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Friday, April 10, 2015

DIY Foodie: Lunchbox Ham and Cheese Rolled Sandwich

Lunchbox Ham and Cheese Rolled Sandwich

I know every mom is looking for an easy recipe to make for their kid's lunchbox or maybe even for a snack at home for the entire family. It would be amazing to be able to make a foodie that is yummy for just a few minutes.

My mother used to make sandwich rolls but hers were still dipped in egg and rolled in bread crumbs and then fried. Well, they taste really good. But for my version of rolled sandwich, it is a "lazy" version. Lol.  So, if your little one is having a summer class like mine or you are spending a day at home this summer, I am going to show you a pretty easy recipe.

What You Need:
Sliced Bread
Ham
Cheese
Ketchup
Jolly Real Mayonnaise 

What to Do:
1. First, fry the ham or buy cooked ham.
2. Use a rolling pin to flatten the bread. You can remove the brown part if you want to. For mine, I removed it so it is easier to roll.
3. Now spread the mayonnaise and ketchup on both side of the bread.
4. Add ham and cheese and place the other bread on top to complete the sandwich.
5. Roll it slowly and you are done!

Lunchbox Ham and Cheese Rolled Sandwich

Pretty easy, right? For my rolls, I wrapped some colorful paper around them and tied them with ribbons so it will look fun. I got the idea of the presentation from She Knows. She really knows how to make food look amazing! But hers was a lot better than mine. lol

Lunchbox Ham and Cheese Rolled Sandwich

So, if you want to add some twist to your little one's snack time, this Ham and Cheese Sandwich would be easy to prepare and yes, they taste good too!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My Great Food 15-Sec Cooking Challenge

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I love ice cream. Well, everyone does. But if there is one special person who really have that great love for ice cream, that is my little princess Bella. Ice cream is her happy foodie and she would never get tired of eating it. I wanted to make ice cream but it looks really challenging to make one. But one day, I saw something from the internet that we can make ice cream using one ingredient and that is banana.

It can be done by freezing banana overnight or for a couple of hours until they are as hard as a rock. Then blend the banana and you got an ice cream! I tried it and it really was ice cream. You can add other ingredients to it too for more flavoring.

So, when I learned about the My Great Food 15-Sec Cooking Challenge, I immediately thought of making an ice cream banana. But this time with chocolate and brownie. I'll show you how I did it in this post.

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What you need:
Frozen Banana
Magnolia Chocolait
Magnolia Dari Creme butter
Magnolia Fudge Brownie Mix
1 Egg
Oil

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Step1:
Prepare the brownie. Don't forget to put Magnolia Dari Creme butter on the pan so the brownie will not stick on it. Follow the instructions written at the back of the box.

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Step2:
Blend the frozen banana. Add a little of Magnolia Chocolait for flavoring.
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Step3:
Slice the baked brownie into small cubes and mix into banana ice cream.
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Step4:
Serve with brownie and fruits. Top with peanut or others if desired. Enjoy!
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The banana ice cream melts easily but it will also melt easily in your mouth too!

Since it was required to upload the video in instagram, I did so. But in truth, I am not happy with how the video turned out when I uploaded it in instagram. I couldn't upload it using my phone. I don't know why. :(  So, I uploaded a clear version in YouTube too. I don't expect to win because of how the video turned out in Instagram. But anyway, I am happy to show you this new recipe of mine.




This is a very easy summer recipe but it will surely make you feel like a real chef with just a few recipes and four simple steps.  What is good about this recipe is that it is healthy and inexpensive too.

Want to see more yummy recipe? My Great Food always have new recipes that we can do at home. You can also follow their Facebook Page to make sure that you will not miss any recipes from them!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

DIY Foodie: 10 Disney Frozen Themed / Snowman Treats


Who wouldn't like Olaf, the snowman from Frozen who have a happy personality? Well, all of us sure finds him cute. I especially love the idea that a snowman wants to drink juice while basking under the sun. I made some snowman pancakes before and I thought of making more snowman themed treats for Bella. So, are you ready to build a foodie snowman with me?

Disney Frozen Treats

If you liked the above list, go check them here:
1. Olaf Ice Cream Dessert | 2. Melted Snowman S'mores | 3. Smiling Sugar Snowman Cupcakes | 4. Snowman Cake Pops | 5.  Olaf the Snowman Snack| 6. 10-minute Snowmen Treat | 7. Snowman Cookies| 8. Snowman Treats | 9. Snowmen Donuts |10. Snowman Cheese Ball

Monday, January 20, 2014

DIY Foodie: Chocolate Munchkins with Candy Sprinkles


If you want to give your little one a yummy foodie without spending too much and is easy to prepare, then this could be the recipe you are looking for. We had been making this for a long time already and everytime we find these Chocolate Munchkins in the refrigerator we always feel excited as we can already feel its delicious chocolate melting in our mouths. Well, the good news is, these are super easy to make and you will need a few ingredients to make one.


What you need:
Chocolate biscuits or Graham 
Condensed Milk
a little Water
Candly Sprinkles , Nuts or others 

Procedure:
1. Crush the chocolate biscuits or use crushed Graham. Make sure that everything is crushed well so you can get a good mixture.
2. Add condensed milk and mix. Add some water to get a sticky mixture.
3. Make small balls from the mixture.
4. Roll it on candy sprinkles. You can also use nuts, desiccated coconut and other toppings.
5. Place it on small paper cups and refrigerate. It tastes better when cold and the mixture sticks well together.

Easy right? Try making one and you will know what I mean by chocolate melting in your mouth!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Macaroni Pasta Pizza



Pizza is love. Well, not all of us like eating pizzas but most of us love them! We are used to eating pizza with a crust made from flour. But today, I will show you a different kind of pizza. The crust is made from pasta! Check out this recipe:

What You Need:

2 pc (large) eggs (beaten)
⅓ cup evaporated milk
2 ½ tbsp all-purpose flour
3 ½ tbsp cheese (grated)
100 grams chicken breast (cooked with dash of salt, then diced) or you can also use meat from leftover food but be sure that food is still good and not stale
½ cup cooked green peas
250 grams spaghetti sauce
Slices of pineapple

Procedure:

1. You do not have to cook the pasta. Just mix them with eggs (beat it first), then add milk, flour, cheese, chicken or meat, peas and Macaroni. Season with iodized fine salt and a bit of pepper. Mix well.

2. When the mixture is ready, heat skillet or non stick pan with oil. Measure 1 cup of macaroni mixture into it and flatten into an even layer. Cook for 2 minutes then flip to cook other side.

3. After cooking the macaroni, add some sauce on top while it is still on the pan. Then remove from pan. Sprinkle with grated cheese, add some pineapple slices on top and your macaroni pizza is done!

The measurements above could make 5 servings but it actually depends on how big your pizza is. You can also cook the pasta first if you want to but if you fry it raw, it will just be cooked with the frying and it will turn out a bit crunchy. This is very delicious! My mother cooked this two times already and it is indeed a yummy snack. Why don't you try it too?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bananas are Yummy- But What Else?

banana

I remember how my brother and I could finish a tray of bananas when we were still kids. It was like a healthy popcorn version for us because we would watch TV while eating the bananas. Well, it sure is a healthy thing to do. Our mom would even call us monkeys. We are banana lovers but it doesn't mean we are monkeys. lol

Bella also loves bananas. Every time she sees those yellow fruits on a tray, she would say, "Mommy, I want to eat banana." And when she has eaten one banana, she would ask for another one saying, "Want another banana." We are glad that Bella likes eating bananas and other fruits too. Good thing there are lots of bananas in our country.

Bananas in the Philippines

The Philippines is the third largest producer of bananas. This is because of the tropical climate in our area which is perfect for growing bananas. Banana is a common snack or merienda in our country. As a matter of fact, I consider this as one of my favorite snacks. But if you think this is the usual yellow bananas that are merely peeled before eaten, you are wrong. I'll be showing you one banana recipe that I love to cook and of course EAT! But before that, allow me to show you the different varieties of bananas that grow in my country.

philippine banana varieties


1. SeƱorita bananas. These are small bananas but are sweet and very tasty! They are small just like the size of a finger but it looks like a fat finger :D

2. Latundan bananas. These bananas are round-tipped with thin yellow skin that splits once fully ripe. This is most commonly available in the market.

3. Lacatan bananas. These bananas come in different sizes. They can be long and slender and some are long and chubby. You can just let them ripe on your kitchen and you'll get a yummy aroma once its ripe.

4. Cavendish bananas. These are also called "dessert" or Chiquita bananas and are usually for export especially that they have long storage life.

5. Cardaba or Saba bananas. These bananas have a robust shape and are larger. It has a starchy flavor perfect for cooking. This is used to make banana chips, banana cue and other delicious recipes.

It is said that the Philippines has so many banana varieties which means that there are still a lot of them missing in my list. These are the only ones I know about. My mom said that there are also bananas that have so many seeds in it. They used to play with the seeds like a gun by blowing the seeds from their mouths towards their playmates when they were still kids. It sounds funny to me especially that I haven't encountered bananas with seeds.

Oh. Here is one banana fact that I want to share to you:

banana fact

Bananas are Healthy!

Of course they are! That is why it is recommended to eat them. Even babies can eat them already especially that they are soft. There are also baby foods that are banana flavored. Bananas are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, manganese and vitamins B6 & C. Primarily, they are really a good source of potassium. A 100 g banana could provide 358 mg potassium. This is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Eating 100 g of bananas could provide 90 calories. It has fibers in it which helps in digestion and lessens constipation problems. It can also be a moderate source of vitamin-C which helps protect us from infectious agents. Eating fresh bananas could also give adequate levels of minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese.

Well, who would doubt the health benefits of a banana? I guess no one would!

Banana Cue (Caramelized Banana) Recipe


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As promised, I am going to share to you one of my favorite banana recipes. We are going to use a Saba banana for this recipe. Saba can be cooked in so many ways and would always be delicious! Sometimes, we just cook them in water and then eat them once cooked. You can also grill them which we locally call "Dangdang Q" haha. I dunno why we call it that way. It can also be a perfect addition to a Halo-halo (Mix-mix) which is a refreshing snack with different ingredients in it mixed together. Oh well, I couldn't talk about the different Saba recipes on one post. I can share to you other recipes next time. For now, here is how you can make a Banana Cue or Banana Q or a Caramelized Banana. Whatever you call it, it is still delicious!

What You Need:
Saba Bananas
Brown Sugar
Cooking Owl

1. Peel and cut the bananas in halves crosswise.
2. Heat oil on pan.
3. Place bananas on pan then let it cook for a while.
4. Add sugar and let it melt until it sticks to the bananas. But sometimes I prefer to eat it with crunchy sugar around the bananas so I don't let it melt too much. :)
5. Wait until golden brown and your done.

It is that simple but is very very delicious! Well, I might be a bit biased because this is a personal fave but I think if you try making one, you'll love it too. This taste a lot better when wrapped with Spring-roll/ Lumpia wrappers. Nom nom nom.

So that's it for today. I just wanted to share something that I love a lot. If your kiddos don't eat bananas, you can let them see this videos:



This is a fun song from Pancake Manor. Bella likes this very much.Or they might want to see another Banana Song from the famous banana characters called Minions from Despicable Me:



If the first video was a fun banana song, the second one is a funny song.lols. These Minions are really cute! I can't help but laugh. Well, that could be one thing a banana could give us all: HAPPINESS.









Thursday, September 12, 2013

Choco Chip Oatmeal Cookies


Oatmeal is delicious and healthy at the same time. Aside from the usual oatmeal with fruits and milk, it can also be cooked in different ways. I am going to share to you a simple oatmeal recipe. This is actually experimental but it turned out well and delicious.


What You Need:
Chocolate Chips
Oatmeal
Butter
Egg
Sugar
Water

1. I used instant oatmeal because that was the only one available but you can also use cooking oats. I place hot water to the oatmeal first to be sure it will me cooked. lol. But I only placed a small amount.
2. I took choco chips or biscuits and crushed them. I mixed it with the oatmeal
3. On a bowl, I placed one egg and beat it. I added sugar and butter afterwards.
4. Then I added the oatmeal and choco chips. I stirred them until well blended.
5. I placed butter on the pan and then dropped tablespoonsful of the mixture forming round cookies.
6. I baked it for around 10 minutes.

And then they are done. Mini-Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie then came for the picture taking.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

DIY Foodie: Yummy Colorful Pancakes

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Pancake is one of the easiest healthy snack you can give your little loves. You can make one for them any time of the day for it won't take long to finish it. Today, I made colored pancakes to add more excitement to snack time. Here are the ingredients and how you'll make it:

All-purpose flour
2 Eggs
Milk
Baking powder
2 tablespoons of Butter/Vegetable Oil
Sugar
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract (optional)

1. Break the egg on a bowl and beat them.
2. Add sugar depending on the amount you desire.
3. Add melted butter or vegetable oil to the mix. You can add milk and vanilla extract here too.
4. Then add flour and baking powder.
5. You can keep on adding flour and water until you arrive at the right consistency. Just make sure you will be able to pour it on a pan.
6. If you are mixing by hand, be sure to mix it for 100 times so it will be mixed well.
7. Then separate them into different bowls to add food coloring. In my pancakes, I used pink , green and blue. You can have more colors if you want.


pancake recipe

8. After that, heat your pan and your ready to cook your pancakes. In my case, I no longer placed butter on the pan for I placed oil on the mixture. But you can also place butter if you want to. Either way, it will still work. Just see to it that the pancake will not stick on the pan. Make sure not to press it while cooking so it can be fluffy. Just leave it until the top is quite dry before you flip it. You can also notice that the edges are starting to get brown. 
9. Then you've got yummy colorful pancakes.
10. Top it with butter and sugar. You can also try using chocolate syrup!

colorful pancakes recipe

So, if your kids are kinda bored of the usual yellowish pancakes, then why don't you color them? You can also try using molders to have pancakes of various shapes. That would make your kid's snack time fun and healthy at the same time!





Sunday, March 31, 2013

DIY Foodie: Rose Potato Fries

I have seen a rose potato in the web. It shows exactly what you need to do to make it. I had been planning to make one. Today, I decided to do it. This is a healthy snack for Bella. She actually liked it. She said "bite flowers" and she was even looking for "trees" lol. Maybe next time, she can eat a tree made from other stuffs.



What you need:

1 Potato
Knife
Pointed toothpicks
Frying stuff :)

What you will do:

1. Peel the potato. Although, some would prefer not to peel it. In my case, I peeled it since Bella will be eating it.

2. Cut it thinly. You can cut it crosswise or it whatever way you want as long as you will get a thin slice just enough to be rolled to form the flower.

3. Get one thin slice and roll it. This will serve as the center of the flower.

4. Get another piece and lay it outside the rolled one. Then place another on the other side. Hold it in place with a toothpick.

5. Repeat the process until you get a rose-like look. Just place a toothpick whenever you feel that the potato needs to be held on place.

6. Deep fry it. Or take a picture of it first if you want to.lol.

7. Place it on top of a kitchen tissue paper so that the oil will be absorbed.

8. This one is optional.  I mixed sandwich spread and ketchup so Bella can dip the potatoes into it. They taste good together.


Here is the picture I saw that would teach you how to make it. This is actually clearer than my instructions haha. Check it out.




You can make lots of roses. It doesn't only look beautiful but it tastes yummy. Look at how it was presented in number 9. The thinner your slices are, the prettier roses you will make and the crunchier they will be.



One potato can make 3 to 4 flowers. But it also depends on how you cut it. Mine was only 2 roses because I couldn't really cut the flowers very thin. I'll do better next time :)

This is how the potatoes looked before it was fried. You can notice that it looks different from the ones above because I wasn't able to cut them really thin. I'll try to figure out how to do it so I can achieve a prettier rose next time. Well, at least Bella had a healthy and yummy snack today!


So this is the first entry for our DIY Foodie :) Look forward for more! I already have something in mind for the next post.