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  • Sautéed Mung Beans (Munggo Guisado)

A healthy and satisfying take on this popular dish.

Recipe Source: Healthy Heart, Healthy Family Manual for the Filipino Community


  • 1 Tbsp corn oil

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed (or 1 Tbsp minced)

  • 1 C chopped white onions

  • 1 C chopped tomatoes

  • 1 C (4 oz) lean pork, thinly sliced

  • 4 C water

  • 3½ C precooked mung beans (from 1¾ C dried beans)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 C shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 C frozen leaf spinach (about ⅔ of a 10-oz package)

calories 160
Total fat 4 g
Saturated fat 1 g
Cholesterol 35 mg
Sodium 350 mg
Total fiber 8 g
Protein 13 g
Carbohydrates 19 g
Potassium 370 mg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1
    In a large skillet, heat the oil, and sauté the garlic until lightly browned.

  • 2
    Add onions and tomatoes. Sautée until skin begins to curl.

  • 3
    Add pork, and sauté until lightly browned.

  • 4
    Add 4 cups water, and simmer pork for about 15 minutes.

  • 5
    Add the mung beans, and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.

  • 6
    Season with salt and black pepper.

  • 7
    Add the shrimp and frozen leaf spinach, and cook for 4 minutes or until done.

Tip: To cook dried mung beans: Wash and boil the uncooked mung beans in a large saucepan, in 6 cups of water. Cook until tender, about 1½ to 2 hours. Drain.

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