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Cheap, meat-free recipes worth a try: Monggo kare-kare and sayote pie crumble

Cheap, meat-free recipes worth a try: Monggo kare-kare and sayote pie crumble

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  • Looking for recipes to kickstart your sustainable eating journey? The “Mesa ni Misis” cookbook has you covered
monggo kare-kare by mesa ni misis

One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned during quarantine is that our meals also have a big impact on our environment. By adopting eating habits that incorporate plant-based products like whole grains, legumes and vegetables, we develop more sustainable eating habits and reduce food waste along the supply chain.

[READ: Beginner’s guide to a plant-based diet, as told by a Mediterranean chef

Aside from eating more plant-based foods, it also helps to source your food from local markets. This is an aspect that healthy eating advocate Juana Manahan-Yupangco hopes to promote through Mesa ni Misis, a nonprofit organization that promotes the health benefits of local vegetables by sharing healthy and affordable recipes.

She recently released a cookbook of the same name, which features 40 plant-based recipes available at Shopee and Lazada. Here are some of the recipes you can find:

Monggo Kare-Kare

Ingredients

2 cups dry monggo
1 cup peanut butter
2 cloves garlic
1/2 onion
1 tbsp bagoong or vegan bagoong
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chopped greens of choice

Preparation

  1. Soak the monggo beans for at least two hours. Boil the monggo.
  2. In a little oil, saute the onions and garlic.
  3. Add the cooked monggo and stir fry for around 1 minute.
  4. Add the peanut butter and mix.
  5. Add the vegetable broth. Stir until mixture thickens.
  6. Season with bagoong. You can start with half a tablespoon and add more to your liking.
  7. Throw in the greens of your choice and cook till tender.
  8. Serve over hot rice.

Sayote Crumble

Ingredients

Filling
3 sayote, cubed
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 kalamansi, juices squeezed
Cinnamon

Crumble
1 cup flour
1 tbsp oats
1/2 cup cold butter plus 1 tbsp to cook with
3 tbsp brown sugar

Preparation

Filling

  1. Mix the sayote, sugar, cinnamon and kalamansi together
  2. Put 1 tbsp of oats in the pan and add the sayote mixture. Cook for 20-25 minutes until the sayote softens.

Crumble

  1. Put the butter, oats, flour, and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Mix this with your hands until small balls of crumble form.
  3. If you have an oven, this crumble goes on top of the sayote mixture in the pie dish. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees until the crumble turns golden.
  4. If there is no oven, this can be put in a dish and cooked in a toaster oven, or tossed in a pan with no butter or oil.
  5. Place the cooked sayote in a pie or serving dish, and top with the crumble mixture. Serve and enjoy!

Kangkong Pesto

Ingredients

2 bunches of kangkong, washed and chopped- include the stems!
1 to 2 cups olive oil- adjust consistency to your liking by adding more
5 cloves garlic
1/4 cup cashews, soaked
2 tbsp nutritional yeast- adjust to give a cheesy taste to your liking
Salt to taste

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. You can adjust the amount of olive oil to your liking, as well as the salt and nutritional yeast.

Header photo courtesy of Mesa ni Misis

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Writer: ANGELA PATRICIA SUACILLO

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