A bottle of Pesto Sauce: A Pantry Must-Have

When you are a stay-at-home mom and a wife to a husband who likes homecooked meals for lunch at work, thinking of what to cook fast might be a daily struggle.  How many times have you uttered the lines "what will I cook for lunch or dinner?".  Though we have endless supply of recipes in magazines and Pinterest, most cooks still wonder what to prepare.  I mean, preparing a healty menu for the family could really be a chore!!

If you and I have the same dillema, let me help you.  One tip is to make sure your kitchen never runs out of Pesto sauce.  You can get this versatile bottle of goodness in groceries such as Robinsons, Shopwise and S and R ( 2 botlles for only 250 pesos).   Each bottle can approximately be perfect for half a kilo of pasta.  I make sure I always have one because it is instant yumminess for my toddler and husband plus, it is also one of the best ways to impress visitors that you can cook! ;)


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Still thinking how can this help you? Let me share you four easy ways to cook with Pesto.

1.  Cook Pasta and toss it with Pesto.  Sprinkle some cheese on top.  You may want to add shredded chicken or tuna and chili flakes for an extra kick.

2.  Spread a tablespoon of Pesto on Pita Bread (or any type of bread will do), add cheese, put another Pita bread on top, grill.  Presto! You have Quesadillas.

3.  For a fuller tummy, you may again spread it on a Pita bread.  However, this time, add grilled or pan fried chicken fillet, ham, mushroom, pineapple tidbits, olives and any other yummy filling (imagine your fave pizza toppings).  Roll the Pita bread and eat!

4.  Marinate chicken fillets for an hour or so then bake for 10-12 minutes.  Put on top of freshly cooked rice and dig-in.

After mastering these dishes, I am pretty sure you won't order any Pesto dish from restaurants! Happy cooking (and eating)!