To me, Filipino vegetarian foods are just so colorful, clean and tasty. I was never a fan of chicken adobo. I really think 'bagoong' is real nasty. It's nothing but rotten little fishes decomposing in a jar - and they stink like it too. 'Balut' is an unborn chicken from a hen that was forced into abortion by humans.
Being a Filipino vegetarian, I kinda have the benefits. I don't get the hot flashes that most women have. I don't have to kill myself with exercise in order to lose weight or deprive myself of food.
There are just so many vegetarian foods to choose from that work well for me.
Check out some favorites below.
Hopia is another Pinoy vegetarian food. But be aware that there are hopia that's made with pork. You can choose the ones that are made with mungos or mung beans. Hopia made with beans for sure has protein content in them. Since when did you have a dessert that's loaded with protein? Get you hopia and pack in all that protein.
Purple yams are just like some women, they're prettier in their natural way without make-up. This purple yam sweets are lipsmackingly tasty and it's another version of a Pinoy vegetarian dessert. Most of the time, these are made with coconut milk and the actual natural purple yams called Ube.
My mother was a non-veggie I suppose but she was a transitional vegetarian or an occasional vegetarian by circumstance and not by her own choosing. People just eat more real clean food back then.
What does all those terms mean? In her time, meat sources were scarce. She was a World War II babe and she had stories about the poverty when they ate nothing but mashed sweet potatoes with coconut milk. Did they have protein deficiency? Nope. They were just fine.
So, being an American-Filipino vegetarian is easy. I have more choices than ever so don't you worry about me. Wink.