Delicious Sitaw Recipes That Will Make You Feel Full

Recipes with green beans cook fast and can be ready to eat in minutes.

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Sitaw or long green beans are a staple in Filipino cuisine. It's a lowland vegetable crop, which includes ampalaya, kalabasa, upo, talong, okra, corn, and kamote. You can make these simple sitaw recipes, all of which are tasty and filling without the addition of so many ingredients.  

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1 Adobong Sitaw Recipe With Chicken  

If you're not experienced enough to know that you can easily swap out different kinds of meats for another of your choosing, making the substitute can be an intimidating step to take without the guidance of a recipe. This recipe swaps out the usual pork chunks in the adobong sitaw recipe and uses boneless strips of chicken instead. It remains meaty and delicious.  

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2 Cheesy Green Beans Recipe

Sauteéd green beans can be delicious even if all you do is heat it up with some garlic. Garlicky green beans sound delicious already, but why not take it a step further to super delicious? This recipe takes a simple ginisang sitaw and adds cheese to the mix. Melty cheese is perfect to add to the heated green beans so every bite is garlicky, cheesy, and definitely delicious.     

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Bagoong-Sauteéd Beans Recipe with Mangoes

Bagoong and sitaw are already best friends. Bagoong after all is the main flavoring agent in the pinakbet. You can toss these ingredients together in a dish and it would be a familiar dish. However, this dish has a surprising ingredient that makes this very different: mangoes. The sweet Philippine mangoes are a flavor contrast to the salty umami taste of the bagoong. If you want to delight your taste buds, this is a great way to do it in a satisfying way. 

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4 Chicken and Green Beans Recipe 

Simple recipes do not have to be lacking in flavor. This recipe is hearty with a tasty sauce that coats each ingredient that includes soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger. The Chinese-inspired sauce makes not just the beans but also the chicken super flavorful. 

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5 Green Curry Gising Gising Recipe 

Green curry makes up the majority of the flavor profile of this dish but it's the freshness of the local green beans in this dish, the sigarilyas or winged beans, that make this a great version that's super refreshing to eat.     

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6 Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw at Kalabasa Recipe 

This dish may be familiar but not all ginataang kalabasa dishes are loaded with veggies and large shrimp that transform it into a more complete meal. Enjoy the flavors of the creamy gata, fresh sitaw, and the sweetness from the kalabasa with the umami flavors that only fresh shrimp can bring to the dish.        

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7 Green Beans Recipe With Ground Pork and Tofu

You don't need to venture too far from the norm with this recipe. Take a classic green bean and ground pork dish and make it even more hearty with tofu cubes. Amp up the appetizing factor of the dish even further by using a little sesame oil in the sauce to make it even more delicious. If you love sesame oil, this dish will be one that you'll make over and over.    

Recipes using green beans or sitaw can be an endless recipe hunt! These long pods are versatile enough to be in many different dishes so make it your mission to add it to dishes you like. You might be delighted to know that it's a simple addition to make the dish even more appetizing. 

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