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Top 10 Healthy Filipino Food Recipes

We all know that Filipino cuisine offers a whole lot of delicious and versatile dishes that everyone absolutely loves, right? Some of the all-time favorite Filipino dishes are even recognized by high-profile chefs and international institutions! Well, that’s simple thanks to the creativity and resourcefulness of Filipinos. Famous Filipino dishes such as Adobo, Sinigang, Bulalo, Sisig, and many more are making rounds online and are being discovered by international content creators. But if you’re into healthy living and would like to maintain a strict diet, then don’t worry! There are still a plethora of healthy Filipino recipes out there that you will surely love. So, are you ready? Here are the Top 10 Healthy Filipino Food Recipes! 

1. Utan Bisaya 

The first one on the list is Utan Bisaya. If we’re going to translate the name of this simple yet amazing healthy dish, it would be “Vegetables, Visayan Style”. This recipe mainly consists of vegetables such as eggplant, okra, ginger, tomato, green onions, alugbati, squash, malunggay, bell pepper, string beans, patola, and a slice of fried or baked fish fillet. See? That’s a whole lot of healthy vitamins and nutrients in one go! The best part is that the only seasoning we’ll be using for Utan Bisaya is salt. That’s why you can really taste the natural flavor of the genius combination of vegetables! 

2. Dinengdeng Ilocano 

Next is one of the famous Ilocano dishes created, the Dinengdeng. This yet another quick and easy recipe consists of a simple set of vegetable ingredients including squash flower, malunggay, okra, string beans, ampalaya, ginger, tomato, and onion. The special ingredient for Dinengdeng is the bagoong isda and the addition of grilled fish! You can use either fried bangus or tilapia for this dish if you want, so enjoy! 

3. Bulanglang 

Just like the first two recipes, Bulanglang mainly consists of boiling healthy vegetables including green papaya, squash, okra, patola, tomatoes, garlic, lemongrass, and ginger. It’s usually characterized as a vegetable stew that’s best paired with a cup of rice. To make it even more special, some add cubes of meat such as pork or beef to add some protein to the already stacked set of vitamins and nutrients composing the ingredients of Bulanglang. 

4. Laing

Ah, probably one of the most famous Filipino dishes especially if you’re a spicy food-lover is the iconic Laing. This dish consists mainly of shredded and dried taro leaves that are slowly cooked on a flavorful mix of coconut milk, garlic, onions, ginger, lemongrass, and shrimp paste. Oh, and of course, what makes Laing extra special are the tons of chili peppers added to kick up the flavor and spice of the dish! You can also add strips of meat such as pork to add more flavor and texture to the dish. Although eating Laing can typically make you want to eat more rice, it is still one of the healthiest Filipino dishes created. Yum! 

5. Pinakbet

Well, if you’re thinking about the healthiest Filipino dishes out there, there’s a high chance that Pinakbet immediately comes to mind. Almost every Filipino household regularly cooks Pinakbet for their everyday meals because it’s a very delicious dish that’s relatively easy to prepare. Pinakbet usually consists of squash, string beans, okra, ampalaya, tomato, eggplant, and a delicious topping of fried pork belly or liempo. The main ingredients are sautèd in garlic, onion, and the special ingredient, shrimp paste or bagoong! I assure you, Pinakbet is one of the most delicious and flavor-packed Filipino dishes on this list, so make sure not to miss it! 

6. Lumpiang Ubod 

Another healthy Filipino dish is the one and only Lumpiang Ubod. Unlike everything on the list so far, this can be treated as a merienda or a main course for some. It’s also popularly known as Lumpiang Sariwa and is usually made of a set of vegetables like carrots, cabbage, green beans, sweet potatoes, and of course, Ubod or the heart of palm. These fillings are then rolled altogether using a fresh spring roll wrapper. Oh, and here’s the best part, the sauce! Lumpiang Ubod is often highlighted by its special peanut sauce that perfectly complements all the ingredients. Enjoy! 

7. Tortang Talong  

Ah, and there it is! Probably one of the most famous go-to dishes of Filipinos is Tortang Talong also known as Eggplant Omelette. Obviously, the main ingredient of this dish is eggplant, which is a healthy vegetable full of vitamins and nutrients. To cook Tortang Talong, you simply have to sautè onion and garlic, the eggplant, and then add the egg. That’s it! It’s best paired with fried garlic rice and some ketchup on the side. It’s popularly served as a breakfast dish by Filipinos as well. 

8.Ampalaya Con Carne  

Ah, Ampalaya is probably one of the most unpopular vegetables by Filipos simply because of its naturally bitter taste. A lot of people, especially kids, grew to hate it. But wait! One way to make people eat ampalaya is by cooking Ampalaya Con Carne. This dish amazingly makes people love ampalaya, trust me! This simple and delicious recipe consists of ampalaya and strips of beef sautèd in the flavorful combination of onion, garlic, and some seasonings such as oyster sauce, sesame oil, and soy sauce. It’s really jam-packed with flavors, vitamins, and nutrients! 

9. Gising-Gising 

Ah, this is yet again a treat for all our spicy lovers out there! Gising-Gising is a spicy and flavorful dish usually made of sigarilyas that’s perfectly cooked on a flavorful mix of coconut milk, garlic, onion, ginger, and bagoong alamang. The twist? Tons of green chili and red chili peppers are also added to boost the flavor and spice of the dish! It’s exactly the reason why it was named Gising-Gising because the direct translation of the name is “Wake up-Wake up”. Witty, right? Well, the ultimate spiciness of this dish will certainly wake your sleepy soul in an instant! 

10. Ginisang Munggo 

Finally, the ultimate and traditional “Friday Ulam” of Filipinos is Ginisang Munggo. This simple and delicious recipe consists of Mung Beans, malunggay, tomatoes, garlic, onion, and slices of pork meat and pork cracklings. These are simply sautèd altogether to make a flavorful and healthy dish that every Filipino loves. The reason why it’s called a “Friday Ulam” is that you can easily add any leftover fish or pork dish into the mix and it’ll still turn out great. The best part? It’s very affordable and easy to prepare as well! 

 

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