If you’re on the path to eating healthy, then you should check out Mesa ni Misis: A Guide to Cooking and Enjoying Native Vegetables written by nutrition advocate Juana Manahan Yupangco.
The cookbook is among the four winners in the Best in the World-Vegetarian category in the recent International Gourmand Awards.
Juana became fascinated by the health benefits of local vegetables. She used to eat malunggay or moringa while breastfeeding her son until she experimented with malunggay cookies and discovered other healthy cooking techniques. It inspired her to write Mesa Ni Misis cookbook to share her healthy recipes with more people!
Mesa Ni Misis cookbook aims to advocate for a healthy lifestyle through affordable and nutritious recipes that are easy to cook. Want to know more about it? Read below! (Read: LOOK: This Journal Helps Moms Track Eating Habits And Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle– For The Whole Family!)
Mesa Ni Misis Cookbook: It has 5 principles
Not everyone can simply shift into a healthy lifestyle and adjust to a plant-based diet, considering the time, resources, and other factors. But don’t worry, Juana is here to give you some advice! In the first part of the cookbook, she wrote down five tips on transitioning and introducing healthy eating.
Her first advice is to start slow. “Try replacing just one meal a day with a plant-based meal. Next, try eating plant-based one day a week. Soon, you will realize that going plant-based is doable and enjoyable,” she reiterated.
Juana highlights the importance of managing your time in choosing and preparing healthier choices, including the right seasoning you must use to make your cooking easy and approachable! (Read: Want To Eat Healthy? Start With These Snack Alternatives!)
She also advises eating in season, where vegetables are at their low prices in the market. Lastly, you should be creative in making your own version of hearty dishes to enjoy your meals!
Mesa Ni Misis Cookbook: It uses veggies from the song Bahay Kubo
We may not memorize each vegetable mentioned in the traditional folk song, Bahay Kubo, but most of us are probably familiar with it! Maybe it’s time to start memorizing it because those veggies play an important role in healthy living.
“The vegetables in the song Bahay Kubo are at the core of Mesa Ni Misis recipes because they are affordable and readily available,” Juana explained.
The health benefits of each vegetable and the protein they contain are included in the cookbook as well. Plus, a seasonal fruit and vegetable guide! It is really helpful in finding the recipe that your body needs.
Mesa Ni Misis Cookbook: It has recipes for everyone– even for kids!
The recipes in Mesa In Misis cookbook are divided into four chapters, which are soups and appetizers, mains, rice and noodles, and desserts and drinks. It doesn’t only focus on one or specific dish. So, it will surely provide you with a balanced diet and complete nutrition from appetizers to desserts! (Read: Here’s Why You Should Consider Mindful Eating Instead of Dieting)
It consists of around 40 recipes that are easy to follow and caters to both adults and kids. The cookbook also offers healthier alternatives to salt and sugar! Some of the unique recipes in the cookbook are Kangkong Pesto, Camote with garbanzo topping, Patola Curry, Monggo Kare-kare, Langka Mechado, Vegetable Laksa, K-pop Filipino Bibimbap, Sayote Crumble, and more!
The Mesa Ni Misis: A Guide to Cooking and Enjoying Native Vegetables cookbook is available on Lazada and Shopee and in leading bookstores nationwide. You may view the PDF version here.