Iced Squash Cookies

Filipino Style Recipe: Iced Squash Cookies is one of my favorite cookie with Filipino twist. By incorporating a local product “Squash” as main ingredient, it will satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth and give them additional nutrition. You don’t have to store it a tightly sealed container since the cookie is tend to be soft and moist.

Good for 20-24 cookies

For the batter:
1 cup mashed squash (boil slices of squash for 15 minutes or until soft then mash with fork)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 raw egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

For the Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoon milk
1/2 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Part 1
1. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg then mix until blended.

Part 2
1. In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter until soft.
2. Add the squash, egg, vanilla then mix until creamy.
3. Add squash mixture then mix until well blended.

Part 3
1. Drop teaspoonful of batter into cookie sheets then slightly flatten.
2. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Let it cool.

Part 4
1. To prepare the glaze, combine powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract.
2. Add milk as needed to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle to cooled cookies.

Ginisang Sitaw at Kalabasa

Filipino Style Recipe: Ginisang sitaw at kalabasa or sauteed sting beans and squash is a simple yet nutritious vegetable dish, basically it’s a combination of string beans and squash sauteed and simmered until tender. Add with shrimp or pork make the dish more delicious and truly enjoyed by most Filipinos.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 15-20 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

1/2 squash(kalabasa), peeled and cut into cubes
1 bundle string beans (sitaw), cut into 2inch long
1 cup medium-sized fresh shrimp, remove heads and discard shells
2 tbsp cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
fish sauce and ground pepper to taste

1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic and onion.
2. Add tomatoes then continue sauteing for 5 minutes or until soft.
3. Add shrimp and stir fry until red.
4. Add vegetables and stir cook for a minute, then add water and simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Season with fish sauce and pepper according to taste.
6. Cook until veggies are tender then transfer to serving plate and serve.

1. You may also use pork meat instead of shrimps.

Squash Yema

Filipino Style Recipe: Squash Yema is another popular and easy Filipino sweet delicacy that is made up of mashed squash(kalabasa) then mixed and cooked with condensed milk and egg yolks. Some added flavor like jack fruit, ground nuts or just roll it into sugar.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10-15 minutes

1/3 cup squash(kalabasa), boiled then mashed
1 big can condensed milk
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon vanilla(optional)
1/2 cup white sugar for coating(optional)

1. In a bowl, combine condensed milk, squash, egg yolks and vanilla. Mix well.
2. In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add milk mixture.
3. Keep stirring for 15 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat and let it cool.
4. Shape the mixture into balls and roll in granulated sugar.
5. Repeat until all the mixture are consumed. Wrap into cellophane or put in fluted baking cups.

1. You may also add flavored like ground nuts or jack fruit.

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa Recipe


Filipino Style Recipe: ginataang sitaw at kalabasa recipe or string beans and squash in coconut milk is a simple yet tasty and nutritious vegetable dish, basically it’s a combination of string beans and squash simmered in coconut milk. Add with pork or shrimp or crab make the recipe more delicious. This is another mouth-watering vegetable dish that is truly enjoyed by most Filipinos.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 15-20 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

1/2 squash(kalabasa), peeled and cut into cubes
1 bundle string beans(sitaw), cut in 3 inches long.
1/ 4 kilo pork diced or 1 cup shrimp meat
3 tbsp fish sauce or 1 tbsp shrimp paste
1 can coconut milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 pieces green chili(siling haba)
cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a saucepan, heat cooking oil and fry pork meat until color turns to light brown.
2. In the same pan, saute onion and garlic. Season with fish sauce then mix well.
3. Pour in coconut milk and bring to a boil.
4. Add the squash and string beans then simmer until vegetables are half-tender. Add water if necessary.
5. Add green chili then season with salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Remove from heat then serve and enjoy.

Ginataang suso


Filipino Style Recipe: Ginataang suso(snail with coconut milk) is an exotic dish that you will find surprisingly delicious. Snails cooked in coconut milk that you will enjoy the richness flavor together with vegetables. You can try this dish if your looking for a mouth-watering recipe that will surely agree to your taste.

Good for 5-7 persons.

1 kilo snails(suso)
1 kilo shredded coconut
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
2 tbsp ginger strips
1 thumb-sized ginger, cut into strips
2 pieces green chilli(siling haba)
1 bunch string beans(sitaw), cut in 2-inch length
1/2 squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. To clean the snails, place the snails in a bowl with water and salt. set aside for a few hours.
2. Rub the shells in water to remove the residues and crack a small opening on the end of the snail.

Part 2
1. Place the shredded coconut in a mixing bowl and pour in 2 cups of hot water.
2. Separate the milk from the shredded coconut by squeezing from the mixture(Use a strainer or a clean cloth). Place in a bowl and set aside.(1st extract)
3. Repeat the procedure, place the milk(2nd extract) to another bowl.

Part 3
1. In a casserole, place the coconut milk(2nd extract) together with the garlic, onion and ginger. Set heat to medium until the liquid comes to a boil.
2. Pour in the snails and bring to a boil once more until it becomes thick.
3. Add the vegetables and green chili.
4. Add the coconut milk(1st extract). Bring to boil.
5. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Continue cooking until the vegetables are tender but not overcooked.
7. Remove from heat. Serve hot. Enjoy!

1. You can replace the fresh coconut with coconut milk in can or coconut powder. However, you have to remember that fresh would always give the best results.
2. In taking out the snail’s content from the shell, you can use a fork or a toothpick.
3. If you like it spicy, put few chopped hot chilli.

Pinakbet or Pakbet

Pinakbet or Pakbet (Meat and Vegetable Stew with Shrimp Paste) is a tasty vegetable dish consisting of different fresh vegetables, pork, and shrimp paste. One of my favorite when it comes to vegetables dishes as long as not overcooked. I’m not a fan of bitter melon, so I sliced it into small pieces that I can swallow directly. This recipe is a variation from Ilocos Region called “Pakbet Ilokano”. Happy cooking.

Estimated Preparation and Cooking Time: 40-50 minutes. Good for 3-5 person.

1/4 kilo pork belly, cut into small cubes
1/4 lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined(optional)
1/2 squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
1 large eggplant, cut in halves and sliced diagonally
1 bunch string beans(sitaw), cut in 2-inch length
6 pieces okra, cut diagonally
1 medium-sized bitter melon(ampalaya), cut in half seeded and slice diagonally
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 piece onion, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, sliced in strips
3 large tomato, diced
4 tablespoon shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
1 cup of water
3 tablespoon cooking oil
salt, sugar and pepper to balance the taste

1. In a pan, heat cooking oil over medium heat.
2. Saute the garlic, ginger, onion and tomato
3. Add the pork and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until color turns light brown.
4. Put-in the shrimp and shrimp paste and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add water and increase the heat to bring it to a boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pork is tender
6. Add the squash and cook for another 5-8 minutes or until texture becomes soft
7. Add in all the remaining vegetables, mix with the other ingredients.
8. Simmer for 5 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked.(Do not overcook the vegetables)
9. Serve with rice. Share and Enjoy!

1. Some is allergic to shrimp paste, you may substitute with fish sauce(patis) instead.