Tomato and Basil Salad with Crouton


Ingredients:
200 grams croutons
6-8 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 red onions, chopped
1 tablespoon capers
3 tablespoons black olives, sliced
a bunch of fresh basil, torn into pieces

Dressing:
8 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, ground pepper, and sugar. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine croutons, basil, tomatoes, onions, capers and black olives.
2. Pour dressing over the salad then toss before serving.

Basil Chicken

Filipino Style Recipe: Basil Chicken is another simple yet delicious chicken dish inspired by Thai cuisine. The chicken sauteed and cooked in spicy thick sauce and spices together with basil leaves.

Ingredients:
500 grams chicken fillet, cut into serving pieces
12-15 basil leaves
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
3 bird’s eye chili (labuyo), chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
fish sauce and ground pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar and ground pepper. Mix and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then sauce garlic and onion.
2. Add chicken then continue sauteing until almost cooked.
3. Add bell pepper and stir cook until chicken is tender.
4. Pour then sauce then toss until well distributed.
5. Add chili then adjust seasoning according to taste.
6. Add basil then cook for half a minute.
7. Remove from heat then transfer to serving plate. Serve with steamed rice.

Lemon and Herb Fish Fillets

Filipino Style Recipe: Lemon and Herb Fish Fillets is a simple yet delicious dish made of fish fillets cooked in broth, lemon and herb.

Ingredients:
500 grams fish fillets, I used cream dory
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon shredded ginger
salt and pepper to taste
10 pieces green beans, trimmed and cut into 3 inches
1 small carrot, peeled and cut into 3 inches

Flour Mixture:
3 teaspoons flour
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon grind pepper

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, basil, oregano and grind pepper until well blended.
2. Coat the fish evenly with flour mixture. Set aside.
3. In a bowl, combine broth, lemon juice and remaining flour mixture. Mix until blended.

Part 2
1. In a pan, melt butter then add vegetables, a dash of dried basil and salt. Stir fry until crisp and tender. Set aside.

Part 3.
1. In a same pan, add olive oil then cook fish for 2 minutes each side or until light brown.
2. Pour chicken broth mixture, ginger and cilantro, bring to boil then adjust seasoning according to taste.
3. Simmer until the sauce reduced and the fish is tender.
4. Transfer to serving plate then serve with stir fried vegetables.

Shrimp Pesto Pasta

Filipino Style Recipe: shrimp pesto pasta is another simple and healthy Italian pasta dish. This dish is consists of shrimp, pasta and pesto sauce that is made of processed basil, pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 30-40 minutes.
Good for 3-4 person

Ingredients:
200 grams Penne pasta or any pasta
250 grams shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 red bell pepper, diced
1 head garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil

Pesto Sauce:
3/4 cups fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons pine nuts or roasted pili nuts or walnuts
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare pasta based on cooking instructions. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a food processor or blender, process chopped basil, pine nuts, salt and pepper until blended.
2. Add extra-virgin olive oil then continue blending until combined. Add more olive oil if needed. Set aside.

Part 3.
1. In a pan, heat oil then add shrimp and cook until color turns to pink. Remove from the pan and set aside.
2. In a same pan, saute garlic, onion, and tomatoes until softened.
3. Add bell pepper and then pesto sauce. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
4. add pasta then toss to coat evenly, add shrimps.
5. Prepare shrimp and pasta on pasta tray then top with Parmesan cheese.
6. Garnish with remaining basil. Serve and enjoy.

Note:
1. You may also use ready made pesto sauce in supermarket.

Mediterranean Chicken

Filipino Style Recipe: Mediterranean chicken is a delicious dish popular in western country. Chicken is marinated in different herbs like oregano, rosemary, basil together with lemon juice and olive oil. Then cooked in a oven or fry until tender. This is usually serve with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes(plus marinating time)
Estimated time of cooking: 25-30 minutes
Good for 2-3 persons

Ingredients:
2 pieces chicken thigh and legs, cleaned
aluminum foil

Marinade:
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
1 tablespoon finely chopped dried oregano
1 lemon, juice
1 teaspoon dried or fresh rosemary
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small-sized tomato, discard seeds and finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar(optional)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest(optional)

Procedures:
1. In a bowl, combine chicken and marinade for an hour or overnight inside the fridge.
2. In a non-stick baking pan, arrange marinated chicken and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with aluminum foil.
3. Bake in a preheat oven over 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until tender.
4. Transfer to serving plate then serve with steamed veggies and potatoes.

Notes:
1. You may also broiled chicken instead of baking.

Pesto Pasta

Filipino Style Recipe: pesto pasta is an easy and healthy Italian pasta dish. Pesto is made of processed basil, pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper then usually served with pasta or bread.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 15-30 minutes.
Good for 3-4 person

Ingredients:
200 grams Penne pasta or any pasta
3/4 cups fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons pine nuts or roasted pili nuts or walnuts
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese or feta cheese
salt And pepper to taste
2 chicken breast fillet, fried and flakes(optional)
2 whole tomatoes, diced(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare the pasta based on cooking instructions. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a food processor or blender, process chopped basil, pine nuts, salt and pepper until blended.
2. Add extra-virgin olive oil then continue blending until combined. Add more olive oil if needed. Set aside.
3. Prepare pasta on pasta tray, pour the pesto sauce on top then add chicken flakes, tomatoes and grated cheese. Toss together then Serve!

Notes:
1. You may also used peeled and deveined shrimps instead of chicken.
2. You may also used pesto pasta sauce mix which is available in grocery stores instead of doing the pesto sauce by yourself.

Marinated Chicken Pesto

Filipino Style Recipe: marinated chicken pesto is another healthy chicken dish. First, we blend basil, pine nuts and olive oil to make a pesto. We marinate the chicken and then baked until tender. Lastly, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and then serve hot.

Estimated time of preparation: 20 minutes(plus marinating time)
Estimated time of cooking: 25-30 minutes
Good for 3-4 servings

Ingredients:
4 pieces chicken fillet, skinless
100 grams fresh basil
50 grams toasted pine nuts or peanuts
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
100 grams malunggay leaves(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a blender, place basil, malunggay leaves, toasted pine nut and olive oil. Blend until well combined and smooth.
2. Season chicken fillet with salt and pepper then marinate with blended mixture.
3. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.

Part 2
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. In a baking pan, place the mixture and marinated chicken. Cover with aluminum foil.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is done.
5. Remove foil and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese on top.
6. Bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese turns to lightly browned.
7. Serve hot!

Notes:
1. You may also broiled chicken instead of baking.