Pinakbet. Eat. Pray. Love.

On any normal day, it's hard for me to think of what to cook. Most of the time, we end up just buying cooked food and Mila will just eat one of her pre-prepared meals we have in the freezer. These past few days, Mila had been getting picky and does not like her mushy food. So I decided I'll cook something fresh to start our Monday.

Mila loves her veggies and I had been craving for some so I decided we'll have Pinakbet for lunch. I used to dread cooking this because of too many ingredients I need to prepare. And I always end up cooking way more than we can consume. I try to avoid leftovers because the veggies get overcooked when we reheat it and we don't really like to eat it anymore. After a few tries, I found the best portion for us. It's really very easy to cook, not to mention very healthy too.


¼ kilo Liempo
1 Large Eggplant, cubed
1 Large Ampalaya (Bitter Gourd), sliced
3-4 sections of a large Squash, cubed
5 pcs Okra, cut into half
1 bundle Sitaw (String Beans), cut in 2 inch pieces
3 pcs Tomato
2 pcs Onion
4 cloves Garlic
1-2 tbsp Alamang (Shrimp Paste)
Salt and Pepper


1. Cut pork in small strips. Put it in a pan with water just enough to cover. Cook until all water is gone. Lower the heat and continue cooking to render the fat.

2. When pork is slightly brown, set it aside. Add oil if needed. Sautee garlic, onion, tomatoes. Add the shrimp paste. Cook for about 2 minutes.

3. Add the squash. After 5 minutes, add about 1 cup of water. You can add more if you want some sauce, which I do.

4. When water starts boiling, add the eggplant. I don't like undercooked eggplant so I add it a few minutes before I add in the rest if the veggies.

5. Simmer for 5-7 more minutes or until the veggies are cooked. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

6. Serve with hot rice.

Yield: 4-6 servings

As expected, Mila enjoyed her squash and string beans. She even likes ampalaya.

On a very related note, I hate seeing worms. When I cut the eggplant earlier and saw the black marks which are parts that a worm had eaten through, I passed it to Hubs to have it cleaned. Hubs said I am being too judgemental. Yup, that was his exact term. He said fruit or vegetable worms are the cleanest and healthiest because they only eat fresh produce. I guess he has a point. I still don't want to see them on my food.

Enjoy lunch! 


  1. I love pinakbet (though I do not eat all of the vegies)!

    1. I used to avid vegetables too. My husband though me to eat more and I just got used to it. :)

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  3. Oh, it's good to know that Mila likes ampalaya too, I can't force my kids to eat that but, they like squash and string beans :) Pinakbet is a complete meal and highly recommended for kids!

  4. I love squash! It's good to now that Mila loves her veggies. I too had the same problem of cooking more than we could eat, I'm still in the process of figuring out how to portion our food. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  5. I love pinakbet, and it's great that your baby likes veggies! and eating on her own, how nice! With my toddlers, it's hit or miss e, he he.

  6. After reading your post, I think I'll cook pinakbet tomorrow :)

  7. I love veggies and all the ingredients of Pinakbet especially ampalaya and okra.

  8. One of my favorite Filipino Dish.
    But I don't like okra :D
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  9. pinakbet looks great to eat though never tasted before.

  10. I'm from Baguio and Pinakbet is really popular there. It's also really healthy.

  11. Yummm! Pinakbet is one of my faves. I don't eat the ampalaya and okra in it, though.

  12. Yummy!!! I love pinakbet with a steaming cup of rice perfect for a cold day like today

  13. One of the classic filipino goodies! <3 Yum!!

  14. I am a huge of veggies. It is so tempting

  15. Yum! Pinakbet is the best especially if its cooked just right and not too saucy.

  16. I'm no big fan of vegatables, really, I just take out the meat. Haha. If I could mask the flavor of the veggies though, I'm in! :P Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  17. I love the original and Ilocano's version of pinakbet (without squash). I can eat it from breakfast to dinner hahaha

  18. Oh I love cooking Pinakbet for my kids too when they were still babies! :)


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