grilled pork chop is best paired with grilled eggplant.

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    Below is an easy recipe of grilled pork chop

    Grilled Pork Chop

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    Ingredients:

    • 1 kilo pork chop
    • 1 cup soy sauce
    • 1 tsp ground pepper
    • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp rosemary
    • 1 tsp chili powder, optional

    Directions:

    1. Marinade pork with the ingredients for at least 4 hours. 
    2. Grill over charcoal or indoor using stove top griller.
    3. Serve with hot rice, soy sauce with calamansi or vinegar and grilled eggplant.

    Serving size: 5-7

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    May 22, 2019

    Mango-Graham Shake Recipe


    In a tropical country, mangoes are common. This summer peaks the mango season. Eating this fruit as plain is already enough to satiate your cravings.

    There are also other ways to enjoy this sweet and fleshy fruit. I used to make mango-graham ice cream to sooth the heat of summer.

    Here is another idea to enjoy mangoes, mango-graham shake.

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    Just like milk tea, mango-graham is becoming popular now.

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    Good thing is that it is just easy to prepare and you can do it at home. Recipe below.

    Mango-Graham Shake


    Ingredients
    • 1 whole ripe mango peeled and seed removed
    • 1/2 box all purpose cream
    • 1/2 cup condensed milk
    • 1 cups graham crackers, crushed
    • Ice cubes

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    Directions:
    1. In a blender, put all the ingredients and mix until ice becomes fine
    2. Put in a mason jar or glass then topped with crushed graham.
    Serving size: 2-3



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    May 21, 2019

    Spicy Chicken Feet Recipe

    Here is a simple and easy to cook dish that can serve as main dish, appetizer and even pulutan - Spicy Chicken Feet.

    Chicken feet is usually sold in wet market. There are stalls that sold it cleaned where the skin and claws were already removed and ready to cook.

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    Making this dish is as simple as adobo but adding spiciness and a bit of sweetness which will tingle your taste buds.

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    Spicy Chicken Feet


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    Ingredients:
    • 1 kilo chicken feet
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup vinegar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1  garlic, minced
    • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
    • 2-3 pcs laurel leaves (bayleaf)
    • 1 tsp rosemary, optional
    • 2-3 pcs of siling labuyo depending on your spicy prefenrence

    Directions:
    1. In a pot, place all ingredients.
    2. Bring to boil then simmer until sauce thickens.
    3. Serve topped with toasted garlic.
    Serving size: 8-10
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    May 11, 2019

    Carbonara + Homemade Pizza Recipe



    Cooking is one of the things we love to do. Eating is another thing, haha!

    Seriously, home cooked meal is always the best right? So instead of buying from fast food restaurant, we just cook carbonara + pizza at home.


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    Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome made with egg, hard cheese, guanciale, and pepper.  Carbonara is creamy white unlike the red-orange color of spaghetti.


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    Pizza is another is another savory dish of Italian origin. For us, pizza is best paired with pasta like carbonara.


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    Although we like dining out at our favorite pizza parlor, when we crave for pizza we simply do it at home using bread slices as its dough.

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    Below are easy recipe of carbonara and homemade pizza that you can make at home. For sure, your family will enjoy these.

    Carbonara
    Ingredients:
    • 1/2 kilo spaghetti noodles
    • 1 cup all purpose cream
    • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
    • 1 medium-sized bell pepper, minced
    • 1 cup cooked ham, chopped
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 1 tbs cooking oil
    • 1/2 cup grated cheese, additional for toppings
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:
    1. Cook spaghetti noodles according to packaging direction. Set aside
    2. In a pan, sautee onion and bell pepper in butter and cooking oil mixture. Adding cooking oil will prevent the butter from immediate burning.
    3. Add all purpose cream and simmer.
    4. Add cooked ham and grated cheese.
    5. Continue simmer until sauce thickens.
    6. Add cooked pasta and mix well.
    Serve topped with grated cheese.


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    ***

    Homemade Pizza

    Ingredients:
    • 6 slices loaf bread
    • 1 pack Del Monte Italian Pizza Sauce
    • Grated cheese
    • Hotdogs, sliced thinly
    • Pineapple chunks
    • Fresh Basil leaves

    Directions:
    1. Pre-heat oven at 150C.
    2. Line greased baking pan with loaf bread. This will be the pizza crust.
    3. Spread enough Del Monte Itallian Pizza Sauce on the crust.
    4. Place the remaining ingredients ( Grated cheese, hotdogs, pineapple chunks, basil leaf) as toppings.
    5. Cook in the oven fro 10-15 minutes.
    6. Serve while hot.
    Serving size: 4
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    May 8, 2019

    Adobo sa Dilaw Recipe


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    Adobo is one of the famous Filipino dishes. Most common ingredients for adobo is either chicken or pork meat. However, there are also vegetables that can be cooked as adobo like sitaw and kangkong.

    Cooking adobo the usual way by using soy sauce, vinegar and pepper can be modified.

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    Adobo sa dilaw is one way to put twist on this Filipino dish. Why adobo sa dilaw? Simply turning the color of the usual adobo from brownish to yellowish.

    Using turmeric and patis replace the soy sauce.

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    Adobo sa Dilaw Recipe


    Ingredients:
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    • 1/2 kilo pork or chicken
    • 2 cups potato, peeled and chunked (about 8 pcs)
    • 1 onion, minced
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp ground pepper
    • 2-3 pcs laurel leaves
    • 2 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1-2 tbsps patis
    • 1-2 tbsp vinegar.
    • Cooking oil for sauteeing
    • thumb-sized ginger, minced (optional if using Chicken meat)

    Directions:
    1. Saute onion, garlic (and ginger).
    2. Add chicken or pork meat, fish sauce, laurel leaves, ground pepper and turmeric powder.
    3. Continue sauteeing until meat turns light brown.
    4. Drop in potatoes and let it simmer until potatoes are already cooked.
    5. Add vinegar and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
    6. Serve with hot rice.
    Serving size: 3-4
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