When it comes to side dishes, Filipino cuisine offers some of the more simple, yet delicious, recipes. A break from the more well-known Thanksgiving dishes using squash, Ginataang kalabasa (squash with coconut milk) mixes squash and long beans with an unexpected flavor combination that is a must-try, and adds a nice pop of color to your holiday table.


1 pound kalabasa squash, peeled, seeds removed and quartered
1 pound fresh long beans, cut in half and ends chopped
2 cups canned coconut milk
1 tablespoon shrimp paste
2 tablespoon canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon granulated onion


•In an empty wok, heat oil and sautéminced garlic, onion and tomato.
•Add the shrimp paste and stir fry fora few minutes, then add the squash and long beans. Stir fry again until the squash turns to a bright yellow or orange color.
•Pour coconut milk over while stirring gently, add granulated seasonings and simmer until the squash is cooked to preferred tenderness.
•For a heartier side, replace the shrimp paste with a half-pound of tiger prawns with tail, head and shell still on.

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