I think breakfast is so important in ones day to day routine. While some people put off eating breakfast and have brunch or lunch, I try to include breakfast every day.

On the weekends when I have more time, I make this kind of breakfast with garlic fried rice, fried eggs, and some type of meat. This past weekend, I made longanisa, a sweet pork sausage type that is common in the Philippines.

This is such a satisfying meal for me that I often skip lunch or just snack on a few things until dinner time.

Check this post out and other recipes on my IG @spoonfulofcrumbs

Puto Flan

This Puto Flan is a Filipino dessert. Puto is steamed rice cake and Flan is the sweet caramel custard.

Leche Flan, as it is famously known in the Philippines, is a popular dessert. You can find this at most parties and restaurants often carry this as part of the dessert menu. Puto can be eaten by itself or with something else, such as pancit or blood pork stew called “dinuguan”.

This Puto flan combination was so easy and fun to make. It’s a process but an easy one. It is cake like at the top and custard-y at the bottom. Your one bite will transport you to heaven.

Check out this post, original recipe, and others on my IG @spooonfulofcrumbs

Milkshake on a snowy night

It’s snowy and windy outside and it’s lovely to look at from the inside. I love that I am able to experience the four seasons: from miserable and (sometimes very) cold Winters to humid and hot Summers.

No matter the weather or season, this banana milkshake will not disappoint. Check out this post and many more on my IG @spoonfulofcrumbs

Leftover Ham

Did you enjoy the holidays? I’m sure you share the same predicament with me and leftovers. I have leftover ham in the freezer and have made a few things with it.

If you want to get rid of of some ham, try this Macaroni and Ham soup. It is comforting, easy to make in the Instant Pot or stove top.

Check out my post and the recipe for this on my IG @spoonfulofcrumbs

What have you made with your leftover ham or turkey?

Do you drink tea?

I discovered this combination the other day while looking at ways to think, eat, and drink healthy. It’s a mouthful of ways, I know. It’s not a New Years thing either. Generally, I strive and struggle to eat healthy things but these days, what is really healthy? You might subscribe to a keto diet only to up your fat intake or a low carb diet but the fat and sugar is way up there. I guess I don’t have the talent to sift through what’s good and bad and what’s hidden.

If you’re feeling down from all the sifting and thinking of ways to be healthy, take a break and try this tea. It’s super easy: cinnamon, lemon, and honey. You can use a cinnamon stick (simmered in water) then add 1-2 teaspoons of lemon, and some honey.

Trust me, you’ll forget all of the sifting. Follow me and check out other posts on IG @spoonfulofcrumbs

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

If you’re looking for an easy and flavorful dish, try this recipe for a Big Bang!

After seasoning your beef patties, form them into an oval or circle shaped then fry them for about 2-3 minutes each side.

In the same skillet, sauté your onions, garlic, then add your mushrooms.

Add the rest of the ingredients including the beef bouillon cube, soy sauce, black pepper, water, and flour.

Add your beef patties back and let it simmer until the beef is cooked and the mushrooms are cooked.

Look at that. One skillet and no fuss recipe. I’m so thankful for this recipe. Serve with rice or potatoes. Check out my IG @spoonfulofcrumbs for the recipe link.

Steamed Buns

My overall goal for 2021 is to “perfect” making the steamed buns, particularly the dough. The dough is what’s challenging for me including the process of making it. But little by little, I am getting better at it. This is actually my second batch since the new year. I hope no one gets tired of eating them because more will be on the way.

For the filling, I thought I’d try ground chicken instead of pork. While it turned out okay, I prefer ground pork. I think the flavor is bolder with the pork.

This was delicious and the dough had the right texture and the filling was well seasoned.

Check out my IG post on this @spoonfulofcrumbs

Lentil Ham Soup

If you still have lots of leftover ham left from the holidays, why not make soup? This lentil and ham soup is perfect for lunch or dinner. Add vegetables such as carrots and celery to make it hearty and healthy.

Sauté the onions and carrots for a bit, then add the garlic and diced ham. I added the celery and cabbage at this point. I added the ham bone to get more flavor.

Add your canned tomatoes, lentils, seasonings, bay leaf, and broth. Cook until the lentils are soft.

It’s another one pot dish that’s well worth the time making. Check out this post on my IG @spoonfulofcrumbs

One Pot Dish

I love one pot meals because it says right there in the name: one pot. It means using only one pot for the cooking. This Caramelized Chicken came together in less than 50 minutes including the dicing and mincing.

Try this recipe next time you have chicken thighs. It’s so easy and perfect as a weeknight meal. This recipe credit goes to @nuocmamafoods. Check her out on IG and while you’re there check me out, too @spoonfulofcrumbs.

Taro Ice Cream

Have you tried this ice cream? First of all, taro is a root vegetable that is slightly sweet and nutty. The prominent feature here is nutty.

I love taro steamed but I’ve also had taro buns where the taro is made into a jam-paste like consistency.

This taro ice cream is unique in that it requires no churning and only a few ingredients. Check out my post on IG for the recipe @spoonfulofcrumbs

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