Main Dishes

Squash & Green Beans in Coconut Milk {Filipino Food Month}

Hi everyone! It’s still Filipino Food Month, and today I’m directing you to an amazing recipe that I love. It’s simple and just so delicious. It’s from a blog called the Ivory Hut. She has a lot of delicious Filipino recipes there, so you should check her out. We made this for dinner last night and it was a hit all around. Little Man doesn’t love green beans, but he kept asking for more and more squash.

As a kid, I was never a huge fan of squash. My grandma makes squash by boiling and mashing it and topping with with butter & brown sugar. When I was little, I always ate it, but tried my best to get a spoonful mostly of brown sugar. Then in middle school in the Philippines, I was served a dish similar to the one you see above at a school event. I asked my friends what this delicious orange vegetable was, and to my surprise they said squash. I’ve loved it ever since, in any form. But I’ll always hold a special place in my heart (stomach?) for this dish, with the lovely combination of squash and coconut milk. This version with crispy bacon is especially delightful, and couldn’t be easier to make.

For those of you still in the thralls of winter weather on this first day of spring, it’s a wonderfully comforting and filling meal for a cold day.

Pancit {Filipino Food Month}

Are you ready for the next installment of Filipino Food Month? I know I am.

This is a Filipino dish called Pancit. There are many versions of this dish in the Philippines, with the main two that I ever came across being Pancit Bihon and Pancit CantonBihon is made with thin rice noodles, and canton is made with more of a lo-mein kind of noodle. In our house, we’re split as to which we prefer, with myself vastly preferring bihon and Hubs vastly preferring canton. Since it’s my birthday month and I’m doing the cooking, I win this time. 😉

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Fall Flavors Shepherd’s Pie

I think all of us find ourselves from time to time stuck in a food rut. You know what I’m talking about, when you feel like you’re always cooking the same dishes. I don’t know about you, but I get bored.

So the other day I was looking to try something new. Instead of coming up with something I’d never made before, I decided to re-think something we make fairly often: Shepherd’s Pie.

I’ve shared our regular Shepherd’s Pie recipe before, and I like it a lot. But I’ve had a thing for sweet potatoes lately, ever since the weather started to cool. I love the flavors of fall, and I wanted something comforting. So I threw some stuff together.

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PB ‘N B French Toast Redux

Ok, friends. This is not a new recipe. In fact, this is the first recipe I ever posted on this blog. And it’s a goodie.

But here’s the thing. The first time I made it for you, Little Man was less than 2 months old. Which meant that I didn’t have a ton of time for these things, and that most of my cooking happened after he went to bed (i.e. after it was dark.) So the pictures I posted were terrible. That didn’t stop many of you from leaving lovely comments on how delicious it sounded. But it’s bugged me for a long time.

So, recently I made this again and decided to take pictures of the process. This time I made it for breakfast, so natural light was plentiful. I left the directions mostly the same, but this time we made 4 sandwiches instead of 3, since Little Man loves himself some french toast.

To review, the PB N B in the title stands for Peanut Butter, Nutella & Banana.  In french toast. It’s pretty much all kinds of awesome. I mean, seriously. How can you go wrong with that combo?  This isn’t so much a recipe as an idea.  I don’t follow a recipe when I make french toast, so if you have a favorite recipe, you can easily use it when making this. (more…)

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