The Happy Home Cook: Vegan Nilaga

The Happy Home Cook: Vegan Nilaga

If I have to name a dish I’ve cooked the most, that would be a Filipino soup called Nilaga.  Often times I want a dish that I can cook fast with ingredients I already have in hand like celery, carrots, cabbage, and squash. When I’m feeling generous, I’ll add quinoa too. And once I put the vegetables to a boil and mashed the squash into the broth, I’ll turn off the heat and enjoy a hot bowl of this nourishing soup. Just like that, it has become my go-to favorite.

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The Happy Home Cook: Quinoa Lugaw

The Happy Home Cook: Quinoa Lugaw

Lugaw is a Filipino porridge with rice as its main ingredient no less. Lately though, my parents have been watching their sugar intake. My dad is diabetic and avoids white rice (which could be tough when you love Filipino food). I don’t want him to break his low-sugar diet but I also don’t want him to give up entirely on Filipino food. So when I make him lugaw, I switch rice to quinoa. Much to everyone’s surprise, the quinoa lugaw doesn’t taste that much different from its rice counterpart.

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The Happy Home Cook: 4th of July No-Bake Cheesecake with Strawberries and Blueberries

The Happy Home Cook: 4th of July No-Bake Cheesecake with Strawberries and Blueberries

This No-Bake Cheesecake with Strawberries and Blueberries is the perfect dessert for the 4th of July.

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The Happy Home Cook: Cassava Cake

The Happy Home Cook: Cassava Cake

Melanie Q. Suzara serves up another Filipino classic.

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The Happy Home Cook: Callos a la Madrileña

The Happy Home Cook: Callos a la Madrileña

Callos is a stew common across Spain, and is considered traditional to Madrid where it is referred to as Callos a la Madrileña. It contains ox tripe and chickpeas, blood sausage and bell peppers. Chorizo sausage may also be used.

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The Happy Home Cook: Leche Flan

The Happy Home Cook: Leche Flan

Leche flan, the ubiquitous dessert in Filipino parties, is most often cooked with at least eight egg yolks. Here's a simplified, lower-cholesterol recipe that tastes just as sweet.

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The Happy Home Cook: Vegan Munggo Stew (Munggo Guisado)

The Happy Home Cook: Vegan Munggo Stew (Munggo Guisado)

Munggo Stew is probably one of the (if not the) easiest Filipino dishes to veganize because the main component of the dish is not the meat but the beans. And it traditionally has tofu!

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The Happy Home Cook: Pork Barbeque

The Happy Home Cook: Pork Barbeque

Whenever we had friends and family over at my parents’ home in the Philippines, these pork barbecue skewers were the centerpiece of the table. I can still savor the char-grilled aroma and the sweet flavors of these juicy pork pieces while they were cooked in the warm outdoors at the back of our kitchen.

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The Happy Home Cook: Adobong Baka (Braised Beef in Vinegar)

The Happy Home Cook: Adobong Baka (Braised Beef in Vinegar)

All kinds of meat can be cooked as adobo, but beef on its own is the least common. In Batangas, they make adobo with chicken, pork and beef all together.

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The Happy Home Cook: Chilled, Fresh Sayote Fruit Salad

The Happy Home Cook: Chilled, Fresh Sayote Fruit Salad

It was only recently that I discovered that the sayote fruit can also be eaten raw and made into a refreshing chilled salad.  It’s great for the hot summer months to complement your meat or fish dishes.

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