Category Archives: Favorite Food

Craving for Sinaing na Tulingan

It’s been ages since I last cooked sinaing na tulingan for the family. And now that I thought about it, I’m planning to cook this before the week ends. Pray that I will find fresh tulingan in the market since I wake up late. I remember I post a simple recipe here.

Sinaing na tulingan is so easy to cook. All you have to do is boil the fish with a handful of kamias, chopped onion, salt and add a moderate amount of water. Boil the fish for 20 minutes or more. Elders prefer to cook this in palayok (earthenware) to achieve the stage where the fish sauce (patis) naturally comes out of the cooked tulingan. You can store this for a few days.

From the archive: Beef Kare-Kare

After a few attempts, I was able to make a creamy Kare-Kare (Philippine stew). Yes, I did it. It was creamy alright, but still saucy. I’ll try to lessen the amount of beef stock next time. 🙂

If you don’t have time to cook, there are really good restaurants around that offer Kare-Kare for restaurant delivery. But personally, I prefer the home cooked Kare-Kare especially the ones prepared by my late grandmother. And Kare-Kare wouldn’t be exciting to eat without bagoong alamang (shrimp paste or shrimp sauce). You can make your own bagoong alamang or buy the bottled one.

For my home made Kare-Kare, I used beef meat (cubed). I put in about a cup of peanut butter and Kare-Kare mix and dissolved it with beef stock (pinaglagaan or pinagpalambutan ng karne) and let it boil with the beef meat until the sauce thickens. For the veggies, I added blanched sitaw (string beans), eggplant and pechay (pak choi) before I served Kare-Kare.

Next time, I’ll try to cook Kare-Kare using oxtail, offal or tripe.

This is an 8-year-old post. 😉

Mom Hack – Ordering Healthy Take-Out

You live a busy life as a mom. If you aren’t heading to work or taking the kids to and from school, you’re cooking meals, helping with homework, chaperoning field trips, or doing laundry. You deserve a break, too. If you find yourself wondering “is there a Philly cheeseteak pizza near me,” you aren’t alone. Plenty of moms find themselves wanting to order takeout instead of cooking dinner after a long day. Luckily, there are ways to order healthy takeout for your entire family.

Try Good, Old-Fashioned Pizza

Pizza has a bad rap as an unhealthy dinner item, but it’s really all in how you order it. Are you trying to cut back on the grains you and your family eat? Simply look for “gluten free pizza delivery near me.” Of course, it’s about more than the crust. When ordering pizza for your family, be sure to order lots of vegetables. Remember, meat toppings are delicious but should be used in moderation, because they are full of extra sodium and fat. If you can, order a thin crust as well, as it means fewer calories for everyone. Finally, start dinner with a homemade salad to help everyone fill up without eating too much pizza.

Consider Mexican Entrees

Mexican entrees are an excellent way to get meat and vegetables in, as long as you don’t mind making a few substitutions to keep the meal healthy for you and the kids. Start with the beans. If your kids will eat them at all, avoid the refried ones, which often have extra fat added in the form of lard. Instead, use fresh black beans and wrap them and your other ingredients in a soft tortilla. You can even find gluten-free or low-carb versions these days. Salsa is an excellent, healthy way to add flavor, and shrimp or chicken is healthier than beef and pork options. Finally, try to avoid rice, but limit yourself to a portion about the size of your fist if you find you and the family just can’t skip it.

Special Order Diner Food

These days, it’s easier than ever to order diner food without even leaving your home. Of course, diner food is also some of the least healthy if you don’t know how to order properly. The first rule is to avoid the French fries, which can have nearly 1,000 calories per serving. Ask for steamed vegetables or even a baked potato instead. When eating breakfast items, stick to egg-white omelets or unsweetened oatmeal that you can sweeten yourself. Other healthy options include turkey or veggie burgers, large salads, or Greek dishes that use yogurts instead of fat-filled mayonnaise.

Nothing will be quite as healthy as if you were to cook it yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find healthy items to order if you take your time and do your research first. You can’t beat the convenience, either. Many websites even allow you to track your orders now. All you need to do is click on “track my pizza to see exactly when it is going to show up at your door.