Mariko Amekodommo News Archive
I love making tarts! This simple and delicious recipe is perfect for breakfast and dessert! For a gluten-free / low-carb version, skip the puff pastry and add all ingredients to a pie plate. Experiment with different Greek yogurt and fruit combinations, and even try adding a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon – the possibilities are endless!
½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed (plus flour for rolling)
2 ripe pears, thinly sliced
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out puff pastry on lightly floured surface, and fit into lightly greased 9in tart pan (with removable bottom) or pie plate. Arrange pears on bottom of pan. In small bowl, mix yogurt and eggs, and pour over pears and spread evenly. Bake for 35-40 or until set. Cool and serve!
Happy 4th of July! I'm looking forward to a day by the pool, and some action on the grill. BBQ is one of my favorite foods in the entire world, so here is a BBQ sauce recipe that can be ready in minutes without the preservatives and fake ingredients of the store bought brands. Customize your sauce by adding a splash of hot sauce, garlic, liquid smoke - or even whiskey!
1 cup ketchup
1/4 sweetener (brown sugar, molasses, honey or agave)
1 Tbsp mustard (I like a super spicy dijon)
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
Add all ingredients to small saucepan over medium heat, and stir until combined. Bring to a boil, and continue stirring until all ingredients are dissolved and reduced (about 5-10 minutes). Use as a marinade or dipping sauce for your favorite meat, and enjoy!
Fresh, ice cold limonata anyone?!
Our Perezcious contributor Mariko Amekodommo has figured out the secret to amazeballs homemade limonata.
And you only need four things to make it!
Ch-ch-check it out (above)
Pancakes are delicious and addictive!!!! Here is a quick, healthy and easy version that you can enjoy for breakfast every day! You can double the recipe and freeze the leftovers (if you don’t eat them all) then they are ready for the toaster when you want them! Experiment with your favorite flavors of Greek yogurt for an extra tasty kick!
6 ounces Greek Yogurt
½ cup flour (I use a gluten-free variety)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon batter onto greased griddle; heated to medium-high heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes until they begin to bubble, and flip! They are ready when golden brown on each side. Serve with your favorite fruit and syrup – and voila!
Happy Filipino Independence Day!!! This weekend, I will be checking out the Los Angeles Filipino parade to support my community, while tasting all the delicious and unique food! I love anything with coconut, and Filipino desserts feature it in almost every recipe! If you can’t make it to your local festivities, try this recipe for the classic Filipino dessert at home. Traditionally, the recipe asks for fresh shredded coconut (sold in the freezer section at most Asian grocery stores) but you can substitute the dried variety instead.
1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg white, at room temperature
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, add egg white and use whisk or electric mixer until whites form medium - firm peaks. Fold in remaining ingredients, and mix gently until combined. Drop mixture by tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheet, or lined mini-muffin tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown, cool on wire racks and enjoy!
Salmon is perfect for a Fit Lifestyle! It has high levels of Omega-3, which is essential for healthy brain, heart, eyes - even skin and hair! I always have packages of frozen salmon in my freezer (no need to thaw before baking) so I can make a quick, delicious and healthy meal in minutes! Buy wild caught fish whenever possible, it has more vitamins and minerals than the farmed versions.
4 salmon steaks (4-6 ounces each)
½ cup pesto (link to the pesto recipe)
½ cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
1 lemon (zest and juice)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and put salmon in an oven safe baking dish. Combine pesto, cheese, lemon juice and zest together, then spread over the top of salmon. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until done. Serve with your favorite steamed veggies or salad for a light and healthy summer meal!
Tip: When baking salmon, estimate 10 minutes per inch of thickness: measure at the thickest point, and the Salmon should flake when done!
Every Saturday morning, I hit my local farmers and stock up on fresh produce for the week. My favorite purchase is always the huge bunches of Basil – and have started adding it to everything; soup, scrambled eggs, champagne - even my floral arrangements have sprigs of basil because the smell is incredible!
Basil has tons of health benefits: it reduces inflammation, relieves allergies and boosts our immune system! Here is a quick pesto recipe that tastes so fresh and delicious with everything, you’ll never buy the preservative filled type in a jar again!
4 cups fresh basil
1 cup Pignoli (pine nuts)
1 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese
¾ cup olive oil
Add all ingredients to a food processor (or blender) and pulse until combined and smooth. Serve over your favorite pasta (I love the gluten-free brown rice noodles) or as a marinade for your favorite meat– and enjoy!
Love salmon? Check out my 4 Ingredient recipe tomorrow for Pesto Baked Salmon using your fresh pesto!