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  • 5 Easy Last-Minute Recipes for Those Unexpected Guests

    These quick meals are perfect when you get unexpected guests or simply pushed for time.
    by Roselle Miranda .
  • Find yourself in a scenario where you need to whip up something fast at the last minute? Here are five recipes that will save you time to actually enjoy the food yourself. 

    When you just need to eat fast but healthy...
    Quick Tuna Salad

    Toss contents of 2 cans (184 grams each) spicy tuna in oil, 1 cup sweet corn kernels, drained, and 1⁄2 cup green peas snack with 1 bag romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Serves 6

    When your in-laws come over with just a one-day warning...
    Grilled Curry-Soy Chicken

    Season 8 boneless chicken thighs with 1 teaspoon curry powder, and salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Skewer chicken along with zucchini, red onions, and cherry tomatoes before grilling. Baste it in the last minute with a mixture of 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1⁄4 cup soy sauce, 2 teaspoons curry powder, 3 minced garlic, and 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper, for 10 minutes, or until cooked through. Serves 4

    When good friends ask to come over (make them do the prep)...
    Tapa Rolls

    Divide 2 cups cooked beef tapa, 3 scrambled eggs, 8 lettuce leaves, 4 tomatoes, deseeded and sliced, 1 cup singkamas sticks, among softened 8 rice paper sheets. Roll to close before serving with a spicy dipping sauce made of 2 tablespoon BBQ sauce, 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce, 1 teaspoon honey, 3 tablespoons pineapple juice, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Serves 8

    When you just want something different on movie night... 

    Potato Salad ala Nachos

    Toss 3/4 kilogram potatoes, cubed and deep fried, with 1/4 cup cheese spread, 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 cup prepared salsa, 1/2 cup sweet corn, and 1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained. Serve topped with 1/2 cup lightly crushed corn chips, 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, and more salsa. Serves 6 

    When your kids' barkada come over...
    Tutti Frutti Crispies

    Melt 1/4 cup butter and 5 2/3 cup mini marshmallows in a large pot over low heat until smooth. Mix in 1 teaspoon banana extract, 7 cups puffed rice, and 1 1/2 cups assorted jelly beans 3 pressing mixture into a 13x9x2-inch baking pan, greased and lined with foil. Cool completely and cut into squares. Makes 24

    Photos by Dairy Darilag (Grilled Curry-Soy Chicken) and Rico Jose. Art direction by Kara Ballesteros. This article was adapted online for Femalenetwork.com. All recipes originally appeared in Good Housekeeping Philippines magazine.  

    *Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.  

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