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Easy Peasy Dishes for Condo Dwellers

May 24, 2023 10:40 am

Condos are often in proximity to fast food chains and convenience stores.  Hence, tendency of many condo dwellers is just to buy take-out food.

It is the usual struggle for condo dwellers to prepare your own meal whether due to lack of time, no idea of what to cook, hassle of preparation, etc., fret not, here are recipe ideas that are easy to whip up.

Sweet & Spicy Tilapia Rice Bowl

Frying is the simplest and easing way to cook fish. But why not elevate your kitchen prowess by elevating your fish a notch higher from the typical fried. Try this quick and easy Sweet & Spicy Tilapia Rice Bowl recipe that will save you from fuss but is sure to please your palates.

Prepare the sweet chili sauce first by combining red bell pepper, red chili flakes, white onion, garlic, salt, sugar, annatto powder, cornstarch, vinegar, and water in a saucepan. Mix well then bring to a simmer until thickened, then set aside. You can adjust the spiciness of the sauce based on your preference, just reduce, or increase the amount of chili flakes.

To prepare the fried tilapia, season it with salt and AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, this will enhance the flavor of the fish by making it more umami-licious. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes.

Next, dredge the tilapia fillet with cornstarch. In a pan with heated oil, pan-fry the tilapia until light brown on each side and drain excess oil using a strainer or colander. Alam mo ba na hindi lang sa gatas makukuha ang Calcium? Tilapia is also a great source of Calcium which is needed by the heart, muscle, and nerves to function properly.

To serve this dish, place a cup of steamed rice in a bowl then top with fried tilapia and sweet chili sauce. You may opt to garnish with lemon and coriander leaves to give it a refreshing taste. Enjoy!

Mushroom & Chicken Oatmeal Risotto

Oats are very nutritious and a good source of beta-glucan, a soluble fiber which is known to have antitumor and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. But as much as we want to eat oats every day, nakaka-umay sya! Especially if we always eat it with sugar, milk or with chocolate powder, wala na bang iba? Don’t worry, we are going to save you from that dilemma. Try this savory and nutritious recipe, Mushroom & Chicken Oatmeal Risotto!

First, heat oil in a pan. Sauté onion and garlic until fragrant, then add chicken breast and cook until light brown. Add mushrooms and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the rolled oats, stir, then add ¼ cup of water. Let it simmer until thickened then add ¼ cup of water at a time until the rolled oats have bloomed and have fully absorbed the water, this can take up to 10 minutes. For shorter cooking time, you may replace the rolled oats with instant oats but reduce the water by 1-2 cups because instant oats are already pre-cooked.

Next, season the risotto with calamansi juice, fish sauce, and add AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning to make this dish extra savory.

Then finally, transfer the oatmeal risotto onto a plate. For extra flavor, you may add parmesan and parsley on top, serve and enjoy!

Ham Musubi

You only got less than 30 minutes to whip up a meal? Bring out your stock of ham and transform it to a Ham Musubi! This recipe is fast and easy to prepare but very delicious and filling at the same time.

First thing to do is marinate the ham. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, and SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce, this will provide a delicious blend of real oyster extract with the right amount of sweet and salty taste. Mix well then pour this mixture into the sliced ham and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Next, heat oil in a pan. Pan-fry the ham for a minute on each side and brush it with marinade mixture, set aside. Then in a bowl, combine steamed rice, salt, and sesame oil.

Now, let’s assemble. Mold 1/3 cup of rice into rectangle, like the ham’s shape. Struggling to shape the rice? Here’s a tip! You can use the tin can of ham for easier molding of rice. Next step, put fried ham on top and wrap it with nori sheet. Nori is made with seaweed which has Iodine that is essential in producing thyroid hormones needed in regulation normal metabolism.

Lastly, transfer the ham musubi on a plate. You may garnish with sesame seeds and spring onion for that extra kick of flavor. We hope you had fun preparing it as much as eating it.

Urban living, much like residing in a condo, requires a lot of independence, time, and budget management. And meal planning can play a key role in helping you become successful in these areas just like the recipes we shared with you. Enjoy living big in small spaces, ka-Cookmunity!

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