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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Meatless Main Dish

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

           I may have to share with you again another article from the "Food for the Family" section of Health and Home. This was written by Aida Alarcon. I find it very helpful for those who, like me, aim to achieve the grandest age of living healthy.

           Vegetarianism is the oldest known diet to the human race. (see Genesis 1:29). It is the most efficient and wholesome diet for us.

           Here are some reasons why discarding meat is a healthier option:
  • Liability to take disease is increased 10 times by eating meat.
  • Meat is not essential to good health, strength and endurance.
  • Meat is a carrier of diseases, which are readily tranmitted when fresh is eaten.
  • Meat is high in fat and cholesterol, a leading cause of coronary disease.
  • The moral, intellectual, and physical capacities are depreciated by the habitual use of flesh meat.
  • Vegetarians enjoy better health and longer life expectancy.
  • Vegetarian diet chosen from nature's bona fide and healthful supply tends toward freedom of intellect and a sweetness and serenity of disposition, imparting strength to meet the challenges of life 
Why not try practicing being a vegetarian with this meatless main dish recipe. You will surely love it and live it. For our long life!


You will need:

1/2    kilo VG for bopis (available at vegetarian stores)
         or substitutes like gluten or textured vegetable protein, diced.
1/4    kilo radish, diced
1/2    cup carrots, diced
1/2    cup tomatoes, diced
1       piece onion, diced
2       tablespoons garlic, crushed
3       tablespoons ginger, chopped
1/2    cup vinegar or calamansi juice
1/4    cup black pepper
1       cup soy sauce
1       cup tomato sauce (optional)
1/2    annato seeds or atswete water
         Salt to taste

Here's how:

1. Saute garlic, ginger, and onions. When the aroma comes out, add tomatoes and cook until done.
2. Add radish and cook until transparent.
3. Add carrots and VG for bopis.
4. Season with salt, soy sauce, and black pepper.
5. Add tomato sauce, annato seeds or atswete water. Continue mixing and simmering until cooked.
6. Best served when hot.

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Creative Cooking

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

        As Filipinos, our hospitality is best manifested by the meals we prepare and share. We even mark events in our lives, be they big or small, with special food treats. With more than a thousand meals a year, the meal planner of the home must have different recipes to provide a variety of food appearances and tastes.

        How, then can a mother or a mealplanner turn day-to-day recipes into new and exciting meals? Here are few of the tips that I have collected from the "Food for the Family" section of Health and Home:

1. Vary the cuts of fruits and vegetables-flowerettes, butterfly cut, French cut, half moon. Creative slices can be attractive garnishes that add sparkle to food.

2. Use chips for topping and garnishing. Its crunchiness and crispiness will contrast with the soft and smooth texture of food.

3. Use green, yellow, red, orange, and purple foods. Remember that visual appeal is equally important. If foods do not look appealing, they won't whet the appetite.

4. Put to work the ideas you read and see in magazines and cookbooks or those shared by friends.

5. Patty recipes can be modified by discarding the egg and the binder (flour). Instead, wrap the patties on wanton or lumpia wrapper, then fold in different ways.


You will need:

38    wanton wrappers
1      egg white, beaten


1/4    kilo tokwa, mashed
1       small carrot, shredded
1       large bell pepper, chopped
1/4    cup raisins
1/4    cup oats
1       medium onion, chopped
2       tablespoons salt
2       tablespoons sugar
1       teaspoon black pepper

Sweet-and-sour Sauce:

1/2    cup water
1/2    cup pineapple juice
1       tablespoon calamansi juice
1/4    cup sugar
2       tablespoons soy sauce
1       tablespoon tomato ketchup
1       tablespoon cornstarch

Here's how:

1. Combine filling ingredients.
2. Wrap (create your own style) 1 teaspoon of mixture in each wanton wrapper.
    Dab egg white on sides to seal wrapper.
3. Deep fry until golden brown. Drain. Serve with ketchup or sweet-and-sour sauce.
4. To make the sauce, combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
    Boil while stirring constantly until desired consistency is reached.

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Delicious Fruit Spreads

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Try these delicious toppings on whole-grain toast.


You will need:

1      cup strawberries
1      cup mashed, ripe banana

Here's how:

        Blend ingredients in an osterizer until smooth. Pour in saucepan, thicken with some cornstarch. Bring to a rapid boil.


You will need:

1      cup chopped appled
1/2   cup pitted dates
1/2   cup water

         Heat ingredients to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer. Stir frequently until mixture reaches the desired thickness..

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4 Novel Cocktail Drinks That Can Be Served In A Girl's Night Out At Home

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Cindy Lauper once said that girls just want to have fun. And unquestionably, she is right. Women deserve to be elated and have some night out fun. Nevertheless, there are some times that women can't go out to party and get drunk. One alternative that they can perpetually rely on is bringing the swig at home. Yes, you don't need any to drive your car and head on to the nearest bar. All you have to do is to acquire all the necessary ingredients to come up with a girl's night out at home. How would that be possible? Just set up the mood with a bar-like ambiance, dim lights, party music and some palatable cocktails. It doesn't matter if you don't have your own personalized promotional mugs, cups and drinkwares. If you are totally clueless on which kinds of drinks to serve, here are some cocktail mixes that you can shoot for at home.

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