healthy food

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

However long we have been living outside of the Philippines, my taste buds remain the same. I still crave and long for the food I grew up eating – the taste, nostalgia and for some reason, even a simple Adobo tastes different when eaten while vacationing home. Is there something in the water…or the air …

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Ginisang Ampalaya (Sauteed Bittermelon with Egg)

I was quite adventurous in tasting unfamiliar food when I was a child. My parents are both great cooks so a lot of ingredients, which were foreign to me then, would show up at the dining table once in a while. Ampalaya was one of them. With new food they always said, “Try it once …

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DIY Snow Cone Syrup (Only 3 Ingredients)

It has been a weird summer this year. At the beginning of June, it felt quite like spring – cold and wet. Glad we’re out of that stage but summer is back with a vengeance. It is HOT! Google always follows the weather forecast with “There’s currently a heat warning in effect”. Fans are nonstop …

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Stir-Fried Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli)

Whenever I plan meals for my family, vegetables almost always play a big part. With every protein-packed dish that I serve, some “greens” make an appearance. Sometimes it’s a combination of a bunch of veggies like Pinakbet or Chop Suey, cut up raw cukes or carrots or a simple stir fry.  My mom taught me …

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Instant Pot Spanish Style Salmon

Salmon is a healthy, sustainable fish that’s abundant in Canada and in season around this time. Though it’s locally sourced, price is always on the steeper end. We buy the wild Sockeye salmon because it’s a powerhouse of nutrients but I always had to wait for it to go on sale (which doesn’t usually happen). …

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Munggo Biko (Rice Cake with Toasted Mung Beans)

Biko and Ginataang Munggo are two well-loved traditional Filipino snacks. Each has their own character and are equally good. The thought of making this dish came about one day when I craved that distinct taste of ginataang munggo but not the part where I had to scoop it into a bowl and eat with a …

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Quick and Easy Tofu in Sweet-Chili Sauce

My family (except for the littlest one) loves tofu. It’s one food item that’s a “regular” inside our fridge. From soft to the extra firm kind, I whip something up for them depending on their mood. I steam, deep fry, stir fry, and add it as the main protein in their favorite food like Pancit. …

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