Ampalaya Mojos ®

My hubby, Jupi, reinvented ampalaya! Instead of the usual sautéed ampalaya paired with our fried fish, he made them into crispy chips! Yes, chips! Our kids loved ampalaya even more. 💚

AMPALAYA MOJOS ®

Core and slice ampalaya thinly. Pat dry using paper towel. Season with salt + pepper and cajun spice. Dip ampalaya slices lightly on scrambled egg, shake to drip off excess egg then dredge into flour + cornstarch mixture. Deep fry until crispy & golden brown. 💚

Dipping sauce: mayonnaise + catsup + pepper/chili flakes

Enjoy! 💚

Cheesy Broccoli

Do you find it hard to feed your kids healthy? Do they always say no to greens and beans? Well, my secret ingredient is always cheese. My kids never knew their love for broccoli if not because of this recipe. Now, get ready to say cheeeese!

EASY CHEESY BROCCOLI

A bunch or more of broccoli flowers  (blanched)

1 tetra brick all purpose cream

1 box (200g) cheese (grated)

1/2 stick butter

6 cloves of garlic
  
Blanching is cooking by immersing briefly in boiling water until the color is bright green. To avoid overcooking, stop the cooking process by removing them from the boiling water and by dropping them in a bowl filled with icy water, then drain. Arrange them in a baking dish/pan and set aside. 

In a separate pan, melt the butter over low heat. Then, saute finely chopped garlic until light golden brown. Do not burn them. Set aside.

For the cheese sauce: Combine the cream and grated cheese in a sauce pan. Use a wire whisk to continuously stir until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the cheese sauce onto the pan of broccoli and put it in your oven, setting the broiler at high heat. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden. Drizzle garlic buter on top and broil for another 3-5 minutes. Serve while hot. Enjoy! 😘

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How to make : Hummus

Hummus is a creamy dip from the Middle East and is considered as a clean, healthy food. The main ingredient, chickpeas, member of the legume family, give you protein, good-for-you carbs, and fiber.

Homemade is always better than any store bought food. To make hummus, you’ll need:

1 can chickpeas
1/4 cup Tahini (ground sesame seed paste)*
2-3 cloves garlic
3 Tablepoons or more olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp or juice of half lemon
Cayenne pepper (optional)

Procedure:
Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor or a blender. You can adjust the quantity of the ingredients to taste depending on how strong you want the flavor to be. Pulse to low speed while slowly pouring olive oil. You can always add more as you blend it, but if you add too much, you’ve got a sauce, not a dip. It really depends on how thick you like your hummus. Continue mixing until creamy.

Transfer into a bowl or dipping cup. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil and a dash of cayenne pepper if you like it spicy.

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I tried it with a slice of toasted whole wheat bread and fell in love with it. You can also use it as spread or dip for veggie sticks, crackers or pita bread.

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*To make Tahini, I used a coffee grinder to puree seseame seeds and olive oil. Pulse until it forms into a paste.

REMINDER: Too much of everything is bad, so portion control is the key. A cup of hummus has 408 calories according to nutritionists.