Saturday, October 11, 2014

Easy Recipes with Ragu Sauce

 Beef Caldereta and Mixed Pasta with Ragu Sauce Recipe

Crowdtap: Ragu Sauce Sample and Share

Hello Everyone!
I'm so inspired this week! I was able to spent time with my friends watching Filipino Movies and pigging out delicious food which reminds me back home. We also shared food and recipes every time we hang out together which is almost every week. When I hang out with my friends it feels like we are back in Pinas, which is so great! So, this week I'm sharing one of my favorite Filipino dish, which is The Beef Caldereta/ Kaldereta with a twist:Yup! I'm re-inventing Beef Caldereta using Ragu Sauce that I got for FREE from Crowdtap. I'm telling you, It's delicious and I can't going back for more and more and more! wink~~
I been blogging about Crowdtap Sample and Share multiples times now and I really enjoyed it! I love the experience of trying the product and share my experience to all of you. So,

What is Crowdtap?-  crowdtap is the place to use your creativity to win gift cards and score free products from big-name brands. Brands will challenge you to discuss and showcase how you use everyday items—through photos, videos, and writing—and then reward the best submissions."
Now that you know how awesome Crowdtap is. Join us and start tapping~ I personally love this site! and been sampling great products and able to win awesome prizes. Thanks a lot Crowdtap!:)

Anyways, I'm super excited to share this two super easy recipe featuring Ragu Sauce. Both recipe are equally delicious and it takes no time to make it at home. Come on join me in my kitchen and let's start making this recipe. Stay inspired and remember the best ingredients there is  LOVE! wink~~~:)

Beef Caldereta with Ragu Sauce Recipe

NOTES: Adjust the taste according to your preference and use ingredients that is available in hand.

1/2 lbs.Beef- cut into cubes
1 medium carrots- sliced
1 medium size potato- sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas
Onion- chopped
Garlic- chopped
1 teaspoon oil
Salt and Pepper- to taste
1/2 cup water
Ragu Sauce- I choose Ragu meat sauce creation on this recipe

1.) Put oil in large pan, let it heat through. Add chopped onion and garlic. Sauteed until translucent. Add the Beef Cubes let it fry for couple minutes until brown.
 2.) Add 1/2 cup of water and let it cook until the meat is tender. Add the potatoes, carrots and Ragu Sauce. It depends on how much sauce you want on your Caldereta. Add more if you want.:) Let it simmer until everything is cooked.
3.) Add the frozen peas. Cover for about 3-4 minutes. Adjust the taste by adding salt and pepper.
4.) Turn off the heat. Serve the Caldereta over white rice and ENJOY!

Tell me! Does it look delicious? I'm like drooling right now just by blogging about it. Umhh! this recipe is so tempting and scrumptious and surely impress everyone's taste-buds.  ooopppss! we are not done yet! I still have another recipe featuring Ragu Sauce. Come on! and see which one is the best! wink

Mixed Pasta with Ragu Meat Sauce

Notes:  I called it mixed pasta because its the mixed of all my left over pasta shells. Wink:) Use your favorite pasta. Adjust the taste according to your preference and Enjoy cooking!


1 box Pasta- I used my 3 kinds of pasta, great used for left over noodles you have in the pantry
1/2 lbs. hamburger
Ragu Sauce Meat Creations
Salt and Pepper

1.) Cooked the pasta according to the package direction. Drain and set aside.
2.) In large pan. Add the hamburger and let it cooked and render fat. Drain if you need to:) Add salt and Pepper then the Ragu Sauce.
3.) Simmer for couple minutes and taste the sauce before adding the cooked pasta into the sauce.
4.) Let it cooked for 3 minutes until everything is combined.
5.) Serve hot with garlic bread on the side. Enjoy!

 Does it look delicious? Not to mention that this recipe is super easy to make. Great idea for quick fix dinner:) Are you feeling inspired after reading my blog? I hope it give a boost of ideas to be creative with your Ragu Sauce. Do you have a favorite between the two? Share me your thoughts and recipe ideas  below. It's funny! I feel so hungry just by blogging about this two great recipes. I might as well get something to munch on.  (hahaha)
I hope you give this recipe a try and I'll be seeing you within few days for more fantastic and fun recipe. Enjoy the rest of the week. Stay warm!:)

xoxox- Melgie

Disclosure: I received FREE Coupon of Ragu Sauce courtesy from Ragu and Crowdtap. My opinion and experience is 100 percent mine. Thank you to #Crowdtap and #NewTradish

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bistek Recipe

Filipino Style Pan- Fried Beef Steak

Hi Everyone!
 Wow! Can you believe that its already October? Weeh! It feels like I can't keep up anymore! Time goes so fast that I can hardly remember what I did yesterday and few days ago. Do you feel same way too?  Or it just me trying to keep up with everything. :) wink!
Talking about busy schedule, this recipe is so perfect for easy and quick fix dinner for the whole family. Bistek- is basically a Filipino pan-fried beef steak with very simple ingredients. I'm guessing all the ingredients is already in your fridge. Awesome right? This is actually one of my favorite Filipino Dish paired with rice and soda. Yum! This is also very fulfilling meal that I'm sure everyone will love.
Its kinda strange that I'm getting hungry just by talking about the recipe, Not to mention that I just got back from lunch with my Mother in-law. Its always nice to just sit down and relax, talked and eat. I always treasure those moments, Thank you so much! Mom:)
Ready to explore and make Bistek?? Come on join me and my kitchen as we make this recipe together. Remember to just have FUN and don't be afraid to explore the flavors that cooking can bring.:)

 NOTES: Adjust the taste according to your preference. Double the recipe quantity for larger crowd. Enjoy and have fun cooking Bistek.:)

1/2 lbs Beef- cut into pieces
1/4 cup soy sauce
Vinegar or lemon juice 2-3 teaspoon
2 garlic chopped
1/2 cup water
Onion- sliced into rings for garnish
Salt and Pepper- to taste

1.) In medium bowl combine the sliced beef, soy sauce, vinegar or lemon juice, pepper and let it marinate.
2.) Put a little vegetable oil. Add the chopped garlic sauteed until translucent. Add the marinated beef and let it cooked. Add water if you want the beef to be tender and also it gives you that delicious sauce that you want to drizzle over your rice. (It's totally optional, I just like mine to cook it that way.)
3.) Let it cooked to perfection. Add salt if you need to and Serve it in a bowl add the Onion rings-- DONE
4.) Best served with rice or noodles.:) Enjoy!

Now you know how quick and easy it it to make. Are you ready for some Bistek dinner tonight? Add your own twist and make it perfect. It's always great to have delicious meal even on busy days.  I hope you get some cooking inspiration this week.Try my version of Bistek and let me know what you think. Share me your thoughts on the comment below.
Keep checking on my blog for more awesome recipe. I'll see you in few days- Stay warm, sweet and cozy!! Enjoy the rest of the week--:)

xoxox- Melgie
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Apple Crisp with Truvia Brown Sugar Blend

Apple Crisp Recipe with Truvia Brown Sugar Blend

Hello Everyone!
How was your week doing so far? Did you do something exciting? or maybe tried new recipe? My week  is doing pretty good and full of inspiration. I finally watched the movie "Divergent" and OEmGEE! I was totally into it. The characters in the movie are simply the best!  and guess what? I watched the movie 5 times within the period of 48 hours. Hahahha! I know its kinda annoying if you think about it buy hey! I enjoyed and loved every moment of it) wink. Aside from being obsessed with the movie Divergent, I'm also please and excited to try new product of Truvia, introducing the Truvia Brown Sugar Blend,, yippee! As you all remembered I hosted a TruFan Lemonade Stand in my neighborhood not too long ago and it was a blast! and now I get a chance to try a new Truvia Brown Sugar Blend- So grateful! @Truvia- Thank you so much.:)
I'm static to do a review on Truvia Brown Sugar, As you all know Me! I'm into trying new recipes and this is right on my alley. Couldn't ask for more! There's 7 great recipe cards included on the package and when I saw the Apple Crisp recipe, I was totally sold! It's one of my family's favorite dessert and its super easy to make. I made Apple Crisp before but I didn't add oatmeal to the toppings and now its my chance to to re-do the recipe and used Truvia Brown sugar blend. I'll promise you, this recipe is simply the best! great for company coming over, potluck party and much more.

Truvia Brown Sugar Blend Kit #YayBrown
The package was beautifully wrapped to perfection and delivered right into my front door through FedEx. It was totally a surprised and I was so trilled! So, Come on, join me as I discovered what's inside the package.. Wohoo! excitement overload! Can you tell? wink!
* 16 oz Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
* YayBrown booklet presented by Truvia Sweetener- basically talked about BROWN in general and kids are having fun reading it.
* 7 Recipe Cards- Yippee! A great addition to my recipe collections. One of my favorite  recipe Apple Crisp which featured here on my blog. Yum!
Are you excited to get this dessert take it to the next level? Come On join me in my kitchen, As, I make this super easy and delicious dessert that everyone will love. Also to experience the New Brown Sugar Blend  that has all the taste and texture of Brown Sugar, but only a quarter of the calories. Isn't is amazing?  Below is the recipe.
* Notes: Feel free to used and substitute ingredients according to your preference. Enjoy!

Yield: 6 servings
4 cups apples, sliced
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose four
1/4 cup butter, unsalted
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
Nonstick Cooking spray

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit.
2.)  Spray bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
3.) In a medium mixing bowl, toss apple slices in lemon juice to coat, then evenly layer them in the pan
4.) In a medium bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over apples.
5.) Bake for 30 minutes or until topping is golden-brown and apples are tender when pierced with fork.

 This is recipe is so good and I don't even feel the difference between a regular sugar and Truvia. Awesome! My family love the Apple Crisp, especially if you add vanilla ice cream and let it melt over the warm apple crisp... Delish! Can't even put into words how good it is. ( hahaha) A perfect way to end your delicious meal or a sweet breakfast in the morning. I actually tried having it for breakfast the other day and it was yummy. I add vanilla yogurt on top. Yum!After trying the Truvia Brown Sugar, I simply loved the product! It taste and feels like brown sugar but only a quarter of the calories. That's amazing! #YAYBROWN indeed. 
 I hope this recipe give you inspiration to make it at home and keep that aroma of fall all over your house...
I hope you find this recipe so inviting and delicious and I'll see you in few days for more awesome recipes. Enjoy the rest of the day..

xoxox- Melgie

Disclosure: I am a member of the TruFan Community rewards program and Truvia sent me a sample of its Truvia Brown Sugar Blend to review. Opinion of the product is 100 percent mine. Thank you Truvia!:) #YAYBROWN

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