How to Make a Chicken Go a Long WayI am trying to make what I cook go a long way. This roasting chicken, made 3-4 meals! And I bought it on sale for around $5.00.
Hansel-Milo Ref CakeIn times like this, I make myself busy with simple recipes while staying at home. I'm stuck in my boarding house with my family by the way. Being stranded in a place with almost nothing like books, computer, or internet literally feels like I'm in a dungeon. Good thing I still have this no bake recipes wherein I won't need my oven or my mixer.
Sour Gummy Sugar CookiesThese cookies are soft and chewy, studded with a bunch of sour gummies. I came up with them because we were craving cookies, but were lacking a lot of usual ingredients like chocolate chips and nuts. I can tell you that everyone's initial raised eyebrow to these cookies quickly turned into absolute delight. These did not last long in our house. I think you'll enjoy them, too.
Making Ginger Garlic Cilantro RiceFresh ginger, garlic, and cilantro are cooked with the rice resulting in a delicious, fragrant, colorful dish.
Ube (Purple Yam) PastePurple yams are cooked, mashed, sweetened, and further reduced to a paste. Then chilled and served as a topping. It is delicious on top of the cold dessert halo-halo or even slices of cake.
Bell Pepper SalsaMake this healthy, fresh and delicious salsa with just a few ingredients and spices. This salsa is very versatile and can be eaten in different ways like: with chips, in tacos, burritos, wraps, salads, as a side dish and etc.
Banana Muffin in a MugA great way to use up bananas that are beginning to brown. Make them for a quick breakfast or snack.
Macaroni and CheeseThis is one of my family's favorites. It's also a great dish to take to someone in need or to a potluck dinner.
Mallow Filled Choco Graham BallsGraham crackers, mini-marshmallows, and candy covered chocolates can be put together to make these filled choco balls for a fun family treat.
Hot Cocoa Mug CookiesHere's some creative mugs you can make out of crisp chocolate cookie dough. Enjoy some hot chocolate or coffee in them before you eat them up.
Easy Whipped CoffeeEveryone has been making this budget-friendly coffee delight as we are all stuck at home. I have some tips on how to make the most luscious puff with some techniques. Give this a try. It's a tasty and beautiful treat that beats any coffee shop's $5 version.
Spicy Ginger Beef with TofuThis is a wonderful ginger-packed meal that's filled with protein from beef and tofu. My mum used to make this for us when we had colds and we were tired of eating soup. The ginger was soothing, and the spiciness helped with sinus congestion. This is great on a bed of rice.
Lower Calorie Banana BreadThis has very little oil or sugar. I added about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Healthy to eat for a snack or anytime. Freezes well.
Ham and Cabbage Stir FryStir fry meals are not only delicious, but they can allow you to incorporate food items you might have on hand. This cabbage and ham stir fry tastes as good as it looks. The recipe follows.
Meaty Garlic Sesame Butternut SquashButternut squash, bell peppers, garlic, sesame seeds, and ground beef combine to make this delicious stir-fry. Make some tonight using the recipe below.
Easy Tortilla PizzaThis is such an easy and versatile snack/meal for anytime whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you're out shopping for essentials, while grabbing the spaghetti sauce and cheese, don't forget the tortilla wraps. You can make so much with those 3 simple ingredients plus any toppings for your pizza if you'd like but that's optional.
Milo DalgonaAfter dalgona coffee became a trend on social media, I came to try out another variation. Instead of coffee, I used milo since I have kids who loves chocolate but there is a big difference. It could be that coffee has this foaming agent (maybe?) that it easily becomes frothy after whisking it for some time. Milo doesn't work like that. You have to add something to prevent it from becoming too runny. See how it's done.
DIY Fruit and Veggie WashMaking sure your produce is clear of pesticides, fungus or germs is important, more so if you're planning on enjoying it raw. You don't need to buy commercial produce sprays. Some even have chemicals in them you probably don't want to consume. Here is a recipe to make your own at home:
Dalgona CoffeePandemic is real! Quarantine is real, so to free myself from boredom, I'm going to make the famous Dalgona Coffee. It has been a trend these days and the most effective step here to release you from getting bored is by whipping it with a fork (no electric mixer). Unfortunately I'm left without my mixer since quarantine started. See how I make it and have fun!
Using Expired Cake MixIf a box of cake mix has been forgotten in the back of your pantry, it may still be usable if it's not too old. Sometimes, it's necessary to add new baking soda or powder to help it rise.
Quick Elegant ChickenI normally don't drink wine. However, I received a bottle and used it for cooking. I froze what I didn't use and used some for this recipe.
Spinach Beef With OrzoThis ground beef recipe is made with spinach and aromatics like garlic and onion. Mixed it with orzo and serve in a tortilla. This makes a great weeknight dinner or quick lunch.
Making Rich Shrimp StockShrimp shells have a surprisingly large amount of flavor when cooked down as a broth. Use the cooked broth to make all sorts of delicious soups.
Making Chile RelleñosChile Relleños is a classic Mexican dish that is easy to make at home. Roasted poblano pepper halves are stuffed and then cooked, often in a egg batter.
Making Banana PB CookiesIf you have excess bananas, use them up to make these delicious peanut butter cookies. They make a great after school snack but could be a quick breakfast too.
Homemade BatchoyMake this traditional Filipino soup to warm you up on a cold day. This easy recipe contains pork, noodles and egg in a delicious broth.
Chocolate Nut Banana SushiRoll a ripe banana in chocolate and nuts and cut it into slices to resemble sushi. This is a great treat for kids after school.
Summer Veggie StirfryIf you have a lot of vegetables coming from your garden this summer, use them to make this delicious stir fry. Serve it with rice and add meat, if you wish.
Using Crockpot Insert in the OvenSometimes you may want to use your crockpot ceramic insert in the oven. This is generally possible, but it is best to check with the manufacturer to determine if their's is oven safe. You will also need to determine the range of temperature settings for your pot.
Yes Virginia, You Can Freeze MilkA few years back, I house shared with a gal who froze milk. She would bring it in, uncap it and take a little out to allow for expansion. Then, recap and in the freezer it would go. I had never seen it and was dubious at best. It was a funky color and well, I doubted it would taste the same. I was young and foolish!
Make Your Own Onion Soup MixThis can be made from ingredients you have already. Nowadays no one wants to go out to the food store any more than is absolutely necessary.
Homemade Pizza DoughWe occasionally order pizza but since we're quarantined at home, you can't go wrong with delicious homemade pizza.
Weight Watchers 1995 Fat and Fiber Plan InfoI'm looking for the 1995 Weight Watchers fat and fiber plan. I lost a lot of weight on that plan. I have tried the new plan multiple times and I just don't like it.
Pesto Chicken Potato PattiesYou can make these pesto chicken potato patties with leftover or fresh ground chicken. The potatoes add the carbs and the pesto adds to the delicious flavor.
Bite Size Chocolate Chip CookiesHere is another recipe you could make if you're out of butter like we are. Tasty bite sized chocolate chip cookies with simple staple ingredients you probably have on hand.
Krautburgers (German Hot Pocket)Krautburgers are a version of runza or bierocks, similar to pierogies. These pocket sandwiches have been made popular by Lauer-Krauts, a German-Russian restaurant in Brighton, CO.
Vegan Banana Nut MuffinsI'll be frank. I only made these muffins vegan because we haven't been able to find eggs for weeks where we live. However, they turned out so good, I just might not use eggs to make them again even when I do find some! Bananas and oil make a great team when binding together to make a good muffin. These turned out so great. I'm so happy I had to experiment with this!
Double Chocolate Chip CookiesCraving for some double chocolate chip cookies? Try this recipe out. Yet another recipe that doesn't involve butter. Plus I added in some chia seeds to make this a little more healthy!
Making Roast Pork ShoulderPork shoulder is a great option for roast meat, and frugal too. This recipe is seasoned with fennel, garlic and olive oil.
Making Vegan Carrot Banana MuffinsMake these delicious muffins filled with carrots and bananas. They are a perfect breakfast option or after school snack.
Bacon-Chicken Alfredo Penne CasseroleThis creamy casserole combines bacon, chicken and parmesan with penne pasta for a one dish meal. Easy to make ahead or for a quick weeknight meal.
Making Mung Bean TrianglesMung beans are the main filling for these savory triangles. They are easy to make at home with spring roll wrappers.
Storing ButterButter can be expensive but it can also be difficult to use up bulk shopping before it goes bad. Here are some tips for long term storage.
Making a UFO Cow Abduction CakeA very, creative scene on top of this cake is of a UFO abducting a cow. With LED lights, two cakes and a number of decorations you can make your own.
Stir Fried Bok ChoyBok choy is a Chinese type of cabbage and is delicious in stir fry recipes. Here it is flavored with garlic as a perfect side dish with rice.
Banana-Orange Oatmeal Choco Chip CookieThese delicious chocolate chip cookies hide some fruit that the kids might not always want to eat alone as a snack. Mashed bananas and small bits of oranges are added to the batter. Everyone will love them. Start baking.
Sweet Potato WafflesThese delicious waffles are made from scratch using mashed canned sweet potatoes, rolled oats, and whole wheat flour. The complete list of ingredients and instructions can be viewed below.
Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Cream SauceShrimp marinated in lime juice and taco seasoning are paired with cilantro avocado cream sauce for a cool, spicy taco filling.
Sweet Potato Spinach Home FriesSometimes, not having all the right ingredients leads you to create a great new recipe. We wanted home fries for breakfast, but I didn't have enough potatoes for a whole batch. I used one potato, one sweet potato, some onion, and spinach. The sweet potato gave it a lovely sugary edge, while the spinach gave it a nice healthy green touch. I microwaved the potatoes first so they cooked evenly with the onions, and got a nice crisp exterior when finished.
Onion Smoothie Cold RemedyI find this helpful when I have respiratory issues or colds or flus. It helps one heal from bronchitis, it is expectorant. It helps to open up the alveoli, and it provides nutrients. As well it helps to know this in the age of Coronavirus.
Yogurt Chicken RecipesChicken can be marinated in yogurt and spices before baking. The result is tender and delicious chicken whether on the grill or in the oven.
Chocolate Chip Banana BitesDo you have ripe bananas but low on butter? If so, sounds like our household! You can make this chocolate chip banana bite sized bars. This yields 1 - 10x15 inch cookie pan so depending how you cut the bars up, you'll easily get 24 plus pieces!
Making Butter Lemon Pound CakeHere's a homemade pound cake recipe made with lots of butter and lemon. Try topping this with a light whipped topping or even vanilla ice cream.
Making Beef and Spinach LasagnaThis lasagna dish starts with a layer of creamy sauce that is then topped with layers of spinach, cheese, and ground beef. The complete recipe follows. Make some today and save some for later.
Making a Chocolate FrostyIf you love to go to Wendy's and get their chocolate frosties, here's a way to make them at home. It will save you time and money.
Homemade Minestrone SoupThis soup is a favorite of all! A great vegetarian soup also. It is warming and comforting. I really don't know anyone who doesn't like Minestrone Soup!
Making Sweet Chili ShrimpSweet chili sauce is a staple for many Southeast Asian cuisines. Combine it with fresh aromatics to make these delicious stir fried shrimp.
Healthy Peanut Butter Mug CakeMake this individual snack cake right in your microwave. It's great for an after school treat or for a sweet end to the day.
Masking Tape Tupperware LabelsHere is a way to really save food and money. No more guessing what and when food was put in tupperwares. Simply keep masking tape and a permanent marker in the kitchen to make and date labels on containers. It has made a major change for me in maintaining food freshness, and a waste free kitchen.
Making Lamb and Eggplant DipStart with lamb, eggplant, and lentils to begin preparing this delicious Middle Eastern dish. It can be served as an appetizer or the main course.
Instant Pot Bone BrothBone broth is an excellent soup base with rich flavors and nutrients from meat bones. The Instant Pot makes this recipe a snap but it can also be made in a slow cooker or stockpot.
Making Garlic Parmesan Veggie MashHere is a delicious alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. It's an excellent way to use up leftover veggies and sneak added nutrition into a meal.
No-Gas BeansBeans are an inexpensive, healthy food. To eliminate most of the gas-causing enzymes, hot soak the beans before you cook them.
3 Ingredient TrufflesThese delicious chocolate truffles are easy to make with just three basic ingredients. They make wonderful treats for Valentine's Day or Christmas.
Homegrown Mushroom and Asparagus RisottoI love growing my own mushrooms at home. It's easy to do and I love that they're not covered in unknown dirt. They turn out so yummy that they are a fantastic replacement for meat. Of course, if you don't grow your own mushrooms at home, use store bought ones when you try this recipe. You will love it either way!
Chuck Wagon ChiliI am eating from my pantry as much as possible. This recipe has only 1/2 pound of ground meat for 4 servings. I used ground turkey.
Lemon Ginger TeaSimple flu symptoms might cause you to panic because of the corona virus pandemic. Even I get a little paranoid when I cough a little or experience headaches. To relieve myself from worrying, I made this recipe to help boost my immune system. Also this is good for the kids as source of vitamin C.
Berry Hand PiesWe are going on a week of being quarantined and it's not an easy adjustment. It's nice to make the kids a little treat so here's an easy recipe you can make - berry hand pies with cute shapes, animal cut outs.
Old Fashioned Mac n' CheeseI hadn't made my baked macaroni and cheese in several years. I think having four children in five years. Growing up with them and feeding them, made me very tired of all those good old comfort foods. But I recently got an itch for a good old Mac n' Cheese!
Raspberry Jelly Filled Butter CupcakesThese butter cupcakes are filled with raspberry jelly. What started as a butter cream meringue was turned into these rich filled cakes for the kids.
Mini Pizza CalzoneWith a few simple ingredients, you can make these easy mini pizza calzones. If you're home with your kids during this time and have little ones this could also be a great opportunity to bake/cook together, sort of like a home economics lesson.
Mock Corned Beef and Cabbage DinnerWhile the store shelves are just baron, we have to get what we can and work with it, even if it means changing a few things. Today being Saint Patrick's Day, I went to the grocery store to get everything for my corn beef and cabbage dinner. Well, much to my surprise, there was not a corn beef in the store. I was crushed! So I just went to the Deli department and ordered a pound of thick sliced red corned beef. And worked it out from there, with a bit of the Luck of the Irish upon me!
Banana Nut Bread RecipesHomemade banana bread with lots of nuts makes for a delicious treat. Use up those over ripe bananas and add walnuts for a healthy loaf.
Crustless QuicheThis is a fun quiche to make; no crust. Very simple. You can add more veggies or use as many eggs as you like. You can also make or purchase a crust.
White AdoboAdobo is a common recipe for the Filipinos. Why most of us likes to cook the dish is because it is simple and doesn't spoil easily. The Covid-19 outbreak has gone worst in my country and most of the people, though advised not to panic, it is still normal to see them get scared for themselves and their families.
Lemon Lime Soda BabycakesUsing lemon lime soda and lemon zest you can make these wonderful little babycakes for a special treat. They are very easy to make and comparable to high priced bakery goodies.
Freezing Store Bought BreadMy husband an I seldom eat a full loaf of bread before it gets stale or grows green stuff. I read where bread that is frozen keeps better than just keeping it in the fridge. But separating the slices became a problem. I decided to put two slices in a sandwich bag. I do this to the whole loaf. Then I put the bagged slices in the loaf bag and re-tie it.
Sticky Measuring Cup Clean UpWhen measuring peanut butter (or any other kind of sticky ingredient), spray your measuring cup with a non-stick spray like Pam before filling the cup. Fill and take a small spatula to release. Comes out easy and easier to clean!
Reviving Limp CeleryFood waste is never acceptable, and now, with social isolation, it is imperative to use all the food we have. Cut a bit off the root end of the celery, and put in a container of ice water. Your celery will firm up and be ready to use.
Add Cheese In First for Messy DishesIf you are like me, you love dishes like Chili, Corned Beef Hash and Ravioli. But sometimes, if you love cheese, it's hard to deal with the mess of it being sprinkled on top. It's sometimes too melted, or sticks to the side of the bowl, or worse, spatters on the inside of your microwave.
Sweet Potato ToastThese are healthier substitute for bread! They are thinly sliced sweet potatoes that you can use as a toast under eggs or as a base for any food. They are also great as a snack! You may use one or more sweet potatoes but I find I need to make many more just to have some by the time we are ready to sit down and eat! Delicious!
Making Potato TempuraGrated potatoes and onion are combined with spices, breading, egg, and flour to make a dough that is dropped into boiling water and then fried. Serve with a soy sauce dip, included in the recipe, for a different potato dish.
Brussels Sprouts, Apple and Avocado SaladThis healthy and delicious salad is good served as a main dish or on the side. See how to combine Brussels sprouts, apples, avocado slices, and pumpkin seeds to prepare this nice light salad.
Banana Oatmeal MuffinsMake these delicious banana oatmeal muffins. Perfect for a little treat after school or dessert for dinner especially paired with some vanilla ice cream!
Bukayo (Filipino Coconut Candy)Try out this popular dish from the Philippines, known as bukayo. It is made using young coconut meat that is shredded and combined with brown sugar and a bit of extra water as needed. Then cooked until soft and the liquid reduced. The resulting coconut candy is typically served with sliced bread.
Greek Pasta Salad RecipesWhile the additional ingredients can vary the mainstay of Greek pasta salad in addition to the pasta is typically feta cheese, onion, garlic, herbs, and olives. Typically tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers are also added. Finish with a red wine dressing and enjoy. Recipes can be found below.
Making Roasted RadishesHere is an alternative to adding sliced radishes to your salad. Roast them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other herb(s) you would like. They turn out very mild and tasty.
Making Golden Sesame BallsIt is easy to prepare these deep fried mung bean and sugar filled rice flour balls. They are rolled in sesame seeds prior to frying. Plate them up and serve. Delicious.
Pandan Pancakes with Coconut CustardCoconut milk custard is layered between pandan pancakes for a delicious variation on Asian tea house pandan waffles. The recipe and preparation steps can be found below. Enjoy this treat straightaway or chilled.
Fix Mushy Rice with BreadI can't tell you how many times I've made mushy, soupy rice. There's a quick fix that transforms this gluey mess into perfect, fluffy rice: a slice of bread. Place a piece of bread on top of your pot or rice cooker full of mushy rice, put the lid back on, and allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. The extra liquids will make their way into the bread, and your rice is saved.
Instant Pot Apple ButterI made this but it came out too liquidy, because I added too much water. I didn't trust when the recipe said only use a couple tablespoons water but it turns out that if you really want apple butter, you should.
Making Colorful Kwek-kwekBatter coated hard boiled quail eggs are deep fried and sold as a street food in the Philippines. These are given added kid appeal by adding food coloring to the batter. Serve with one of the sauces included below.
Keep Asparagus FreshTo keep asparagus fresh, I wet a paper towel and wrap it around the bottom of the bunch and secure it with the produce rubber band. I put it back in the produce bag, roll it around to press out the air, fold the top over and put a rubber band around the bunch to keep the plastic tight.
Indian Ground Beef with Potatoes (Keema Aloo)Keema Aloo, is a delectable Indian dish composed of ground beef, potatoes, tomatoes, peas, and regional spices. The resulting stew is perfect for serving with naan bread or a bed of rice. The recipe is offered below.
Making Churro WafflesThese, fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, waffles are reminiscent of churros. Apply melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar for a yummy breakfast meal.
Roast CabbageThis was something I made one day I had some old vegetables lying around. It can taste good and be completely fat free. You can add butter or coconut oil. It can also be festive-looking.
Making Creamy Zucchini Bacon SoupZucchini, potatoes, and onions sautéed in bacon fat are the base for this hearty and delicious blended soup. Use the abundance of squash from your garden or pick up some at the market and have soup for dinner.
Persimmon Daikon SaladThis sliced daikon and persimmon salad is delicious as a side to any meal. The simple recipe can be found below.
Spicy Shrimp RecipesSpicy shrimp are delicious as a main course or even served atop a salad. Whether you like Cajun spices or the heat of South American flavors, here are a bunch of new spicy shrimp recipes to try.
Eggplant Layered RiceThis rice dish has layers of eggplant, ground meat and fragrant spices. It's super hearty and is great for an all-in-one meal. You can use any meat you like. I used ground beef.
Soft Butterscotch Bars with Salted CaramelI have tried making caramel several times, but never did I make it perfect. After few times of trying, I discovered a simple trick. Double boiling is safer than putting it in direct heat and today I was able to make my caramel perfect. With a little salt it tasted really yummy.
Making Jam PastriesPlace a dollop of your favorite jam in the center of a piece of pasty dough, fold up or pinch closed and bake. Try adding a slice of brie for a fancy version.