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FACHIC Demonstrates Low Fat Leche Flan at 2014 Piyesta Pinoy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2014 20:11

Chicago, Illinois – The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) presented a heart healthy cooking demonstration of Low Fat Leche Flan, a traditional Filipino dessert, at the 2014 annual Piyesta Pinoy on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Navy Pier Crystal Gardens in Chicago, Illinois.

Filipino community leader and educator Ginger Leopoldo was on hand with FACHIC board member John Paul Jael and volunteer Sam del Rosario to conduct an interactive cooking demonstration incorporating tips and suggestions for heart healthy alternatives in traditional Filipino cooking.  Over 200 samples of low fat leche flan were distributed to attendees.  Free recipe booklets and health materials were distributed.  A copy of Low Fat Leche Flan is available online for free download at http://www.fachic.org/lecheflan.

Dr. Yasmin Sacro, FACHIC medical director, shared that “FACHIC is proud to have participated in this event to celebrate the Filipino community in Chicago as well as demonstrate a healthy way to make a traditional Filipino dessert, leche flan. Many participants commented on their surprise of the prevalence of heart disease in Filipinos as well as the full flavor of the dessert when healthy alternatives like skim milk and egg substitute were used.”

This cooking demonstration of Low Fat Leche Flan is the second of three demonstrations part of FACHIC’s Heart Healthy Cooking for the Filipino Community program that received a 2013-2014 Community Action Grant from the American Heart Association.  The featured heart healthy Low Fat Leche Flan recipe is from the American Heart Association’s Mula sa Puso recipe booklet.

As part of FACHIC’s Heart Healthy Cooking for the Filipino Community program, a new heart healthy Filipino recipe from Mula sa Puso is released each month on the FACHIC website.  For the month of April, Kare Kare (oxtail in peanut sauce) is the recipe of the month and can be downloaded for free at http://www.fachic.org/karekare.

For more information about cooking demonstrations and future community partnership opportunities, contact FACHIC at (312) 962-7748 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) is a collaborative of community, health professional, and academic leaders united to address Filipino health issues in the Chicago area.  The mission of FACHIC is to increase awareness of Filipino health disparities and to implement health interventions and educational programming to improve the health status of the Filipino community. FACHIC is a 501(c)(3) Illinois nonprofit organization.  All programs and services are free and available to all.  For more information, visit www.fachic.org.


 
Kare Kare PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:33

Kare Kare (Oxtail in Peanut Sauce)
from Mula sa Puso: Heart Healthy Traditional Filipino Recipes by American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate, San Francisco Division

1 lb.          Oxtail (trim all visible fat)
1/2 cup      Green beans
1/2 cup      Zucchini
1/2 cup      Cabbage
1/2 cup      Peanut butter
1 1/2 tsps. Olive oil
1/4 cup      Rice
2 cloves     Garlic, chopped
1 slice       Ginger
1/2 cup      Onions, sliced

Boil oxtail in a very large pot with water, ginger and onions until very tender, when meat comes off easily from the bones.  Takes about an hour or more.  Remove all visible fat.  Reduce until half the water is gone.  Brown rice in a hot pan until golden brown.  Remove from heat.  Grind and set aside for garnish.  Heat oil and sauté garlic and vegetables.  Add the oxtail with the reduced liquid.  Add peanut butter until sauce thickens.  Reduce heat.  Sprinkle the browned rice on top before serving.

Serves 4

Single Serving Nutrient Values
Calories 455.5 kc
% calories from fat 57
Protein 32.08 gm
Carbohydrate 17.29 gm
Cholesterol 54.30 mg
Sodium 238.7 mg
Total Fat 29.73 gm

Saturated 4.497 gm
Polyunsaturated 5.065 gm
Monounsaturated 13.98 gm

 
FACHIC to Present Low Fat Leche Flan Cooking Demonstration at Piyesta Pinoy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 19:49

Chicago, Illinois – The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) will be presenting a heart healthy cooking demonstration of Low Fat Leche Flan, a traditional Filipino dessert, at the 2014 annual Piyesta Pinoy on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Navy Pier Crystal Gardens (600 E Grand Ave) in Chicago, Illinois from 12 PM to 3 PM.

This cooking demonstration of Low Fat Leche Flan is the second of three demonstrations part of FACHIC’s Heart Healthy Cooking for the Filipino Community program that received a 2013-2014 Community Action Grant from the American Heart Association.  The featured heart healthy Low Fat Leche Flan recipe is from the American Heart Association’s Mula sa Puso recipe booklet.

FACHIC staff and volunteers will be on hand to conduct an interactive cooking demonstration incorporating tips and suggestions for heart healthy alternatives in traditional Filipino cooking.  Free samples of low fat leche flan will be available to participants.  Free recipe booklets and health materials will be distributed.  As part of FACHIC’s Heart Healthy Cooking for the Filipino Community program, a new heart healthy Filipino recipe from Mula sa Puso is released each month on the organization’s website.  A copy of Low Fat Leche Flan is available online for download at http://www.fachic.org/lecheflan.

For more information about the Low Fat Leche Flan cooking demonstration and future community partnership opportunities, contact FACHIC at (312) 962-7748 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  To learn more about the American Heart Association and their Community Action Grant program, visit www.heart.org.

The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) is a collaborative of community, health professional, and academic leaders united to address Filipino health issues in the Chicago area.  The mission of FACHIC is to increase awareness of Filipino health disparities and to implement health interventions and educational programming to improve the health status of the Filipino community. FACHIC is a 501(c)(3) Illinois nonprofit organization.  All programs and services are free and available to all.  For more information, visit www.fachic.org.

 


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Sinigang PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 March 2014 12:57

Sinigang na Manok with Vegetables

from Mula sa Puso: Heart Healthy Traditional Filipino Recipes by American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate, San Francisco Division

2 cloves      Garlic, chopped
1/2 cup       Diced onions
2 tbsps.      Fresh ground ginger
1 1/2 tsps.  Olive oil
8 small       Chicken pieces with bones (backs and ribs), skinless
2 cups        Chicken stock
2 medium   Tomatoes, diced
2                Carrots, sliced
2                Daikon radishes, sliced
2                Sweet peppers, sliced
1 cup          Kangkong or spinach
1 tbsp.        Fish sauce
Basil of Mint (optional)

Sauté garlic, onions and ginger in hot olive oil.  Add the chicken braising until the meat turns slightly white.  Pour in the stock, bring to a boil.  Add the vegetables and turn the heat down to a simmer.   Season with fish sauce.  Add basil or mint before serving (optional)

Serves 4

Single Serving Nutrient Values
Calories 478.8 kc
% calories from fat 47
Protein 48.71 gm
Carbohydrate 14.56 gm
Cholesterol 144.0 mg
Sodium 434.4 mg
Total Fat 24.65 gm

Saturated 6.628 gm
Polyunsaturated 5.276 gm
Monounsaturated 9.048 gm

 
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