Hi! Happy Monday, everyone! Let’s say yes to another week of meal planning for the little one, shall we? One tip I’d like to share with you when cooking food for your todder is to have make-ahead ginisa mix and dips or sauces prepped during the weekend, chilled and stored for later.
Here are my tried-and-tested recipes for ginisa mix, tomato-red bell pepper dip, and malunggay-basil pesto.
- 2 onions
- 1 garlic
- 2 tomatoes
- 1/4 cup cooking oil or olive oil
- Chop garlic, onions, and tomatoes. You may chop them finely or however you would normally chop them. I prefer to remove the skin and seeds of tomatoes. Another option is to add turmeric.
- Mix them in a bowl and add cooking oil or olive oil.
That’s it! It’s so easy to make. I like making a batch of this ginisa mix because this saves at least 5 minutes of prep time when cooking and that means extra 5 minutes cuddle time with Amanda.
Tomato-Red Bell Pepper Dip
- 4 tomatoes
- 1 medium sized red bell pepper
- optional – sugar, salt, and pepper
- Cut and deseed tomatoes and red bell pepper.
- Add water and bring to boil, drain then put tomatoes and red bell pepper into the food processor. You may also add sugar, salt, and pepper according to your taste.
You can serve this as your ketchup or dip, sauce for your pasta, or you may have this as base for any soup you’d like to cook.
Malunggay-Basil Pesto Dip
- 1 cup malunggay
- 1 cup basil
- 1/2 cup cashew
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- optional – salt and pepper
- Into the food processor, add chopped malunggay, chopped basil, cashew, and olive oil. You may add salt and pepper to taste.
- Pulse until desired consistency is achieved.
This pesto dip is perfect for pasta and will also complement any vegetable pancakes.
These mix and sauces are good for 3-5 days, just place them in the refrigerator and get about a tablespoon or two whenever you need it. We’re still practicing Tamang KAIN in our household, so minimal salt and sugar if used. Remember, no sweeteners and seasonings under 1 year old.
Here are some of the dishes I made for Amanda using these make-ahead mix and sauces.
How about you? What dips and sauces have you made? Share them in the comments below.