ONE of the easiest dishes to prepare is Garlic Mushrooms. If you suddenly find yourself without food in the house and there’s no time to cook something complicated, it can come in handy. Besides taking very little effort and time to prepare, Garlic Mushrooms is also delicious and satisfying. It often serves as an appetizer, but it can also be a great main dish—especially on days when you do not feel like eating something heavy on the tummy. It is perfect for Meatless Mondays, a healthy eating and healthy living campaign being promoted by Jolly, which is a leading brand of canned vegetables and fruits exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corporation in the Philippines.
1 can Jolly Whole Mushrooms (400 grams), drained
1 Tbsp. Jolly Claro Palm Oil
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 head garlic, chopped
2 Tbsps. soy sauce (may use liquid seasoning or oyster sauce)
1. Heat pan over low heat. Add oil and butter. When the butter melts, add garlic and then sauté until fragrant.
2. Add Jolly Whole Mushrooms and soy sauce.
3. Toss until mushrooms are coated with butter and garlic.
4. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
GOING meatless sometimes seems daunting. But if you really come to think about it, it should be easy, as long as you’ve got recipes of delicious meatless dishes on hand. The advocacy of Jolly, a leading brand of canned vegetables and fruits exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corporation, is to share recipe ideas that will help consumers lead healthier lives by eating healthier one day at a time, or, rather, one day a week, for a start. One of the first recipes off its Meatless Mondays campaign, which designates Mondays as that special meatless day, is Chopsuey with Corn and Mushrooms.
Find it unusual to have corn in your chopsuey? Oh, but, yes, you can, and that’s what makes this recipe even more special.
3 Tbsps. Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pc. medium red onion, chopped
2 pcs. medium carrots, sliced diagonally
2 stalks celery, sliced diagonally
1 cup cauliflower or broccoli, drained and sliced
1 400-gram can Jolly Whole Mushrooms, drained
1 425-gram can Jolly Whole Kernel Corn drained
1 10.5oz can Jolly Cream of Mushrooms Soup
1/2 cup water sitsaro
2 Tbsps. soy sauce
1 pc. small sayote, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
12 pcs. small quail eggs, boiled
1. Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onion until fragrant.
2. Stir in carrots, celery, cauliflower or broccoli, Jolly Whole Mushrooms, and Jolly Whole Kernel Corn until just heated through, about 3 minutes.
3. Add Jolly Cream of Mushrooms, water, sitsaro and soy sauce. Bring to boil then add sayote. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 3-5 minutes until vegetables are tender but still crisp.
4. Add cooked quail eggs.
5. Serve hot with steamed rice.
IT’S Monday, and it is the start of the week. Most people refer to it as Manic Monday. Why not call it a Meatless Monday by making it the start of, no, not just your week but your new healthy eating habit? Make it meatless and make it healthy by overcoming the temptation of consuming instant and fast food, which is very convenient indeed. Instead, prepare fresh and healthy dishes using only the finest ingredients.
A daunting task, you might say, and you are right. But if you go meatless at least once a week, you are giving yourself bountiful benefits that your body will thank you for—and Jolly, a canned fruits and vegetables brand exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corporation, will be there to back you up with its own version of the Meatless Monday campaign.
The Meatless Monday campaign is originally a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, which was developed in association with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath in Maryland, USA. It became a growing global advocacy that made its way to the Philippines in 2011. Jolly happens to be a major proponent of the Meatless Monday campaign. Its version aims to promote healthy eating habits at home by motivating individuals to conveniently add a meat-free dish to their weekly menu.
“Jolly has always been an advocate of healthy eating. We believe that cooking should be a platform to revive the interest and fundamental aspects of eating right and healthy as well as promote the knowledgeable use of choice ingredients and creative ways of cooking,” explains Fly Ace Corporation group product manager for canned fruits and vegetables Marilou Acuna.
She adds: “Monday, being the first day, dictates the flow of the entire week. Symbolically, it connotes a fresh start or a reset. Jolly wants to be at the forefront of promoting a positive mindset and attitude towards healthy eating habits.”
Chopsuey with Corn and Mushrooms
Jolly’s Meatless Monday campaign aims to spread the life-changing rewards of a once-a-week meat-free diet. To kick-start a healthy meat-free diet, it advocates the addition of a healthy ingredient, such as Jolly Mushrooms, in any dish. Touted as one of the world’s superfood, mushrooms are a rich source of L-ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant, which can protect body cells from within, thus boosting one’s immune system and helping prevent future diseases such as cancers. Jolly mushrooms contain an impressive 14mf of L-ergothioneine per 400-gram can.
Via its official online portal on Facebook, JollyEats, homecooks, moms and those passionate in cooking can easily find a variety of easy-to-do and healthy recipes. “Jollykadas” can also learn straight from professional chefs via The Jolly Show, an interactive Facebook live cooking show that features well-loved classic Pinoy dishes with Jolly twists on a monthly thematic basis.
“Jolly is a brand with products that are suited perfectly for busy people like moms who want to create healthy dishes for their families. We want to begin our campaign for a healthier and jollier family right on the dining table of every Filipino home,” concludes Fly Ace Corporation assistant vice-president for marketing Abigail Ng-Reyes.
(Recipes of Jolly’s Garlic Mushrooms and Chopsuey with Corn and Mushrooms will be shared in the next couple of days.)
BESIDES spaghetti, I like to use penne and spiral pasta whenever I make pasta dishes at home. Sometimes, however, I find myself with a little excess pasta on hand because I like my sauce rich and thick on my pasta. So what do I do with leftover pasta?
I make a pasta salad with it. Spiral pasta is perfect in a salad because it is equivalent to one bite or mouthful. More than just being easy to prepare, this salad is good because the different flavors of the ingredients used meld together perfectly. The strong flavor of tuna with lemon and pepper complements the subtle flavors of cooked pasta and boiled egg. You can even add lettuce into it, if you wish, and the flavors would still come together harmoniously as a treat for the palate.
1-2 cups leftover cooked spiral pasta
1/4 cup Gold Seas tuna in lemon and pepper
1-2 boiled eggs, cut into cubes
1. Assemble spiral pasta, tuna and boiled egg on salad plate.
2. Pipe Japanese mayonnaise on the ingredients.
IN connection with the nationwide Sustainable Seafood awareness this March (201, Marriott Hotel Manila joined other hotels and restaurants in reiterating its commitment to serve only the best quality and sustainable seafood in its restaurants.
Marriott’s commitment revolves mainly around offering sustainable shrimps. Why shrimps? This is because, according to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWW, formerly World Wildlife Fund), shrimps are the most traded marine product today and trading of shrimps constantly increases by 10% annually.
“Given our brand’s well-established corporate responsibility, which is “Spirit to Preserve,” we feel responsible for providing not just high-quality dishes but also for sourcing our ingredients responsibly so our clients can enjoy more years of great food and satisfied seafood cravings,” explains Marriott Hotel Manila’s executive chef Meik Brammer.
So expect the buffet spread at the hotel’s Marriott Café to be extra special on Wednesdays with the addition of premium quality tiger prawns called Selva Shrimps. Selva shrimps have a “Best Choice” rating for sustainability because these are naturally raised in mangrove forests, without the use of fertilizers or chemicals, and supports small farming communities in Southeast Asia. They are considered as healthy shrimps valued for their firm texture, succulent flavor and vibrant color.
Selva shrimps form part of Marriott Cafe’s buffet spread every Wednesday
Indonesian Sambal Marinated Grilled Shrimps
Manila Style Shrimp Sisig
As part of the buffet menu, guests can have Selva shrimps cooked just the way they want them. But Marriott chefs have recommendations at the same time. Their recommendations are written on the board—Grilled Shrimps, Gambas, and Buttered Garlic Shrimps. Should guests want the shrimps in international flavors, Chef Meik recommends Indonesian Sambal Marinated Grilled Shrimps; and for those who prefer having them in local flavors, there is Manila Style Shrimp Sisig to go to. Selva shrimps are offered on top of all those international dishes that Marriott has to offer on Marriott Café’s buffet spread. Despite the extra treat, however, the buffet price still remains Php1,950 for lunch and Php2,150 for dinner on Wednesdays.
Baked Shrimps with Chips and Dips
Selva shrimps are also available as bar snacks at the hotel’s Greatroom lobby lounge. The bar menu includes Shrimp Boil (boiled shrimps with sausage and potatoes on the side), Baked Shrimps with Chips and Dips, Shrimp Okoy (fritters) and Shrimp Kapao (shrimps in a bun).
For inquiries, call (02) 988-9999 or log in to manilamarriott.com.