A balanced diet will contribute to a healthy body and a strong immune system. Adding vegetables to your meal can improve such.
Gulay, a Filipino term for vegetables, green goods, or groundnut is necessary, especially nowadays since different illnesses are popping left and right.
We all should be aware of the food we consume and eat. Our mothers always say we need to eat vegetables when we’re still young, right? It’s because mothers know best!
Vegetables can provide a lot of benefits. We cannot ignore the fact that eating vegetables can save us from serious diseases. Besides, incorporating veggies into our eating lifestyles is a must.
In the Philippines, you can grow vegetable plants just right in your backyards. Hence, it becomes a benefit when it comes to cutting your expenses for food. Just be patient in growing vegetables and, surely, you will harvest organic and fresh goods.
However, if you do not know what kind of dish you should cook, it is important to look for a recipe that is easy yet delicious. To help you with your cooking, here are some authentic Pinoy vegetable dishes you can serve on the table.
Pinoy vegetable dishes you should try at home
Utan Bisaya (Sinabawang Gulay)
This Filipino vegetable dish has a variety of vegetables. It’s healthy as the only seasoning people put in it is salt.
It might look bland, simple, and plain, but the magic of this dish is packed with vitamins and nutrients that can boost one’s immunity. It is composed of different vegetables like okra, eggplant, alugbati or spinach, malunggay leaves, squash, and string beans. It’s perfect if you pair it with crunchy fried galunggong. Try to cook this at home!
If you’re craving for some adobo but tired of eating the same old recipe, this dish will amp up your cravings. Pack with string beans (sitaw), meat, garlic, onion, vinegar, and soy sauce, this dish is perfect when served with steamed rice. String beans are a good source of calcium and phosphorus for stronger bones and teeth. It can easily be planted in your backyard so go give it a try!
Rooted from Chinese-American cuisine, this stir-fried vegetable dish has been accepted by Filipinos in their cooking list. Since the dish has evolved from the style of cooking to ingredients, many people have come up with their own recipes. This veggie dish can be mixed with meat and seafood, as well.
I’ve always eaten this home cooked meal with rice since my mother always makes this, especially every Friday.
Ginisang Monggo stands out the most when it comes to Filipino home-cooked meals since it brings the feeling of comfort. It’s easy to cook with such affordable ingredients.
Moreover, you can also try to cook it with meat or, if you’re into a healthy meal, you can cook it simply with vegetables alone. It is usually composed of mongo beans, ampalaya, malunggay leaves and, sometimes, you can also put alugbati (spinach).
This Filipino dish is an indigenous dish from northern regions of the Philippines. Also known as Pakbet or Pinak bet, it is made from mixed vegetables like ampalaya, eggplant, tomato, okra, string beans, squash, and others. It is usually sautéed in fish or shrimp sauce (bagoong).
These vegetable dishes will surely get you rushing to the table for lunch or dinner. What will you try out in our list? Let us know!
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