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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

No Bake, No Yeast Glazed Donuts


No Bake, No Yeast Glazed Donuts

I always wanted to try making doughnuts. Not the baked ones because we only have a small oven and I prefer the ones that are fried because they are easier to make. Not the ones with yeast either because I do not have yeast. Lol! And so I tried making them one sweet day!

I actually made these donuts during the time when the Krispy Kreme Glamour Glaze Donuts were trending because of Katy Perry's visit in the Philippines. No, we don't have Krispy Kreme in our area. But I do have a pan and some flour, as well as other ingredients to make my own glazed donuts!

So, if you want to add some twist to your kiddo's snack time, take a look at this very easy and very quick and very affordable No Bake, No Yeast Glazed Donuts!

No bake doughnuts

For the doughnut holes:

3 cups oil for frying (or more, depends on you)
1 cup milk
1 large egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter,melted
Optional: Food Color

1. Combine the dry ingredients on a bowl- flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.

2. On a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk.

3. Gradually pour the milk-egg mixture into the bowl of your flour mixture. Stir them together.

4. When completely stirred, add the butter and stir again.

5. Knead your dough on top of a clean surface with flour sprinkled on it. When your dough is ready, cut them into desired size and start making a ring. If you want to color your dough, cut some and add color then knead until the color is evenly distributed, then make a ring.

6. Pre-heat your pan and then add oil.

7. Place your doughnuts and start frying them until golden brown. Flip it to one side too.

8. When cooked, you can put them on top of a kitchen towel to absorb the oil. Let it cool while you are making your glaze.

Fried Doughnuts

For the glaze:
2 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
Optional: Food Color

1. Boil 1 cup of water.
2. Add the brown sugar. Stir it until everything is dissolved.
3. If you want it to be thicker, add more sugar.
4. When done, pour on separate bowls and add food color.
5. Using a spoon, pour the glaze on the donuts or you can dip it on the glaze.

You can try different colors for the glaze. You have to put glaze quickly because it will dry up.

How to make no bake doughnuts

So easy, right? This is my first time to make doughnuts. I was in doubt if it was delicious or not, but when I saw only a quarter of a ring left of the 20 doughnuts, it means I did it right! Lol. I was thankful that they left me a small part so I can taste it.

Go ahead and try this very easy donuts! Your kids will surely love it!

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

Saturday, February 15, 2014

DIY Foodie: Heart Shaped Pancakes

Bella love pancakes so much. She feels so happy every time I make pancakes for her but I also see to it that she enjoy every pancake moment. I tried exploring different ways to do it like adding colors, trying different toppings like the colorful pancakes I shared with you before.

But, of all the pancakes, the heart shaped ones are her favorite. Well, I have a thing for hearts that is why I have a heart ring molder that I use for cooking eggs and pancakes too. It is nice to see a heart foodie on the plate!

Pink Pancake Hearts


Simply adding colors to your pancake could be so much fun. Why don't you try pink hearts? Even blue hearts will look yummy! I did this using heart rings too and Bella loved eating them. She didn't want to eat the round ones, only the heart shaped pancakes. 

Evidence:



Hahaha! So, you believed me now that she loved the pink heart pancakes? Trivia: It wasn't easy to get the picture of the pancakes above because Bella kept on getting Crumbs from the plate and she kept on eating the pancakes.lol. I needed to hide just to take the photo.


Pancake Hearts Chocolate Overload


In making this, all you have to do is follow the usual pancake recipe and add some cocoa powder into it. For the white filling, I used a little flour, milk and sugar mixed together on s boiling water until they are a bit sticky. Then, finish the love with some chocolate syrup on it. Now, that is chocolate overload!

Eating pancakes will no longer be boring if you experiment with them. Why don't you try it too?


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


banana cue

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.

Monday, August 12, 2013

DIY Foodie: Sleepy Bear Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because from the name itself, it breaks the fasting from a long sleep during the night until you wake up in the morning. That is why it is important that you let your kids eat breakfast everyday. This energizes them for the activities the whole day. We make breakfast for our kids everyday and sometimes, it would already look boring. So, why not try to add some creativity into it?

I could remember that hubby and I used to make meals that look sweet. When I say sweet, it really just look sweet but tastes like an ordinary breakfast.lol. But the appearance differs. We form rice into letters to make I Love You or whatever we can think of. It is a surprise for both us - whoever wakes up first. But we don't do it everyday, just whenever we feel like doing it. Now that we have Bella, I tried to experiment with a breakfast for her.

creative breakfast for kids

I actually did this for an assignment in online cooking course and I forgot to share it with you. This is just comprised of rice for the bear, scrambled eggs for the blanket and some tomatoes for the pillow. When Bella saw this, she said, "Eat bear." lols. Every time she sees this picture, she would always grab my hand and ask me to cook so she can eat the bear once again.

You can also do whatever you want with your kid's breakfast just to make it look more exciting. This way,they will feel excited to wake up the next day to check what is in store for them on their plates!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

DIY Foodie: Choco Apple Macaroni Salad


Sometimes, it is fun to experiment with whatever is available for making yummy snacks. Today, I created a salad which Bella called as "ice cream" because of the combination of cream and choco syrup. Salads are one of my favorites. I especially love the taste of condensed milk and cream together that is why I would have these stuffs in the kitchen most of the time so that I can just dunk some fruits into it whenever I want to. Well, today's recipe is just simple. I combined:

Macaroni
Sliced Apples
Condensed Milk
Cream
Cubed Cheese
Chocolate Syrup

First, cook the macaroni the usual way by boiling water with a little bit of salt and oil. Then after draining, mix it with the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate syrup. The choco syrup is optional. But if you mix it with the salad, it tastes really yummy and totally chocolatey! So, instead of placing it on the entire mixture, anyone who would love to have chocolate would just place it on his own cup or container.



You can also try experimenting with any fruits and you'll get a yummy dessert!


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, May 26, 2013

DIY Foodie: No-Bake Macaroni & Cheese + Home Made Chicken Nuggets

If your little one loves pasta instead of rice, this meal is perfect because it is complete with the nutrients they need. Aside from that, this is also super easy! I made this for my Cooking assignment in my online study for Child Nutrition. Check on the recipe below.

no-bake macaroni cheese

No-Bake Macaroni & Cheese
2 cups whole-wheat elbow noodles
1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
sweet ham (amount depends on you)
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a few amount of oil and salt then place pasta. Cook pasta for 4 minutes. Drain after cooking.
2. Fry sweet ham and slice it into small squares. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 cups milk in another large pot over medium-high heat until just simmering. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup milk, flour and salt in a  bowl until combined. Add it to the simmering milk while whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat and whisk with cheese until cheese is melted. I grated cheese on it so it is easier to melt it. Then add the cooked ham.
3. When done, place pasta on pan together with the sauce.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (70% daily value), Calcium (40% dv), Vitamin A (25% dv), Magnesium (16% dv).
Home Made Chicken Nuggets

For this part, I am showing you some screenshots from the video lecture we have in my Child Nutrition course from Standford Medicine with Prof. Maya Adam.
Do away from buying frozen nuggets or those that are ready to fry because they are not good for your kid's health. It contains 38 ingredients that could be harmful including dimethypolysiloxene, an anti-foaming agent used to make silly putty and tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), a derivative of petroleum.

That is why it is better if you make your own chicken nuggets. Buy chicken that is free from bones, it comes from the breast part and you can get them from the market. Here are what you need to do.

1. Slice chicken into the size of a nugget. Be sure you wash your hands after slicing because raw chicken can carry salmonella bacteria which is responsible for most cases of food poisoning. Always wash cutting boards, knives and hands after working with a raw chicken. Then place some salt for flavor. You can also add pepper if you want to.
home made chicken nuggets

2. In three separate containers place flour, egg and then bread crumbs. You will roll your chicken on the flour, dip it in the egg and then roll it on the bread crumbs. Then your chicken is ready for frying.


home made chicken nuggets

3. Fry it with olive oil until golden brown. Then enjoy your healthy chicken nuggets. 

For this meal, I also made a mayo+ketchup to pair with the chicken nuggets but you can skip this part too.

home made chicken nuggets

This is a complete meal with carbohydrates, protein and a fruit as dessert. Fruits can also be a substitute for vegetables. This is a meal that can be loved by both kids and adults!