How to make a simple and easy pinoy lasagna using your leftover spaghetti sauce.

Lasagna – cooked per package directions
Left over spaghetti sauce
1/2 bar of Eden cheese, grated, divide into 2
1/2 bar of Eden quickmelt cheese, (sliced this only when it is time to bake the lasagna)
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

For the white sauce:
Melt butter in a pan, add flour, keep on mixing until the flour is cooked (when it smells like bread). Add water and mix, add milk and continue mixing, then add half of the grated cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until mixture has enough thickness.

Line lasagna noodles in a backing dish, layer with the spaghetti sauce, layer with lasagna noodles again, another layer with spaghetti sauce and half of the white sauce. Repeat this layers 2 times more. Add the remaining grated cheese on top of the white sauce, and then add the sliced quickmelt cheese.

Baked at 225 degree Celsius for 45 minutes, till the grated cheese turns brown and the quickmelt cheese are melted.

Serve hot or cold.
Enjoy :).


Soooo… I was kind of craving for them for days, I made some real quick.


This is so easy to do, ingredients are easy to find, basic actually.

Tomato sauce (I used Hunts)
Ground beef
Sliced tomatoes
Sliced onions
Sliced carrots
Cooked rice
Salt and pepper to taste
Chili powder
Tortilla wrap
Grated cheese (I used 3 kinds – parmesan, mozarella and Eden cheese)

OR—- you can use leftover spaghetti sauce if you have them, then you’ll just need the vegetables, cooked rice, chili powder, cheese and tortilla wrap 🙂

How to:
Heat oil in a pan, then add ground beef, cook till done. Add in tomato sauce, salt, pepper, sugar, and chili powder according to your preferred taste, simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the carrots, tomatoes and onions, simmer for another 15 minutes.

Transfer to a container, add in rice, little by little. Do not put too much rice that it will look dry.

Place tortilla wrap on an aluminum foil enough to wrap it, then spoon the tomato mix on it, top with grated cheese mix. Wrap the aluminum foil. The put in the oven toaster or oven to heat it.

Serve hot.


You can make more than you can eat, put them in freezer/fridge then reheat when you want to eat them :).

Crispy Lettuce

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This is very simple to make and with very few ingredients needed.

Romaine lettuce
Flour seasoned with salt and pepper
Beaten egg/s
Bread crumbs
Oil for frying

Coat each lettuce leaf in flour
Dip in egg
Coat in breadcrumbs
Fry till golden brown

That’s it.
Enjoy and have fun eating 😀

Giant Chili Crab

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This is my simple giant chili crab recipe.
No measurements included, as you can adjust the taste to your preference

Giant crab (the one in the picture is 1 kilo)
chopped garlic
chopped onion
chopped ginger
2 cups water
1 tablespoon starch dissolve in a little water
chili paste (i used korean chili paste – gochujang)
salt and pepper to taste
sliced green onions for garnish

Boil water in a large pan, add crab and boil a little till it turns red, remove from pan. Cool, then open it, separate the legs, pincers (cut these in two). Remove the top shell, and cut the body in two.

In a large pan, saute garlic, onion and ginger.
Add water, catsup, sugar, chili paste, salt and pepper. Adjust these ingredients to suit your taste. Then add the crab, boil till cooked. Add the dilluted starch, slowly check if the desired thickness is to your preference. Add green onions.

Serve hot with rice.


My son with my giant chili crab 🙂

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Simple and Easy Sushi

My kids love eating these, my version is somewhat different from the Japanese sushi, I just used plain rice.  You can make your own variety, fillings that suit your taste especially with the kids lol.

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My ingredients:

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Ham, mango, cucumber, plain rice, sheets of nori (sea weed) bought at a korean grocery, mayonnaise, wasabi paste.

How to:

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Lay down nori sheet on a bamboo mat shiny side down, spread rice, add your toppings arranged them lengthwise.

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Roll tightly.. and slice,  serve the slices on a plate top with mayonnaise and wasabi paste on the side.  That’s it!  Very easy right?

Here’s my sushi, Tada..

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Hubby took the pic here.. lol.  I was wondering where the plate of sushi went and then found hubby at his working table taking photo of them.


Buchi – Glutinous Rice Balls

This is another favorite.. especially by my little boy, he gets to help whenever I make this delicious snack, rolling the glutinuous rice flour into balls :D.  Also  did you know that sesame seeds have health benefits?  That added a plus to this healthy snack.

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For the fillings you can put anything you like… the one above is cheese :).  I can stare at this ball for hours lol.. making me hungry..

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2 cups glutinous rice flour
1 cup rice flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar (white will do, I always prefer the brown sugar)
sesame seeds
1/4 cup water (add more if needed)
Oil for frying

Combine the glutinous rice flour and the rice flour.  Make a well and add the water.  Knead to turn into a dough.  Then roll it like a log.

I am doing this with the help of the my 5 year old.. lol.  He gets to sprinkle flour on the log rice flour

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Cut them into desired pieces, flatten it and add any fillings that you like.  My  fillings were cheese, strawberry jam and peanut butter.

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After putting fillings fold and roll them into balls, then roll the balls in sesame seeds.

Deep fry until golden brown and drain.

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Sesame seeds health benefits:

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Did you know that sesame seeds has long been widely used in in traditional medicines for their nutritive, preventive, and curative properties. Its oil seeds are sources for phyto-nutrients like omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber with potent anti-cancer.

Sesame seed is considered to be the oldest oilseed crop known, domesticated well over 5000 years ago. Sesame is very drought-tolerant. It has been called a survivor crop, with an ability to grow where most crops fail… more from wiki

Cheesy Baked Mac

My own recipe of cheesy baked mac which is my family’s favorite…

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Too cook just enough for us I always use these measurements.

1/4 kilo macaroni
1/4 kilo ripe tomatoes (or more if you like, peeled)
1/4 kilo ground pork (beef or chicken will do)
1 med sized onion (sliced)
2 cloves garlic (crushed and chopped)
1 pouch tomato paste
1 cup water
Seasoning to taste (optional)

White sauce ingredients:
1-2 tablespoon butter
1 bouillon chicken (or chicken powder or chicken stock)
1 can 230ml evaporated milk
1 cup grated cheese (quick melt or whatever is available in your counter 🙂 )
1 and 1/2 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
Seasoning to taste (optional)

1 cup grated cheese

Cooked macaroni according to package instructions, drain and set aside.

Next, boil the tomatoes on 2 cups or more of water, pressing them till they looked like they are mashed, set aside.

Next in a frying pan, fry the garlic, then onion, then the ground pork till brown, then add the water simmer.. then add the boiled tomatoes including the water they were boiled from, simmer some more.. then add the tomato paste. Simmer until it is thick, looked like a tomato sauce. Add seasoning if desired. Then add the cooked macaroni. Set aside

Make the white sauce:
In another pan melt the butter, then add in the flour mixing it well.

Then add the water continue mixing, then add the bouillion (dissolve in a little water), add the milk just keep on mixing so this will not become sticky. If it is sticky, add a little more water. Then add the grated cheese. Add seasoning if desired. Remove from heat and set aside.
If using chicken stock, omit the water.

In a baking pan put in the macaroni, we are going to make 2 layers. First layer macaroni, then top with white sauce, then grated cheese. Then put in another layer macaroni, then white sauce then more grated cheese. Baked in microwave oven for about ten minutes or depending on how high the settings of your microwave oven until the cheese on top is melted.. If using conventional oven, baked until the top is brown.

That’s all :).

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Little hands can’t have enough lol.. My little boy always watches me whenever I make snacks for them.

Growing My Own Tomatoes

Well I started planting again.. It has been 2 years since I last planted vegetables now am back to it..

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I bought tomato seeds months back and had them planted.. they are looking good now.

I am going to use them for the kids’ favorite baked mac :D.  I have my own recipe for it that they really love.  It has been a while since I last cooked it for them and am sure they missed it already..

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I had these tomatoes planted in cans only.. have no space for a real garden so have to make use of whatever is available.  The cans are put just 0utside our fence, thankfully no dogs, cats or other animals come near it..

If you noticed, those small red fruits beside the tomatoes, those are Philippine chilies and they are super duper hot..


Learn how to easily grow your own juicy tomatoes..

Tinolang Manok (Chicken Soup – Filipino Style)


A famous soup dish here in the Philippines, Tinolang Manok. This chicken soup when cooked with a generous thin slices of ginger is good for your health especially when one have coughs and colds, or even flu.

Ahhh.. this is one of my favorite, I always try to cooked this during rainy season, and i always make sure there are more than enough ginger slices in the mix, it taste better that way :).

Tinolang Manok

1/2 kilo chicken (chopped to pieces)
1 small green papaya
1/2 or 1 cup chili leaves
2 cups malunggay leaves (optional – this is nutritious though)
ginger thinly sliced
1 medium onion sliced
1 chicken cube (to add more flavor – optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 piece green chili cut into two (optional)

1. Boil chicken, papaya, onion and ginger in a pot with enough water till tender.
2. Add the chicken cubes, all the leafy ingredients and simmer till malunggay leaves are cooked.
3. Add the green chili, salt and pepper to taste, simmer to at least 1 or 2 minutes or till the chili becomes soft.
4. Serve hot with steamed rice.



If you are wondering what malunggay leaves looks like, here it is…

Squash Balls

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Courtesy of my 15 year old daughter with some changes from me, especially with the taste… lol.

This one is a very easy recipe, ingredients are very easy to find.

When I was cooking that Crab in Coconut Milk (recipe previous post), my daughter asked me to leave some of the squash for her and I asked her what she’s going to do with it, she said she’s going to try to make a squash ball, and will bring it to school for her packed lunch. I was surprised and impressed the next morning, her squash ball was done and it looked good, as for the taste, well it’s not that flattering since it’s her first time to do it, but it’s passable. So today, for our lunch we made a squash ball again, this time I added a few more ingredients.

1/4 cut of a medium squash (peeled and grated)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 medium sized egg (beaten)
Bread crumbs
Salt to taste
Ground pepper
Garlic powder
Oil for frying

Mix the grated squash, flour, and egg in a bowl.
Form small balls and roll in bread crumbs.
Deep fry till golden brown.
Serve with hot rice, use catsup or chili sauce for dipping.


Another way of doing this:
Do not mix the grated squash, flour and egg.
Form squash into small balls instead, roll them in the flour, then dip in the egg and roll in the bread crumbs then fry.

Flatten the squash balls to form squash patties ^_^

As a snack:
Omit the salt, pepper, garlic powder. Add brown sugar and milk instead.

For vegetarians:
Omit egg and replace with milk.

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