Camote Tops Salad with Asian Garlic Tofu | INGRID NIETO Vlogs


#InTheKitchen: Camote Tops Salad and Asian Garlic Tofu
Something easy you can prepare for your daily baon, lunch or dinner.

What you need for this:
CAMOTE TOPS SALAD:
-A bouquet of camote tops (yes, bouquet!)
-Garlic
-Ginger
-Onion
-Green sili
-Vinegar
-Oil
-Patis/Fish Sauce

ASIAN GARLIC TOFU
-Garlic (lots of it, minced)
-Ginger (1/4, minced)
-1 Onion
-1 Green sili
-1 slab of tofu (sliced into chunks)
-Oil
-Chili powder
-Soy Sauce + Water
-Sesame seeds for garnishing

Ingrid Cooks: Tofu and Eggplant Steak

Hey everyone! A lot of you have been asking about the #meatless & #plantbased recipes my husband & I prepare at home, so here’s another cooking video. I got this recipe from one of the vegan groups I follow on Facebook and gave it a try. Here are the ingredients: -Half a block of tofu -2 eggplants -Garlic and onion -Toyo (soy sauce) -Kalamansi Please let me know if you get to try this for yourself! I love that the ingredients can be found in the market or grocery store and that it’s so easy to cook.

VLOG SHORTS: At Greens Vegetarian Cafe w/ Yeng Constantino!


Uy! Familiar face! Le boyfriend and I were hungry and decided to try Greens Vegetarian Restaurant & Cafe at Tomas Morato. Pag pasok namin, Yeng was there and she was so happy to see us. :p She stayed a little bit to talk about life so far (behind the scenes), her husband, their vegan lifestyle, ministry opportunities and challenges and even gave us marriage advice! Thank you Yeng. Nakakabusog lahat ng kwento mo. 😀

This is not a full food review by the way! We will come back and try the other dishes. I had the Vegetarian Barbecue with Brown Rice (P115) while Dave had the Sweet and Sour “Fish” with Brown Rice (P140). I haven’t had regular barbecue since 2017 and I’m happy that the vegetarian barbecue did not disappoint–flavor and texture-wise. Prices are affordable. You can order a lot with a P500-P1000 peso budget.

Street parking is limited, although they have a designated empty lot where diners can park. I highly encourage you to not leave valuables in your car as there are no CCTV cameras and only a single guard roving the parking area. The restaurant has a very homey feel and the menu is straightforward. I find their servings a bit small though. The dishes are tasty but tend to give you that “bitin” factor. I like that they also sell vegan and vegetarian-friendly products in the store.

TRYING OUT ERICH GONZALES’ SLIMMING SECRET

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Ever had those times when you just want to eat all the food in the world without having to worry about gaining weight and growing those love handles? Even if I’m huge on vegetable smoothies and salads,  I have to admit that I get tempted when I’m faced with sweet desserts, pasta, crispy pata, bagnet and tender ribs. I have to battle with that inner voice that says “Come on. Just once.” But I know full well that that “Just once.” can lead to me using that as an excuse every single time I’m at a buffet spread. It takes discipline, doesn’t it?

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Vegan/Vegetarian-Friendly Place: Happy Garden Cafe

A few VLOGs ago, I told you that I switched to the plant-based diet as recommended by my doctor due to a lump that grew out of nowhere. While I am out of danger (thankfully), it’s been tough adjusting to the lifestyle change. I’ve always loved vegetables; I’ve never had a problem with my greens and fruits. However, I also love my flavored fries (hello Potato Corner), my Chicken Joy from Jollibee and ugh… CHIPS. The cheesy ones in particular. So imagine my dilemma when I was told that I cannot eat any of those. I can’t even have dairy. Good-bye cheese platter.

So for the past three months, I’ve just been having a lot of the greens, mushrooms, root crops and my daily barley supplement. The weight loss has been very obvious to the point that people have expressed concern over it. I’m okay, I’m fine. It’s just that I don’t have meat. And dairy. And processed food. And pancit canton from Lucky Me. 😦 It’s also been tough not having a lot of restaurant or fast food options. The only vegetarian “fast food” I know is Bodhi at Megamall (because they serve halal food) and Go Salads and Pho Bac near GCF. This diet change meant I’d have to always prepare my food, source the ingredients and cook them myself.

One evening after seminary classes, Dave and I went looking for a good place to eat that serves vegan/vegetarian-friendly food. Since we end our class at 9pm, most of the ones we checked out were already closed. Happy Garden Cafe along Jupiter Street was the only one that opened til late so we decided to check it out. Watch the vlog below: