Now, I guess I should let you in a little secret… you ready. I HATE VEGGIES! Yes, I hate them with passion as a kid. As an adult, I still try to stay away from it. However, there’s this one vegetable dish that I can’t help but fall in love with. I’m sure a lot of you have heard of it, if you are Filipino or knows a lot of Filipino. It’s a well-known dish especially when it comes to party or fiesta. It is called Seven Kinds. It’s very simple to make and as what the name says, it consists of seven different kinds of vegetables plus some other things as well (the original recipe consisted of only seven ingredients but I like to add more).
- 2 tbs – Cooking Oil
- 4 pcs – Garlic (minced)
- 1 medium size – Onion (chopped)
- 1 can – Cream of Mushroom
- 2 pcs – Carrots (peeled, cut into small cubes)
- 1 cup – Green Peas
- 1 can – Young corn (cut into small cubes)
- 1 can – Button mushroom (sliced)
- 1 cup – Water Chest nuts (sliced)
- 25 pcs – Quail egg (hard-boiled, peeled)
- ¼ kilo – Pork Cubes (cut into small pieces) [you can substitute chicken or not include meat at all]
- ¼ kilo – mixed Gizzard (chopped)
- ¼ cup – water
- Fish Sauce (to taste)
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- Heat oil in a large pan.
- Sauté onion for about 2 minutes, then add the garlic. Sauté for a minute or until slightly brown. Then add the pork cubes and chopped Gizzard and sauté it until meat are golden brown.
- Add carrots, mushrooms, and water chestnuts. Stir and cook covered, stirring occasionally for 4 minutes.
- Add ¼ cup of water and let simmer.
- After a few minutes, add the young corn and green peas. Stir and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add one can of cream of mushroom and stir well.
- Add fish sauce and pepper to taste.
- Lastly, add the quail eggs, stir carefully, and cook until the sauce thickens.
- Remove from fire.
- Serve with rice.
- Let’s Eat!
See the YouTube video here.
Why our Mama’s always tells us to eat our veggies is not just a “because I said so” thing for mothers/parents. It’s because vegetables are truly some wonder foods.
They have fewer calories (hint, hint for those trying to diet) but full of fiber and water that’ll make one feel full. Also, the biggest benefit of it is they contain essential vitamins and minerals. For example, carrots have plenty vitamin A, which promotes good vision and healthy skin. Broccoli is a good source of vitamin c.
So how do we fully utilize veggies? Try eating different colors as a way to promote variety. In this way, it’ll help us cover different vitamins and minerals.
In a meal, fill half of our plate with veggies first before putting any carbohydrates or meats. Eat veggies as snacks.
Good snack ideas are baby carrots or ants on a log (celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins).
They’re not only yummy, they’re also good for our body.
Hugs, Dee ♥