Back to creamy, flavorful Filipino food – we now present to you the Ginataang Gulay! If you have been reading Rice N Dine for a while now, you would know that our love for food with coconut milk runs endless, which is evident in our numerous posts (Gising-Gising, Ginataang Tulingan, Champorado with Gata, and so many more!).
This Ginataang Gulay or Squash and Beans in Coconut Milk is one of the many incredible ways to incorporate vegetables in your weekly meals. When I was a kid, eating vegetables felt so much like a chore each time. I believed my parents when they told me that vegetables are good for my health but as a kid, choosing vegetables over hotdogs and fried chicken doesn’t always come naturally. I remember how this meal made vegetable-eating fun and enjoyable for me. As a kid, the excitement I felt whenever I see this in our dining table is like the excitement when I see hard candies and gummy bears! This is truly the recipe that changed all my views about vegetables.
On to the recipe then!
- 2-3 cups Kalabasa (Calabaza Squash), sliced into 10inch Cubes
- 10 pcs Sitaw (String Beans), cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1/4 kg Pork, sliced into bite-sized pieces
- 3 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 small Onion, peeled and diced
- 1 can Coconut Milk
- 2 tbsp. Cooking Oil
- Ground Black Pepper
- Fish Sauce
- 1 pc Pork Cube (optional)
- In a pan over medium heat, place cooking oil until hot. Saute pork meat for 3-5 mins or until brown.
- Add the garlic and onion. Stir for 1 minute.
- Add the calabaza squash. Stir fry for another 1-2 mins.
- Add about 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Cover pan and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add in the string beans. Continue stirring for another minute.
- Add pork cubes and pepper. Stir in the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Lower heat. Add fish sauce to taste.
- Remove from heat once the calabaza is the desired softness.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
How about you? Did you have vegetable meals that changed your views in vegetables in general? Let us know! 🙂