Prepare Delicious Back-to-School Dishes with California Raisins

By Angel Macaraig - Sunday, May 21, 2017

While many Filipino parents recognize the need to prepare healthier dishes for their children, today's demanding and hectic world challenges their ability to do so. In response to this, last May 18, California Raisins held a media briefing to share how it can help parents prepare delicious, healthy and attractive dishes for their children, just in time for the start of the coming school year.

Prepare Delicious Back-to-School dishes with California Raisins

"California Raisins are fat and cholesterol free, low in sodium, and naturally sweet with no added sugar," said Richard Lieu, Trade and Promotions Director of the Raisin Administrative Committee.  "California Raisins are versatile enough to be added as natural sweeteners to various recipes that children can take as baons for school".

Aside from the health benefits it can provide, California Raisins can also make school meals more delicious. Parents can combine raisins with nuts, cereals and fruits to make energy bars, or add it in sandwich spreads along with chopped chicken, tuna or ham. California Raisins can also be served as their healthy snacks instead of other unhealthy treats.

Prep time for the challenge!

During the event, California Raisins challenged us to come up with a delicious, healthy and attractive baon that kids would surely love. Here's our group's entry! 

Team Cutie's Entry (yes, we called our group Team Cutie)

Here's my contribution (not sure if it's helpful though LOL)
Heart-shaped mashed potato with California Raisins

Guess what?? WE WON! Yay, team cutie!

Group shot with California Raisins peepz

With Ms. Dessa of Virtuso
PJ (Gizguide) also came to the event!

With blogger friends, Jaja, Josh & PJ

California Raisins Light Cheesecake Almond Tart Recipe

110g Butter
60g Powdered Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
170g All-purpose Flour

1. Cream butter and sugar until light.
2. Add egg yolk and flour. Divide into 9
3. Shape into rings.
4. Bake at 180c (25 minutes)

Cheesecake Layer
135g California Raisins (soak in hot water for 10 minutes and drain)
2pcs Egg Yolk
35g Sugar
60ml Heavy Cream
30ml Milk
1tsp Vanilla
30g Cream Cheese

1. Make a creme anglaise.
2. Pour over cream cheese and blend
3. Pour into crust with raisins (2tsbp per tart)
4. Bake until set at 180 C (10 minutes)
5. Enjoy this dessert warm or cold

30g sugar
1. Sprinkle a very small amount of sugar and place inside the oven toaster with top heat open for brulee effect (or use a torch, if available)

Serving: 9pcs, 40g each

California Raisins are available in leading supermarkets nationwide. Please visit for more info!

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