Lutong Pinoy Recipes

Cooking may not be everyone’s forte, despite it being something of a necessity for every human being. We all need to eat but it is not surprising that a lot of people, especially the modern generation, do not take the time to learn how to cook.

It is something that can be easily learned and an important skill set to learn as you grow older. It may not be seen as convenient for people that are always “on-the-go” but there are certain recipes that can be easily done and takes little time to prepare and make. Below are a few food recipes anyone can do to prepare a simple meal.

1) Tacos

Something foolproof and very easy, tacos are a giveaway meal to anyone that does not want to cook. It involves just a little bit of cooking and mostly done by simply preparing the ingredients. It is also a good snack to bring along if you are busy, as long as you have a container to hold it with. The only ingredient that requires cooking in tacos is the meat filling. The most common taco recipe uses ground beef for its filling.

Ingredients:

● 1 pound ground beef
● 1 cup of salsa
● 10 taco shells of a brand of your choice
● ½ head lettuce, shredded
● 1 medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)
● 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

It is cooked by simply heating oil in a skillet pan and sautéing the onions till brown and adding the ground meat to cook with condiments to taste like salt, garlic powder, cumin, and chili powder. Different recipes include different spices and it is really up to preference which condiments to incorporate. It is fairly easy to make and the ingredients are easy to acquire if they are not already in your kitchen pantry.

For the taco shells, they just need to be heated really quickly inside the oven for less than 5 minutes. Other ingredients you can mix with the tacos are lettuce, cheese, tomatoes or salsa, guacamole or avocado and, chickpeas.

2) Mac & Cheese

A household favorite, Mac & Cheese is a very delicious dish and a guilty pleasure for many. It is a comfort food that is easy and inexpensive to make and a snack for any occasions. There are only a few ingredients needed to make this dish.

Ingredients:
● 1 (8 ounces) box elbow macaroni
● 1/4 cup butter
● 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
● 1/2 teaspoon salt ground black pepper to taste
● 2 cups milk
● 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

The first step is to submerge the macaroni in boiling water with salt to make it softer. The macaroni will absorb the water which allows it to be edible. It is cooked similar to pasta noodles. Once it is done the cooking, drain the water from the pot and put the macaroni aside. The sauce of the Mac & Cheese is made by simply cooking the other ingredients together in a heated pan layered in butter. First put the salt, pepper, and flour together and stir for about 5 minutes. Pour in the milk slowly while continuing to stir until it is all mixed and smooth. Then, add the cheddar cheese while still stirring and continue to do so until the cheese has melted. Coat the macaroni with the sauce mixture and, there you go, a simple mac & cheese recipe.

3) Pancakes

This is another recipe that is very easy to do. This breakfast dish can get you started in practicing your cooking skills to make the most important meal of the day. The ingredients to make a pancake are typical condiments that can be found in normal household pantries.

Ingredients:
● 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
● 1 1/4 cups milk
● 1 egg
● 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
● 1 teaspoon salt
● 1 tablespoon white sugar
● 3 tablespoons of melted butter

Sift the powdered ingredients, which are the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt together. This will help remove the chunks in the mixture and make a smoother batter. Make a crater-like hole in the middle of the powder mixture and add in the milk, egg, and butter. Mix them well until smooth. What’s left is to fry the batter in a pan covered in oil and warmed in medium-high heat. The trick is not to put the batter too thin or too thick so that the pancake can be cooked on both sides equally without the inside being too mushy.

There are undoubtedly a lot more recipes available worldwide that can easily be made even by those who struggle to cook a meal. Food ingredients are something so versatile that there is always a space to make many more different dishes. Cooking food recipes shouldn’t be considered as something like a chore because not all meals are tedious. Starting to prepare simple recipes such as the ones above is the way for anyone to get curious and discover more ways to improve their cooking skills and indulge in their own cooking.