Saturday, October 9, 2010


a longtime favorite of the girls. for breakfast or packed in the lunch box.

pillsbury crescent rolls
• vienna sausage

1. roll vienna sausage inside each crescent roll
2. follow baking instructions on pillsbury package.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

chocolate banana pudding pie

a trip to hawaii and a taste of ted bakery's haupia chocolate pie put me in a pie-making trance. 2 days and 6 pies later i believe i came close, but that's for another recipe blog. remember, my girls are allergic to coconut and can't eat the coconut pudding, haupia. i felt bad that the kitchen was filled pies they couldn't eat, so i attempted my first dairy-free pie. tala said it taste just like chocolate pudding on crust... well that's pretty much what it is.

i'm still on a hunt for a dairy-free and coconut-free whip cream. soyatoo has coconut, no good. and i'm not into any whip cream recipe that includes tofu, yuck.

• pre-made pie crust (maybe one day i'll try to make from scratch)
• 1/4 cornstarch
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/4 tspn salt
• 3 cups soy milk
• 1/2 cup ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 1 tspn vanilla extract
• 2 bananas


1. bake pie crust as directed on package.

2. in a pan, whisk together dry ingredients: cornstarch, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. gradually whisk in soy milk. bring to boil mixing constantly until mixture thickens. remove from heat and add vanilla extract and chocolate chips, mix until smooth.

3. pour a thin layer of the mixture into the pie crust just to coat the bottom, add slices of banana, coat with mixture, and repeat until all mixture is used.

4. refrigerate overnight.

Monday, September 20, 2010

chayote guisado

a very good friend of mine gave birth to a baby boy last week. we wanted to cook something for the new mama, both healthy and good for the booby milk production. welcome baby kadean!

on the chayote tip... when aya was smaller, to get her to eat the chayote in tinola i told her it was apples. so when she ate tinola she'd ask for "mo' apo (ah-po)" meaning chayote. hehe

• 6-8 chayote
• 4 slices pork chop (or ground pork)
• 1 head garlic
• 1/2 large onion
• 2 large tomatoes
• 1" chunk ginger
• salt & pepper
• patis
• water

• mince garlic and onion
• cut tomatoes
• slice ginger large so kids don't accidentally eat
• peel and cut chayote into 1" slices
• cut pork into tiny pieces

1. in a large pot, saute pork until brown
2. add garlic and onion
3. add salt & pepper
4. continue to saute until mixture is dry and sizzling
3. add tomatoes, ginger and patis taste
4. add chayote and enough water to barely cover the chayote
5. bring to boil, cover and let simmer until chayote is cooked
6. season to taste.

Friday, August 20, 2010

cinnamon rolls

cinnamon rolls! it's pretty much the same concept as apple tasty pastry with no apples. here's the good part, they opened a new vegan cinnamon roll shop near our house. i was so excited that i could finally take the girls to a bakery where they could pick out anything they wanted (without nuts). spent $10 bucks on 2 cinnamon rolls and the girls didn't even like them! they said they like these better.

*you'll need a banana bread pan, approx 5" x 9"


1. heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. lightly spray the bottom of the pan with a non-stick baking spray.
3. melt earth balance buttery spread in microwave.
4. layout triangle flat. spread butter, sprinkle cinnamon & suger, roll loosely and place in pan.
5. once you have all 8 rolls in the pan, drizzle the tops with more butter, cinnamon, sugar.
6. bake for about 30 mins.
7. remove cinnamon buns by scraping the edges of the pan before flipping it over.

fruit sticks

the ingredients are obvious. i try picking fruits with a variety of color. this one has pineapple, cantelope, strawberries and blueberries. i made a larger one last weekend using watermelon as the base. pineapples make a pretty base too. all you need are a few wooden bbq skewers. the pointy end goes into the base.

kids at parties love snacking on these, plus its edible decoration for a party spread. add a small dish of li hing mui powder for an island twist. easy, quick and cheap. refreshing!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

brownie bites

dairy-free brownies

here's a basic brownie. the girls loooove brownies. for a healthier version, i've been meaning to try substituting the oil with applesauce.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tspn baking powder
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (update: or 1/4 applesauce & 1/4 oil)
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar (optional)
1. heat oven to 350 degrees
2. mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. pour in all the wet ingredients. mix well.
4. pour into a square 8"x8" pan or mini cupcake pan
5. baking time depends on your pan. 30-35 min for square pan;  20-30 mins for mini cupcakes. i usually just watch it.
6. let cool then dust with powdered sugar or decorate with colored frosting

cheddar cheese

playing catch up here. can't believe i haven't posted this vegan cheddar cheese yet. since finding this, its been malaya's pride and joy... quesadillas, grilled cheese, sprinkled on top of spaghetti, etc.

and look, It Melts! says so, right there on the package :)

a quick shout out to lola jacque, lolo, lola kulasa and manang rose who have probably been on a dairy-free diet themselves with the girls staying with them in LA.

bonelos aga (banana donuts)

i know, these look weird. this pic was from the first batch. i'll need to improve on its shape, smoother and rounder perhaps. 

there was a small bake shop in guam we use to walk to every morning from lolo domy's house. they had these huge banana donuts the size of a baseball. not to mention their empanadas, yummmm. this is my recreation of bonelos aga in a smaller bite size version. i've made it twice now since mothers day, both times a huge hit with my cousins and their kids. at first the girls said they didn't like it, but when we made them in long beach and their cousins, kymora and kainoa, were practically cheering for them, the girls gave it another chance. i think they like it now. what followers! :) delicious served with soy ice cream.

• 3 ripe bananas
• 1 cup flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
• oil for frying
• sugar
• cinnamon

1. heat oil. oil should be at least 2" in depth.
2. smash bananas
3. add flour, baking powder and sugar (optional). the bananas are already sweet.
4. drop a spoonful of batter into the hot oil. they will sink to the bottom, then float up. cook until brown.
5. drain excess oil on papertowel, then roll in a cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Monday, May 17, 2010

chicken kelaguen

our schedule was hectic last mother's day weekend that we didn't do anything special for my mom. so we prepared a belated mother's day dinner on saturday. i was craving chicken kelaguen, so we went with a chamorro fiesta themed dinner.... chicken kelaguen, red rice, pickled cucumber, finadeni and banana donuts for dessert.

its been a while since i've made kelaguen. and since the girls are allergic to coconut, i wasn't sure how it would taste without it, but it turned out just as good! i separated a batch for the kids, no coconut, no chile.

• whole chicken
• large onion
• green onion bunch
• 6 lemons
• salt & pepper
• flour tortilla (optional)

do NOT include for the girls, but yummy for you:
• 4-5 serrano chile 
• fresh or frozen grated coconut


1. wash chicken, split in half at breast. broil for 30 mins on each side or until thoroughly cooked. its ok if the skin burns/blackens... we're taking off the skin anyways.

2. mince the onion, green onions, serrano chile (do NOT add for girls).

3. squeeze the lemon juice into a cup.

4. when chicken is cool, debone, remove skin and mince the meat.

5. mix the chicken, onion, green onion, lemon juice in a large bowl. salt & pepper to taste.

not for the girls, but if you're not allergic to coconut and you like it spicy, add the coconut and minced serrano chile. serve with red rice and finadeni or wrapped in a pan heated flour tortilla. i'll pack a kelaguen tortilla wrap for the girls' lunch tomorrow.

red rice, pickled cucumber and banana donut recipe to come later...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

chocolate raspberry cake

same recipe as the oreo cupcake batter sans the oreos. melt pilsbury chocolate frosting in the microwave for about 20 seconds then pour over the top and let it flow over the edges. wash berries and dry well. pile on top of cake and dust with powered sugar. 

this was the first vegan chocolate cake i made for malaya's 7th birthday. she picked the pet shop decorations herself at target. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

grilled cheeeeeeze

the girls had their first taste of grilled cheeeeeze today. we found a soy cheese that melts. malaya loved it, tala not so much-- or not at all.

oroweat whole wheat bread
earth balance butter spread
vegan gourmet cheese alternative

butter bread, slice the cheese thinly, grill in george foreman grill.

Friday, April 16, 2010

earth balance buttery spread

a quick shout out to earth balance natural buttery spread! 143

Friday, March 5, 2010

holy. did i just spend $8.50 on one chocolate bunny? aren't these like 2 for 99 cents at walgreens?

it all started when i found a bag of dairy-free & nut-free chocolate chip cookies at whole foods the other day. they were made by divvies. my girls devoured them! so i checked out their website,, to see what other delectable goodies they might have. 15 minutes later i had a loaded cart of over $100 worth of dairy-free and nut-free chocolate bars, cookie variations, caramel popcorn and of course, two chocolate easter bunnies. being the sensible mama that i am, i was able to downsize my purchase to about $30 for a box of chocolate chip cookies and the bunnies. we'll have to try the popcorn and candy bar next time. baby steps for now.

but how could i resist when my girls have never had the taken-for-granted pleasure of biting into bunny ears on easter. they're being delivered all the way from ny. i can't wait to surprise the girls.

what a mama wouldn't do.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

onion salmon

it doesn't get any easier than this. another salmon recipe from ate beng.

  • 1 packet Lipton onion dip
  • salmon
  • lemon
1. heat oven to 375 degrees
2. wash and dry salmon
3. squeeze 1/2 lemon and sprinkle entire packet on top
4. cover with foil, bake for 40 mins
5. remove foil and broil for 10 mins

slice the other half lemon and place on the sides and serve.

apple tasty pastry

this started as a test bake to make cinnamon rolls but i added the apples and the concept changed completely. the girls never get to eat anything pastry-like. i see them staring at the pastry glass at starbucks or any bakery we go to. so now, happy to present to them their very own apple pastry.

*you'll need a banana bread pan, approx 5" x 9"


1. heat oven to 375 degrees

2. lightly spray the bottom of the pan with a non-stick baking spray

3. peel and dice then entire apple. make a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. melt about 1/8 cup of the earth balance butter spread in the microwave.

4. unroll the crescent dough triangle on a flat surface. lightly spread the earth balance butter. generously sprinkle the sugar & cinnamon mix. pile a mound of apple pieces in the center.

5. gently roll the triangle into a loose cylinder and place inside the pan. stuff another spoonful of apples into the top. repeat this until you have all 8 rolls snug in the pan.

6. drizzle some of the melted earth balance butter in each center (if i had a baking brush i'd probably brush the dough with the butter spread too). sprinkle the sugar & cinnamon mix all over the tops.
7. bake for about 30 minutes.

taste best right out the oven. throw it in the toaster oven the next day and the edges get crunchy. yum.

pillsbury crescents

i use these as a ready-made-dough alternative. add your own fruits or meats to make instant snacks. you can use the pillsbury brand or the generic safeway brand. both are dairy free even though the label says "flaky butter flavor". the keyword is, flavor.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

oroweat whole wheat bread

as of today, here's another sliced bread i found with no dairy ingredients. "whole grain 100% whole wheat", not to be confused with oroweat's other breads. for a 100% wheat, its really soft and sliced super thin. they might add the milk next week so i always re-check the ingredients before i buy again.

Monday, February 15, 2010

lugaw/arroz caldo

a lazy day at home today and i didn't want to leave to go grocery store. all i had for meat was one piece of chicken breast in the freezer...

  • garlic
  • onion
  • 1 chicken breast cut in pieces
  • 2 cups rice
  • knorr chicken cube or chicken broth
  • salt
  • pepper
  • patis (fish sauce)
  • green onion
  • chicharon
  • water

1. mince garlic and onion. mince ginger super small (frozen ginger is easier to mince). cut chicken in small pieces.

2. heat pot with a bit of oil. saute garlic & onion. add chicken pieces with bone and skin. add salt and pepper. brown. 

3. once chicken is slightly brown, add knorr cube (if you're not using chicken broth), patis and rice/bigas. keep saute-ing for at least 10 minutes. add ginger.

4. add water & chicken broth (if you didn't already use the knorr cube). just enough liquids to cover rice.

5. cover pot.

6. mix often adding water gradually until its the consistency you like.

two cups of rice makes a HUGE pot of lugaw. remember, the soup will thicken as it cools so make it more liquidy. serve with green onion, crushed chicharon and patis & lemon/calamansi sauce. i ran out of garlic today, but if you have extra... mince the garlic and fry with salt until brown. sprinkle on top of soup.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

spam musubi

the glory of spam. dare i label this post under meat? one of the girls' favorite foods. perfect for a long day away from home and you don't want to keep buying the kids food throughout the day. especially on long days at practice and there's no time to go out and get food. wrap these babies up individually and the girls cab help themselves whenever they're hungry. no supervision required. lovely.

i'm including a sauce variation below. if i'm serving this at a party for the kids, i'll add the sauce for presentation. otherwise, spam is salty enough without soy sauce.

  • spam
  • rice
  • roasted seaweed sheets
  • soy sauce & sugar (optional)

cook rice. slice spam about 1/4 inch thick. fry spam. let rice and spam cool. use a masubi mold if you have one, otherwise, lay down the rice, then spam, then wrap. cut in half.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

cookies-n-cream cupcakes (under construction)...

completely inspired by my last batch of yummy oreo cupcakes, i'm now determined to make a cookies-n-cream cupcake recipe. the only problem i had with the oreo cupcakes was a visual one... when you bite into the cake, you can barely see that there are chunks of oreos in there. the solution, is to add a layer of white cake with oreo chunks. here's a picture of my first attempt. the vanilla batter was too liquidy so i'll need to work on this more. i added minced oreos to the icing too... it adds crunch to the cupcake! will perfect and post soon. my mind is consumed with making this happen.

oreo cupcakes

oh man, these were the BEST dairy-free cupcakes ever! i didn't feel like i had to justify the taste by letting everyone know it was dairy-free. these would pass for the real thing, if not better. really! i made these for my niece's birthday who is not allergic to anything.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tspn baking soda
  • 1/2 tspn baking powder
  • 1/4 tspn salt
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 2 tspn apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1-2 tspn vanilla extract
  • 14 oreo cookies
  • Pillsbury creamy supreme vanilla frosting

preheat oven to 350 degrees. in a large bowl, mix soy milk and vinegar together. put aside and let it sit. in another large bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. add the sugar, oil, and vanilla extract to the soy milk & vinegar mixture. mix the wet and dry ingredients together. coarsely chop 8 oreo cookies and add to the batter. fill liners and bake for 20 minutes. makes 12 cupcakes.

let cupcakes cool all the way before icing. microwave about 1/2 the container of pillsbury icing for about 15 seconds or until its a nice consistency. slice 6 oreos in half. frost cupcakes and stick a 1/2 oreo on top of each.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

pillsbury icings

i am a fan. thank you pilllsbury for all your dairy-free frostings! sure, i could whip up my own icing, but why? making icing from scratch is more expensive, more messy and more time consuming.

my favorite is the plain vanilla. add food coloring and you have:
• red/green cupcakes for christmas
• purple/orange cupcakes for halloween
• pink cupcakes for valentines day
• yellow/purple cupcakes for easter
... or any color the girls want for their birthday.

even their cream cheese and milk chocolate icings are dairy-free. love it all...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

banana chocolate chip pancakes

getting fancy here! since i discovered dairy-free pancakes is as simple as bisquicks and water, we've gotten creative and added bananas and chocolate chips. so gourmet.

the key is to NOT mix the chocolate chips into the batter. but rather drop 4 chips into each pancake as you cook them. because God forbid that one sister end up with more chocolate chips in their pancake than her sister.

1 banana
1 1/2 cup bisquicks
water or soy milk
chocolate chips
canola oil
maple syrup

preparation: mash banana. add bisquicks. add water or soy milk until its the consistency you like.

cooking: heat a tiny bit of oil in pan. i use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to pour batter into pan. drop 4 chocolate chips into pancake. flip when batter is bubbly. serve with slices of bananas and a few more choco chips. drizzle with maple syrup.

one for you, and one for you....

hot dog fried rice

when all you have left in the fridge is a pot of old rice and some processed meat, it's time for hot dog fried rice. the girls get excited off this dish. how sad is that.

old rice
hot dog
frozen peas
soy sauce
olive oil
salt & garlic powder (optional)

mince garlic. slice hot dogs. heat oil in wok. fry hot dogs until brown, then remove from wok. brown garlic and add rice. smash rice until there are no more clumps. add soy sauce and season to taste. add peas. add back the hot dogs.

Friday, January 8, 2010

soynut butter drops

this is my peanut-free version of a peanut butter drop recipe i saw. i wanted to rename these something other than "soynut butter drops". but, the first name that came to mind was "dookies", then "plops". so, we'll keep the boring name. at least it's edible.

just made these for the first time. with all the oats, i wasn't sure how the girls would take it. but once tala started licking the spoon and scraping the pot, i knew it was a hit. malaya tasted it and said, "uuuuh, needs a bit more vanilla". what the...

1/8 cup dairy-free margarine (1/4 stick)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy milk
1 1/2 cup oatmeal or rolled oats
3 heaping tspn soynut butter
1 tspn vanilla extract

1. melt margarine in small pot
2. add soy milk and sugar. melt together. bring to boil and turn off heat.
3. add vanilla extract and soynut butter and mix.
4. add oatmeal and mix well.
5. spoon out mixture on cookie sheet.
6. let cool at least 1 hour before serving

nucoa margarine

sometimes the mission for finding dairy-free products is not so hard when you live in an area filled with health conscious peeps like the Bay. all one has to do is visit tj's or whole foods. the true challenge however, is finding these products at the regular grocery store like safeway. scratch that one stop to whole foods off your to-do list. here it is. the not as healthy as earth balance butter spread alternative, nucoa margarine! even has spanish translations all over the package. me gusta!


may sound silly, but discovering that oreos are made of pure junk and real artificialness was a pleasant surprise. seriously, no natural products -- no milk chocolate, no real cream.

so nice to have an ordinary treat for the girls that their classmates can pronounce.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

roman meal sliced bread

even regular sliced wheat bread is hard to find as dairy-free. sarah lee use to have a good one that they stopped making. now i buy roman meal whole grain. i re-check the ingredients every time i buy a new loaf... you never know when they'll start adding a new ingredient. this use to be my favorite bread as a kid. soft for a wheat bread and small slices for kids.

i.m. healthy soynut butter

since trader joe's discontinued our favorite soynut butter i've been on a hunt for a replacement. we've tried a few jars from whole foods, but they were the kind where the oil settles and you have to stir it before using. no good for my developing carpal tunnel. plus it wasn't as creamy as the tj brand. we even tried switching to sunflower seed butter which is more available in stores than soynut. ...after months of searching in specialty & organic stores i found it at a safeway. a safeway in a more 'upper-class' area. so simple. so pleased. so now i hoard the thing. in fear they might discontinue it, i buy every single bottle on the shelf. today, there were only 3 bottles left.

aya's lunch almost everyday is soynut butter & grape jelly sandwich. she also likes it on toasted bread with banana and honey.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

montreal tri-tip

this pic looks a little bloody for me, but the meat is yummmy. tita grace made this at our thanksgiving dinner. it was so good i had to ask how she did it. i made it for our christmas eve party at ate maribeth's house. they all wanted it a little rare so there it is, all bloody. i made 2 of them, both were gone quickly.

lean tri-tip
montreal steak seasoning
garlic powder

1. wash and dry tri-tip. pound meat to tenderize.
2. mix about 1/2 cup montreal steak seasoning and garlic powder in a bowl making a dry rub
3. coat tri-tip with rub by shaking in plastic bag
4. place tri-tip on a rack in a pan. press extra rub onto tri-tip
5. broil on both sides about 10 mins each or until coating is brown/black
5. continue to cook in oven at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes depending on how rare/well you like your meat

tita grace serves it with bbq sauce on the side. serve with salad and rice. so good.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

chicken afritada

i hate touching raw chicken. so inadvertently, the kids end up eating more red meat. i needed to add another chicken dish to our menu...

1/2 onion
1/2 head of garlic
3 chicken breast cut in pieces
4 small potatoes
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
handful of frozen peas
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp patis
3 bay leaves
salt & pepper


mince garlic. chop onion. cut chicken in about 2 inch pieces. slice bell peppers in thick strips. cut potato in large cubes.

add a little oil to pot and fry chicken on high heat just to brown the outside slightly. add garlic and onion and continue to saute. add salt & pepper and cubed potatoes. add tomato sauce and chicken broth. leave heat on high until liquid boils, then turn down heat to simmer. add peas. stir occasionally until potatoes are overcooked. the potato starch will naturally make the sauce thicker. add 2 tbsn patis or to taste. add bell peppers, mix in well and turn off heat. i like the bell peppers crunchy.