Easy Lasagna

1/2 kilo instant Lasagna pasta

Meat Sauce:
1/2 kilo ground lean beef
6 gloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 big can four cheese pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried basil

Bechamel Sauce:
1/3 cup butter
1 big can evaporated milk
4 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Part 1
Meat Sauce:
1. In a sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion
2. Add ground beef, salt and pepper. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until tender.
3. Add four cheese pasta sauce, basil and brown sugar. Cook for 10 minutes.
4. Adjust seasoning according to taste. Remove from heat. Set aside.

Part 2
White Sauce:
1. In a separate pan, melt butter and add flour. Mix until well blended.
2. Add all evaporated milk .
3. Mix well until thickens. Add the Parmesan cheese and mix until well blended.Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a rectangular(12x8inch) baking dish, put a thin layer of the meat sauce. Arrange pasta sheets above it.
2. Spread a layer of meat sauce, a layer of white sauce, and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
3. Repeat alternate layering up to 4 layers is formed.
4. top with grated cheddar cheese and dried basil.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 100 degrees Celsius for 60 minutes.

Filipino Media Noche Favorite Dishes

Just several days more and we will be welcoming a new year!

There are many interesting superstitions and beliefs for Filipinos during New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. They say these will bring them a prosperous New Year. For example, they say if you want to grow taller, you have to jump twelve time when you get up. On the New Year’s Eve, you have to wear polka dots which signifies coins (for wealth). When the clock strucks 12:00 midnight, make as much noice as you can to drive away bad spirits, thus some uses firecrackers, blow trumpets, rev up their engines, and even use the pots as gongs!

When it comes to “Media Noche”, we also believe in serving 12 kinds of round fruits (some also believe that the seeds should not be black), and of course, different dishes for abundance.

We have listed several dishes that we have featured in FSR so you can easily choose which one you want to serve for your friends and family:

Spaghetti Carbonara

Meaty Spaghetti

Pansit Bihon Canton Guisado

Fruit Salad

Mango Float Graham


Rice Cakes:
Biko(Filipino Sweet Sticky Rice)

Sapin Sapin

Maja Blanca

Lechon Baboy (Roasted Pig)

Pork Hamonado Roll

Grilled Pork Belly

Baby Back Ribs

Beef Caldereta

Relyenong Bangus

Breaded Butterfly Shrimp

Garlic Cream Dory

Buttered Shrimp with Garlic

Baked Cream Dory

Pininyahang Manok

Chicken Ham and Cheese Roll

Carrot Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting

For the cupcake:
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/8 cups white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the frosting:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1. In a mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, white sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in the oil and vanilla. Fold in carrots and pineapple.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix flour mixture into the carrot mixture until evenly moist. Fill the prepared cupcake cups to almost full.
3. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool before frosting.
4. To prepare the frosting,in a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla and orange extract, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar.

Puto Leche

Filipino Style Recipe: A Philippine favorite meryenda (mid-afternoon snack) made of puto bread with leche flan.

2 cups cake flour or all purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon yellow food color

Leche Flan:
4 egg yolks
1 big can (300 grams) condensed milk
2 teaspoon lemon juice

Part 1 (Leche Flan)
1. In a bowl, combine mixture then whisk until well blended.
2. Grease moulds then pour leche flan mixture 1/2 inch full.
3. Place into steamer then cover with cheesecloth, steam over low heat for 10 minutes.
4. Remove from steamer and let it cool.

Part 2 (Puto)
1. In a separate bowl, combine wet mixture until blended
2. In another bowl, combine wet mixture until blended
3. Combine both mixture then add food color. Mix until no lumps and smooth.
4. Strain mixture using clean cheesecloth then pour over leche flan until almost full.
5. Place into steamer then cover with cheesecloth, steam over low heat for another 10 minutes.
6. Top each puto with leche flan then steam for another 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a puto comes out clean.
7. Remove from steamer and let it cool.

Strawberry Cheese Cupcakes

Filipino Style Recipe: Strawberry Cheese Cupcakes is a mouth-watering dessert that can be served in all kind of occasion.

1 small can strawberry pie filling
10-12 muffin cups
muffin pan

2 cups crushed grahams
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese:
2 packs cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 can condensed milk
1 lemon, juiced and zested
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 tablespoon flour

Part 1
1. In a bowl, mix together the crust ingredients until well combined.
2. Grease muffin pan and line with muffin cups.
3. Scoop a mixture and press into the the bottom of each muffin cup.
4. Bake in preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.

Part 2
1. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
2. Gradually beat in the condensed milk. Mix in lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract.
3. Beat in the eggs at low speed one at a time until just combined.
4. Add the flour and beat again.

Part 3
1. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the muffin cups until 2/3 full.
2. Bake for 25 minutes without opening the oven.
3. Let it cool completely then place scoop of strawberry filling.
4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hourse until ready to serve.

Creamy Beef Stroganoff Pasta

Filipino Style Recipe: Creamy Beef Stroganoff Pasta is a creamy pasta dish made of beef strips and mushrooms cooked in creamy white sauce. This is commonly serve in any occasion or mid-afternoon snack. The creamy beef stroganoff can also be serve together with pasta or steamed rice.

1/2 kilo spaghetti pasta
1/2 kilo beef sirloin, cut into strips
1 can sliced mushroom, drained
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup red wine
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Creamy Sauce:
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2 cups water
1 beef bouillon
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 pack (9 oz) cream cheese, softened

Part 1
1. Prepare pasta based on cooking instructions. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. Marinate beef strips into the red wine, salt and pepper for 15 minutes. Drain beef and reserve the marinade.
2. In a large pan, heat oil then put the beef until browned around 10-15 minutes. Transfer browned beef into a plate.

Part 3
1. Using the same pan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
2. Saute onion and garlic until translucent then add the mushroom and cook for 5-8 minutes. Transfer into another plate.

Part 4
1. In the same pan, melt the remaining butter then whisk in flour. Cook over medium heat for around 5 minutes.
2. Add water and beef bouillon then let it boil while stirring constantly.
3. Pour the marinade then add the Worcestershire sauce and mustard.
4. Add the mushroom and beef, cover then simmer until meat is tender around 1 hour.
5. When you are about to serve, stir in the cream cheese and sour cream and cook for 5 minutes.
6. In a serving plate, prepare pasta then top with a generous creamy beef stroganoff. Sprinkle with chopped spring onion. Enjoy.

No Cook Banana Chocolate Pudding

Filipino Style Recipe: No Cook Banana Chocolate Pudding is an easy to prepare dish and does not need any cooking or baking. The pudding tastes like soft ice cream so your kids will really love it.

2 1/2 cups cold milk
1 pack (5 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup whipped cream
1 (240 grams) sour cream
1 (16 oz) cookies such as shortbread cookies
8 bananas, peeled and sliced

Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine the chocolate pudding mix and milk then beat together until it thickens.
2. Add the sour cream and beat again. Fold in whipped cream. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a rectangular container, arrange a layer of cookies at the bottom.
2. Spread a layer of the pudding mixture, then a layer of slicked bananas.
3. Repeat the layers until all ingredients are consumed.
4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Tip: Soak bananas in orange juice or water with vit c to avoid darkening.

S’mores Graham Balls

Filipino Style Recipe: S’mores Graham Balls are simple and easy on the budget. The Graham balls are sweet snacks filled with marsh mallow that you and your family could enjoy. These is commonly serve in any occasions specially during holidays.

Estimated time of preparation: 20-25 minutes (plus refrigerating time)

1 1/2 cup crushed graham
1 can (300ml) condensed milk
3 tablespoons powdered milk
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
marshmallows for filling
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine crushed grahams and condensed milk then mix until well incorporated.
2. Add the powdered milk and cocoa. Use hand to make dough. (Add more grahams if mixture is still sticky and hard to make ball.)

Part 2
1. Scoop a spoonful of graham mixture and create a ball by rolling into your palms.
2. Push one marshmallow into the center of the ball then seal and roll it until the shape is round.
3. Roll the graham balls over confectioner’s sugar.
4. Repeat steps until all the mixture is consumed.
5. Put into sealed container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
6. Place each ball in a small muffin liner then serve.

Green Salad Tocino

Filipino Style Recipe: Green Salad Tocino is another variety of green salad incorporated with Filipino twist by adding our favorite breakfast such as tocino or ham. The honey added to the Greek dressing adds to the sweetness of this salad.The anchovies and cheese gives it the right amount of saltiness for contrast.

1 pack romaine lettuce
1/4 cup leftover cooked tocino or ham
2 tablespoons olives, pitted
2 tablespoons dried tomatoes
6 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons capers
6 pieces boneless anchovies
2 tablespoon ground Parmesan cheese

For the dressing:
1/4 cup Greek dressing
2 tablespoon honey

1. In a bowl, combine Greek dressing and honey then mix well.
2. In a big bowl, tear lettuce into serving pieces.
3. Add the olives, dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, capers, anchovies and tocino.
4. Add the honey dressing then toss.
5. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Chicken Macaroni Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: Chicken Macaroni Salad is comprises a chicken and macaroni pasta as main ingredient. Combine with mayonnaise, carrots, raisins, pickles, cheese, salt and pepper. This is commonly serve as mid-afternoon snack (meryenda) or side dish.

500 grams chicken fillet
500 grams ditalini or elbow macaroni pasta
1 large carrots
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 sweet pickles, chopped
1 small pack pineapple tidbits, drained
1 cup grated cheese
salt and pepper to taste
100 grams ham (optional)

Part 1
1. In a pot, boiled chicken in water with 1 tablespoon salt then cook until tender. Drain and let it cool.
2. Remove the chicken and allow to cool before shredding the meat into a large bowl.

Part 2
1. Boiled carrot for 3 minutes then drain and allow to cool. Remove the skin and cut into small pieces. Set aside.
2. Cook ham then cut into small pieces. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a large bowl, shred chicken then add mayonnaise. Mix until just blended.
2. Add the rest of ingredients then season with salt and pepper according to taste. Mix until well blended.
3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before. Serve.