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Fast Family Meal Suggestions?

In the recipe post prior to this one, i explained that for the month of December i will be focusing on quick and tasty (healthy or indulgent) dishes to help you cook for your family or guests that you may be accomodating during this holiday season.

I just want to help out in the kitchen and maybe assist you in exploring some culinary areas you’ve been wanting to try for a while.

So please, let me know if you have any suggestions. What do you want to learn how to make? What does your family enjoy eating? What are you tired of eating all the time and do you want a change? Anything creative you’ve been trying to wrap your head around?

But my preference is:

give me specific, unique, recipes/dish ideas you’ve been wanting to try and i’ll select my favourites, make the food and credit you in the process. Also i’ve been collecting prices to give out to all of you! (well for those who want some, if you don’t want a prize and still submit, that’s cool too)

Go for it, unleash the fat kids.

48 COMMENTS

    1. Nicole Uy December 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

      I always wanna make dessert for my family, was thinking about preparing something fast to make, perhaps a no bake dessert of some sort wherein they’d still be impressed on presentation and taste? Oh, and have you tried making a frozen soufflé?

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

        hmmm never, sounds not as easy as you’d like it to be though

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    1. Sushi Garcia December 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

      HI! Do you have any easy christmas menu idea in mind? My mom asked me to cook for them on christmas and i have no idea yet.please help me :)

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

        check out my new post

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    1. Sen December 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Seafood Pasta!

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

        yummy! but not creative enough!

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    1. MarvelousMum December 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Hey Erwan. My family is very traditional. We have fruit salad, lasagna, hamonado etc for our Christmas Day family reunion. But some of our relatives visit us a few days after Christmas or even New Year’s Day. So what I really want to learn is what to do with the leftovers like roast chicken and ham.

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

        will do :) i still owe you something! hahah send me your postal address at thefatkidinside05@gmail.com so i can mail it to you. Sorry for the delay!

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    1. Sam December 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

      what about a modified kare-kare?haha i really love it because of the veggies but i don’t know how to do it and it’s to hassle to cook. i guessed other people who also want to eat it do not cook it at home because of the process. so i guessed, an alternative way of cooking it would be a great help. thanks! :)

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      1. Arya December 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

        vegetable kare kare please… sorry i used the reply button :)

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    1. Yana December 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Hi Erwan my mom cooks sweet & sour pork.. Please have a unique recipe of sweet & sour .. Tnx

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

        i love traditional sweet and sour pork

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    1. Ty! December 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Flame grilled baby back ribs (the racks style!) with the signature sauce, of course. I don’t like the super hot sauce, just the regular one. Haha. Thanks erwan.

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

        i like it super hot!

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    1. Yen December 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Hi Erwan!

      I have always wanted to make mac ‘n cheese; in fact, I’m thinking of serving it at our family reunion this month. Would you be able to create a gourmet- type/looking/ish mac ‘n cheese, using simple and common ingredients, with only a Php500 budget? :)

      Thanks!

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

        just add some bacon and 3 different cheese!

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    1. Cristal Era Sato December 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Hi Kuya Erwan! :D So here it goes.. I love pasta and so my family! In every occasion pasta is never absent. Like spaghetti and carbonara. I’m thinking what else I can do? Like giving it a twist or a new recipe. I’m wondering.. is it possible to blend pasta with fruits? If possible, then what kind of fruits? Hope you can help me po. :D Thank you and have a delicious day!

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

        maybe with dried fruits :)

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        1. Cristal Era Sato December 21, 2012 at 4:23 am

          Such as? :D

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    1. manuel December 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Hi, We are on the planning stage of food preparation for our Christmas party, actually we always celebrated it post christmas because, all of us have money after christmas, hehehe! we planned to cook grill pork belly( inspired by your pork tocino), one is pasta but we find it hard to what kind of pasta recipe would be easy to cook and afordable, hope u can help us to make our christmas party a good one, thanks from RB friends!

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

        just go for the simple garlic pastas

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    1. precy December 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

      i’ve been reading your food blog and i might try one of your recipes soon..i wanted to prepare hamonado,my mom used to make it before but i guess she got tired preparing it for hours to make the pork very tender so she’d opt buying those ham from groceries..i’ve been longing for the homemade taste of ham..hope i could recreate this for my family this holiday season..

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:19 am

        i’ll try and do one. The problem is it takes FOREVER haha and i have work

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    1. Kevin Sato December 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      I love cooking for others! And this one is dedicated to my friends… for me pizza is the perfect “to-share” food. However, one of my friends is allergic to tomato so using tomato-based/derived products is a big NO.

      Can you help me come up with a non-tomato-sauce-based pizza? I also hope that it could be “two-faced” — light vegetarian at one side, and savory meat-lovers paradise on the other (since half of gang are heavy meat-lovers haha). I don’t know what else I could add to the pizza hahaha. I hope you get to cook this soon :) Oh, and please do it in your stone oven hahahahahaha

      (PS I hope you could also share a refreshing beverage recipe that will be a perfect pizza-mate)

      Thank you, Erwan!

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

        lots of demands i see!

        but im a purist. For me pizza has to have a tomato base, i HATE cream based pizzas.

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      1. Cristal Era Sato December 21, 2012 at 4:20 am

        We got the same last name. :D

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    1. terry December 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Erwan!

      Here are my suggestions:

      1. Calamansi Cupcake
      Make a flavorful calamnsi cupcake topped with buttercream cheese swirl it with calamansi rind and red peppermint bits on topof it. So much like a modern cupcake na Christmas like appearnce.

      2. Grilled Pork Chops with caramelized raspberry and onion with 3 colors of capsicum to make it like again a Christmas concept.

      3. Spinach-Pesto Pasta

      I’m imagining a mixed spinach and basil pesto with cream cheese and mozzarella so it will melt and add truffles.

      I hope to win :) Thanks for stirring my mind to think of foods to cook for our Noche Buena :)

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

        thanks Terry!

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    1. terry December 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Tropical Tiger Prawns

      Sauce:
      Saute Garlic and Fresh Basil, Add Coconut Milk. Salt and pepper to taste.

      Prawns:

      Just grill it with lime and sea salt and pepper.

      Serve. Easy to make :)

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    1. Lawrence See December 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Hey Erwan,

      I’ve always wanted to try an herb infused rocksalt that you could use as a crust for your roasted chicken. i’ve seen it done with fish but I would also like to see if you could do it using a whole chicken. I believe that it is fairly simple. just proceed as you would when roasting a chicken. Stuff the chicken with basically any herb of your choice (ie. thyme, rosemary, etc.) then just add a thick layer of herb infused rocksalt (mix herbs and salt) on the outside of the chicken. After roasting, i think it would look really good if you would crack the layer of salt in front of everyone. It would add a very rustic touch to a very simple dish.

      Thanks and let me know what you think.

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

        thanks Lawrence! I don’t think you can crust a chicken. All the salt would permeate the skin. Whereas with Fish (because of a thicker skin) the salt doesnt go through. The only way to do it, would be to make a salt dough (adding flour to the mix) so you are really just wrapping the chicken and not giving it a crus (unlike with fish its just salt).

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    1. jo December 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Hello. I noticed that majority of the food that you cook/bake are inspired by foreign cuisines… So what could be your version of something local like..goto? :) Goto is beef tripe congee. My dad used to make Goto every Christmas eve but he left the country for work. His version of Goto has ox tripe, liver and chicharon bulaklak (not exactly the healthiest kind of dish but definitely Pinoy). It is our family’s comfort food during Christmas. :)

      I look forward to your take on this Pinoy comfort food. :) dare? :)

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

        i do alot of local stuff as well but not too much, because there is already a lot of people here who do great local food, i want to try and introduce new flavours

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    1. Anna December 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      I always cook beef sukiyaki with vegetables like carrots, cabbage and mushrooms with worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. easy and yummy dish that can be prepared and cooked in 30 minutes. It so simple that sometimes I find it boring. any suggestion on how to liven it up?

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

        chilli!

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    1. Maria Louisa Saulog Cervania December 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Over the past few years in Austin, we have grown to have close family and friends who are Puerto Rican, so I have added making a Pernil, Sweet Plantain and Arroz con Gandules. Now we are spending a quiet Phoenix Christmas this year with just my husband and dog, I want to make a small yet thoughtful Christmas meal. Roasting a pork butt, turkey, ham or duck just seems overkill. Any help much appreciated =D! Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

        Christmas for 2 is always great. Just go small, try and find some quail or small hens, make a great roast, a chestnut stuffing, a red wine onion sauce and just a side of roasted squash with sage and some smashed sweet potatoes with chives and sour cream?

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        1. Maria Louisa Saulog Cervania December 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

          Small hens are perfect! My husband loves Cornish Hens! Ooo, Roasted Squash with sage is great, too! And, found a recipe for Chestnut Stuffing that is Paleo! We have a Christmas Dinner! Thanks so much! Hope you and those closest to your heart have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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    1. TM December 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      chicken tandoori with basmati rice salad

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

        there are better indian bloggers than me out there haha

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    1. Kendrick Tan December 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Hey Erwan,

      Pasta/Rice stuffed roasted chicken. I’ve been wanting to make one but my oven at home is kinda small and I don’t have a turbo broiler so I have no means of making one now. (Maybe when I finally buy a bigger oven, this will be among the first dishes I’ll make) Ive heard of stuffed lechon and turkey but they are pretty much tedious and expensive to make so a chicken version would be fairly easy, and just perfect for every occasion, especially for the budget-conscious Filipinos. Mac and cheese would be a great stuffing, as well as chicken rice or chorizo paella :)

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    1. rhy December 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Hi Erwan,

      It’s getting cold here in UK and because of that, I really want to have soup atleast twice a week. It’s possible to put a twist to our traditional sotanghon soup… Can you also give/suggest more soup recipe that I can make it so quick but no dairy as possible… I will use those soup recipe as alternative starter to the common green salad.

      Thanks lot

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:27 am

        hi Rhy, yes i will do a soup post soon!

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    1. Pau December 5, 2012 at 2:48 am

      Hey Erwan,
      Usually the highlights of our Noche buena dinner are Lengua(cow’s tongue), herb chicken, grilled shrimp, chicken macaroni salad and lechon. Maybe you have ideas in making twists on these recipes and make an interesting recipes on leftover lechon besides the paksiw and frying it. Hopefully you’ll have overflowing interesting recipes for this holiday. Thank you very much and have a nice day! :)

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:27 am

        do you make your lechon home made?

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    1. Em December 5, 2012 at 6:24 am

      When I think of family meal I think of a large pot of hearty, feed your soul, type of meal. What I’m tired of seeing are pasta dishes. What I would love to learn how to make is beef bourguingon. I’m not sure if beef bourguignon has potatoes in the recipe (or if it’s fast and easy to make), but adding carrots & potatoes to it sound sooo good. A meal where all I need is a big bowl of beef bourguingon and some bread.

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      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:27 am

        there are some great French blogs out there with this Traditional Recipe :)

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    1. Nyx December 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

      My mom and my aunt both have paella recipes that never fail to make an appearance on special occasions and I think that could be a pretty flexible dish (y’know depends on what you put in it and all that) I also wanted to find a way to make it healthier since it’s a bit carb intensive :) But usually the menu is that, beef salpicao, a salad of sorts and my cousin’s diet-killer frozen braso (you’d cry at the amount of sugar in it) for dessert :D

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