It is without a doubt that meal planning has lots of benefits. First, it's less stressful as you don't have to worry about what to cook each day. Second, instead of worrying, you get to save time and spend it on other equally important things. Third, you also get to save money as you only have to buy the ingredients you need, according to your menu, which means less to zero food wasting. Lastly, since you get to plan, you are more likely to choose healthier meals.
As we all know, a healthy diet plays a big part in our overall health which helps safeguard us against sickness including CoVid-19. Currently, the COVID-19 Pandemic intensifies Philippine’s battle against Double Burden of Malnutrition. Double Burden of Malnutrition, which I also talked about here, is defined by World Health Organization (WHO) as “the coexistence of under-nutrition along with overweight and obesity, or diet-related non-communicable diseases, within individuals, households, and populations, and across the life course.”
The limited distribution and access to food supplies aggravate the plight of poor and low-income Filipino households to sustain each person’s required nutrients through healthy meals. On the other hand, home confinement due to the mandated community quarantine may cause more people to not only restrict their physical activities but also to overeat and/or consume more food with empty calories as part of coping with stress and/or boredom.
Given the importance of maintaining healthy diets to sustain our health and immunity against viruses and bacteria, we should turn to the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® as a viable safeguard to protect our family from diseases.
Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) introduced “Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo 7-day Menu Challenge” as a way to encourage homemakers to serve a variety of balanced meals to their families. Homemakers could access the Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo 7-day menu plan at www.ajinomoto.com.ph and facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH. This is part of the company’s “Eat Well, Live Well. Stay Well.” campaign to provide Filipino families with practical tips on proper nutrition, recipe menu, and fitness activities to cope, stay well and enjoy life despite current COVID-19 situation.
Ajinomoto’s 7-day menu plan is composed of complete meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each meal provides recipe suggestions for Healthy & Delicious Pinggang Pinoy® Recipes that are easy-to-do and affordable. These recipes are simple, solutions to serve enjoyable Pinggang Pinoy® meals. Homemakers could make use of their extra time to purchase widely available and inexpensive vegetables and fruits to complement rice beyond the usual supply of canned goods. Ajinomoto’s recipes make common ingredients more palatable like tofu sisig, meaty pechay picadillo, pork tapa and tomatoes, ensaladang talbos ng kamote, sweet and sour galunggong, and many more.
Here are three (3) recipe samplers done in three (3) easy steps:
Meaty Pechay Picadillo:
1.) SAUTÉ onion, garlic and ground pork and mix in carrots, green peas, and pechay.
2.) SEASON with pepper, soy sauce, and AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix.
3.) COOK for 1 minute more.
1.) FRY tofu until golden brown and set aside.
2.) SAUTÉ ginger, onion, and garlic, add fried tofu and liver spread and mix well.
3.) SEASON with sugar and PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning mix and add chili peppers.
Pork tapa with tomatoes:
1.) MARINATE pork in water, sugar, soy sauce, pepper, and SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce for an hour or overnight.
2.) SAUTÉ onion, garlic, and pork.
3.) BOIL. Pour the marinade mixture and boil until the mixture is thick.
As of this writing, Jaear and I just finished eating breakfast. I cooked scrambled eggs with tomatoes, longganisa, and fried rice. I used Ajinomoto Umami to season the scrambled eggs. And since meal planning is something I struggle with, I will take on this Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo 7-day menu Challenge.
If you also want to take the challenge, you may check the full recipes as well as more information about Ajinomoto and its products, at www.ajinomoto.com.ph and facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH.