Hearty Meals for a Healthy and Happy Family

Trust the Filipino to put the most positive of spins on the most difficult of times. And that is exactly what many Filipino families are doing in this pandemic, which is leaving people little choice but to hole up at home rather than risk their health outside. While this situation is less than the ideal, many Filipino families are using the extra time they are spending at home to bond with one another—usually over food, whether for a kingly breakfast, a sumptuous lunch, a mouthwatering merienda, or a delectable dinner.

But as COVID-19 dominates yet again, there is no substitute to good health, and that is something you and your family can best ensure by sharing food that is both hearty and healthy. To be clear, this doesn’t mean saying goodbye entirely to all-time Pinoy favorites, like adobo, liempo or sinigang. These delicacies will forever be part of the Filipino dining table, and you can continue to feast on them fortnightly. That said, do explore other food choices for the family and try out meals from the usual ones we have grown to love.

With that in mind, Umbria has prepared some recipes that you and your family can cook together and eat later at the dining table while you spend some much-deserved quality time. Here are the two of them, and they happen to be a perfect match: a sandwich with beef and mushrooms and a leveled-up potato soup. Both are easy to prepare and are all sorts of hearty and healthy!

Beef Mushroom Sandwich


  • 30 grams of sukiyaki beef
  • 50 grams of portabella mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Bread
  • Umbria Truffle Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
Beef Mushroom Sandwich


  1. Marinate the sukiyaki beef for at least 30 minutes with soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce.
  2. Once the beef is marinated, start cooking the mushrooms. Add some butter and sauté them in a pan. When done, set the mushrooms aside.
  3. In the same pan, heat some butter again. Then, add the beef.
  4. Season the beef with salt and black pepper.
  5. While the beef is cooking, start preparing the bread. Put some mayonnaise on the bread.
  6. Once the beef starts caramelizing, add the mushrooms.
  7. Add salt and two teaspoons of Umbria Truffle Oil.
  8. Stuff the bread with the beef and mushroom.
  9. Serve and enjoy with a hot serving of potato leak soup with truffle oil.

Potato Leek Soup with Truffle Oil


  • 3 medium potatoes (400grams)
  • 35 grams of leaks
  • 750 mL of stock
  • 125 mL Cream
  • White pepper
  • Umbria truffle oil
Potato Leek Soup with Truffle Oil


  1. Peel the potatoes and then cut into 12 slices.
  2. Slice the leaks
  3. Put some butter in a hot pan and sauté the leaks.
  4. Add the potatoes when the leaks start becoming translucent. Stir until the potatoes are covered with leeks and butter.
  5. Season with salt and white pepper.
  6. Once the potatoes are becoming glazed, you can now pour the stock.
  7. Let it boil. Wait around 30 minutes.
  8. Once cooked, blend it and then strain.
  9. Add cream. Then, season with salt and white pepper. Stir.
  10. Add half a tablespoon of Umbria truffle oil.
  11. Serve and enjoy, preferably with a beef mushroom sandwich.

Pandemic or not, two of the most valuable things in life will always be a loving family and a healthy body. And one of the best ways to enjoy both is to bond over food, but preferably with healthy food choices always on the plate. Umbria products are distributed in the Philippines by Dygen Food Ventures Inc., a subsidiary of Dyna Drug Corporation and available at goodwill.market.

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  4. Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
  5. Creamy Mackerel Pasta
  6. Chicken Vermont Curry 
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  8. Dark Chocolate Muesli Brigadeiros
  9. Melon Macadamia Surprise
  10. Sarangani Bay Bangus Rolls
  11. Danes Cheese Bacon Rolls
  12. Bingo Double Choco Mug Cake
  13. CDO Candied and Cheesy Bacon
  14. Bingo Orange Milkshake
  15. Baked Cheesy Salmon
  16. CDO Funtastyk Tocino Pasta
  17. CDO Chicken Franks Croissant
  18. San Remo Keilbasa – Black Forest Ham Baked Macaroni
  19. Burnt Cheesecake
  20. Crispy & Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies
  21. Baked Salmon, Baked Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts
  22. Tanduay Mango Rhum
  23. Penne al Telefono
  24. Long-Ri-Long
  25. Okonomiyaki
  26. Steak and Potatoes
  27. Chocolate Pudding
  28. Chicken Adobo
  29. Fried Rice
  30. Banana Pancakes
  31. Ham and Mushroom Quiche
  32. Cheesy Omelet

43 thoughts on “Hearty Meals for a Healthy and Happy Family”

  1. I really want to try the Potato Leek Soup with Truffle Oil! It sounds fab. Can’t wait to cook it on weekends.

  2. Yummy recipes indeed. I love beef so much so maybe I’ll try the Beef Mushroom Sandwich. Sounds like a great meal for me.

  3. Great recipes. I agree. We need to be healthy especially during the pandemic. It really start at home – so I really want to advocate for home cooking!

  4. Oooh the leek and potato soup sounds like the perfect Autumn comfort food – love how you have incorporated truffle oil to elevate this classic dish.

  5. These sound like delicious options. We love mushrooms, and that would be a nice sandwich to try, even without the meat as a vegetarian option. The soup sounds like it would be easy to make.

  6. Now that we are in pandemic, we really need to look for foods that are healthy and will boost our immune system. These meals, however, are not just healthy but they look really yummy too. I never had a Potato leek soup before.. i am intrigued how this one tastes like.
    Thank you for sharing these hearty meals

  7. I would like to get these both in my belly right now! They both sound delicious, I was thinking about making soup this weekend, I just need to run out to the grocery store for the leeks!

  8. Looks amazing! There’s been a lot of rave for such food lately and even those mushroom burgers that I’ve been hearing about. Gotta give it a try next time.

  9. I haven’t been to the Philippines yet, but it’s way up high on my list. After this post, however, it moved a couple of steps up since I love your family’s approach to life. I also love everything with truffles – sooo aromatic. The sandwich with the mushrooms looks amazing, too.

  10. I am all about that Beef and Mushroom Sandwich! I am for sure copying that recipe to make for my family as they will love it!

  11. That’s a very long list of healthy meals, I’m interested with steak and potatoes and burger cheese cake amongst all these.

  12. These are delicious, easy, and healthy recipes to make for the family. Everyone should be healthy, most especially during this time.

  13. One Beef Mushroom Sandwich for me, please! I love everything with beef. And this sandwich looks very delicious. So definitely, I will try to prepare it!

  14. My husband would enjoy the beef and mushroom sandwich. I never thought to combine it with truffle oil. Sunds great!!!!

  15. Yum! These all sound delicious, but that mushroom sandwich with truffle oil sounds heavenly. I will have to make it for my family!

  16. I love a good mushroom burger! I also tried mushroom bacon and it tastes good ( and I believe) better than the real bacon.

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