Top Gulay Recipes of 2020: Ginisang Ampalaya, Veggie Sinigang, and Kalabasang Ukoy

Filipino vegetables for Filipino recipes.

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Filipinos love their meaty dishes, especially those made with pork and chicken, but that's not to say we don't have a love for vegetables. In fact, the vegetable recipes that resonate the most with us are those that we cook everyday. 

Classic recipes such as a simple ginisa, a sinigang, and even a basic fried fritter recipe were our reader's favorite vegetable recipes for this year. These recipes show that local vegetables such as the ampalaya, tomatoes, kalabasa, and kangkong will always be on your grocery list. 

Since the top meaty pork dishes were recipes with a twist, our readers also loved vegetable dishes that had a twist to an otherwise classic recipe. Here our top gulay recipes featuring vegetables: 

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1 Ginisang Ampalaya with Egg Recipe 

This easy stir-fried recipe is made with ampalaya and the ginisa trio: onion, garlic, and tomatoes. The tweak is the addition of the scrambled eggs that give this all veggie dish much needed heartiness, enough to change it to ulam status.     

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2 Vegetable Sinigang Recipe 

Sinigang has to be one of the favorite Filipino dishes of all time. However, this recipe proves that it's not always the meat that is the lure of dishes. Sometimes, it's just the super delicious soup that accompanies the dish that makes it worth the time and effort to make. Here, the classic ingredients of a sinigang take centerstage, leaving you your choice of ulam to pair with this soup side dish.    

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3 Okoy with Kalabasa Recipe 

Merienda is the common time when these fritters are commonly served. These fritters are commonly made with togue or bean sprouts, with a few slivers of carrot and green beans. This classic gets an upgrade by the simple substitition of the togue with kalabasa. The native pumpkin is a hearty vegetable with a delicious sweetness. Those who don't care for the fresh taste of togue will appreciate this easy substitute.   

If you want to change things up for merienda, this ingredient hack of a classic recipe is a great example of how you can use what is available to make a delicious recipe even more appetizing.      

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What is on your list of favorite vegetables to cook?  


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