Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Simple meals

I promised this post on my Market Day! entry so here it is--simple dishes with just a few ingredients.

Tortang Talong
Grill eggplants until soft and skin is peeling off. Peel skin then mash the eggplant. Whisk some eggs and dip eggplant into eggs. Fry. Serve with ketchup. I like the spicy one of Del Monte.

Steamed Veggies
Looking for a diet pill that works? Try this instead! Slice up carrots, sayote and beans. Or broccoli or asparagus. Steam for about 5 minutes--more if you like your veggies soft. Serve with fish or any meat dish. Personally, I prefer roasted veggies. They're more flavorful!

Beef and Beans Stir Fry
This is beyond simple! Stir fry beef strips and green beans in a wok. Add oyster sauce to taste. Serve!

This is what Vince and I eat for breakfast twice a week. Saute chopped onions and tomatoes. Beat eggs then pour into pan. Fold when edges start to bubble. Serve with toast or fried rice.

Upo't Miswa
My Lola Auring taught me this--it can feed a crowd because an upo is so big! Slice up a big upo. Saute garlic, onions and ground meat (beef or pork). Pour in a few cups of water. Once it boils, put miswa noodles. Simmer till noodles are soft. Serve.

Gourmet Fries
Here's a tasty snack! Slice potatoes into long strips. Deep fry or bake. Drain onto a paper towel. Smother with parmesan cheese and ground pepper.

Adobong Kangkong
Saute lotsa garlic. Add kangkong leaves and stalks (cut 1-inch). Add half a cup of vinegar and soy sauce. Serve! You can also just stir fry kankong with bagoong. So easy and delicious!

Tuna Pasta
Always have pasta in your pantry and when guests arrive, here's the perfect easy dish to whip up! In olive oil, saute garlic, onions, quartered tomatoes and tuna flakes. If you like olives, add those. Mix with cooked pasta. You can add basil leaves, too.

Mac and Cheese
The kids will love to cook and eat this. Cook macaroni. Drain. Add butter and cheese and stir gently until cheese melts. Yum!

Potato and Egg Salad
Boil potatoes (you can keep the peel, just scrub a dub dub!). Cut potatoes into 1-inch chunks. Boil eggs. Quarter eggs. Toss very gently with mayonnaise. Chill in fridge. You can add bacon bits, chopped raw onion and celery, too, of you want more flavor.

There you have it! There's a lot more you can cook and I didn't even include roasting, grilling and baking. Believe me, cooking is the easiest and healthiest thing you can do! For more easy tips, check out my friend Mariel's post on eating well.


  1. healthy meals, ang sarap. thanks ms. frances.

  2. Hi Frances! We were once former officemates, but I don't know if we actually met then lol. I just know you through a common friend (Ria). Anyway I just came across your blog and wanted to comment. Thanks for this post! My housemate and I will find this incredibly useful because we're so clueless in the kitchen. ;)

  3. Ooops forgot to log in with a proper link! Here it is. Sorry about that.

  4. thanks for all the easy recipes, will have to start learning and following them...

  5. thanks for this Ms. Frances...easy to prepare for healthy snacks and breakfast, lunch, dinner..yum..yum!!!

  6. love adobong kangkong!

    forgot to comment on your market day entry but i really enjoyed reading that!

    i need to learn my way around the market na talaga! as in!

  7. Thanks everybody! I hope you can share some of your easy recipes too. Add a sentence or two about your own easy dishes =)

  8. Now I'm craving for Tortang talong:D

  9. I found this in refinery29. :)


  10. Champagne, yes, I saw that too. Kat has been getting the sartorial attention of New York indeed! So proud of that stylista!

  11. Unlike most recipes I read online, this actually sounds doable (for my level)! Would love to give some of these a try.

  12. Easy, peasy, breezy!

    Mmm...adobong kangkong :)

    Thank you for linking to and sharing my post, Neighbor!

  13. great post! this is a huge help...thanks for sharing!

    ~pie (refcake.blogspot.com)

  14. Hi Frances!

    Been reading your blog for quite a while now. I love your blog! :)

    I agree with you, cooking is the healthiest, easiest, and not to mention fun-nest (if there's such a term, haha) thing one can do. I have been on a "culinary journey" project since late last year and instead of gaining weight, I can't believe I'm actually getting fitter! Thanks to all the home-cooked meals, I get to eat healthier meals while saving my wallet from unnecessary expenses!

  15. Wandergirl, how interesting! Good for you! Vince naman is getting taba with all the homecooked food. Mas masarap kasi so mas marami siyang kinakain =D

  16. Thanks for sharing!! Simple recipes with just a handful of ingredients are exactly what I need. Been married almost 5 years but still don't know what to cook for the family. We almost always end up getting takeout.

  17. WWW, I know what you mean. When things get really busy (and they often do), I also rely on takeout. In fact, there was a year we ordered so much takeout, kaka-hello ko pa lang, kilala na ako ng Tapa King. =(


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