Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sauteed Spinach Recipe

I often associate spinach with Popeye. Whenever he needed strength to fight off Brutus, he would open a can of spinach. I guess it somehow stuck in me that spinach is good for the body.

Every time I go to the supermarket, I would buy a bunch of spinach which I usually stir-fry. Aside from stir-frying, spinach can be sauteed, boiled and added in salads. Spinach is good for the body because it is rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein, vitamin C and others.

This spinach recipe is easy. You can add ground meat to make it tastier. Enjoy!

Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch of spinach leaves 
  • 1/2 cup lean ground pork
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • few slices of red bell pepper
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper

Preparation

1. Heat oil over medium heat and saute garlic, onion and
    red bell pepper.

2. Add ground pork and cook until lightly browned. Add
    water and simmer for about 30 minutes.

3. Add spinach leaves and cook for a few minutes. 

4. Put soy sauce and sugar.

4. Season with salt and pepper.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pork Sinigang

Pork sinigang or pork sour soup is a classic Filipino dish. Pork is the main ingredient with some vegetables added. The common 'souring ingredients' added are tamarind, calamansi, kamias, or guava. Although, fresh tamarind or tamarind mix is commonly used.

It was chilly one morning so I decided to make my own version of pork sinigang. Since I had some bunches of bok choy, I decided to use it along with carrots, stringbeans, and siling haba. To add sourness to the soup, I added tamarind mix. Hope you like it.


Ingredients
  • 500 gms lean pork, cut into serving pieces
  • 5 cups water
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium onion, minced 
  • 1 tomato, quartered
  • 1 carrot, sliced 
  • 8 pcs stringbean, sliced 
  • 3 bunches bok choy
  • 1 store-bought sinigang mix
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 pcs finger chilies (siling haba)
  • salt or fish sauce (patis)

Preparation

1. Saute garlic, onion and tomato in vegetable oil over medium heat.

2. Add lean pork and cook until lightly browned. Add water and
    season with salt or fish sauce. Simmer for about 40 minutes.

3. When the meat is tender, add the sinigang mix, carrots
     and stringbeans.

4. Add bok choy and siling haba.

5. Serve.


Monday, October 21, 2013

String Bean Tomato Stir-Fry

If you have extra tomatoes in your refrigerator, why not prepare this simple vegetable dish? This is easy to prepare and takes only about 30 minutes.

Adding tomatoes would give an unusual flavor to this dish. Also, tomatoes are a good source of lycopene which have been found to prevent certain types of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.  

Ingredients
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3-4 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup ground chicken
  • 12 pcs stringbean, sliced
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
Preparation

1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and add garlic, onion and
    tomatoes.

2. Stir in the ground chicken and  add water. Simmer for 15 to 20
    minutes.

3. Add stringbeans and cook until tender.

4. Season with salt and pepper.



Stir-Fried Pork Rice

Whenever I want a 'stand alone' dish, I prepare a rice recipe. One rice dish that I always make is stir-fried pork rice. I got this recipe from a Chinese cookbook which was given to me a few years ago. Since some of the ingredients are not available, I made a few changes to the recipe and made it my own.

I consider this rice dish to be a  'stand alone' dish since you have meat, vegetables and rice. Although it takes time to prepare this dish (since you have to do a lot of chopping!), all your effort is worth it.

Ingredients
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 250 gm lean ground pork
  • 3 cups leftover rice
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup garbanzos
  • 1 cup cabbage, sliced thinly
  • few slices of red bell pepper
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • few slices of onion spring
  • salt and pepper

Preparation

1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and add garlic, onion and
    red bell pepper.

2. Stir in the ground pork and cook until golden brown.

3. Add carrots, garbanzos and cabbage and cook until crisp
    and tender.

4. Add the leftover rice and soy sauce.

5. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Sprinkle with onion spring and serve.



Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sesame Stir-Fried Vegetables


 I usually buy vegetables when these are in season. I get them at a cheaper price especially at the local market. One way by which I cook these vegetables is to stir-fry it. I love to stir-fry vegetables because it is quick and easy. The vegetables also retain its crispness. To add flavor, sesame oil and soy sauce are added with ground chicken or pork. You can stir-fry any combination of vegetables which are readily available. Enjoy! 



Ingredients
  • 4 cloves garlic 
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 cup chicken breast, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1/2  cup sweet young corn
  • 1 cup cabbage, sliced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper

Preparation

1. Mix soy sauce and sugar. Set aside.

2. In a skillet, add sesame oil and saute garlic and onion over 
    medium heat.

3. Add diced chicken breast and cook until lightly browned.

4. Add carrots, sweet young corn and cabbage and stir fry 
    until crisp and tender.

5. Add the soy sauce mixture.

6. Season with salt and pepper.

 

*Cooking suggestion: You can substitute other vegetables such as 
  broccoli, snow peas, Chinese cabbage and others.