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I am a culinary-challenged mum and I have a limited knowledge about the kitchen and cooking. It was rather unfortunate that I was not able to inherit my Mama’s cooking prowess. It does not help that I have a very picky eater to feed and please come meal time. At the moment, the little man is not so adventurous about his food choices and would often stick with his staple food rather than trying out something new.

You’d probably wonder what I was thinking signing up for the Ajinomoto Cook and Blog Contest? Oh well, I have the same question traversing in my mind. Of course, I had to rule out cooking unfamiliar and elaborate dishes that I am not sure I can pull off. So, as my entry, I cooked this simple yet delicious dish ~ Ginataang Gulay.

I love any dish with coconut milk, so even when I am not adept at using the ingredient, I make it a point to cook something with gata every once in a while. I chose to prepare this meal as it was very easy and simple to prepare, it has very few, not to mention affordable, ingredients which you can readily get from your local grocers or the wet market. It is also economical as most ingredients, save for the pork cuts perhaps, cost less that Php30!

Let’s Cook Away

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As I’ve mentioned this is a very simple dish and I bet most of you mums have tried it in your kitchen on one or two occasions. I have no specific measurements for most of the ingredients but for the veggies, I opt for those pre-packed ones in the grocers, I just chose the size and amount which I thought would be enough for my dish.

Here are the ingredients for our Ginataang Gulay:

  • 1 medium-sized onions, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • about 400grams of squash, cut into cubes
  • about 400grams of string beans, cut in bite sizes
  • a cup of pork, cubed and seasoned with PORKSAVOR™
  • a cup of coconut milk {I used a sachet of a popular seasoning product for this dish}
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here’s how to cook the dish:

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  • Fry the cubed pork pieces until golden brown, set aside  food, mum's cooking, Ajinomoto
  • Saute onion and garlic in a non-stick pan
  • Add the vegetables and a 1/2 a cup of water
  • Boil until the veggies are a little tender
  • Add the coconut milk and simmer for 3 minutes
  • Add salt and pepper to taste

This dish is perfect to pair with steamed rice or as a side dish for any meat viands, like fried chicken or pork chop. It is packed with nutrients that are good for our little ones. Squash is rich with Vitamin A, Iron, Calcium, Zinc and Beta-Carotene, while string beans contains Vitamin C, Niacin and Phosphorus. The PORKSAVOR™ used to flavor the pork bits, on the other hand, is an All-in-One Seasoning Mix that is made of natural pork meat extract and bone broth, added with spices and seasoning which brings out the deliciousness of home-cooked dishes. I am sure that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this yummy dish! Let’s eat! ^_^

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mumwrites

is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.