Filipino Soups, Remade
We love playing around with traditional recipes and finding ways to make them extra nutritious. How? By adding our favorite greens!
We like our monggo with a bunch of Filipino superfoods like malunggay, unte (upland malunggay), kulitis (wild spinach), and alugbati! To make, soak the monggo (mung beans) overnight. The next day, boil until tender. Sautee onion, ginger, and tomato. Combine the mixture with the monggo and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the rest of the greens for 1 minute. Enjoy!
Heritage Grains Lugaw with Malunggay
A family favorite and an uber-healthy alternative for breakfast. To make, bring a medium pot of water to boil. Add 1 cup of oats (steel cut oats are considered to be the most nutritious) and some patis (fish sauce) or Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids for flavoring. Let the mixture cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add water and 1 cup of quinoa. Let it cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water to maintain a wet consistency. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of malunggay leaves which have been removed from the stem. Cook some more and continue adding water when necessary to maintain ideal consistency. Serve the soup warm with patis and calamansi on the side.
This recipe also works with the heritage grain adlai, which is low-glycemic and an amazing source of protein!