Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Anyone’s New Year’s resolution involve dieting?  I know at our house it does.  Yes, now that the holidays have been put away it’s time to get back to normal eating and perhaps back to a diet.

To my husband that means eating low-carb and even Keto.  Whenever he went on one of his strict no carb diets I always ended up making 2 different dinners, no or low carb for  him and normal for the grandkids.  Well not this year!  I decided that low-carb or Keto friendly doesn’t mean that those not on diets can’t enjoy the same foods.  Seriously!  So I embarked on a journey to find dishes that would meet my husband’s needs and be tasty enough for the whole family!  I’ll be sharing recipes as I go!

My first keto friendly dish enjoyed by everyone in the house are these Zucchini Pizza Boats.  They are absolutely delicious, even for those who don’t particularly care for zucchini.  (That would be the grandson who refused to eat anything “green”! But he loves these Pizza Boats!)

This is such as easy recipe to make and it is seriously yummy!  It’s a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies!

They’re a meal on their own, but feel free to serve them with Garlic Bread if you feel the need for carbs.  I serve them with a nice crisp salad of mixed greens with Italian dressing.  Very nutritious!

The recipe calls for Marinara Sauce, you can use store bought, your favorite homemade sauce, or try some of my yummy homemade Marinara Sauce.

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Ingredients:

3 Large Zucchini

1 Tbs. Olive OIl

1 Lb. Ground Beef

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning

2 Cups Marinara Sauce

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese

1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Cooking spray

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Heat oil in frying pan.

Place ground beef in pan and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning.

Cook until meat is crumbly.

Add marinara sauce and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10-15 minutes.

Combine 3 cheeses and stir in half of cheese mixture into beef mixture.  Set aside.

Cut off zucchini stems and cut each zucchini in half lengthwise.

Using a melon baller scoop out insides of zucchini, save the insides for later uses.

Place Zucchini boats on to baking pan.

Spoon meat mixture into each boat making sure each boat is filled to the brim.

Sprinkle remaining cheese over each boat.

Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to turn brown.

Serve hot with salad or garlic bread.

 

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside. Heat oil in frying pan. Place ground beef in pan and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Cook until meat is crumbly. Add marinara sauce and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10-15 minutes. Combine 3 cheeses and stir in half of cheese mixture into beef mixture.  Set aside. Cut off zucchini stems and cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller scoop out insides of zucchini, save the insides for later uses. Place Zucchini boats on to baking pan. Spoon meat mixture into each boat making sure each boat is filled to the brim. Sprinkle remaining cheese over each boat. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to turn brown.  Serve hot with salad or garlic bread.
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Pork Adobo

Pork Adobo

    1. This is a recipe post for Filipino Pork Adobo. It is a dish composed of pork slices cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. There are version wherein onions are also added. Adobo is a popular dish in the Philippines, along with Sinigang.

Adobo, in general, can be cooked using different kinds of protein. Chicken is the commonly used ingredient. Have you tried cooking Filipino Chicken Adobo yet? Our tried and tested recipe should be able to help you.

Filipino Pork Adobo vs. Mexican Adobo

The word Adobo was derived from the Spanish word “adobar”. It means to marinate. This can be in the form of a liquid marinade or to rub using a combination of powdered ingredient.

This version of Filipino Adobo suggests marinating the pork in soy sauce and crushed garlic. By preference, vinegar can also be added as a marinade ingredient.

Mexican adobo, on the other hand, makes use of chillies, garlic, cinnamon, and oregano as marinade.

Both dishes look and taste different. It will be unfair to compare which among the two dishes are best because each of us has our own preference when it comes to flavor.

Filipino Pork Adobo Versions

The Philippines is composed of composed of many islands. It was initially estimated to be around 7,107. At present, the count rose to 7,641. Each of these islands belong to a cluster, which are divided into regions.

Pork Adobo

Almost every region in the Philippines have their own pork adobo version. Sometimes, there can be more than one version in a location.

The Basic Pork Adobo version is what you see in the recipe below. There are also similar versions with additional ingredients.

Pork and Chicken Adobo is perhaps one of the favorite when it comes to family picnics. This is a dish wherein pork and chicken slices are combined and cooked inadobo style. It can be done the same way as this recipe, with or without onions. This is our clans signature summer dish in the Philippines. I remember my tito’s and tita’s prepare a large portion every summer outing. We would go to Pansol in Laguna to rent a swimming pool for the clan and they would bring with them two large cauldrons (kaldero). One has the adobo in it, while the other is for the rice.

Pork Adobo with Potato is another version that I tried. This is a saucier pork adobo version with cubes of potatoes in it. I’m not sure where this dish originated. It might have been initially created as a filler to feed more people. Nevertheless, I liked the taste. I think that it can be improved by pan-frying the potato first. Most of the flavors gets absorbed by the potato. It can be a carbohydrate overload when you eat the potato with rice. This is a good dish to have when before going to the gym or before starting a marathon.

I cook Pork Adobo with Eggs all the time. This is my favorite. There are two ways to make it. Both ways require boiling the eggs beforehand.  The first version is cooked by adding boiled eggs once the pork gets tender. The eggs absorb the soy sauce, thus becomes darker in color. Be cautious about the time when cooking this way. We don’t want to overcook the eggs.

How can we tell if an egg is overcooked? It is simple. Egg yolk contain iron. When eggs are cooked longer than the usual, the iron turns greenish. This color formation happens between the yolk and egg white. We often refer to this as rings. Slice the boiled egg in half and try to examine the color of the outer yolk. When you see a dark ring around it, that means the egg is overcooked.

The other version of the adobo with egg is easier and does not put the eggs at risk of overcooking (unless it was overcooked during the boiling process). Simply add boiled eggs on the serving plate before serving. The eggs also retains its white color.

Pork Adobo with Tofu is a protein-rich adobo version. This is perfect for people who like their adobo mild in flavor. This version requires fried tofu. Always use extra firm tofu when making this. You can purchase raw tofu and fry it, or you can get packaged fried tofu from the supermarket.

The tofu absorbs most of the sauce in the process which tones down the flavor a bit. This is a good dish to prepare when you are into body building or into a protein-rich diet. Make sure to use lean cuts of pork though.

A favorite among our group of friends who like to drink beer is Spicy Pork Adobo. This is the perfect pulutan as far as I am concerned. The spicier it gets, the better it becomes. I tried making this dish using the former spiciest chili pepper in the world, Bhut Jolokia (It lost its crown to the Carolina Reaper, which is way spicier).  The result was a very delicious and extremely spicy adobo. The spice lingers in the mouth for a while. Be forewarned.

Adobong Baboy sa Gata is a classic. This is notorious for making people on limited-rice-diet crave for more rice. It is very rich, tasty, and delicious. Add a few pieces of Thai chili pepper, and you will not get enough of it.

How to Cook Pork Adobo

Pork Adobo Recipe

This version suggests marinating the pork to make it more flavorful. Pork belly and other fatty cuts of pork are ideal for this recipe.

The first thing to do is marinate the pork belly in soy sauce and crushed garlic. It is best to marinate it overnight. If time is limited, one hour should be enough. Some like to add vinegar during the process. You may do so if preferred.

Drain the marinade. Save it for later. The marinated pork needs to be browned. Heat a cooking pot. Add pork with garlic. You can also add a few tablespoons of cooking oil. Cook the pork until it turns brown.

The pork needs to be cooked until tender. Do this by pouring the remaining marinade, if any. Also add water. Let the liquid boil. This is the part where I put the whole peppercorn and dried bay leaves. These ingredients complete my pork adobo. Boiling for 40 minutes should be enough to tenderize the pork. There are times when you have to cook longer.

If you have not added the vinegar as part of the marinade, pour it into the pot and let it cook for 10 minutes. Salt is an optional ingredient for this recipe. Use it only if you think its needed.

Pork Adobo Alterative and Additional Ingredients

Pork – Use any cut of pork that you prefer. I suggest pork belly for best results. However, use leaner parts if you are trying to avoid fats. Pork tenderloin is a healthier choice. This is very tender and contains way less fat than pork belly. You can also use other proteins such as chicken and goat meat using this recipe.

Onion – This recipe does not suggest the use of onion. I think that onions help improve the taste of adobo. Use red, yellow, or white onion for this recipe. Make sure to chop it into small pieces.

Dried Bay Leaves – this is an ingredient that you can almost always find most of the time in the spice section of your local supermarket. Believe it or not, but this makes a huge difference when cooking adobo.

Whole Peppercorn – this is a traditional ingredient. It will not matter if you use crushed peppercorn or ground black pepper. Sichuan peppercorns are also good alternatives.

Sugar – adding a teaspoon of sugar will move your pork adobo on the sweeter side. I personally love the taste of adobo with a bit of sugar.

 

Pork Adobo Recipe

Basic Filipino Prok Adobo with Soy Sauce, Vinegar, and Garlic. This delicious dish is perfect when served over newly cooked white rice.
 CourseMain Course
 CuisineFilipino
 Prep Time10 minutes
 Cook Time1 hour
 Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
 Servings
 Calories1211kcal
 AuthorVanjo Merano

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork belly
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced or crushed
  • 5 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorn
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to taste

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Instructions

  • Combine the pork belly, soy sauce, and garlic then marinate for at least 1 hour
  • Heat the pot and put-in the marinated pork belly then cook for a few minutes
  • Pour remaining marinade including garlic.
  • Add water, whole pepper corn, and dried bay leaves then bring to a boil. Simmer for 40 minutes to 1 hour
  • Put-in the vinegar and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes
  • Add salt to taste
  • Serve hot. Share and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 1211kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 120g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1700mg | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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  1. Combine the pork belly, soy sauce, and garlic then marinate for at least 1 hour
  2. Heat the pot and put-in the marinated pork belly then cook for a few minutes
  3. Pour remaining marinade including garlic. Add water, whole pepper corn, and dried bay leaves then bring to a boil.
  4. Simmer for 40 minutes to 1 hour
  5. Put-in the vinegar and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes
  6. Add salt to taste Serve hot. Share and enjoy!
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Filipino Chicken BBQ on a Stick

Filipino Chicken BBQ on a Stick

Barbecue on a stick is a very popular traditional Filipino dish. It is  a popular street food in the Philippines, and is very similar to the Indonesian Satay . It is usually made from chicken or pork which is then grilled in a slightly sweet sauce on skewers. This version is made with chicken.

The recipe I give here may differ from the way others may make this, as almost everyone has their own version. This instructable will show how my family makes it. After reading it, feel free to make a version of your own!

Also, in my opinion, this is THE tastiest way to grill chicken.

 

Step 1: Find Ingredients

Find Ingredients

You don’t have to stick strictly to the given measurements of each ingredient .

Add as much or as little as you like of each per your personal preferences
( as long as you stick to the general proportions).

Feel free to substitute ingredients

All measurements are approximate.

 

INGREDIENTS :

–  3 lbs of chicken breast or chicken thigh fillets ( used in this recipe)

–  1 to 1 1/3 cups distilled white vinegar

–  1/2 cup tomato ketchup or banana ketchup, or both

–  1/3 to 1/4 cup soy sauce

–  1/3 to 1 cup ginger beer ,ginger ale or  7-UP, Sprite,orange juice,pineapple juice, or any other kind of sweet drink

– 2 to 3 teaspoons garlic powder

 

EQUIPMENT :

-Bamboo skewers

– 1 1-gallon plastic zip-lock bag

Have all the ingredients and equipment? Move on to step 2 to start preparation!

 

Step 2: Cut the Meat

Cut the MeatCut the Meat
 

This is almost self- explanatory.

Cut the chicken breast or thigh fillets into small square-ish pieces, or into small, short strips. Remove any fat or skin, and discard the fat if you don’t like big fat pieces (some people do).  It is OK to leave just a little fat on, as it will cook off in the grill.

If you want a tasty treat, save any chicken skin. You can put on the grill to crisp it up while brushing it with the marinade. It is very tasty.

 

Step 3: Make the Marinade

Make the Marinade

Remember, you can substitute ingredients with similar ones that you may have on hand. For example, you could use rice wine or apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar. You probably got the point by now.

Anyway, combine all the other ingredients ( vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, ginger ale and garlic powder) into the zip-lock bag.

 

Step 4: Marinate the Chicken

Marinate the Chicken

Put the cut chicken pieces into the bag. Seal the bag, and move it around to help mix the marinade around.

Again, make sure the the bag is sealed, or even double bag it. Place bag on a plate or in a large bowl.

let sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.

 

Step 5: Skewer the Chicken

Skewer the ChickenSkewer the Chicken
 

Take out the chicken from the bag. Save the used marinade, as we will make it into sauce later.

Put the marinated chicken on the skewers, and put the pieces close together. Make sure you leave enough room on the ends of each skewer so you can hold them while you eat.

You don’t have to soak the skewers, as the chicken, dripping wet with marinade, will soak the skewers on its own.

 
 
Step 6: Make the Sauce
Make the SauceMake the Sauce
 

This is fairly simple. You can do this while you wait for the charcoal to be ready, or any other time before you start cooking the chicken.

Take the marinade that you saved from the chicken earlier (in step 6) and heat it up in a small saucepan on medium heat until boiling.

This is an extra step to ensure that the marinade is safe enough to use as a glaze and/or dipping sauce.

If you want the sauce to become a glaze on the chicken, then add about a teaspoon or tablespoon of sugar to the the marinade when it is near boiling.

Allow to cool down a little bit.

 

Step 7: Heat Up the Grill

Heat Up the Grill

Heat up the grill to about 300 degrees. While you are grilling the chicken, you will be opening the grill a lot, which means that when you are grilling the gauge will display the temp as about 155- 220 F, although the coals and the grill grate will still be at 300 degrees.

 

Step 8: Start Grilling!

Start Grilling!
Start Grilling!Start Grilling!
 

Put the skewers of chicken on the grill. Flip every 2-4 minutes, or continuously flip. Every so often, brush on some of the sauce you made earlier in step 6. 

Cook until well done ( or however you like them).

 

Step 9: Enjoy!!!

Enjoy!!!
Enjoy!!!Enjoy!!!
 

You now have some delicious Filipino BBQ chicken all ready for you to eat!  Now you can either take the meat off the skewers and eat it that way, or you can eat it traditional style: just hold the skewer and eat!

The best way to eat this is with some grilled vegetables and some steamed white jasmine rice.

Feel free to comment if you have any ideas for improvements, or if you think you can make it better, etc.

Enjoy!


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Chicken Barbecue

Chicken Barbecue

Barbecued chicken is a variation of Pinoy Pork Barbecue simply because the marinade and procedure are almost the same. However, both has it’s distinct flavor that everyone loves.  Others may call it grilled chicken as it is done indoors under a grill while barbecuing is done outdoors on a barbecue. Whatever it is the process is  just the same cooking it  hot in charcoal or electric grill as I do, since we don’t have any place from the building for charcoal grilling. Nonetheless, my electric grill if just fine for easy grilling of chicken as it has an easy adjustment if you want it cooked low and slow or hot and fast, but for chicken meat it needs both to achieve a fantastic result …well done  from the inside and a bit crispy on the outside.

Just like pork barbecue, chicken barbecue  is fairly simple to make, but it does take a little bit of time to marinate. Please note that the longer you let it marinate the better the taste. If you wish to prepare this dish, marinate it in the evening so as on the next day the chicken is all ready for grilling.

Chicken on the Grill

Ingredients

  • 6 pcs. chicken , cleaned
  • 1/2 cup of Mama Sita’s barbecue marinade
  • 1 whole garlic, peeled & smashed
  • 1 medium size lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Maggi magic sarap
  • 1 pinch MSG (optional)

Instructions for Cooking

  1. Make the marinade by combining the garlic, mama sita’s marinade, juice of 1 lemon, msg., maggi magic sarap, and ground black pepper in a bowl. Stir to mix.
  2. Put the chicken leg quarters inside a large freezer bag, and then pour-in the marinade.
  3. Shake the bag gently to coat the chicken with marinade then remove the air inside the bag. Seal the bag then refrigerate overnight.
  4. Remove the chicken from the bag and transfer the remaining marinade to a bowl and put a little oil  for basting.
  5. Put on the chicken into bamboo or metal skewers for easy turning.
  6. Heat-up your grill and start grilling the chicken under medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes per side or until the chicken is completely cooked. Do not forget to baste the chicken with the remaining marinade mixture.
    Note: Chicken takes a long time to cook. Grilling it in high heat will cause the outer part of the chicken to cook earlier leaving the inside raw.
  7. Remove from the grill and transfer to a serving plate.
  8. Serve with steamed rice.
  9. Share and enjoy!

Note:

Baste the chicken with the remaining marinade to further enhance the flavor while grilling. Basting the meat will also help to keep it moist through the entire cooking process.

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Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken

Looking for something quick, easy, and delicious for dinner?  Well nothing’s easier than a stir fry.  Try this Cashew Chicken.  It takes a bit more time than your average stir fry, but it’s so worth it!  Served over a bed of steamed rice or noodles it’s simply delicious.

This was a family favorite which I haven’t made if a very long time.   I don’t know why it was forgotten, but I recently re-discovered this delicious dish and will definitely be making it more often.

This time I used fresh asparagus simply because I had a big bunch of it in the fridge, but it can be made with broccoli, green beans, or any type of fresh veggies you have on hand.  I fry the chicken and cashews separately before adding them to the stir fry, that’s the extra step the recipe requires.  It gives the chicken a bit of crunch which goes great with the crunch from the cashews, baby corn, and water chestnuts, you can find canned baby corn and water chestnuts at any Asian market.   I also don’t over cook the fresh veggies, I like to keep them green and crisp.

Here’s the recipe!  Again it goes great with noodles or steamed rice!

Cashew Chicken

Ingredients:

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, cut into bite size cubes

3/4 Cup Corn Starch

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1/2 Cup Whole Cashews

Oil for frying

1/4 Cup Sesame Oil

1 Large Onion Sliced

1 Tbs. Fresh Garlic Minced

1 Can Baby Corn, drained and cut each ear in half

1 Can Sliced Water Chestnuts

1 Cup Fresh Asparagus, cut into 2″ pieces (you can use any type of green veggie you have on hand)

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Oyster Sauce

1 Tsp. Cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 Cup of water

Directions:

Heat about 1″ oil in a frying pan.

Combine cornstarch, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish.

Dredge chicken cubes in cornstarch mixture and drop into hot oil.

Fry chicken until done and all sides are browned.

Drain on paper towel and set aside.

Heat about 1 Tbs. oil in a small frying pan and saute cashews until golden brown.

Keep stirring cashews while cooking so they don’t burn.

Place cashews in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat sesame oil in a wok or large skillet.

Cook onions in wok until slices start to soften and become translucent.

Add garlic and cook another minute.

Add asparagus and cook until they are bright green.

Add baby corn and water chestnuts and cook another minute or two.

Add soy and oyster sauces and stir until combined.

Stir in dissolved cornstarch and stir until sauce starts to thicken.

Add in fried chicken and stir to cover in sauce.

Sprinkle cashews over top and slightly stir.

Serve right away.

 

 

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