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The Complete Adobo Series

There’s more than one way to veganize Adobo. You could use tofu, tempeh, kale, mushrooms, kangkong, etc. As long as your Adobo has tons of garlic and soy sauce or vinegar, or all three of them, then you have yourself an Adobo dish or Adobo rendition. Adding some fat from refined coconut oil wouldn’t hurt…

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Astig Vegan, The Cooking Show

I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be launching a cooking show on YouTube! I realize that it’s no longer enough to tell how my recipes are made, but to show them as well. I’ve been inspired by the people following and recreating my recipes and I think it would do more justice to their effort…

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Simple Lentil Tagalog

There you are in front of your pantry, looking for something to cook or eat. You’ve looked shelf by shelf but nothing is available except canned vegetables, particularly peas and corn. The fridge may be better but alas, nothing but water and some wilted leftover from three days ago. Okay, maybe I’m describing my situation but I think…

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Vegan “Meat and Potato Stew” aka Mechado

Yes, the time has come to veganize a meat and potato stew also known in the Philippines as Mechado. But,this is not just any Mechado, this is my mom’s Mechado -veganized, so expect your taste buds to be delighted. My mom would always get requests to cook this for family gatherings as no one else…

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Vegan Bicol Express Recipe

No it’s not fast food because it’s called “Express”, although it’s pretty simple to make. Bicol Express is a delicacy popularized by the Philippine province of Bicol, where you’ll find tons of delicious, spicy coconut curry dishes. My vegan version cuts back the cooking time because you don’t have to worry about cooking pork. You…

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GREEN BUT FILIPINO, BUKO PANDAN

Something green was what came to my mind when I was brainstorming for my next recipe. After all, St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and I wanted the recipe to be helpful for people looking for something to serve or eat for the Irish holiday. I don’t know any Irish dishes but I do know…

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Filipinos’ Ultimate Favorite Breakfast Food, Veganized!

For the American palate, fried breakfast food means bacon, eggs, and toast. For the Filipino palate, fried breakfast food means Tapsilog. The word itself, Tapsilog, is made up of the combined phrases of the three components you’ll find in the dish:  “Tap-” for “Tapa” or seasoned beef, “si-” for “Sinangag” or garlic fried rice, and…

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Bibingka Hearts for Valentines Day

They say the way to a person’s heart is through his/her stomach, so I decided that I’ll bake something delicious for Chris this Valentines Day. I baked some Vegan Bibingka cake ahead of time in case you’d like to learn how to make it too. My Bibingka recipe is the vegan version of the traditional…

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Menudo 2.0

Filipino Menudo is a stew of hearty ingredients like garbanzo beans, potatoes, carrots, hotdog, pork, and liver.  For my 2nd vegan version of menudo, I stayed away from using processed and pre-seasoned mock meats.  I used plain wheat gluten, which I got from an Asian store. I chopped the gluten like croutons, fried them, and…