Holidays made easy with Auntie Arnie's

by - Monday, December 23, 2019

'Tis the season to be reunited with old pals over food and drinks! Because my friends and I share the same interest for food (non-negotiable!), thinking of what dishes to bring in our potluck parties can be a pain in the ass. I always get torn in choosing between takeaway food or topnotch slow-cooked meals depending on my schedule. Just recently, I found an alternative food option that's easy to prepare yet delightful on the palate — Auntie Arnie's frozen meal packs and bottled pasta sauces.

Auntie Arnie's bottled pasta sauces - Three Herb Pesto - Pomodoro - Cacio e Pepe - frozen meal packs - Meaty Laing - Chicken Barbeque - Orange Chicken

Frozen Meal Packs

I almost always resort to fast food because of my busy schedule. This time around, I'm glad to discover a healthier yet savory alternative that I can bring to gatherings. Enter Auntie Arnie's frozen meal packs; they're guaranteed preservative-free and made using only the best and freshest ingredients available. Each dish is prepared by an expert culinary team and made in small batches using time-tested, beloved family recipes.

Auntie Arnie's bottled pasta sauces - Three Herb Pesto - Pomodoro - Cacio e Pepe - frozen meal packs - Meaty Laing - Chicken Barbeque - Orange Chicken
Auntie Arnie's frozen packs and bottled pasta sauces
Some favorites among its early patrons are Auntie Arnie’s Meaty Laing, meat-stuffed taro leaf rolls in a savory coconut milk sauce, Auntie Arnie’s Chicken Barbecue, a boneless jumbo chicken thigh fillet marinated in a sweet and savory sauce, grilled to perfection, and Auntie Arnie’s Orange Chicken, crispy chicken cubes coated with a zesty soy orange glaze.

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Mish and Sab of Mothers Who Brunch introduces Auntie Arnie's different frozen meal packs
I learned firsthand how easy it is to incorporate the frozen meal packs to dishes that we can contribute to parties this season! A good example is the Orange Chicken Salad recipe. Instructions are as follows:

First, cook Auntie Arnie's Orange Chicken in an air fryer. Next, whisk all the dressing ingredients (Japanese brand soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and sesame seeds) together until the honey has dissolved. After that, add the cooked orange chicken and mandarin oranges on top of the lettuce, jicama, and cucumber. Lastly, drizzle the dressing over the salad or place it in a small bowl on the side.

Auntie Arnie's Orange Chicken in Orange Chicken Salad
The price of the frozen meal packs ranges from P195 - P420 (depending on the variant) and can serve up to 2 - 3 people per pack.

Bottled Pasta Sauces

Auntie Arnie's tasty line of bottled pasta sauces can be used and served in three different ways, making them truly helpful pantry staples to have during this busy season.

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Auntie Arnie's three bottled sauces - Three Herb Pesto, Pomodoro, Cacio e Pepe
The Cacio e Pepe, which literally means cheese and pepper, can be mixed with cooked noodles for an instant pasta dish. You can also spoon this over generously over the salmon before steaming for added flavor. And, for an easy appetizer or snack, spread this sauce over sliced baguettes.

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Cacio e Pepe sauce in Salmon Cacio e Pepe recipe
Make a yummy bowl of pasta by mixing hot, cooked noodles with the Pomodoro Sauce. This can also be used as a quick and easy pizza sauce. To make a comforting Pomodoro soup, mix the sauce with some vegetable or chicken stock and serve with grilled cheese on the side.

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Pomodoro Sauce used in different pasta variants
Apart from mixing it with cooked pasta, the Three Herb Pesto may be spread onto baguette slices to make herb-garlic toast. It can also be spooned over breaded and fried fish fillets for added flavor.

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Three Herb Pesto Pasta 
Since you're already here, I might as well throw in some takeaways from the "Tips for a healthy holiday" talk given by Dr. Anna Kristina Gutierrez-Rubio of Centre Medicale Internationale (CMI) during the media event. 

Dr. Anna Kristina Gutierrez-Rubio of Centre Medicale Internationale (CMI) talks about tips for a healthy holiday
  • Manage stress (Give yourself a break if you feel overwhelmed and out of control!)
  • Manage your meals (Eat until you're satisfied, not stuffed!)
  • Get your vaccinations (Get the flu vaccine since the holidays coincide with flu season!)
  • Stay active (Start slow and build up to at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week)
  • Practice sleep hygiene (Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning)
  • Get your exams and screenings (Prevention is better than cure!)
Snag the different Auntie Arnie's goodies online via HIFRED at www.hifred.ph, or through its stockists, La Contessa Deli in Green Hills, San Juan, and Brunch in BF Homes, Parañaque. For more information, visit www.auntiearnies.com, and on social at www.instagram.com/auntiearnies.ph and www.facebook.com/auntiearnies.

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