How To Make This Easy 70-Peso Ginataang Gulay With Pig Ears

Given my busy schedule nowadays, there would only be a few times where I feel the need to cook. It's quite a shame that I haven't updated my "Di Masarap, Maanghang" posts for the longest time....until now.

Yet, I got in the mood to cook one night because the dish that I made was a no-fuss vegatable dish that Filipinos can consider as a classic. Yep, it was a simple case of ginataang gulay.

Made with pumpkin or string beans, shrimp, and coconut milk, the dish that I made only has a few differences.

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So here is what I did. First, I bought string beans, pumpkin and green chilies, all for the price of 35 pesos. As you can see, everything is cut/torn/sliced into pieces.

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Then, it was very easy for me to use a pack of Knorr Ginataang Gulay Complete Recipe Mix at less than P15.00, and with a cup of water prepared, I knew that this dish was going to be easy.

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As simple as the ingredients go, I knew that shrimp was going to be out of the recipe because of my allergic reactions to eating it, so while I was walking home, I saw this 'inihaw' stall, and I thought, "why don't I just buy a few sticks and add them up on the dish?" I bought two sticks for a slim amount of P20.00

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I devoted a few minutes to making the pig ears brown a bit, while seeing some of the porky bits sticking to the edges of the wok. I would have dipped them in a spicy vinegar sauce but I have to be patient and not eat them while the veggies are cooking.

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You may not see the sticky brown bits of pork after placing all the veggies at once. I didn't really had to cook the pumpkin separately with the string beans because I have managed to cut them in small pieces so that they cook quicker and more evenly.

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See the magic as it happens once the veggies get simmered down. I really love it when you can actually witness the textures change as you cook food.

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After seeing their a bit tender, I then sprinkled the recipe mix and stirred it in gently to avoid lumps in the sauce.

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And mission accomplished! Here is the most simple, yet gratifyingly healthy dish that you can ever make at home.

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I was in the mood for some fine dining action and plated it as such. I cannot say that it's all that pretty or anything, but the taste was perfect that I didn't have to buy a lot of spices or ingredients just to capture the taste that I was looking for in cooking ginataang gulay.  

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And have I told you that the total amount to make this was a mere P70.00 pesos? Plus it's good for four people. And it's so filling, and best served with hot piping rice. Now how can you possibly go wrong with this?

How about you, have you done any tweaking with Filipino dishes lately? Share them through the comment thread below!

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