Category: Food and Recipe

Health Benefits Of Fish

While beef, chicken and pork offer their own health benefits for the body, seafood offers nutrients that you might not get on a regular basis. You can purchase seafood from a grocery store or a restaurant that has taken in a fresh seafood delivery so that you get the best products available. Almost all types of fish are good for you, especially if you bake the seafood instead of opting for frying. There are high levels of protein in fish, which can give the body a little more energy while keeping the muscles healthy. While it might not sound ideal, fatty pieces of fish are actually healthier for the body instead of those that are lean. Fatty types of seafood have higher amounts of vitamin D, which is something that many people don’t get in the diet. They also have a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which people rarely get in the other items that they eat on a regular basis.

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Eating seafood about two times a week can help to lower the risk of a heart attack or stroke. The omega-3 fatty acids help to keep the vessels in the heart working in the optimal condition. The acids also help with brain and eye development. Fish could increase the grey matter in the brain and help to prevent dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Those who eat fish on a regular basis often experience a slower rate of the cognitive abilities of the brain. Those who eat fish could also see a decrease in depression and actually feel a bit happier compared to those who don’t eat seafood. Fish can also help those who have bipolar disorder because of the fatty acids in the food.

Fish consumption can help reduce the risk of diabetes in children and slow the progression of the disease in adults. It can help to lower the blood sugar levels and keep them maintained as long as someone eats fish on a regular basis, consuming a healthy blend of fish and other meats during the week instead of relying only on fruits and vegetables to make up the overall diet.

Salad, Anyone?

I love to cook, I love the kitchen especially when I am in the mood. I can bake a little (little, like seriously konti lang :D). I love to experiment in the kitchen and come up with viand recipes with whatever I have available. But you know what’s ironic? I can’t seem to put together a decent salad for myself! I know, I know! I’m supposed to just toss in all the veggies and fruits but to me tossing everything together feels like sabotaging myself and preparing myself for the worst meal of my life ever! hahaha!

BUT, it seems like I cannot get away with salads since I started my fitness journey and realized that buying it everyday has become costly and impractical. My friend who shares the same diet with me decided it’s time that we make our own salad. We took a trip to the market and bought our stuff. Now the challenge! how do I do it? Finally I took the courage to wash the lettuce, prayed, imagined that salads I have had, and chanted “just toss it all together, just toss it all together!” Okay I sounded so OA and crazy, but seriously, I was that nervous! hahahahaha!

So with no further ado, here’s my creation! goshhh! don’t judge me, I’ll do better next time!

Ingredients:

  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • 1 Boiled Egg
  • Canned corned tuna
  • Chicken spread

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As much as I wanted to make my own salad dressing, I don’t have the ingredients needed (following the recipes I found online). Promise, this will improve next time! If you have healthy dressing recipes please share it with me! :).

 

Puto Flan Recipe

My youngest loves leche flan but I personally got bored having it plain. I was also craving for Puto, a steamed rice cake in Philippine cuisine so I decided to play a little with both recipes and try this Puto Flan (rice cake with leche flan at the bottom) I saw featured on TV a while back.

Here’s the finished product and I must say, not bad for first timer! My boys loved it :). Check out the recipe below.

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Ingredients:
Flan
5 egg yolks
1 cup condensed milk
1 tbsp. Lemon juice or kalamansi juice

Puto/Rice Cake
5 egg whites
1/4 cup evaporated milk
2 cups All Purpose flour or  Cake Flour
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 cup water

How To Prepare:

Flan

  • In a bowl, mix eggyolks, condensed milk and lemon juice extract.
  •  Stir in a circular motion until blended.
  • Grease moulds with a melted butter then pour the mixture.
  • Steam on low heat for about 10 minutes
  • Remove from the steamer and let cool

Steamed Rice Cake/Puto

  •  In a bowl, combine egg white, evaporated milk and sugar.
  • Blend until mixture is smooth.
  • In a separate bowl combine cake flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Keep stirring until completely combined.
  • Pour the egg mixture
  • Mix all the ingredients until smooth, add water and continue to mix and ensure no lumps on the batter
  • Scoop mixture, and pour over  flan filling nearly to the top.
  • Steam on low heat for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from steamer, let cool and serve.

Using my moulder, I was able to make 18 pieces of puto flan.

Veggie Dish For Dinner

It’s Wednesday and the family is trying our best effort to eat healthier. I prepared this dish called “pinakbet” in our local dialect. It is a mixture of various vegetables normally squash, eggplant, okra, string beans and bitter gourd (ampalaya) and a little meat and some shrimp paste. Well the preparation varies from where you come from. I like mine simple and made use of whatever is available in our fridge. Since we want it healthier, I mixed in diced fish instead of pork meat. I don’t have shrimp paste either but I do have “hebe” (tiny dried shrimp – not sure if that’s how it’s called in english though). Seasoned with a little brown sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce.

Dinner! It's a little late but it's worth it. #veggiedish

Below is another version I did last week. Everything is almost the same except that I didn’t have bitter gourd and fish in it. Instead, I separately deep fried small pork belly cubes that’s seasoned with oyster sauce and then coated pork breading mix. Deep fried it until it’s golden brown and crispy and then put them on top of the cooked pinakbet. The boys did love it! It was like eating lechon kawali with pinakbet

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Oven Grilled Chix

Well it’s wednesday and I’m feeling a bit under the weather (still!) But a bit better compared to the past 4 days. Thankfully I just work from home so I don’t stress myself out in going to an office somewhere to work! My boss is such a blessing!

So okay, it’s a usual day for me plus the not so good health. Since I have no househelp (my choice), I have to do things by myself. I can get away with the dishes and the rice cooking since my boys can already do them but the dish for every meal is on me! Well occasionally the husband volunteers to cook. I prepared my simple oven toaster grilled chicken since it’s pretty much easy to prepare, just perfect to prepare by someone who doesn’t have much energy to move around.

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Grilled Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:
2 pieces chicken thigh

Marinade:
2 tsp. Oyster Sauce
1 tsp. Brown sugar
2 tsp. Soy sauce
1/4 cup pineapple syrup (optional)
Black pepper
1 medium sized Red onion
2 cloves garlic

Procedure:

1. Mix marinade ingredients altogether.
2. Dip chicken and marinade for at least 30-minutes to an hour.
3. When chicken is ready, grease baking pan with a little olive oil and place the chicken. Drizzle chicken with a teaspoon of olive oil. Pour some of the marinade to the baking pan.
4. Set oven to 240 degrees and cook for 45 minutes.
5. Serve hot!