We love stuffed baked potatoes but they just take too long to cook.  I like "fast" food at home so I try new things every now and then. If you are like me, you might like this dish.

You need:

boiled potatoes (be sure not to over boil as they will become mushy)
cooked bacon bits
quick melting cheese
olive oil

Let's do this!

Slice the boiled potatoes. Arrange them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with grated quick melting cheese. Top with bacon bits. Drizzle some olive oil. Pop in the oven and wait until cheese melts. I usually set the oven at 190C for these kinds of dishes.

If you are too lazy to boil the potatoes, you can just slice them up and pop in the oven. Drizzle with olive oil.  Let the oven do its magic. When they are almost cooked, add the toppings and wait for a few more minutes.

We ate this for lunch and my little boy enjoyed it. Well, mostly the cheese and bacon bits.

By the way, if you're a mom and would like to have some toddler meal ideas, hop on over to my mommy/lifestyle blog for ideas. I have a ton! Just type in  "toddler meals" in the search box and enjoy!

Warning: This meal is not for busy mornings. Save it for lazy weekend mornings when you have the luxury of time to prep and cook.

I've always liked chicken and waffles for breakfast. I just don't like preparing waffles. My sister got a waffle maker so that kinda pushed me in that direction. I tried making this recipe and it was a hit! My son and husband loved it!

This is my son's plate which he demolished. 

I prepared extra chicken just in case anybody wants more (ehem..). We had a lot of leftover chicken which we ate for lunch the next day.

You wanna try this?

You need


1/4 kilo chicken breast fillets, cut into strips ( you can use thigh )
all purpose flour
eggs, beaten
breadcrumbs ( I used panko)


2T vegetable oil
3/4c milk
1 250-gram pancake mix
maple syrup and butter to serve

Let's do this!

Let's tackle the chicken first. Season with salt and pepper and marinate in milk. Cover the bowl and stick it in the fridge for 20 minutes.

While that's marinating, prepare the waffle batter. Combine egg, oil and milk in a bowl. Mix well. Add the pancake mix and stir just to combine. The mixture should be lumpy so don't over mix. This is like cake batter, people!

Prepare the chicken breading - one bowl each for the APF, eggs and breadcrumbs. Dredge the chicken strips in flour then dip in the egg and coat with breadcrumbs. Fry in oil. 

As for the waffles, use about 1/4 cup for each waffle. Read the directions of your waffle maker to be sure. 

Serve with maple syrup and butter. Enjoy!

I've started incorporating more seafood into our diets. I am over my allergies (although I still get the occasional itch and wheals when I eat too much). I love seafood. If I could, I would eat it every single day with different kinds of vegetables. But alas, man cannot live on seafood alone. One needs a balanced diet in order to become healthy.

Today I will share with you one easy seafood recipe that you can prepare in just a few minutes. It's fast, delicious and very satisfying. Try it!

You need

Boneless bangus ( I use Century bangus, not marinated)
oil for frying
onions, sliced into rings
soy sauce
juice from 1-2 calamansi

Let's do this!

Fry the bangus. You can cut them up into serving pieces if you want to. It also cooks faster this way. Set aside. In the same pan, saute the tomatoes until the juices come out. Add the garlic and onions. In a bowl, add the water, soy sauce and calamansi juice. Stir. Return the bangus into the pan. Pour the sauce and season with pepper. Let the mixture boil then lower heat to simmer for around 3 minutes. Serve with rice.  

I hate eating local sardines. I love sardines but the local ones are too fishy and they don't properly clean the fish. You can still see some guts in the fish. That turns me off big time. So, in order to not sacrifice my love for sardines, I resort to international brands. Sure, they are more expensive but they are clean and the flavors are deeper.

This is one simple recipe that I bet is a staple in many local households. It's cheap, it's fast to cook and it feeds a family.

You need

a big can of sardines ( I used Ayam brand for this one)
chopped parsley
juice of 1-2 calamansi
fish sauce

Let's do this!

Saute some chopped tomatoes in oil. When the juice starts to come out, add the garlic and onions. When the onions are cooked, add the sardines. You can break them up into smaller pieces if you are feeding many mouths. Mix. Add the calamansi juice or lemon. If using lemon, use about a tablespoon of juice. Season with fish sauce and pepper. Be sure to taste before serving. Serve with lots of hot, yummy rice. My 1-year-old even liked this. Let me know if you enjoy this recipe!

My son loves ice cream. Actually, my whole family does. However, I try to limit their intake for health and financial reasons. Good, quality ice cream does not come cheap, you know. 

My son used to love yogurt when he was younger but now he wants nothing to do with it. Even when I freeze it, he still refuses to eat it. So, I came up with this easy homemade yogurt ice cream.

You need:

plain yogurt
fresh ripe mangoes

Equipment - food processor or blender

Let's do this!

Get your food processor or blender ready. Dump 2 small tubs of plain yogurt. Add some diced mangoes and honey. Add honey according to how sweet you want your ice cream to be. Blitz it all together and transfer to a container and freeze. 

Try this recipe. My son loved it. He ate it every single day for breakfast. If you have a picky eater, maybe he or she will love it too. 

You all know that breakfast for me is a tough challenge especially now that my son is becoming a picky eater. Here is one breakfast item we agreed on.

This is a simple breakfast wrap to make, perfect for busy mornings. Just spread some mayo on a tortilla, add some greens, scrambled eggs and ham. Roll up and serve.

My son doesn't like eggs. He never liked them even when he was still a wee baby. There is only a specific way he wants his eggs but I keep serving him different ones in hopes that he will try them. 

This is actually my plate. It consists of toasts, dried prunes, scrambled eggs with mushrooms and cheese sticks. The cheese is for my son. 

This plate has toast with butter and strawberry jam, some cheese and scrambled eggs with cheese, mushrooms and parsley. 

I'd love to hear your breakfast ideas! Just comment below!
I have a confession. I stayed away from longganisa for many years after a high school experiment that involved pig intestines. I will spare you the disgusting details but it was so gross that I became disgusted with skinned longganisa.

After many years, I was finally able to enjoy longganisa again. I just peel off the casing. McDonald's breakfast longganisa works for me because it is skinless. I've been looking for a good longganisa brand in the supermarket but I haven't found the right one yet. They are either too sour or too spicy. Not good for my toddler.

Fortunately, I stumbled upon a homemade skinless longganisa recipe. And I will share it with you today.

Don't be scared. It's super easy to make.

You need

1 kilo ground pork
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon rock salt 
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Let's Cook!

Mix all the ingredients together. Set aside in the ref for an hour. You can roll them up into little logs and wrap them in wax paper. Keep in the freezer for 3 hours or until you are ready to use them. Unwrap and fry in oil. 

I skipped the rolling and wrapping part. After chilling out in the fridge for an hour, I rolled them into logs and fried them up. They were delicious! This is a cheap but very delicious alternative to store-bought longganisa (in my opinion). It's also preservative-free. I can feed it to my son without worries. Try this and I promise, you will make your own longganisa for the rest of your life. 

If you are looking for quick, simple and cheap eats, you've come to the right place! Here are a few meals you can make at home.

The first set is composed of chicken macaroni salad, homemade salsa, nacho chips and tortilla wedges. We had this for lunch.

Next is adobo rice. I just took some leftover chicken adobo, shredded it and mixed it up with rice, sauce included. Saute some chopped garlic in oil, add the shredded chicken then let it toast for a while. Add the rice, mix. Pour the sauce and mix them all together. Season with salt and pepper if needed. 

This is a simple snack. I just cooked some baby potatoes in oil and butter. I seasoned it with salt and pepper and added some dried oregano. When cooked, transfer to a bowl and garnish with quick melting cheese. Yum!

Finally, if you are really hungry and pressed for time, just peel and slice up some purple potatoes and fry. Drizzle with honey and munch!

First of all, if you are a purist, please skip this post. I know seafood and cheese should not mix but Filipinos love cheese on their pasta, whatever it may be and they also like sweet spaghetti sauce. This is exactly all that. I made this one for my husband and son. 

This is a no-brainer dish. You can easily cook it if you are pressed for time. 

You need

a can of tuna, drained
spaghetti sauce, Filipino style
cheese, lots of it
Salt and pepper

Let's cook!

Saute some chopped garlic and onions in oil. When cooked, add the tuna. Break the big pieces. Add spaghetti sauce. Taste first before adding salt and pepper. Add cooked pasta into the sauce. Transfer to a baking dish and top with quick melting cheese. Pop in the oven until cheese melts. Serve with your favorite cold drink!

Summer means salads for lunch in my house. I'm lucky because my husband stays in the office. I am not forced to cook rice and the accompanying viands in a super hot kitchen. I am even luckier because my son loves salads. The chicken macaroni salad above is really easy to make. It just takes a little bit of prep work. 

You need:

cooked macaroni
boiled chicken, shredded
grapes, sliced in half
salt and pepper

Let's assemble!

Mix everything together except for the lettuce. Use the lettuce as a bed for your salad. Serve chilled and enjoy!

As for the salad below, it's actually a Waldorf salad which I totally forgot to photograph when I made it. That's what's left after just a day. This is my cheaper version wherein I used cashews from Baguio instead of walnuts. 

I will give you the recipe when I make this again. 

We are entering dangerous territory. My son is becoming more conscious of his food. He is slowly becoming picky. As a result, meal times are becoming a challenge for me. However, here are a few dishes he likes. If you have a picky eater, maybe you can try one (or all) of these dishes.

This cheesy beef quesadilla is easy to make. You just need some tortilla, cheese and a beef filling. For the beef filling, just saute some chopped garlic and onions in oil, add some minced beef and season with salt, pepper and Spanish paprika (optional).

Chicken macaroni soup is my son's comfort food. He likes this no matter what time of day I serve it. On a side note, I made a quick search in my archives and found out that I don't have the basic recipe for chicken macaroni soup or sopas. I will post one as soon as possible. 

Nachos with homemade salsa are a favorite whether for lunch or snack. I used the same beef above. 

Nutella dinosaurs are great for breakfast. My son is crazy about dinosaurs. I serve this with some fruit, some protein and Yakult. 

Finally, roasted chicken wraps. These are easy to make. Just shred some leftover roasted chicken (store-bought in my case) and place them on a tortilla with lettuce, mayo and shredded quick melt cheese. Pop in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts and serve. 

I normally won't buy groceries until I'm sure I won't be able to cook a decent meal out of what's left in the fridge and pantry. So, this forces me to become creative with our dishes. For this meal, I had 1/4 kilo beef strips, one green pepper and half a bag of bean sprouts so I mixed them altogether and ended up with this viand. 

It's very easy to do. Check it out!

You will need

beef strips
bean sprouts
green pepper
light soy sauce
dark soy sauce 
salt and pepper

Let's cook!

1. Marinate the beef in a little dark soy sauce. Set aside. Cook the bean sprouts in salted boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain and set aside.

2. In a pan, saute sliced onions in a little oil. Add the sliced peppers. When the veggies are cooked, add the beef strips. Let the beef brown and then add the bean sprouts. Mix. 

3. Add some water to your liking. I had to put some sauce in this dish because my husband and son love sauces and soups. Season with light soy sauce and a bit of sugar. Taste. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Let simmer for a minute. Serve with rice. 

I'd also like to share with you this simple feast for 3 that I prepared one Saturday afternoon. This was before I cooked the dish above. I primarily bought the bean sprouts to use as a side dish. This is just a simple saute with spring onions. I served Thompson grapes, daing na bangus, some Hen Lin siomai and the bean sprouts. Oh, and don't forget the soy-calamansi dip!