June 2, 2022 1:16 pm
Whether you are adjusting to work back onsite or still working at home, preparing meals is a day-to-day challenge.
Since mornings are always a rush for most of us, preparing our lunch or baon can be a little tedious. For those who are working back on site, rather than cooking meals at home, a lot of us prefer to buy fast food dishes for a hassle-free lunch. As convenient these all may seem, the downside of it is it can be quite unhealthy (and expensive!). To save you from your baon nightmares, here are 10-minute recipes you can whip up in your kitchen for lunch! Aside from being quick and easy to follow, these recipes are also guaranteed to be healthy and nutritious.
Quick Cajun Fish Tacos
Want a fast, light, and healthy lunch? Try this Quick Cajun Fish Tacos with flavors originating from Southern Louisiana in North America, made more delicious with AJI-SHIO® Garlic Seasoning Mix which provides the true taste and aroma of fresh garlic with just the right balance of saltiness and savoriness. This dish is a good source of Protein which promotes growth and development of muscles.
First, season the fish fillet with AJI-SHIO® Garlic and cajun seasoning then marinate for a few minutes. You can use any white fish you prefer. In a heated pan with minimal oil, pan-fry fish fillet until golden brown. Flake fish then set aside to cool.
To prepare the salad, combine jalapeno chilis or green chili, cabbage, mayonnaise, pineapple, garlic, and cajun seasoning in a bowl. Toss to combine. No cajun seasoning mix? Simply combine paprika powder, onion powder, dried basil, garlic powder, chili powder, and dried thyme to get similar results!
To assemble the tacos, add the salad and flaked fish on a heated tortilla. Top with coriander leaves then serve! For your baon, you can wrap the tacos using parchment or wax paper.
10-Minute Beef Salad
If you want something that’s rich in Protein while still being vegetable-rich for a hearty baon, try this 10-Minute Beef Salad. This dish is also rich in Iron thanks to the beef and lettuce that helps maintain healthy red blood cells.
Start by marinating beef steak flank with SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce for a delicious blend of real oyster extract and spices for a perfect combination of savory, sweet, and salty taste. Mix with dried chili flakes then let it sit for 5 minutes. Grill each piece for 1-2 minutes on each side then set aside to slightly cool. Avoid overcooking the beef to prevent a tough, chewy texture.
To prepare the salad, first combine calamansi juice, fish sauce, sugar, and chili flakes in a bowl. Assemble your choice of sliced vegetables in a salad bowl or in your large lunch container. For this recipe, we will use lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, and cilantro. Top with the cooked beef then drizzle the dressing. Serve and enjoy.
Chili Garlic Oil Noodles
A simple but tasteful Asian noodle dish is what you will need for lunch if you want to load on some Carbohydrates – our body’s primary source of energy. Aside from being rich in carbohydrates, this dish is also low in Sodium which helps reduce your risk for hypertension. How? Thanks to AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning which contains lower sodium compared to salt! This also helps bring out the savory-deliciousness of any kind of dish through the taste of umami.
Simply combine cooked rice noodle, chili garlic oil, soy sauce, AJI-NO-MOTO®, spring onion, cilantro, and cucumber in a large bowl. Mix and toss well until noodles are well coated with soy sauce. Transfer to a clean container then sprinkle with sesame seeds. You may serve this with fried egg and blanched pechay.
Just a few tips: Rinse rice noodles in cold running water to help prevent the noodles from sticking together. For the chili garlic oil, you can buy in the groceries or Do-it-Yourself! Simply heat garlic and chili flakes in a pan with oil then cook on low heat until garlic is toasted, and oil has slightly turned red-orange.
Tuna Garlic Lemon Pasta
Since we are already talking about noodles, try out this 10-minute pasta recipe as well for your next lunch time fix. Have a taste of our Protein-rich Tuna Garlic Lemon Pasta made more umami-licious with AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning. Since this dish has tuna, it contains a good amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acids that helps reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases.
To make this recipe, start by sautéing garlic in a pan with oil. Add the drained canned tuna and AJI-NO-MOTO®. Mix well. Then add cooked Angel’s hair pasta but you can use any long strand pasta you like. Pro tip, cook your pasta 1 minute less than the package instructions to ensure al dente pasta. Then season with lemon juice, parsley, fish sauce, salt, and sugar. Mix and toss well to ensure seasonings are spread throughout the pasta. Transfer pasta to a plate then serve.
Cheesy Veggie Stir-fry
Nothing perfectly sums up a healthy dish if it’s not filled with veggies! To make the usual gulay more interesting, cook it with cheese! This Cheesy Veggie Stir-fry recipe with AJI-SHIO® Garlic Seasoning Mix to find out. This dish contains B-Vitamins such as Riboflavin and Niacin that helps in releasing energy from nutrients.
In a pan with oil, pan-fry chicken until golden brown. Add onions, carrots, and zucchini then stir-fry until tender. Add the mushrooms, bean sprouts, and bell pepper. Mix well for 1-2 minutes. Add the cheese then season with AJI-SHIO® Garlic to enhance the true taste and aroma of fresh garlic combining with the right balance of saltiness and savoriness. Transfer to a bowl then serve. You may also add some cheese on top instead of mixing with the vegetables then pop it in the toaster for 5 minutes for a melted cheese effect.
Make these fast and easy recipes for you and your family to have a more enjoyable lunch at work or even at school. Here in Cookmunity® by Ajinomoto Philippines, we have other recipes in store for you! Come visit and follow our Facebook Page for more unique international recipes and blogs. Enjoy cooking!