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Ginisang Gulay

Ginisang Gulay is a simple sauteed vegetable dish. It is composed of eggplant, squash, okra, amapalaya (bitter gourd), and string beans. The combination of vegetables resembles a Filipino dish called Pinakbet.


  • 1 medium bitter gourd (ampalaya), cored and sliced
  • 6 to 8 pieces okra
  • 1 cup sliced tomatoes
  • 8 pieces string beans sliced in 2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium Chinese eggplant
  • ¾ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1½ cups cubed calabaza squash
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil


  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Saute garlic and onion.
  3. Add the tomato when the onion gets soft. Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the calabaza squash. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Put the eggplant, okra, string beans, and bitter gourd in the pan. Stir fry for 3 minutes.
  6. Pour the vegetable broth. Cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Remove the cover. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve and enjoy!

Kalabasa Soup with Ampalaya Leaves

It is the time of year wherein pumpkin gets a lot of attention. This time, we will not make the traditional pumpkin soup. Instead, I will show you how to cook a very simple soup using butternut squash with a Filipino twist — I call this Kalabasa Soup with Ampalaya Leaves.


  • ½ medium butternut squash; peeled, seeds removed, and cubed
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • A bunch of Ampalaya (bitter melon) leaves
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Combine chicken broth and water in a cooking pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add the onion and butternut squash. Boil for 20 minutes.
  3. Put-in the garlic powder. Stir
  4. Put-in the ampalaya leaves. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add salt to taste. Serve.
  6. Share and enjoy!

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Here is another vegetable soup recipe that you might be interested in. Cheesy Broccoli soup is a thick soup made from chopped broccoli, fresh milk, and grated sharp cheddar cheese.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2¾ cups milk
  • ¾ cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces broccoli, chopped


  1. Heat a cooking pan and put-in the butter. Let the butter melt.
  2. Add-in the onions and cook until it becomes soft.
  3. Put-in the flour and stir while cooking.
  4. Pour-in the milk and let boil. Simmer for 2 minutes in medium heat.
  5. Add the ground black pepper and stir.
  6. Put-in the broccoli then cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Add the cheese and stir until it melts.
  8. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
  9. Serve hot. Share and enjoy!


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