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Delicious Filipino Healthy Dishes Everyone Must Try

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Filipino dishes have earned a great deal of fame around the world given the presence of Filipinos in almost every country. Described by a mix of sweet, sour and salty spices… Filipino cuisine has earned a unique spot in every fan’s heart.

 

  • Adobo

 

The pre-colonial people of the Philippines prepared their food with salt and vinegar to prolong storage life. This makes Adobo indigenous to the Philippines. 

Adobo is really easy to cook. It only takes less than an hour for it to be ready to serve. Left to boil in soy sauce and vinegar and let simmer 20-30 minutes, you’ll have Adobo to savor on your table with your family.

It’s salty and healthy, soy sauce has plenty of vitamin B3 in it — a vitamin which lowers cholesterol.  Soy sauce also contains iron, phosphorous, manganese and free amino acids. 

 

  • Pinakbet

 

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Sometimes called Pakbet in the Northern Parts the Philippines, Pinakbet is a really healthy dish popular to the seniority of the country. With a mix of vegetables that are packed with nutrients necessary for a whole day’s energy source, it’s the perfect dish for lunch. 

Pinakbet is stewed vegetables like squash, okra, bitter gourd, string beans and eggplant. With all these ingredients together, this dish becomes the perfect aid for diabetes. It lowers the risk of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases, cancers, and it also improves bone health.

It’s not only a delicious Filipino delicacy but a perfect example of a healthy, yummy dish. Check out this Best Pinakbet recipe, and include this excellence to your week’s menu.

 

  • Sinigang

 

It’s the star of the table when it comes to soups. Sinigang has a unique sour taste that comes perfectly with the perfect mix of very Filipino ingredients. Commonly prepared with tamarind, it offers a sour yet savory kick to the tastebuds.

It comes with a lot of vegetables to make it the ideal family lunch. With tomatoes, okra, taro corms (gabi), water spinach (kangkong), yardlong beans (sitaw) and green long chilies. 

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It also comes with a lot of variations, really. You can cook sinigang in countless ways. Besides the traditional way of cooking it with tamarind, you can make it with calamansi, mangoes, guava or miso.

 

  • Kare-kare

 

Kare-kare is a Filipino specialty perfect for any occasion. Some would even eat this all day. It’s a stew with peanut sauce. It’s traditionally made with actual peanuts ground with a pestle in a mortar. It’s packed with protein from the peanuts and meat. It also comes with a variety of vegetables like string beans, eggplants and cabbages.

Don’t forget the bagoong! Your kare-kare meal won’t be complete without it. 

 

  • Tinola

 

It’s just not right to exclude Tinola from a list of healthy Filipino foods! 

This Filipino dish is famous in the country’s households because it’s budget-friendly and delicious at the same time. The low fat protein from the chicken, the countless vitamins from malunggay leaves and green papaya make this a very healthy dish. It’s perfect for the rainy season! One yummy way to fight the cold weather. 

Try them out!

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The Philippines is not just a beautiful country to visit for its priceless sights but for its food too. These are just the tip of the iceberg though, and there are a lot more delicious and healthy Filipino food recipes, like the ones found on Eat Like Pinoy. If you haven’t tried these Filipino foods, now is the time. You won’t regret it nor will your family and friends. 

They’re pretty easy to cook and mostly budget-friendly perfect for small gatherings at home. In addition, they are guilt-free foods you can share with the young ones and those who are on the lookout for their health.

Filipino Healthy Dishes

Filipino Healthy Dishes

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