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.