1-week healthy, easy-to-make and budget-friendly viand challenge: DAY 1

I am challenging myself to post a blog entry everyday for a week and I decided to post our viand per day during this week…because…why not?

Viand or ulam is a meat, seafood or veggie dish that accompanies rice in  a typical Filipino meal.  I’d try to make healthy (to boost our immune system), easy-to-make (so that you can still do extra work within the day) and budget-friendly (let’s be practical) dishes.

DAY 1 of 7: Ginisang ampalaya and greaseless fried porkchop

For the ginisang ampalaya:

Ingredients (cost: P38 or 108 if I include cost of ampalaya(60) and tomato (10):

3 medium size ampalaya or bittergourd fruits, sliced (free from our garden)

3 garlic cloves, chopped (P 5)

1 pc red onion, chopped (P 5)

2 pcs tomato, sliced (free from our garden)

1/4 cup ground pork (you can also use ground beef, chicken) (P 20)

1 tsp oil (P 5)

1/2 tsp salt (P 1)

1/2 tsp patis (P 1)

1/4 tsp pepper (P 1)


Preparation (10 minutes):

Put 1 tsp oil in a preheated pan. Sauté garlic until golden brown then add the onion. When the onion becomes translucent, add ground pork and wait until it turns brown. Add the tomato and wait till it is completely mixed with the pork. Then, mix the ampalaya, cover the pant for 30 seconds. While you are waiting for the ampalaya to get cooked, beat 2 eggs in a bowl and add it to mixture. Continue stirring until the egg is cooked.

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Note: tomato is rich in lycopene, garlic has antibacterial property, red onion contain anthocyanin, ampalaya is high in vitamin C and A.

For the greaseless fried porkchop:

Ingredients (P 157):

3 pcs porkchop (P 140)

1 tsp salt (P 1)

1/4 tsp pepper (P 1)

1/2 tsp dried oregano (optional) (P 15)


Preparation (30 minutes):

Sprinkle salt, pepper and oregano on both sides of the meat. Leave it for 10 minutes. In a pan (preferably non-stick), place the marinated meat. Cover the pan. Flip the meat every 5 minutes or until golden brown.

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Note: porkchop will be your source protein. Make sure not to eat the fat if you have hypertension.


**good for 5-6 pax



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