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Creamy, delicious ways to add milk into your diet

Give your meals a boost with recipes that include this popular dairy product.


By Val Calma


OCTOBER 2011


For most of us, our very first diet as babies consisted of milk. That creamy, smooth and wholesome beverage was something our parents and pediatricians had us drink while we were growing up.

It’s not surprising that milk comes so highly recommended for growing children; it’s packed with calcium, protein, phosphorous and various vitamins that make its drinkers healthy and hearty. However, it’s not just the young ones who can benefit from a glass of milk. Everyone should include milk in their diets; after all, kids aren’t the only ones who need stronger bones (calcium), increased energy (riboflavin), and healthy eyes and skin (vitamin B).

Apart from pouring a glass of dairy goodness, there are several ways to mix in milk into your diet. Milk is a multipurpose ingredient that can be used in beverages, main courses and desserts. This month, we have three easy and delicious milk-based recipes that offer tasty and comforting way to reap the health benefits of milk.

Two comforting dishes, the Sausage Casserole and the Potato Bacon Soup, recipes courtesy of Ms. Portia Baluyut, are sure to be a hit with children (even those who think they’re too grown up for milk!) and adults alike. The items can also be found on the menu of Isabelo Garden Restaurant, a homey dining experience found in the heart of Marikina, managed by Ms. Baluyut.

Sausage Casserole


Sausage casserole


Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • 4 cups stale bread, cubed
  • 1 ½ cup fresh milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp chopped onions
  • 8 pork sausages (remove skin and mash)
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • steamed broccoli

  • Procedure:


1. Preheat oven to 350°C.
2. Brush oil inside ramekins and fill with stale bread. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, mix together ½ cup milk, egg and Dijon mustard. Set aside. (mixture 1)
4. In a medium pan, sauté onion, garlic and pork sausage until cooked. Set aside.
5. In another medium bowl, mix together 1 cup milk and 1tbsp white wine vinegar. Let it sit for three minutes and add cream of mushroom soup. Mix well and set aside. (mixture 2)
6. Fill half of the ramekins with milk mixture 1.
7. Add the sautéed pork sausages on top, and fill the remaining half of the ramekin with milk mixture 2.
8. Top with grated cheddar cheese and bake until cheese is melted, brown and puffed.
9. Serve with steamed broccoli

TIP:
If you don't have ramekins, you can make this casserole with a regular coffee mug.

Makes 4 servings.



Ms. Portia Baluyut manages Isabelo Garden Restaurant, located in San Roque, Marikina City. Visit isabelogarden.com for more information or contact (02) 510 6914 or 0908 7401645 for reservations.

For more deliciously healthy recipes from our featured chefs, get your copy of the October issue of HealthToday, out now in major newsstands and bookstores.




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