Quick And Healthy Spring Dishes To Try At Home

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If you love food, but you don’t have much time to rustle up culinary delights when you get home from work, look no further. With these simple, quick recipes, you’ll be able to enjoy a nutritious, tasty meal with minimal fuss.

 

Sizzling salads

There’s a common belief that salads are dull. But this doesn’t have to be the case. A salad is a great idea for a warm evening. It takes minutes to put together, and you can add all kinds of vegetables. Add flavour with dressing, and try and vary your ingredients each time. You could create your own version of a classic Caesar or Nicoise salad. Or grill some chicken and pancetta and add bell peppers and red onions for a colourful feast. If you’re after a filling dish, make a cold rice or pasta salad.

 

salad

 

Stir fry dishes

Stir fry is one of the easiest ways to pack in your 5-a-day in a single meal. There are so many options and this dish is suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters. Popular sauces include black bean, honey and soy and hoisin, but you can make your own if you wish. Add some heat with condiments, such as Dorset Naga Chilli Sauce, or sweet chilli dip. Go for Asian flavours with bok choi, water chestnuts and bamboo. Or stick to traditional favourites such as peppers, mushrooms, onions and carrots. Chop up some tender stem broccoli and sprinkle over a handful of beansprouts. You can create a tasty vegetable medley, or add some chicken, beef, pork or duck. Salmon is a fantastic choice for those who prefer fish to meat. Serve with rice or noodles for a delicious, healthy meal, which will be ready in minutes.

 

ginger beef stir fry

Image credit: jules – https://flic.kr/p/dWPxM7

 

Barbeque fare

When the days heat up, it’s tempting to get the barbeque out and gather friends and family around. Most people think about burgers and sausages when a barbeque is mentioned, but there’s so much more you can do with your grill. Try out different marinades, and widen your range of meats. Try fish and poultry, as well as vegetables. Cut up some peppers, onions, mushrooms and courgettes and get some skewers out. Chicken, beef and pork kebabs are an excellent option for parties. Tuna, cod and salmon steaks make a fantastic alternative to red meat. Serve with new potatoes and a freshly prepared salad or some zesty couscous. Try smoky chicken wings, juicy ribs and halloumi skewers for last-minute gatherings.

 

barbeque

 

Light pasta dishes

Pasta is a winter favourite, but it can also deliver in the summer. Swap hearty, heavy wine-based tomato sauces for light, fresh flavours. Over bake cherry tomatoes on a medium heat with garlic, oregano and olive oil. Boil some fresh tagliatelle for 2-3 minutes, drain and add the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and mix together. Alternatively, keep things simple with a sauce made from lemon juice, a knob of butter and olive oil. Toss your cooked pasta through the sauce, grind some sea salt and sprinkle parmesan to finish.

 

pasta

 

Most of us make an effort to be healthy when it comes to spring, and these recipes are perfect for cooking up nutritious meals in a hurry.

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Six Mouthwatering Sandwich Recipes to Try This Summer

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Long warm days just beg you to pull out the picnics, BBQs, and go out on expeditions. No matter what your summer plans, a sandwich is the perfect lunch. Check out these six mouthwatering creations and try them on your hottest day.

 

Six Mouthwatering Sandwich Recipes to Try This Summer 2

 

BBQ Pork Sandwich
When you don’t have the time to cook outside and it’s too hot to cook inside, capture the taste of summer with a slow cooker pulled-pork roast. Chop an onion and a few sticks of celery and place at the bottom of the crock. Add a whole pork roast and sprinkle liberally with your favorite grill seasoning. Pour a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar over it all, and set the cooker to low. After 8-10 hours, tear the pork with two forks and serve on buns with your favorite BBQ sauce. It’s easy to make and perfect for when hosting a lot of guests.

Peruvian Triple Sandwich
The triple sandwich is a classic in Peru, and it’s available on almost every street corner in Lima. Toast three slices of Klosterman baking company’s sandwich bread and add mayonnaise. Build the sandwich with one toast topped with sliced tomatoes and avocadoes. Add the second toast and cover with thick slices of boiled egg. Add the final piece of toast on top and cut into quarters.

The Classic Cucumber
Cool and refreshing, a cucumber may be the most delicious vegetable to eat in the heat of summer. Sliced thin, and sprinkled with a bit of salt and fresh dill, they make an equally refreshing sandwich. Softened cream cheese and fresh radish sprouts add a mild kick. Try it on soft Country Potato Bread for an interesting mix of flavors.

The Tomato Sandwich
Another simple summer option is the refreshing tomato sandwich. Start with fresh, ripe tomatoes sliced medium-thin. Lightly toast a hearty white bread and add a light smear of mayonnaise and perhaps a slice of baby swiss and it’s done.

Chicken Salad on Cinnamon Raison Toast
Chicken salad is delicious, but it’s even better served on lightly toasted cinnamon raison bread. Try whole grain bread to add some extra nutrition to your lunch. This is especially yummy with almonds and apples mixed in with the salad.

Roast Beef Po-Boy
It may not be easy to eat on the go, but a good roast beef po-boy will make you want to take your time anyway. Split French bread topped with slices of roast beef, a light drizzle of gravy and dressed with lettuce, tomato, and pickles. It’s a creation worth indulging in.

A summer sandwich needn’t be boring. Add some kick to your summer with a delicious lunch and fresh ingredients for a healthy and delicious option.

 

Image courtesy of Apolonia at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Finger licking Blueberry Cheesecake

 

I’ve been hooked into baking lately, trying different bread and cake recipes. Because, I have no formal studies yet in baking, but planning to enroll in a baking class this summer if schedule permits, all I do for the meantime is trial and error. If my baked goods fail, I just charged it o experience, ahaha.

 

Aside from the Everyday Baking cookbook that a dear friend gave me, I also search on different recipes in the web, compare and choose the ones which are easier to bake, ingredients wise and procedure as well.

 

So here it is my ever first Blueberry Cheesecake. My husband and sons gave a two thumbs up for it is finger lickin’ good 🙂

 

blueberry cheese cake

Home made Blueberry Cheesecake

 

 

Ingredients:

For the crust:

1 cup of graham cracker crumbs

¼ cup of unsalted butter, melted, I use the butter compound from Wonderbake

 

For the filling:

340 grams of Blueberry preserves

2 large eggs

2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened

1 (300ml) can of condensed milk

2 tsp of vanilla extract

2 tsp lemon extract

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to moderate settings at 350 º F or 177 ºC

Using a fork mix graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a bowl.

Pour the mixture into the baking pan, press it into the bottom of the pan and bake it for 12 minutes or until it is set.

When set remove it from the oven and let it cool.

Next is to prepare the filling. Beat cream cheese and condensed milk using an electric mixer until smooth.

Add the eggs, vanilla extract and the lemon extract, continue beating until it becomes well combined and creamy.

Pour the filling over the cooled baked crust, use a spatula for even spreading.

Now, bake it for 25-30 minutes, until the filling is set but still jiggly in the middle.

Let it cool for an hour then refrigerate for another hour or until it is completely chilled.

After chilling pour in the blueberry preserve on top, spread it evenly then refrigerate it again before serving.

 

 

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Tortang Dulong

Tortang dulong is a simple dish that’s included in my weekly menu. It is a favorite comfort food among many Filipinos. Dulong is a very small fish, much smaller than dilis and is sold at Php100 per kilo in local wet markets. It is best eaten with your favorite dippings – with catsup or vinegar and crushed garlic.

dulong

 

 

dulong when cooked

Ingredients:

Dulong

2 Eggs, beaten

Salt

Pepper

Onion, diced

Palm oil

 

Procedure:

Wash dulong in a strainer through running water; let the water get fully drained before mixing it to the bowl of beaten eggs.

Add the diced onions, salt and pepper to taste. Mix it thoroughly.

Mold round cakes out of the mixture.

Heat the pan with palm oil, and then fry the dulong round cakes until crispy golden fried.

Serve while hot with rice.

 

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Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna

I love to see big fishes in the market, sometimes I am tempted to buy the real big ones, but on second thought, it will be just a waste of money because there are only four of us who are going to eat it  :).

Salt water fishes are more delectable to eat than fishes grown in freshwater . Weekends, especially Saturday is our market schedule.  I happen to see a perfect sized yellow fin tuna which I bought for our lunch.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 medium sized yellow fin tuna around 1.5 kilogram

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 pcs. calamansi, juiced

Soysauce and calamansi sauce for dipping

 

Procedure:

Season the fresh yellow fin tuna with olive oil, salt and pepper and calamansi juice.

Wrap it in a foil.

Preheat the grill for medium heat. Place the foiled tuna on top of the grill, turn it once in awhile until the fish is cooked.

You may grill the tuna directly on the grill if you want it well done or just simply open the foil while it is still on top of the grill and turn the tuna inside the foil once in a while to preserve its juiciness.

Transfer to a serving platter, then make a calamansi and soysauce dip.

Serve immediately with rice.

 

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Lumpiang Shanghai

lumpiang shanghai

 

Spring rolls or Lumpiang Shanghai is one of the easiest meal to prepare and cook that is well loved by the whole family. It is commonly served in the family table during weekends, parties or get together with friends. Kids especially picky eaters love it, thus it can be included in the weekly menu for our kid’s school packed lunch.

 

Ingredients:
Lumpia wrapper
Ground pork
Salt
garlic, minced
Pepper, ground
Onion, chopped
Parsley or Kinchay, chopped
Egg, beaten
Palm Oil

 

Procedure:
Mix salt, pepper, chopped onion, kinchay, minced garlic, beaten egg and ground pork. 
Put enough amount of the mixture in lumpia wrappers, then roll it.
I use a little water, damp it on the ends of the roll to let it stick or get pasted to avoid also the roll to loosen up.
Fry the rolls until it turns golden brown and crispy. 

Serve while hot with sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy 🙂
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