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Delicious Wrapped Purple Sweet Potato

Sweet potato is one of the root crops that is easy to grow and harvest abundantly in the Philippines or anywhere in the world. Anyone can plant this crop in their own backyard too so it is available almost everywhere if one is interested to eat a homegrown and organic sweet potatoes.

Anyway, here in our area, these purple Hawaiian sweet potatoes are sold but cost a bit of a price than normal ones. I love purple for the fact that it is different in color and they are only available at the Asian market 23 minutes away from where we live.

Since I am drawn to its color but not a big eater of a potato, I came up with the idea of wrapping it in eggroll wrappers. Others call this recipe, “KAMOTE KABOY”.

Here’s how I make it for it to be appetizing and palatable.

Ingredients:
2 pounds Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes
2 packs of frozen young coconut strips
half can of sweet condensed milk, you can use a full can if you prefer for it to be sweeter
3 packages of eggroll wraps
1/2 stick shredded butter

Boil sweet potatoes first then mash it once done.

Thaw coconut strips and drain excess water.

Pour/place all ingredients in potatoes and mix.

Start wrapping them. Once done, fry as many as you want or vacuum seal the rest and freeze!

Believe it or not, it’s delicious and my two girls love them even if they don’t like eating sweet potatoes.

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…. that delicious and attractive kamote kaboy! Hmmm drooling, aren’t they?
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So Creamy Mac and Cheese, My Girls’ Favorite

Don’t we all want instant mac and cheese in a box? It is because it is fast, quick and easy to prepare, right? When we are hungry and tired from work, we don’t have that energy to prepare for a good meal anymore so we settled on instant foods and we don’t think about whether it taste good or bad.

Well, here’s a recipe that I got from an original poster that was shared on Facebook that is truly creamy, tasty and delicious homemade mac and cheese. I followed exactly her measurements and ingredients to achieve that yumminess mac and cheese that my girls love very much.

Just by looking at the pictures make me drool. You imagine when you get to taste the finished product, you’ll love it more than anything else. Once you tasted it, you’ll never try to go back making the boxed mac and cheese and you’ll have to trust me on that.

In fact, my 8-year old girl asked me to make it again which I wholeheartedly said yes. It is such a joy watching my kids devouring the dish I make for them, so it is always a pleasure making them dinner.

NOTE: Photos are mine but the recipe can be found here http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/super-creamy-mac-cheese/

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… girls’ plates right after I took out the mac and cheese from the oven, along side with it are fruits and vegetable.

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Visayan Adobaw Na Manok Recipe

Growing up, I still remember that chicken recipe that my grandparents and or father used to cook. It is a recipe that only Bisayan people can make and for years of residing here in America, I could not seem to get its taste nor cook adobaw na manok the way my old folks did.

There is something in it that I really love, the aromatic smell of ginger, onion and garlic is so heavenly that I have been wanting to taste for so long, finally satisfied. Thanks to a friend who shared her mother’s recipe as well as the technique to really come up with the delicious taste of the dish. The dish is so common in the Philippines yet seemed mysterious to make (at least to me).

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Ingredients:

1 whole chicken – I prefer Cornish chicken for it’s similarity to native chicken taste.

3 laurel leaves, 2 tsp. ground black pepper, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, garlic powder, onions, vinegar, oil and salt.

I don’t put exact measurement on those because all I do is estimate the amount of each ingredient according to my preference.

Here’s how:
~ Buy a whole chicken and cut up the meat into desired pieces. Bones in please.

~ Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes or more with Filipino soy sauce, vinegar, grated ginger, ground black pepper and garlic powder.

~ After marinating, bring the meat to a boil, covered and stirring constantly until meat’s natural juice come out. Cook some more until desired tenderness of the meat is achieved.

~ Saute minced garlic and onions until brown. Put in the chicken and its juice, wait until all juice is absorbed and dry, it’s optional if you put in the marinated sauce or not. If you don’t, it is also good and still make a great adobaw chicken taste.

~ By then, the chicken should be almost done, put some laurel or bay leaves, cover and cook a little bit more. Stir. Add some salt and ground pepper according to your taste.

~ Serve hot.

WARNING: Rice killer, make sure you a got a whole big pot of cooked rice before serving! Enjoy!

Angel Hair Pasta with Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Broccoli

I only had a little time to rest today before cooking for dinner, I took my girls to the pool and came back at almost 3 o’clock. Took a shower, laid down a little bit and did my mommy duty in the kitchen.

Anwyay, I planned of making my family some angel hair pasta tonight, so even if I was a bit tired, I had to make it. I did not follow any recipe. I just made up my own, bought a jar of Ragu Cheese Creations Classic Sauce and that’s it! It is tasty and sure is filling in my stomach. Now that the new Italian study says eating pasta does not contribute to BMI, might as well, cook pasta a lot and serve to the family.

With my pasta, I used the following;

Half a box of store brand pasta
two regular size roma tomatoes
a jar of Ragu sauce
sliced mushrooms
a whole flower of broccoli (cut up)
minced garlic
4 tsp. avocado oil (you can use any oil of your choice)
5 cloves minced parsley for garnishing
a tbsp of sea salt
half a teaspoon black ground pepper
cut up chicken meat ( guessing the amount of chicken, no exact measurement or weight how much I used)

Here’s how:
Boil 5 cups of water to cook the pasta. In another pot, boil 3 cups of water to blanch the broccoli. Brown chicken on a hot oil, stir occasionally. Brown the garlic when chicken’s tender, sautee that mushrooms, tomatoes and add the sauce, cover until mushrooms are tender.

Add the pasta and broccoli, sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste. Mix evenly. Garnish with parsley. Serve hot!

A healthful dinner that does not need rocket Science to make. You can make your own pasta recipe, anyway you want it, it is possible!

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Stuffed Peppers Recipe

I learned something new today. One of the FB friends posted her photo of stuffed bell pepper and I asked how she did it. It is so simple and easy that I don’t need to have the recipe in front of me while cooking. It is my first try to do this tonight and it resulted delicious.

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Here’s how you do it.
3-4 large bell peppers
half a pound ground beef, brown it first before stuffing it in
diced onions, sliced mushrooms
pinch of salt
pinch of ground black pepper
a small can of tomato sauce
one cup cooked rice

Preheat oven at 400 degrees F.
You use cooked rice for faster/easy stuffing then mix all ingredients once beef is brown, stuff it all in the peppers, add some shredded cheese of your choice. Put in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!

You don’t necessarily follow all stuffing above, you can create your own if you prefer.

Our Small Thanksgiving Feast

These are just the food I prepared last night for our Thanksgiving dinner. I also made macaroni salad Filipino version but wasn’t able to include in the picture. I baked some chicken drumsticks instead of roasting a whole turkey. Reasons are; it’s too big and it would take us a while to eat the whole thing and I have not tried roasting turkey before, it’s such a big meat and I don’t want to take the risk of screwing it up.

We had turkey last year but it was my husband who worked in the kitchen. Another recipe I cooked is a classic green bean casserole. Thanks to Liliana Hart on FB for sharing her easy to follow recipe.

As usual, we celebrated another Holiday simply with my family. I guess it is going to be like this until we will have grandchildren coming over to our house every Holiday.

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… below is the screenshot recipe of the classic green bean casserole…
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Bodbod Pilit Recipe

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2 cups pilit wash and drained
2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup white sugar
ginger

direction: mix all the ingredients and bring to a boil, stir and turn stove to low, cook for 20-30 minutes, ” do not open the pan”

tapos turn on your oven to 350 and bake the banana leaf for 5 minutes or less enough na ma steam sya? unsay eninglis sa hawob? or pwede ra mano manohon pud sa stove ug hawob

sa steamer k bring the water to a boil first then put the suman..ako timan_an cook na sya if the banana leaf will turn into dark green na me pagka brown brown na

Cassava Suman with Chia Seeds

Despite of my busy schedule during weekdays, I manage to make this labor intensive Filipino delicacy we call “cassava suman” or grated yucca root wrapped in banana leaves when craving strikes. There is no reason I can’t make it because all of its ingredients are available where I live. The only thing I dread making this delicacy is it’s labor intensive and time consuming but I tell you, it’s worth it!

If you should, click here for Cassava Suman recipe. I so love this food and I made some recently which I believe my husband likes so much. But this time, I made it “healthy” by adding chia seeds in it. You know, chia seeds is one of the healthiest food on the planet, read on below to know why.

Anyway, I can’t get enough of cassava suman. It really taste good to the tastebuds and it is good for snacks paired with your favorite hot beverage.

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Here are the reasons why you should add chia seeds in your food.

1. Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories
2. Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
3. Almost All The Carbs in Them Are Fiber
4. Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
5. Due to The High Fiber and Protein Content, Chia Seeds Should be Able to Help You Lose Weight
6. Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
7. Chia Seeds May Improve Certain Blood Markers, Which Should Lower The Risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes
8. They Are High in Many Important Bone Nutrients
9. Chia Seeds Can Cause Major Improvements in Type 2 Diabetics
10. Chia Seeds Can Improve Exercise Performance as Much as a Sports Drink
11. Chia Seeds Are Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet

For more information of chia seeds, you can visit this link http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/.

Seafood Combo with Curry

If you have not tried this dish, well, you should soon. I tell you, it is awesomely good to the tastebuds. I love seafood but didn’t think about adding some curry into it ever. Curry, not only is healthy for our body but also it adds that spicy taste and aromatic smell of the dish we cook. Most people use it for chicken but it also is good for other dishes.

Seafood combo dish I followed from a friend a month ago! It is easy to cook and gives you a stomach satisfaction in just one serving.

In this recipe, I added the following;

4 pieces small size squid
1 large piece squid
half pound large shrimps
1 can coconut mulk
1 can young jackfruit meat
2 tbsp. curry powder
1 tsp. salt and pepper to taste
1 large green or red bell pepper
3 cloves minced garlic
1 medium onion
1 tbsp. olive oil

Here’s how:
Saute garlic and onions in a heated olive oil. Add seafood, stir until tender.
Add jackfruit, cook for 5 mins., add coconut milk, cover and let it boil a little bit.
Mix curry in half cup water, stir and pour into the pan, mix with ingredients. Cook for another 5 minutes.
Add seasonings and bell pepper! Serve and enjoy!

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Easy Fix Breakfast Loaded with Good Stuff

If you are looking for a quick fix for breakfast with all the goodness in it, try checking in your pantry if you have a canned tuna in oil or water and then look in your fridge if you have greens (at least one spinach or anything leafy green vegetable), onions, garlic, olive oil (our preferred oil to use), tomatoes, one egg, ground pepper and a bit of soy sauce to taste.

Just fry the ingredients together and you are good to go! Don’t forget to make a side to go with it, I did slice some ripe avocados with mine with mayo that was served for my husband. He liked it, he loved it and he ate it all in no time.

I am a Filipina and I prefer avocado to be eaten with condensed and fresh milk and ice!

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